On 27 March–4April, Moscow and St. Petersburg hosted the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, established in 2010 to celebrate the memory of the superlative cellist and conductor, great citizen and public figure

Following the tradition, the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire became the main festival venue; however, this year the Festival expanded beyond Moscow: one of its concerts took place at the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

The VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival was definetely a priceless gift for the whole musical community to celebrate the Maestro's 90th birthday anniversary. Olga Rostropovich, Artistic Director of the Festival, managed to realize in its full the main idea behind this year programming: to bring together four countries – Russia, the United States, France and Japan, which took special place in both personal and artistic life of Mstislav Rostropovich.
On March 27, the birthday of the Maestro, the Festival opened with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov performing Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 and Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye and Valse at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire.
The Festival continued with the National Symphony Orchestra, led by Mstislav Rostropovich for more that 17 years, and back to Russia for the first time since 1993; it was with the NSO in the early 90's that the Maestro triumphantly returned to Russia with landmark concerts in Red Square and at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire. At the Festival, the orchestra performed under its Music Director Christoph Eschenbach: on 29th March and 30th March in Moscow and on 31st March at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia. The NSO played Schubert's Symphony No. 9 on 29th March and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 on 30th and 31st March. On 29th March the brilliant young cellist Alisa Weilerstein played with the orchestra Shostakovich's First Concerto, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, and Elgar's Cello Concerto on March 30th in Moscow and 31st March in St. Petersburg. All three performances opened with Old and Lost Rivers by contemporary American composer Tobias Picker.

On 2nd April the Festival boasted a concert by Maxim Vengerov, an internationally acclaimed violinist, winner of numerous prestigious international awards, including a Grammy Award, who played the whole Brahms' Violin Sonatas with the pianist Polina Osetinskaya. The concert ended with a touching musical offering: Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya performed the famous Rachmaninov's Vocalise, a dedication to Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich.
The 4th April saw the solemn closing of the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, with Russian and Japanese ensembles united at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire: Yokohama Sinfonietta and the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, on their first visit to Russia, and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” with the Yurlov Choir. The combined orchestra and choir conducted by Kazuki Yamada, successor to the great Seiji Ozawa., presented a programme of French music: the first part featured Debussy's Petite Suite and Fauré's Requiem with soprano Jenny Davier, baritone Rodion Pogossov and organist Motoko Murozumi; after the intermission the concert continued with two suites from Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé. The famous Ravel's Bolero was the brilliant final chord for both the concert and the Festival.

According to Olga Rostropovich, this year, despite the existing difficulties, the Festival however succeed to accomplish its purposes. The VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival became the milestone of the anniversary celebrations that from now on will continue in Baku, the cities of the Volga region, Sochi and Orenburg.

On 4th April, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the Closing Concert of the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

On 4th April, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the Closing Concert of the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, with French music performed by the Yokohama Sinfonietta, the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, the State Academic Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and the Yurlov State Academic Choir

According to the idea of the Festival's Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich, the final concert brought together musical cultures of the three countries that took special place in both personal and artistic life of Mstislav Rostropovich: French music performed by Japanese and Russian ensembles. This brilliant synthesis of cultures symbolizes what the great Maestro celebrated and promoted through all his life, the boundless power of music that unites different nations and human hearts. The night started with a moment of silence to honour the victims of the Saint Petersburg tragedy. (more…)

4 April

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire

JAPAN–RUSSIA:
Combined Orchestra and Choir:

YOKOHAMA SINFONIETTA AND TOKYO
PHILHARMONIC CHORUS (JAPAN)

STATE ACADEMIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
“EVGENY SVETLANOV”

YURLOV RUSSIAN STATE ACADEMIC CHOIR
Music Director Gennady Dmitryak

Conductor Kazuki Yamada
Jenny Daviet soprano
Rodion Pogossov baritone
Motoko Murozumi organ

Photos by Alexander Kurov

2 April

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire
Maxim Vengerov violin
Polina Osetinskaya piano

Photos by Alexander Kurov

‘There’s still high culture in America’: Why the National Symphony Orchestra went to Moscow // washingtonpost.com

The National Symphony Orchestra had just finished its first performance in Russia in nearly a quarter of a century. It arrived at a time when official relations between the United States and Russia are, to put it mildly, fraught. And it demonstrated that, at a time when political rhetoric is heated, music may be offering the real language of diplomacy, formalized and couched in centuries of tradition. Indeed, it wasn’t even clear whether people were clapping for what they had just heard or for what this visit represented.

Sometimes a concert is just a concert. And sometimes it dips its toe into the complex world of cultural diplomacy.
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On 2nd April , the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted a concert by Maxim Vengerov

The famous violinist, whose mastery and impeccable technique is recognized all over the world, has already appeared at the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival; tonight he performed the complete Brahms' violin sonatas accompanied by the virtuoso pianist Polina Osetinskaya.

Maxim Vengerov appears at the best world venues with major orchestras and conductors. Besides, he recorded an extensive violin repertoire and received a number of recording awards including two Grammy awards. Vengerov holds also an intense teaching activity: he is a Professor at the Yehudi Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland and at the Royal College of Music in London.

According to Maxim Vengrov, he was lucky to have performed and worked together with the great Maestro Rostropovich; recordings of concerts by Britten and Walton performed by Wengerov with the London Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Leopoldovich won the 2004 Grammy Award for «The Best Performance of Instrumental Solo Accompanied by an Orchestra». According to Vengerov, Mstislav Leopoldovich always was his mentor; it is thanks to the Maestro that he became a professor of music and decided to enter the conductor's profession. «If it were not for him, I probably would not have become a musician». Mstislav Leopoldovich «expanded my ideas about music and introduced me to such composers as Shostakovich and Prokofiev as if they were still alive, and I actually met with them,» Wengerov said. (more…)

31 March

Grand Hall of the
Saint Petersburg Philharmonia

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(WASHINGTON, D.C., USA)
Music Director
Christoph Eschenbach
Alisa Weilerstein cello

Photos by Alexander Gayduk

Concert on March 31

On March 31st, the Eighth Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival continued in St. Petersburg, where Alisa Weilerstein and the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach performed at the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia. The NSO last came here in February 1990, giving two concerts under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich. After 27 years, Festival's Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich organized a special concert in St. Petersburg to celebrate the memory of the first NSO's tour in Russia, when the Maestro also brought the orchestra first to Moscow and then to the northern capital of Russia, St. Petersburg.

The great public acclaim that musicians received in Moscow repeated in St. Petersburg, where for the third evening in a row the audience gave standing ovations to the orchestra, which still features musicians who started their careers under Mstislav Rostropovich. As the local public admitted, the major orchestras like this are not frequent visitors in St. Petersburg, therefore the auditorium was completely sold out and the audience filled in every single aisle. Alisa Weilerstein brilliantly performed one of the most appreciated works of the cello repertoire, Elgar's concert; the second part of the concert boasted a powerful and dramatic rendition of Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony, which the NSO performed also in 1990 under Mstislav Rostropovich.

