“Shapovalov energised the musicians, deeply feeling every single music bar, accompanying his powerful conductor’s gesture with expressive mimic”. – “Nezavisimaya Newspaper”
Since the completion of the opera-symphony conducting course at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory Denis Shapo has been captivating audiences with his deep musicianship and global way of thinking, enjoying big success with dozens of leading symphony orchestras all over Russia, including Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”, the Russian National Orchestra soloists, etc.
Denis Shapo often adopts the double role of a conductor and a soloist, brilliantly performing purely classical programs, and strikes with amazing confidence combining diverse music styles.
Denis has given numerous concerts in Europe, Asia and South America with Belorussian National Symphony Orchestra, Kazakhstan National Philharmonic Orchestra, Montenegro Symphony Orchestra, Kossovo Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra “Belgrade Strings”, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and others.
Shapo has conducted 100-cello orchestra projects at the III Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Moscow Conservatory Great Hall.
Denis was invited to conduct several world premières of the contemporary composers’ music. In recent years he also conducts his own music. The premiere of the Symphony Fantasy “Tchaikovsky-Dvorak. A letter to a dearest friend” (2021) with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra which Shapo conducted at Zaryadye Concert Hall was recorded by Russian State TV Channel “Kultura”.
Shapo is a versatile musician; he performs not only the entire range of academic music literature, but elaborates new-format programs to attract new audiences to academic venues. After a huge success of Shapo’s “Symphony in Rock style” (2019) he created the unique crossover project “Rock vs Rococo. Classical battle” which has been increasingly getting more and more popular every year.