Truls Mørk

Truls Mørk’s compelling performances, combining fierce intensity, integrity and grace, have established him as one of the pre-eminent cellists of our time. He is a celebrated artist who performs with the most distinguished orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In North America he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor collaborations include Myung-Whun Chung, Mariss Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christoph Eschenbach amongst others. Truls Mørk continues to give regular recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the world. As part of the 2011 Bergen International Festival he performed... More

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra

“traditionally unconventional” The Tonkunstler Orchestra is one of the most important institutions on the Austrian music scene. While maintaining the classical repertoire, the Tonkunstler also have a focus on contemporary music. At the beginning of the 09/10 season, Columbian-born Andres Orozco-Estrada took over as Music Director, having been at home with Viennese musical life since 1997. From the 15/16 season he will be followed by Yutaka Sado as the new Music Director. Through the incorporation of genres such as jazz and world music, the Tonkunstler ensure they have their finger on the pulse. This also comes from programming contemporary works, including commissions by Krzysztof Penderecki, James MacMillan, HK Gruber, Friedrich Cerha, Tan Dun, Brett Dean and Jörg Widmann. The orchestra has residencies at the Vienna Musikverein, the Festspielhaus St. Pölten and in Grafenegg, where the Tonkunstler are the Festival Orchestra. Tours to Germany, Great Britain, the Baltic States and Japan,... More

Alexander Malofeev

Alexander Malofeev was born in Moscow in 2001 and currently studies at the Gnessins Moscow School of Music under Prof. Berezkina. Now aged 13, Alexander has already performed at many of Russia’s most prominent concert halls: the Grand, Small and the Rachmaninoff Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Moscow International House of Music, the Mariinsky Theatre Hall, the Grand Kremlin Palace. He has toured Russia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Spain, the USA, France and Switzerland. As a soloist he has performed with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the “Novaya Rossiya” State Symphony Orchestra, the Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra, the Irkutsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre Symphony Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Astana Philharmonic Society, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Society, and other major orchestras. Alexander Malofeev has won prizes... More

The Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir

The Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, one of the country's most famous choirs, has a long and distinguished history. Founded at the turn of the 20th century under the direction of Ivan Yukhov, it had already attained a high level of artistry in the pre-revolutionary period. An epoch-making event in the Choir's history was the appointment of Alexander Yurlov (1927—1973) as musical director. Under his guidance the Choir rose to the forefront of musical life in Russia during the 1960s, and premièred many works by composers such as Vladimir Ruben and Rodion Shchedrin, while also collaborating with the distinguished Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Georgy Sviridov. Yurlov was responsible for reviving the unique concert performance traditions of Russian spiritual and liturgical music, which had been strictly forbidden during the Soviet era. In turn, the talented musicians and choir-directors, Yuri Ukhov and Stanislav Gusev followed on as disciples to Yurlov, doing much... More

Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 in Bombay and received his first musical education under his father’s Mehli Mehta’s guidance. He left for Vienna in 1954 where he eventually entered the conducting programme under Hans Swarowsky. Zubin Mehta won the Liverpool International Conducting Competition in 1958 and was also a prize-winner of the summer academy at Tanglewood. By 1961 he had already conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, being nominated Music Director of the latter in 1977 and the Music Director for Life in 1981. Zubin Mehta assumed the Music Directorship of the New York Philharmonic in 1978, a post he retained for 13 years. After his operatic debut with Tosca in Montreal in 1963, he conducts at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala Milano, and the opera house of Chicago as well as at the Salzburg Festival. Zubin Mehta made his debut as an opera conductor with Tosca in Montreal in 1963 and... More

Yuri Temirkanov

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he regularly undertakes major international tours and recordings. After winning the prestigious All-Soviet National Conducting Competition in 1966, he was invited by Kiril Kondrashin to tour Europe and the USA with legendary violinist David Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Yuri Temirkanov made his debut with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Leningrad Philharmonic) in early 1967. In 1968, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until his appointment as Music Director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet (now the Mariinsky Theatre) in 1976. He retained this position until 1988 and his productions of Eugene Onegin and Queen of Spades have become legendary in the theatre’s history. Maestro... More

Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra

In 1930 the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra was established as the first symphony orchestra of the Soviet Radio. The collective proved not once its right to be called one of the best orchestras in the world — the right it won by today’s superb mastery and by its entire history, including its conscientious performances before microphones. Its intensive and successful performances in the best concert halls of Europe, Japan and the USA were preceded by thorough perfection of its complex and thoughtful programs. Today’s success has also evolved from the orchestra’s history of cooperation with many brilliant Russian conductors such as A. Orlov (the founder of the orchestra in 1930), N. Golovanov, G. Rozhdestvensky and, undoubtedly, its present artistic director and principal conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, who has been with the Orchestra for over 40 years now. N. Myaskovsky, S. Prokofyev, A. Khachaturian, G. Sviridov, B. Tchaikovsky and many others trusted the Orchestra to perform their... More

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia's oldest symphonic ensemble, was founded in 1882 by the order of the Emperor Alexander III of Russia as the Royal Court musicians’ choir. In 1897 the Court Choir became the Court Orchestra. In the early 20th century the orchestra was entitled to perform for the general public, introducing the audiences to the Russian premiers of Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben and Also sprach Zarathustra, Mahler’s First Symphony, Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony and Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy. Richard Strauss, Alexander Glazunov, Serge Koussevitzky and other world-renowned musicians conducted the orchestra. In 1917 the Orchestra joined the newly founded Petrograd Philharmonia. Shortly after, it began touring under acclaimed western conductors including Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter and Felix Weingartner. Vladimir Horowitz and Sergey Prokofiev appeared as soloists with the orchestra, the latter performing his piano concertos. In 1918 the orchestra... More

Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Founded in 1928 by Vittorio Gui as the Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina, from its inception the Orchestra plays in concerts and operas of the Teatro Comunale di Firenze. Today it is still considered one of the finest orchestras both by conductors and public. In 1933, at the birth of the Festival, the orchestra takes the actual name of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. After Gui, Mario Rossi became music director in 1937, succeeded by Bruno Bartoletti in the post-war period. Major chapters in the history of the Orchestra are the musical direction of Riccardo Muti (1969 – 1981) and that of Zubin Mehta, Principal Conductor since 1985, who every season conducts major symphonic and operatic productions and brings the orchestra on tour. In the course of its history the Orchestra has been led by some of the greatest conductors such as Victor De Sabata, Antonio Guarnieri, Gino Marinuzzi, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Tullio Serafin, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, Issay... More

Lizi Ramishvili

Lizi Ramishvili was born in Tbilisi in 1997, and began taking music lessons at the Paliashvili Central Music School under Tamara Gabarashvili. Since 2014 she has been studying at the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Frans Helmerson, where she is a recipient of the Boris Pergamenshchikov scholarship. Lizi Ramishvili has taken part in numerous competitions and festivals, including “Moscow Meets Friends” (Russia), “Musica Mundi” (Belgium), “Arpeggione” (Austria and Switzerland), “Appointment with Slava”/ The International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Kronberg, (Germany), «Peregrinos Musicales» (Spain), “Eurovision Young Musicians” (Austria), “Energy for Life” (Vienna and Geneva), Seventh Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Baku, Second Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Orenburg, amongst many others. Lizi Ramishvili won First Prize at “The Nutcracker”, First International TV Competition for Young Musicians in Russia, and Grand Prix at the “Renaissance”... More

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