For the rest of the concerts the Festival is coming back to Moscow: on 2nd April the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire will host Maxim Vengerov performing the complete Brahms' Violin Sonatas with pianist Polina Osetinskaya,

On 30th March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the second concert by the National Symphony Orchestra

To open the concert, the NSO musicians once again repeated Old and Lost Rivers by contemporary American composer Tobias Picker. Then, in the first part of the performance, Alisa Weilerstein offered a virtuoso rendition of Elgar's Cello Concerto.
Before the beginning of the concert, in the interview with the Kultura Channel, the soloist told how she met Mstislav Rostropovich. «I think that Rostropovich played a huge role in the life of every cellist and in fact in every musician's life. I grew up on his recordings, he was one of my musical idols. I played for him only once, in 2004, when I was 22 years old and was about to finish school. I had the chance to play for Rostropovich thanks to Maxim Vengerov, with whom I performed and who is my wonderful friend. I played for the Maestro Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.1. Rostropovich made a very strong impression on me telling about the unique way of performing Shostakovich's music. He was so close to me that his foot was almost touching the tail pin of my cello, so there were no secrets for him. It was an incredible and exciting experience, to play a piece that was written specifically for him. I will never forget this». In addition, Alisa Weilerstein admitted that it is a great honour for her to perform for the second time at the festival organized by Olga Rostropovich, as this is a wonderful occasion to pay tribute to the legendary musician.
The second part of the concert opened with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8. Mstislav Rostropovich conducted this masterpiece on various occasions at the major international venues. For the second night in a row the audience gave a standing ovation, to express their appreciation and gratitude to the NSO musicians and Maestro Eschenbach. The audience was rewarded with Sibelius' Valse triste played as encore.
As soon as tomorrow, on 31st March, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform in St Petersburg, repeating tonight's programme at the Grand Hall of the St.

On 29th March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO)

The American orchestra returned to Russia after a long while: last time the Russian audience could enjoy its sound in 1993, when the orchestra gave its historic concert in Red Square under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Within the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival, the NSO will perform twice in Moscow and once in St. Petersburg, at the St. Petersburg Philharmonia. Some of the orchestra's musicians played in the orchestra during Mstislav Leopoldovich's tenure; for them, the opportunity to return to Russia and play at the Festival in honour of the Maestro's 90th birthday anniversary is a great joy. According to cellist William Foster, the time when Rostropovich first conducted the NSO, was the epic moment of the NSO's cellist musical career. Musicians of the NSO remember with reverence and gratitude «the Rostropovich era», which changed once and forever the orchestra's sound, turning the NSO into the one of the major American and international orchestras. (more…)

29 March

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(WASHINGTON, D.C., USA)

Music Director
Christoph Eschenbach
Alisa Weilerstein cello

Photos by Alexander Kurov

On 28 March, a press conference dedicated to the appearance of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival was held at the TASS Information Agency in Moscow

At the beginning of the press conference, the Festival's Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich expressed her delight at the arrival of the NSO, highlighting that this orchestra was especially dear to Mstislav Rostropovich, and that he would be happy to see them again in Russia. Maestro remained the Music Director of the NSO for 17 years; that time became an important period for the orchestra and was called the «Rostropovich era»; it was crowned by a tour to Russia, when the NSO, under the Maestro, performed for the first time in history in Red Square.

Olga Rostropovich said that the organization of the NSO's performance at the Festival required serious work for two years. It was a kind of project in the project, taking a lot of effort and resources. Olga Rostropovich thanked for the support the Chairman of the Board of the Joint-Stock Company EPK Mr. Moskalenko, and of course, the Government of Moscow and personally Sergei Sobyanin, the Mayor of Moscow. She also expressed her special gratitude to the management of the National Symphony Orchestra, who immediately accepted the invitation to Russia. (more…)

Opening of the Eighth Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival was held on 27 March at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire

Before the opening ceremony, Olga Rostropovich donated to the Moscow State Conservatoire the bust of Mstislav Leopoldovich created by the People's Artist of the Russian Federation Alexander Rukavishnikov. This sculptural image symbolizes the close connection of the Maestro with the Conservatoire: here Rostropovich studied in the early 40s, then performed with triumph and brought up a whole galaxy of brilliant cellists; in these walls his last Russian concert was held in 1974 before his forced emigration, and it was here that he triumphantly returned in 1990 with the National Symphony Orchestra. This is the eighth time that the Conservatoire becomes the main concert venue of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival.

The night opened with a speech by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets. She greeted the guests gathered at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire, including Natalia Solzhenitsyna, Irina Antonova, Makvala Kasrashvili, Yuri Bashmet, Maestro's colleagues and admirers of his unique gift. Olga Golodets noted that the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival was «a worthy sign of the memory and respect of the great Maestro and that Olga Rostropovich is a worthy successor of her parents». According to Olga Rostropovich, the Festival is a unique contribution to the development of modern musical culture.

Olga Rostropovich, Artistic Director of the Festival also greeted the guests of the evening, expressed her great gratitude to the Government of Moscow and the Moscow State Conservatoire for their help in organizing this event. «We are all soldiers of music, as my father liked to say. I want to believe that we continue his mission and serve great music», she said to conclude her speech.

A real gift for the guests of the evening was the screening of the film about Mstislav Rostropovich. Rare shots from the personal archive of the Maestro and his family, recordings of Mstislav Leopoldovich's best speeches, interviews with his colleagues and friends filled the opening of the Festival with an amazing atmosphere and created a feeling of the Maestro's invisible presence among the guests.

The festival opened with a performance by one of the major Russian orchestras, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov, that played works of Sibelius and Ravel.

The festival will continue on March 29 with the performance of the Washington National Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire.

27 March

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire
Opening Gala Concert

SAINT PETERSBURG
PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Artistic Director
and Chief Conductor
Yuri Temirkanov

Photos by Alexander Kurov

27 March Marks Mstislav Rostropovich's 90th Birthday Anniversary

27 March will see a requiem service dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich's birthday anniversary who
would celebrate 90 this day. The mass will be served at the Church of Resurrection at Uspensky
Vrazhek, Bruysov pereulok, 15/2, at 11pm. The opening ceremony for memorial plate at the house in
Gazetny pereulok, 13 where Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich lived will start at
12.30pm, to be followed by the laying of flowers to Mstislav Rostropovich's tomb at the Novodevichy
Cemetery.
Everyone interested is welcome.

A press conference dedicated to the appearance of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), USA at the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will be held on the 28th March at the TASS Information Agency

It is the first NSO's appearance in Moscow since 1993 when it gave its epoch-making concert in Red Square under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich, NSO's Music Director for 17 years, as part of the Russian tour. The appearance of one of the major US orchestras at the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival is an event which importance goes far beyond the world of music as it has a universal cultural impact.

The press conference will be attended by:
Olga Rostropovich, Artistic Director of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival;
Debora Rutter, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;
Nurit Bar-Josef, NSO's Concertmaster;
Bill Foster, NSO's cellist who performed with the orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich.

The press conference starts at 2pm.
For accreditation please call Mstislav Rostropovich Festival's press office at: +7 (495) 637-31-78; or mail at: opera-centre@mail.ru

Maxim Vengerov

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, Maxim Vengerov also enjoys international acclaim as a conductor and is one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music.
Born in 1974, he began his career as a solo violinist at the age of 5, won the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at ages 10 and 15 respectively, studied with Galina Tourchaninova and Zakhar Bron, recording extensively violin music and earning many accolades, including among others, 2 Grammy awards and 4 Gramophone awards. His musicianship earned him a Gloria award, a prize established by Mstislav Rostropovich.
In the last few seasons Maxim Vengerov has performed as soloist and/or conductor with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Tireless in his search for new means of creative expression, Maxim Vengerov has let himself be inspired by many different styles of music, including baroque, jazz and rock and in 2007 followed in the footsteps of his mentors, the late Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim and turned his attention to conducting. Mr Vengerov has since conducted major orchestras around the world, and in 2010 was appointed the first chief conductor of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. He will be conducting his first performance of Eugene Onegin in Moscow in December 2017.
In the last few seasons Maxim Vengerov has performed as soloist and/or conductor with many major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
2013 saw the launch of the annual Vengerov Festival in Tokyo with a series of recitals, concerts and masterclasses, combining Mr Vengerov’s passion for conducting, performing and teaching.
The current season will see Mr Vengerov return for concerts with the Orchestre de Paris as well as open the season of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He will also perform and conduct the season finale of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Other conducting engagements will include the RTE Orchestra Dublin, Munich Philharmonic and Melbourne SO. Amongst recitals in Europe and Asia, he will perform the Park Concerts with the New York Philharmonic in June next year and tour Europe with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
As one of Mr Vengerov’s greatest passions is the teaching and encouraging of young talent, he has held various teaching positions around the world and is currently Ambassador and visiting Professor of the Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland (IMMA) and the Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music in London. Furthermore, in keeping with his belief that competitions are a platform to launch young artists’ international careers, Mr Vengerov has served on numerous juries including the Donatella Flick conducting competition, the Menuhin Violin Competition and in May 2013 conducted the finals during the Montreal International Violin Competition. Owing to his success as chairman of the prestigious Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2011, where he auditioned live over 200 musicians in nine world capitals, Mr Vengerov was unprecedentedly re-elected to return as chairman in 2016.
In 1997 Mr Vengerov became the first classical musician to be appointed International Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF. In this role Vengerov has met and performed for disadvantaged children in troubled countries. This work has afforded him the opportunity to both inspire children worldwide, and inspire others to raise funds for UNICEF assisted programmes.
Mr Vengerov has been profiled in a series of documentaries.
He has received prestigious fellowships and honours from a number of institutions, including the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2012 was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship at Trinity College Oxford.
Mr Vengerov has also received numerous awards including a Classical Brit Award, two ECHO awards and a World Economic Forum Crystal award – honouring artists who have used their art to improve the state of the world.
Mr Vengerov plays the ex-Kreutzer Stradivari (1727).

