Maslakov was born in 1985 in Daugavpils (Latvia). At the
age of 8 years he started to play
accordion at the music
school in Daugavpils.
Subsequently, he started to play the accordion
Valery Hodukin at a Music College in Daugavpils.
While studying, he won
international competitions in
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Italy.
Further music education
was achieved in
class of accordion
Hugo Noth and Hans Maier at the “Hochschule
für Musik Trossingen” (Germany). In 2006 he created the
music project D’Accord. He composed
music for the
concerts in jazz clubs in
venues in Europe. Since 2009 he
works as a teacher and as a conductor in some accordion
clubs in Germany. 2011 - Winner of the 1. Open Contest
in Trossingen (Germany); 2012 - 2.Price in category "I"
on an accordion competition “Citta di Castelfidardo”
(Italy); 2013 - Master Class by Richard Galliano at
“Academie Musicale de Villecroze” (France); He plays in
different styles: swing, gypsy jazz, modern jazz, free
jazz, funk, fusion, tango nuevo, classic, new music.
Azzuro, though still young, already
has built up a rich and impressive career. Winner
of prestigious international awards : the
World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Piano Campus in
Cergy-Pontoise, Lalla Meryem in Rabat,
Vulaines-sur-Seine, and ADAMI,
SAFRAN, Mécénat Musical Société Générale, SPEDIDAM and
Meyer, who support her artistic
projects, she is
invited to perform on national and international stage :
New York Piano Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Texas
Piano Festival, Washington, and in various European
countries and in China and South America.
After having studied piano in Montpellier, then
in Paris with Olivier Gardon (CRR)
and with Théodore Paraskivesco, Laurent Cabasso
and Denis Pascal at the CNSM
and with Tuija Hakkila at Sibelius Academy of Helsinky,
she is admitted at the International Piano Academy
"Incontri col Maestro" in advanced piano class with
Boris Petrushansky. At the same time, she completed her
Master degree in chamber music at the CNSMDP with
Spiritango, her Quartet
with whom she recorded her first album, «Rage».
Other influence have stimulated her musical curiosity :
the Russian pianist Vladimir Viardo, Dominique Merlet,
Dmitri Bashkirov, Jacques Rouvier, Aldo Ciccolini, Jay
Gottlieb, Gisèle Magnan… And with
jazzmen like Tigran Hamasyan, Hervé Sellin and the
Spiritango, she develop and multiply her experience.
Her first album
solo « Russian Impulse » will be available in September