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov"

On 5 October 2016 the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov", one of the country’s oldest symphonic ensembles, celebrated its 80th anniversary. The State Orchestra debut performance took place eight decades ago, on 5 October 1936, at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

During the years, the orchestra has been led by outstanding musicians such as Alexander Gauk (1936—1941), Natan Rakhlin (1941—1945), Konstantin Ivanov (1945—1965), and Evgeny Svetlanov (1965—2000). On 27 October 2005 the State Academic Symphony Orchestra was officialy named after E.F. Svetlanov. From 2000 to 2002 the orchestra was headed by Vasily Sinaisky, and from 2002 to 2011 by Mark Gorenstein. In 2011 Vladimir Jurowski, a world-renowned conductor, was appointed as the Artistic Director of the State Orchestra. Starting with season 2016/2017 Vasily Petrenko is the Principal Guest Conductor of the orchestra.

The orchestra has performed at the most prestigious venues, such as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Musikverein (Vienna), the Royal Albert Hall (London).

The orchestra was conducted by N.Golovanov, K. Masur, E.Mravinsky, M.Rostropovich, I.Stravinsky, C.Dutoit, V.Gergiev, M.Jurowski, A.Lazarev, G.Rozhdestvensky, Y.Temirkanov, and other great musicians.

Among the outstanding soloists who have performed with the orchestra are singers I.Arkhipova, S.Lemeshev, E.Obraztsova, G.Vishnevskaya, M.Caballe, P.Domingo, A. Netrebko, D.Hvorostovsky; pianists V.Cliburn, E.Gilels, H.Neuhaus, R.Buchbinder, N.Petrov, S.Richter, M.Yuchida, B.Berezovsky, N.Lugansky, D.Matsuev, and E. Virsaladze; violinists L.Kogan, Y.Menuhin, D.Oistrakh, V.Spivakov, and M.Vengerov; violist Y.Bashmet; cellists M.Rostropovich, N.Gutman, A.Kniazev.
 
Ever since its first tour abroad in 1956 the orchestra regularly represents Russian culture in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, the US, and many other countries.

The orchestra’s discography includes hundreds of vinyl records and CDs released by leading Russian and foreign labels. The special place in this list belongs to the Anthology of the Russian Symphonic Music (conductor – Evgeny Svetlanov). Mezzo, Rossiya 1, and Kultura television companies, digital channel Medici.tv as well as Radio “Orpheus” also made recordings of a number of the ensemble’s concerts.

Lately the orchestra has performed at the the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow, The Arts’ Square in Saint Petersburg, Crescendo in Pskov and Sochi. The orchestra performed Russian premieres of works by L. v. Beethoven – G.Mahler, V.Silvestrov, R.Schedrin, J.Taverner, A.Skryabin – A.Nemtin, C.Orff, G.Gladkov. Moreover, the ensemble took part in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the I International competition for young pianists Grand Piano Competition. To close the season 2015/2016 the orchestra carried out the fourth annual educational concert cycle “Vladimir Jurowski conducts and narrates”. The orchestra visited the cities of Russia, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Spain. Turkey and China.

The orchestra was granted the honorary title “academic” for the exceptional creative achievements in 1972 and received the Order of the Red Banner of Labor in 1986. In 2006 and 2011 the ensemble was rewarded with Presidential commendations.

Jenny Daviet

Jenny Daviet studied piano and singing at the Conservatoire de Poitiers and enrolled at the Laurence Equilbey training center for young singers in Paris.
She quickly showed a predilection for Mozart repertoire making her debut in 2010 in the role of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, followed by Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She worked then with the Orchestre des Siècles for a series of concerts where she sang excerpts from Idomeneo, The Marriage of Figaro and concert arias, under the direction of Francois-Xavier Roth. In 2013, she joined La Petite Symphonie for a Mozart / Haydn program led by Daniel Isoir.
Deviet also likes the Italian repertoire, performing the role of Annina in La traviata, Musetta in La bohme, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Sister Genevieve in Suor Angelica.
She is also an advocate of contemporary music: she performed Bouchara by Claude Vivier with the Ensemble Le Balcon, and then created two poems for soprano and orchestra with Francois Renaud Orchestra Centuries.
During her first season with the Opera Rouen she maked her debt in the role of Frasquita in Carmen, Blondine in an adaptation of The Abduction from the Seraglio, Clorinda in Rossini’s Cenerentola and participated in the creation of opera by Michel Fourgon based on the life of Lolo Ferrari.
Furthermore she performed Salve Regina by Puccini and Fauré's Requiem under the direction of Laurence Equilbey.
This season, she does again Annina with the Centre Lyrique d’Auvergne and The Dream of a Summer Night under the direction of Laurence Equilbey. She also debuts in the roles of the Second woman in Dido and Aeneas with the Poeme de l’ Harmonie and Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera under the direction of Andreas Spering. Daviet also does her first Mélisande at the Malm Opera House and will appear again in Dido and Aeneas at the Royal Opera in Liege.

The Yokohama Sinfonietta

The Yokohama Sinfonietta, formed around maestro Kazuki Yamada, was founded in 1998 by students and graduates of the prestigious Tokyo University of Arts and originally named the TOMATO Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra presented their official debut in 1999 at Kawaguchi Lilia Hall and concerts followed, with participation in the “Treasure Box Series” at Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall in 2001. In 2005, the orchestra became a fully professional orchestra and was renamed the Yokohama Sinfonietta. For their first official concert in 2008, they invited violinist Emiri Miyamoto as soloist, and in that same year, maestro Kenichiro Kobayashi was appointed Music Advisor. In 2009, maestro Yamada won first prize at the 51st Besançon International Conducting Competition, and the second official concert of the orchestra consequently marked maestro Kazuki’s triumph at
Besançon, with two CDs released on the Exton label, including the Brahms and
Mendelssohn Violin Concertos and the C major symphonies of Bizet and Mozart. In 2010, the orchestra was incorporated and 2011 marked the release of a third CD featuring Schubert’s Eighth Symphony “The Great”. In 2013, the Yokohama Sinfonietta introduced their label, TOMATONE. And that same month, they became the first Japanese ensemble to be invited to “La Folle Journée de Nantes” in France, performing seven concerts to great acclaim.The orchestra was awarded the Yokohama Cultural Prize of Culture and Arts Award.
The Yokohama Sinfonietta appeared in charity performances at Suntory Hall, attended by Her Majesty.

Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir

Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir is one of the most prominent music companies of long standing in Russia.
It stands quite apart from the rest of similar companies for its unique repertoire covering nearly all types of Russian and West-European cantata and oratorio genres, ranging from Bach’s Mass in h-mall to the 20th-century music, as, for instance Britten’s War Requiem or Requiem by Alfred Schnitke. It has to its credit participation in opera stagings, therefore it includes the best of world opera pieces in its concert programmes. And yet, it is mostly devoted to what is spiritually the closest to the Yurlov Choir, Russian sacred music by Bortnyansky, Berezovsky, Kastalsky, Grechaninov, Chesnokov and Rachmaninov, among other Russian composers. It is also famous for its most inspired, vivid presentation of Russian folk songs.
Among its members are young talented singers, former graduates of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Russian Gnesins Music Academy, as well as other conservatories throughout Russia. Many of them graduated in both choir conducting and singing.
The Yurlov Choir is a regular participant in such Russian and international music festivals, as the Moscow Easter Festival, Internaional Festival of Sacred Music held in Vilnius and Kaunas, and International Festival of Church Music organized in Warsaw, Krakow and Belostok.
The company devotes much time to foreign tours, winning wide international acclaim since the inception of the “Yurlov era”. Its guest tour itinerary contains over twenty countries, including France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Chech Republic, Great Britain, among others. Its presentations, always sonorous, majestic and melodious, are enchanting, and their audiences are carried away, as foreign newspapers point out in their reviews. For the last five years the Choir gave more than 100 concerts in Russia and the world over, including the Russian Golden Ring cities of Rostov, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, etc., as well as cities in the Volga Area, the Urals and Siberia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Poland, North Korea and Spain.
The Choir director since 2004, Gennady Dmitryak is a prominent Russian choir and orchestra conductor. He is engaged in a great deal of concerts in Russia and outside it, apart from his activity as the head of the choir conducting department, holding the title of Professor at the Moscow State University of Art and Culture.
Gennady Dmitryak frequently appears as a jury member at international choir contests. For several years he had held the position of head of the choir and conducting master-class at the Summer Religious Academy in Serbia. He has had quite a few recordings of the four centuries of Russian sacred music made, and ten CDs produced as a result.
Gennady Dmitryak took great efforts to bring the Yurlov Choir’s art of singing to perfection and to widen the scope of its concert and educational activity. The Choir today is one of the most popular and successful music companies of Russia.
The Choir gives concerts together with such renowned companies, as the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Novaya Rossia State Academic Orchestra, Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan, Russian Cinematography SSO and others. In the last few years, the Yurlov choir appeared in concerts under many famous symphony orchestra conductors, among them are Gorenshtein, Bashmet, Kogan, Curentzis, Skripka, Nekrasov, Sladkovsky, Fedotov, Stadler, Schtrobel (Germany), and Kapasso.

Motoko Murozumi

Motoko Murozumi started her career as an organist while studying at the Department of Aesthetics of the University of Tokyo. After being admitted
to he Art Music department (organ) of the the Tokyo University, she studied with Michio Akimoto, Henriette Puig-Roget, Zsigmond Szathmary and won Ataka Prize.
After earning her Master's degree, Murozumi served as a chief curator of the Department of Music of Art Tower Mito. She was awarded “Hidekazu Yoshida Director Prize” for organ courses for citizens.
Thereafter, she was recommended by Jean Fournet, and expanded the scope of activity to the major orchestras of Japan such as Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and Saito Kinen Orchestra. 
In 2010, she performed Britain’s War Requiem with Saito Kinen Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa at Carnegie Hall.
Murozumi is a member of Japan Organist Association and Professor of Seiji Ozawa Music Academy.

Rodion Pogossov

Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the beginning of his early career (2000). He went on to make his Carnegie Hall debut with The Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble, singing Stravinsky’s Renard under the inimitable baton of James Levine and the following season gave his first Carnegie Hall recital. From here, his outstanding career unfolded.

Now based in America, he regularly sings the roles of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and has done so with Glyndebourne, the Spoleto Festival and at the Metropolitan Opera. Other major operatic roles include Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia which he has sung in houses across the world including at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Michigan Opera Theatre and Metropolitan Opera, Don Giovanni with the Oviedo Opera and Die Zauberflöte with the LA Opera. Recent operatic engagements have included Marcello in La bohème at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Pagliacci at the MET, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Fano and Ascoli Piceno, his debut in Manon Lescaut at the Bayerische Staatsoper and his debut as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory with the Seattle Opera.
Also a wonderful recitalist, solo appearances have included St. John’s Smith Square, Suntory Hall, Vancouver Recital Society and a Rachmaninov recital at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Iain Burnside. He has also performed La Scala di Seta under the baton of Enrique Mazzola and the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the Vara Konserthus. Rodion regularly performs Carmina Burana, including appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra (which was released on CD) and most recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Charles Dutoit. He also sang Adelson e Salvini with Opera Rara at the Barbican London.
Engagements this season and beyond include Pagliacci at the Norske Opera, La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera and La bohème and Die Zauberflote with Cincinnati Opera. Concert performances include Faust et Helene with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Rachmaninov's Spring Cantata with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko. He will also sing Carmen with Seattle Opera and Carmina Burana in Oslo.

As a recording artist, his discography includes his solo recital disc for the prestigious EMI Debut Series which received great acclaim and was followed by a disc of Rachmaninov songs with pianist Iain Burnside released in February 2014.

The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo

The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo, founded in 1956, is Japan’s foremost independent professional choir. Its members are all graduates from Japanese music conservatories and represent the highest level of choral music in Japan.
The chorus holds about 200 concerts annually in all over the world, such as special concerts, symphonic concerts with orchestras, opera, musical workshops for young people, and recordings for movie, radio, television, and original CDs. In overseas, the chorus has also made appearances primarily at the five ASEAN countries in 1979, the United States in 1987, Europe in 1997, Canada in 2000, Latvia and Estonia in 2006, Finland in 2010, and so on.
The chorus performs a wide range of pieces from different periods and genres, but the core of its work is the commission of new compositions by Japanese composers. The number of works, that have been commissioned and premiered by The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo amounts to a number of 208 up to now. By performing these works constantly in their concerts, the choir has taken an important role in building up a fundamental repertoire of contemporary choral music.

Kazuki Yamada

Kazuki Yamada is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo since 2016/2017 season. He additionally holds the title of Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, since his sensational debut with the orchestra in 2010, which was one of his first appearances in Europe. In Japan, he holds further titles of Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic, Music Partner with both Sendai Philharmonic and Ensemble Orchestral Kanazawa, and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student.
Yamada appears regularly as a guest with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Utah Symphony and Tonkünstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein. Soloists with whom he is working include Emmanuel Ax, Boris Berezovsky, Håkan Hardenberger, Nobuko Imai, Daishin Kashimoto, Daniel Müller-Schott, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Osborne, Vadim Repin, Baiba Skride, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Simon Trpčeski and Alexander Kniazev.
In the 2015/16 season his debuts included Staatskapelle Dresden, Bergen Philharmonic, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and a debut in a European opera house, at Grand Théâtre de Genève.
He is strongly supported by Seiji Ozawa and in August 2012 he conducted a semi-staged production of Honegger’s ‘Jeanne d´arc’, with Saito-Kinen Orchestra. The ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ project was also a huge hit in spring 2015 in Côme de Bellescize’s staged version at the new Philharmonie hall in Paris, with Orchestre de Paris. The character of Joan of Arc was performed by the French actress Marion Cotillard and the production received high critical praise.
Yamada and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are releasing a series of CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. This continues in the current season with a recording of French ballet works, and another of works by Manuel de Falla. Furthermore, a disc of works by Glazunov, Kalinnikov and Khatchaturian with Czech Philharmonic was released in 2014.
Yamada is also Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Music Director and the chorus has released ten CDs on Fontec.
Now resident in Berlin, Yamada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979. In 2009 he was the winner of the 51st Besancon International Competition for young conductors.

Polina Osetinskaya

Polina Osetinskaya began to perform at the age of five. At the age of seven she entered the Central School of Music of the Moscow Conservatoire. Polina gave her first concert at the age of six at the Great Hall of the Vilnius Conservatoire in Lithuania. At thirteen Polina decided to study music seriously at the school of the Leningrad Conservatoire under the acclaimed teacher Marina Wolf.
The pianist subsequently completed a postgraduate course at the Moscow Conservatoire under Professor Vera Gornostayeva.
She has appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Weimar National Opera, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi and the New Russia orchestra, among others.
Polina Osetinskaya’s onstage partners have included conductors Saulius Sondeckis, Vassily Sinaisky, Andrei Boreiko, Gerd Albrecht, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Thomas Sanderling. Osetinskaya has performed at the Wallonie Festival in Brussels, the Mainly Mozart festival, the Frédéric Chopin Festival in Miami, the Stars of the White Nights festival and the December Evenings festival among numerous others.
The pianist has been awarded the Maly Triumph prize. In 2008 she wrote her autobiography Farewell, Sadness, which became a bestseller.
Polina Osetinskaya generally creates unusual and frequently paradoxical solo programmes. She almost always includes works by contemporary composers, frequently justaposing them with traditional classical works. “Contemporary music is not just a continuation of older music. It also helps us discover ideas and beauty in older music that have been lost over decades of the blind museum generation and mechanical and often soulless performing”.
Polina Osetinskaya often performs works by post-avant-garde composers such as Valentin Silvestrov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Vladimir Martynov, Georgs Pelēcis and Pavel Karmanov.
In the 2016-17 season pianist is presenting several projects with violinist Maxim Vengerov, pianoplayer Alexei Goribol, film and drama actress Kseniya Rappoport, composer and pianist Anton Batagov. Polina Osetinskaya also has two subscription series – one for children in Moscow Philharmonic and one for children and adults in Perm Philharmonic.
Osetinskaya's musicianship has been hailed by the critics. Kommersant praised her as “a master jeweller. In her subtle, if not to say refined, interpretation the composer appeared as a philosophical intellectual, and it is thanks to these pensive and critical interpretations that Polina Osetinskaya proffers that Shostakovich’s music remains topical and even highly relevant art”.
The pianist collaborates with many recording companies including Naxos, Sony Music and Bel Air. Her CD with piano works by Nino Rota and Leonid Desyatnikov was released by Quartz.

National Symphony Orchestra

The 2016/2017 season marks the NSO’s 86th, and its seventh and final led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, also the Music Director of the Kennedy Center. Founded in 1931, the Orchestra has, throughout its history, been committed to artistic excellence and music education. In 1986, the National Symphony became an artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it has performed a full season of subscription concerts since the Center opened in 1971. The National Symphony Orchestra regularly participates in events of national and international importance, including performances for state occasions, presidential inaugurations and official holiday celebrations. Its regularly televised holiday appearances for Capitol Concerts and local radio broadcasts on WETA make the NSO one of the most-heard orchestras in the country.
The Orchestra itself numbers 96 musicians who perform approximately 150 concerts each year. These include classical subscription series, pops concerts, summer performances at Wolf Trap and on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, chamber music performances in the Terrace Theater and on the Millennium Stage, and an extensive educational program, with performances designed for ages three years and up, and audience engagement activities, as well. Additionally, the NSO’s community engagement projects are nationally recognized, including NSO In Your Neighborhood (which comprises of a week of approximately 50 performances in schools, churches, community centers, and other neighborhood venues) and NSO Sound Health, which has taken the NSO to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Children’s Inn at NIH, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and Inova Health System. Career development opportunities include the NSO Youth Fellowship Program and its Summer Music Institute.
Mstislav Rostropovich – globally recognized both for his formidable musical gifts and as an ardent advocate for human rights – was music director of the National symphony Orchestra from 1977 until 1994. His tenure proved to be one of the most glittering periods in the life of the NSO thus far, and saw the introduction of the signature projects that remain an important part of the NSO’s life to this day. One example is the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral works in 1982; this has led to the creation of more than 60 works by more than 50 American composers, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. The American residencies, which took the NSO to 21 states, began during his time, with Alaska and Louisiana. Touring was a prominent part of Rostropovich’s tenure with the NSO: extensive travel around North and South America, four European Tours, the NSO’s first visits to Asia, and, in 1990, Rostropovich’s triumphant return to Russia after 16 years in exile for defending human rights. The capstone, the 1993 Russian visit in which the NSO became the first orchestra ever to perform in Red Square, ensured that the Rostropovich/NSO partnership was one heard around the world. Rostropovich’s time as music director had placed the NSO on the artistic map as never before.

Christoph Eschenbach

Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is in great demand by the finest orchestras and opera houses around the world.

Now in his seventh and final season with the NSO and Kennedy Center, he has, during his tenure thus far, taken the NSO on three international tours; through South and North America in 2012, to Europe and Oman in 2013, and to Europe 2016, earning great acclaim. He and the NSO have also performed together at Carnegie Hall. In 2016—2017, Eschenbach and the Orchestra perform in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, at the invitation of Olga Rostropovich, as part of the 2017 Rostropovich Festival, celebrating what would have been Mstislav Rostropovich's 90th birthday. In addition, his season with the NSO includes the East Coast premiere of an NSO co-commissioned work (Violin Concerto) by Wynton Marsalis, and the conclusion of Mahler Explored.

Highlights of Eschenbach's other engagements this season include leading a new production of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, guest conducting at the Orchestre de Paris, National Spanish Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Nederland Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra National de France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the with the Vienna Philharmonic for the worldwide televised Summer Night Concert in Schönbrunn palace.

In addition to his eight subscription weeks with the NSO, Eschenbach can be heard around the U.S. this season, leading concerts with the Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and on a 10-concert American tour with the historic German orchestra Bamberger Symphoniker of which Maestro Eschenbach is Honorary Conductor. He will also return to the Ravinia Festival this summer.

A prolific recording artist over five decades, Christoph Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. With the NSO he recorded, on the Ondine lable, Remembering JFK. Eschenbach's discography includes recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Ondine), the Orchestre de Paris (Ondine and Deutsche Grammophon), London Philharmonic (EMI/LPO Live), London Symphony (DG/BMG), Vienna Philharmonic (Decca), NDR Sinfonieorchester (BMG/Sony and Warner), and Houston Symphony (Koch), among others, and many performances as pianist. His recordings have received critical acclaim and prestigious honors, including the 2014 Grammy for “Best Classical Compendium”, BBC Magazine's Disc of the Month, Gramophone's Editors' Choice, and the German Record Critics' Award. His Ondine recording of the music of Kaija Saariaho with the Orchestre de Paris and soprano Karita Mattila won the 2009 MIDEM Classical Award in Contemporary Music. Of particular note is his recording and filming of the full cycle of Mahler symphonies with the Orchestre de Paris, available on his web site for free on-demand streaming.

Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Christoph Eschenbach has enjoyed a career which has included music directorships of the Orchestre de Paris (2000—2010), Philadelphia Orchestra (2003—2008), Ravinia Festival (1994—2003), NDR Sinfonieorchester (1998—2004), and Houston Symphony (1988—1999). He has also served as artistic director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (1999—2002) and as chief conductor and artistic director of the Tonhalle Orchestra (1982—1986). His many honors include the 2015 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize,  Légion d'Honneur; Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; Officer's Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit; and the Commander's Cross of the German Order of Merit for outstanding achievements. He also received the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Pacific Music Festival, where he was co-artistic director (1992—1998).

Eschenbach frequently mentors gifted young performers, and works regularly with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.  In Washington, he offers rehearsal opportunities to the students of the NSO's Youth Fellowship Program, side-by-side with the Orchestra.

Alisa Weilerstein

“A young cellist whose emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition, … Weilerstein is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship,” stated the MacArthur Foundation, when awarding American cellist Alisa Weilerstein a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship.

Weilerstein’s 2016-17 season has included, for the first time in her career, performances of Bach’s complete suites for unaccompanied cello: at Caramoor, in Washington, DC, and in London. In January she embarked on a nine-city U.S. tour with longtime recital partner Inon Barnatan and clarinetist Anthony McGill, including a concert in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and performances of a Joseph Hallman premiere composed for this trio. She toured Europe with Barnatan later in the spring, with stops in Salzburg and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Her busy concert schedule will feature Britten’s Cello Symphony with the New World Symphony and appearances at the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, at the concert halls of New York, Bergen, Stamford, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin. In February the cellist performed Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain… with Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, and in March gave the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Cello Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which co-commissioned the piece for her.

As an exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, Weilerstein releases her fifth album in September, playing Shostakovich’s two cello concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony under Pablo Heras-Casado, in performances recorded live last season. Her discography also includes Dvořák’s Cello Concerto; Solo, her compilation of unaccompanied 20th-century cello music; and Elgar and Elliott Carter’s cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, which was named BBC Music’s “Recording of the Year 2013”.

Weilerstein’s career milestones include an emotionally tumultuous account of Elgar’s concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Barenboim in Oxford, England, and a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. An ardent champion of new music, she has worked on multiple projects with Osvaldo Golijov and Pintscher and premiered works by Lera Auerbach and Joseph Hallman. She appears at major music festivals worldwide, and regularly collaborates with Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and the El Sistema education program.

Born in 1982, at 13, in October 1995, Weilerstein played Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations for her Cleveland Orchestra debut, and in March 1997 she made her first Carnegie Hall appearance with the New York Youth Symphony. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, the cellist also holds a degree in Russian history from Columbia University, from which she graduated in May 2004. The cellist is the winner of both Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal prize for exceptional achievement and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Weilerstein is a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Alisa Weilerstein

The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The history of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra – according to The Guardian’s definition, «one of the greatest and most exciting orchestras in the world» – began in 1882, when Alexander III had decreed the establishment of the Imperial Music Choir. Transformed into the Court Orchestra at the beginning of the 20th century, for the first time in Russia, the orchestra performed the symphonic poem «Ein Heldenleben» and «Thus spake Zarathustra» by R.Strauss, Mahler's First Symphony and Bruckner's Ninth Symphony, Scriabin's «Poem of Ecstasy», and Stravinsky’s First Symphony.

A.Nikish and R.Strauss conducted the orchestra as well as A.Glazunov, who dedicated the «Festival Overture» to the orchestra. In 1917, the Court Orchestra became the State Orchestra and was headed by S.Koussevitzky. In 1921, the orchestra was incorporated into the newly founded Petrograd Philharmonia, the first of its kind in the country. The unprecedented in scale activities of the orchestra drew a new and sometimes far from the classical music audience to its Grand Hall. Outstanding Russian musicians underwent a rigorous test of their conducting skills with the orchestra. Such legendary Western conductors as B.Walter, F.Weingartner, G.Abendroth, O.Fried, E.Kleiber, P.Monteux, and O.Klemperer; soloists V.Horowitz and S.Prokofiev, performed with the orchestra. The orchestra mastered a vast contemporary repertoire. In 1918, it presented the premiere of Prokofiev’s «Classical Symphony», in 1926 – Shostakovich’s First Symphony.

1938 ushered in a half-century of the «Age of Mravinsky» — years of hard work, which earned the orchestra a place among the most prominent orchestras of the world. In 1946, the orchestra embarked on its first foreign trip – and gave the first overseas performance in the country’s symphonic performance history. This was followed by regular tours around the world, performing at the most prestigious European festivals. A unique and creative alliance formed between D.Shostakovich and E.Mravinsky, to whom the composer dedicated the Eighth Symphony. The conductor and the orchestra performed five Shostakovich's symphonies for the first time. Alternating as the second conductor of the orchestra were K.Sanderling, A.Jansons and M.Jansons; at the podium were L.Stokowsky, L.Maazel, Z.Mehta, K.Mazur, E.Svetlanov, G.Rozhdestvensky; composers: B.Britten, A.Copland, Z.Kodaly, W.Lutoslawski, L.Berio, K.Penderecki, and soloists: V.Cliburn, G.Gould, A.Benedetti Michelangeli, I.Stern, S.Richter, E.Gilels, D.Oistrakh, L.Kogan, E.Virsaladze, G.Sokolov, V.Tretyakov, N.Gutman, and V.Spivakov.

Since 1988, Yuri Temirkanov has led the orchestra. Recently, the orchestra has been ranked in the top twenty orchestras in the world (according to Gramophone magazine), has participated in the most prestigious music festivals, added to its resume the season opening of Carnegie Hall and performed the premieres (world, Russian) of the works by Penderecki, Nono, Shchedrin, Tishchenko, and Slonimsky.

The plans for 2016/2017 Season include collaboration with such conductors as M.Janowski, M.Venzago, J. -C.Casadesus, I.Marin, V.Sinaisky, T.Sanderling, and soloists: D.Matsuev, R.Buchbinder, N.Lugansky, K.Gerstein, J.Fischer, S.Khachatryan, A.Kniazev, N.Kutcher, among others.

Yuri Temirkanov

Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he regularly undertakes major international tours and recordings.

He began his musical studies at the age of nine. When he was thirteen, he attended the Leningrad School for Talented Children where he continued his studies in violin and viola. Upon graduation, he attended the Leningrad Conservatory where he completed his studies in viola and later returned to study conducting, graduating in 1965. After winning the All-Soviet Conducting Competition in 1966, Yuri Temirkanov was invited by Kirill Kondrashin to tour Europe and the USA with David Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic.

Yuri Temirkanov made his debut with the St Petersburg Philharmonic in 1967 and was then invited to join the orchestra as Assistant Conductor to Yevgeny Mravinsky. 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 remained in this position until 1988.

Maestro Temirkanov has appeared with leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, La Scala, Milan, and others.

In 1979, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 1992 named Principal Conductor, a position he held until 1998. From 1992 to 1997 he was also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic and from 1998 to 2008 Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony from 2000 till 2006, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre until 2009. In 2010 – 2012, he was Music Director of Teatro Regio di Parma.

His numerous recordings include collaborations with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic.

For 12 days over the Christmas, Maestro Temirkanov hosts the annual International Winter Festival Arts Square in St Petersburg. Unique in its concept, the festival gathers artists of the highest caliber, confirming the status of St. Petersburg as one of the cultural capitals of Europe.

Maestro Temirkanov has been awarded the Order “For Merit for the Country” of all the four degrees. In 2003 and 2007, he received the Abbiati Prize for Best Conductor, and in 2003 was named Conductor of the Year in Italy. Recently, he was made an Honorary Academician of Santa Cecilia. In 2012 he was awarded “The Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy”, in 2014 the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, and in 2015 the “Order of the Rising Sun” (Japan) and “Una vita nella musica” Prize (Italy). In November 2015, Yuri Temirkanov was made the Honorary Conductor of the Academia Santa Cecilia Choir and Orchestra.

A press conference dedicated to the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival was held on the 2nd March at the TASS Information Agency

Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich introduced Festival's programme, its highlights and participants as well as other events and cultural initiatives foreseen this year to celebrate Maestro's 90th Birthday Anniversary. The press paid particular attention to the Festival's highlights – performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, USA, and the Russian debut of the two Japanese ensembles, the Yokohama Sinfonietta and the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo.

 

Music for a prima donna // Rossiyskaya Gazeta – Federal Issue №6932 (64)

Text by Irina Muravieva

This year Olga Rostropovich  dedicated the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival to the 90th birthday anniversary celebrations of Galina Vishnevskaya

The Festival has become one of the highspots of our country's cultural life, a series of brilliant events held to honour the memory  of those legendary figures of the classical music world, Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Слава Галины Вишневской и Мстислава Ростроповича и уваже- ние к памяти легенд мировой клас- сической музыки позволяют фестивалю стать одним из самых ярких событий в культурной жизни нашей страны. Фото: Из личного архива.

The Seventh International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival opened with a performance at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire of Mozart's Requiem, one of Vishnevskaya's and Rostropovich's favourite works. The Requiem Mass was performed by the Russian National Orchestra and the Yurlov Choir directed by Maestro Massimo Zanetti with a star-studded cast of operatic soloists. Olga Rostropovich, the artistic director of the Festival told the readers of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta about the Festival events, celebrating Galina Vishnevskaya's 90th birthday

The Festival opened with the Mozart Requiem, a work of eternal and symbolic significance, with a cast of soloists of a calibre worthy of Salzburg: Albina  Shagimuratova, Daniela Barcellona, Ramon Vargas, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (more…)

On April 5th the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the Closing Concert of the VII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival starring the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Mahler’s First Symphony

The most awaited and intriguing moment of the night was the piano solo played by the acclaimed conductor Myung-Whun Chung who for the last 15 years led the Orchestra. For Beethoven’s Concerto he teamed up with the Orchestra’s leading violinist Svetlin Roussev and leading cellist Eric Levionnois.

It was since his silver medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1974 that Maestro hadn’t appeared in Russia as pianist, said Myung-Whun Chung to the public just after he finished the Tchaikovsky’s Concerto. He claimed that it is a special feeling being at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire after more than 40 years. Little wonder the concert gave special vibes thanks to the utmost quality of music making, but also due to its exquisite and intimate atmosphere.

“I come back to the Mstislav Rostropovich Festival for two reasons,” said Maestro in his interview to Musicum magazine. “The first reason is personal as I know Olga Rostropovich in person; we went to the New York Juilliard School together some forty years ago. We know that personal connections in life are the most important. The second reason is my success at the Tchaikovsky Competition. Unfortunately I have never met Galina Vishnevskaya, but I worked with her wonderful husband on different occasions. Besides from being a brilliant artist she helped young singers a lot. She has inspired young people to make music.”

The VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will open on Maestro Rostropovich’s birthday, the 27th March 2017, and will be dedicated to Maestro’s 90th anniversary.

5 April

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire

Closing Gala Concert

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Conductor and Soloist Myung-Whun Chung piano

Svetlin Roussev
violin
Eric Levionnois cello

Ludwig van Beethoven
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”)
Photos by Alexander Kurov

4 April

Saint Petersburg
Hermitage Theatre

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Iolanta
Opera in Two Acts

Directed by Alexander Petrov
Conductor Alexander Solovyev
Soloists and Orchestra of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre

Photos by Alexander Gayduk

On April 3rd and 4th the Opera Centre’s soloists performed at Galina Vishnevskaya’s homeland in the framework of the VII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival: April 3 — a concert at the Palace of Youth in Kronstadt, April 4 — Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta at the Hermitage Theater

St. Petersburg’s audience is familiar with the work of the Opera Centre: Galina Vishnevskaya has brought her students to Kronstadt and St. Petersburg many times for concerts and opera performances. Kronstadt particularly remembers the performances dedicated to the celebration of the Great Victory: the projects The Music of Frontline Brigades in 2005 and The people's war begins… presented in 2010. This time the Centre’s soloists have prepared a special program, which included the most popular operatic pieces. The audience filled the Kronstadt Palace of Youth long before the start of the concert and warmly welcomed soloists of the Centre as the participants of the Rostropovich Festival.
The next day the Festival moved to the Palace Embankment, to the Hermitage Theatre. At this historic stage, in the unique interiors of the ceremonial hall, the performances of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre are perceived in a special way; as the great singer has confessed, she had fell in love with the Hermitage Theatre  at first sight not by chance.
The resumed production of Iolanta was presented by the Opera Centre on October 25, 2015 and was dedicated to Galina Vishnevskaya’s birthday. In addition to its own stage, the opera was successfully presented at the State Tchaikovsky’s Memorial Museum-Preserve in Klin, as well as in Irkutsk in celebration of the 90th birthday anniversary of Galina Vishnevskaya. The audience enthusiastically welcomed the young artists, for many of whom this performance had become a debut in St. Petersburg. The Opera Centre Orchestra was conducted by Alexander Solovyov. According to the Artistic Director of the Opera Centre and of the Festival — Olga Rostropovich — stressed that Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music gives each singer a chance to fully demonstrate their talent and technical capabilities.
The closing of the VII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will be held on April 5th at the Grand Hall of the Conservatory:  Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France will perform the Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello by Beethoven and Titan symphony by Mahler. Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who led the Orchestra of Radio France for the past 15 years, will perform not only at the conductor's podium, but also as piano part in Beethoven's Concerto, what is highly and justly anticipated by the Moscow’s audience.

On April 3rd and 4th the Opera Centre’s soloists performed at Galina Vishnevskaya’s homeland in the framework of the VII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival: April 3 — a concert at the Palace of Youth in Kronstadt, April 4 — Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta at the Hermitage Theater.St. Petersburg’s audience is familiar with the work of the Opera Centre: Galina Vishnevskaya has brought her students to Kronstadt and St. Petersburg many times for concerts and opera performances. Kronstadt particularly remembers the performances dedicated to the celebration of the Great Victory: the projects The Music of Frontline Brigades in 2005 and The people's war begins… presented in 2010. This time the Centre’s soloists have prepared a special program, which included the most popular operatic pieces. The audience filled the Kronstadt Palace of Youth long before the start of the concert and warmly welcomed soloists of the Centre as the participants of the Rostropovich Festival.The next day the Festival moved to the Palace Embankment, to the Hermitage Theatre. At this historic stage, in the unique interiors of the ceremonial hall, the performances of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre are perceived in a special way; as the great singer has confessed, she had fell in love with the Hermitage Theatre  at first sight not by chance.The resumed production of Iolanta was presented by the Opera Centre on October 25, 2015 and was dedicated to Galina Vishnevskaya’s birthday. In addition to its own stage, the opera was successfully presented at the State Tchaikovsky’s Memorial Museum-Preserve in Klin, as well as in Irkutsk in celebration of the 90th birthday anniversary of Galina Vishnevskaya. The audience enthusiastically welcomed the young artists, for many of whom this performance had become a debut in St. Petersburg. The Opera Centre Orchestra was conducted by Alexander Solovyov. According to the Artistic Director of the Opera Centre and of the Festival — Olga Rostropovich — stressed that Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music gives each singer a chance to fully demonstrate their talent and technical capabilities.The closing of the VII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will be held on April 5th at the Grand Hall of the Conservatory:  Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France will perform the Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello by Beethoven and Titan symphony by Mahler. Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who led the Orchestra of Radio France for the past 15 years, will perform not only at the conductor's podium, but also as piano part in Beethoven's Concerto, what is highly and justly anticipated by the Moscow’s audience.

3 April

Kronshtadt
Youth Palace
Concert by the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre Soloists

Photos by Alexander Gayduk

2 April

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Boris Brovtsyn violin

Edward Elgar
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Alexander von Zemlinsky
The Mermaid
Symphonic Fantasy

Photos by Alexander Gayduk

On the 2nd of April the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted a concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski as part of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

One of the most acclaimed orchestras of Great Britain renowned internationally, the orchestra appears at the Festival for the third time already, always selling full halls. Little wonder, as the audience appreciates, besides the utmost professional level of the orchestra’s musicians, the finest programme of each concert, cherry-picked by Maestro himself. This time the playbill boasted real musical treasures rarely played at the Concert Halls throughout the world: Elgar’s Violin Concert with Boris Brovtsyn, award-winner of the Yehudi Menuhin and Tibor Varga International Competitions, winner of the Reuters Prize, Hattori Foundation Award and Myra Hess Award. The violinist swept the audience away by his virtuosity, finest nuances and interpretation of deeply hided meanings: the concert is rarely performed due to its utmost technical complexity. The public acknowledged Brovtsyn with an ovation. In the second part of the night the orchestra played Zemlinsky’s Die Seejungfrau based on Andersen’s fairytale. The most part of the audience heard this piece for the first time as Zemlinsky’s music is little known in Russia. Amazing coincidence is that on the 2nd of April the world celebrated Andersen’s birthday; however, it is possible that it influenced Maestro’s choice.
“For the London Philharmonic Orchestra that in the past had actively worked with both Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich it is a special feeling to perform in Moscow in the year of Galina Vishnevskaya’s 90th birthday,” said Vladimir Jurowski. “Galina Vishnevskaya remains one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, woman of the most incredible artistic gifts and human qualities. This year marks a special date for the orchestra as well, as it celebrated 60 years since its first visit to the Soviet Union.”
The Festival will continue in the Galina Vishnevskaya native city. The 3rd of April will see the a concert by the soloists of the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre at the Yuth Palace in Kronstadt, and on the 4th of April the Hermitage Theatre will host Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, with the Orchestra of the Opera Centre will be lead by Alexander Solovyov.

On Tuesday 5 April, 7pm Radio Orphey (99.2 FM) will broadcast live
The Gala Closing Concert of the VII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival
from the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Soloists  Myung-Whun Chung (piano), Svetlin Roussev (violin), Eric Levionnois (cello).
Conductor Myung-Whun Chung.

March 30, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall: a concert performance of Verdi's Aida was presented with triumph, featuring the soloists, choir and orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Zubin Mehta

Aida was Galina Vishnevskaya’s favorite opera — in this role the great singer had made her debut at the Bolshoi Theater and then has repeatedly performed it on world’s best venues. That is why Olga Rostropovich, the Artistic Director, has chosen it as one of the central events of the Festival.

Almost all of the soloists, proposed by Zubin Mehta, performed in Moscow and in Russia for the first time; and this debut has lived up to expectations of the Moscow public, whose strictness is known to many world-class musicians.
The role of Aida was brilliantly sang by Uruguayan soprano Maria Jose Siri, the part of Amneris — by Italian mezzo Veronica Simeoni. Radames was intended for Fabio Sartori, who has fallen ill few days before and had to be replaced by Gregory Kunde. Russian debut of the tenor from the United States has surpassed all the audience’s expectations. The other parts were performed by Carlo Colombara, Simone Piazzolla, Giorgio Giuseppini, Maria Katsarava, Saverio Fiore. The choir and orchestra of the famous Florentine theater and festival under Zubin Mehta, who is going to celebrate 80th birthday anniversary in the end of April, have deserved a special admiration.

«I’ve never worked with Galina Vishnevskaya, — the maestro said, — but I have heard her a lot of times, the excellent performance of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in particular. She was not only a great singer, but also a great actress. The audience has always been at her feet. The Opera Centre, her school, whose graduates do fine international careers, is her huge contribution to the development of operatic art. Her work continues to live.»

The next concert of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will be held on April 2 at the Conservatory Grand Hall — London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski will perform together with Boris Brovtsyn (violin) as a soloist.

30 March

Tchaikovsky Hall

Giuseppe Verdi
Aida
Opera in Four Acts (concert version)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Principal Conductor Zubin Mehta

Maria José Siri soprano
Veronica Simeoni mezzo-soprano
Gregory Kunde tenor
Simone Piazzola baritone
Carlo Colombara bass
Giorgio Giuseppini bass
Maria Katzarava soprano
Saverio Fiore tenor

Photos by Alexander Kurov

Due to illness, Fabio Sartori will be replaced by Gregory Kunde (USA) as Radames in the performance of Aida on the 30th of March 2016


29 March

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire

Lucas Debargue piano

Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasy in C minor, K. 475

Frédéric Chopin
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Franz Liszt
Sonata in B minor, S.178

Photos by Alexander Kurov

Due to the illness of Sergey Polyakov, interpreter of the main role in the early announced Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre will perform Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta at the Hermitage Theatre in Saint Petersburg on the 4th of April


On 27 March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire Hosted the Opening Gala Concert of the VII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

Following an established tradition, the night opened with an address by Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich who gave her heartfelt thanks to the audience, musicians, the Ministry of Culture and the Moscow Department of Culture. “Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich were always together,” she said, “even when separated by long distance. For his whole life Mstislav Rostropovich worshiped Mom’s talent and beauty. And today their names are once again brought together. Their art nowadays is as alive as ever, for it carries love for humanity, goodness, mercy and fairness.” Musicians and Festival guests were also welcomed by Alexander Zhuravsky, Deputy Minister of Culture of Russia, and Alexander Kibovsky, Head of the Moscow Department of Culture, who thanked Olga Rostropovich for her mission which enriches the whole society rather than just Russian culture.

The Festival opened with Mozart's Requiem, one of the music pieces dearest to the hearts of Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich, performed by magnificent soloists Daniela Barcellona, Ramón Vargas and Ildebrando D’Archangelo, accompanied by the Russian National Orchestra and the Yurlov State Choir. The soprano part was sung by Albina Shagimuratova who stepped in for Barbara Frittoli unable to perform due to illness. Requiem was conducted by Massimo Zanetti, one of the major Italian conductors; this performance marked his Russian debut. “I conducted throughout the world, from the US to China, but for some reason I had never stepped onto the Russian soil. I am honoured to be invited to this Festival and to meet Olga Rostropovich in person. I am happy that Life wanted to cross our ways. Unfortunately I never witnessed “live” performances by maestro Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya, I only had the pleasure to get acquainted with their art through recordings. How would it be possible not to know these great artists? They left fantastic legacy,” told maestro Zanetti in his interview for Russia 24 TV Channel.

The Festival will continue on March 29 at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire with a recital by French pianist Lucas Debargue.

27 March

Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire
Opening Gala Concert

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626

Russian National Orchestra
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Mikhail Pletnev

Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir

Conductor Massimo Zanetti

Albina Shagimuratova soprano
Daniela Barcellona mezzo-soprano
Ramón Vargas tenor
Ildebrando D’Arcangelo bass-baritone

Photos by Alexander Kurov

Dear guests, due to Barbara Frittoli's illness the soprano part in Mozart's Requiem on the 27th of March will be sung by Albina Shagimuratova


A Requiem Service for Mstislav Rostropovich will be celebrated on Sunday 27 March at 1 p.m. at the Novodevichy Cemetery


Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Mikko Franck, Music Director

Heir of the first Philharmonic Orchestra founded in the 1930s by the French radio, the orchestra was re-established in the middle of the 1970s at the instigation of Pierre Boulez, who criticized the rigidity of the traditional symphony orchestras.

L’Orchestre Philharmonique can therefore cover a vast repertoire from the 18th century up until our time, written for either a small ensemble or a large orchestra. Each group is formed according to the composition of the works, several groups working simultaneously.
The first music directors of the orchestra were composer Gilbert Amy and conductor Marek Janowski. After more than 10 years at the head of the orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung is proud to have his orchestra considered as one of Europe’s most remarkable. The greatest conductors have joined Myung-Whun Chung, enriching the orchestra such as Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ton Koopman, or the most brilliant conductors of the new generation: Gustavo Dudamel, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Vasily Petrenko, Lionel Bringuier and Mikko Franck who succeed to Myung-Whun Chung in September 2015.
Mikko Franck, who has conducted the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003, presents his first season as musical director featuring fifteen programmes – including a carte blanche for the composer Magnus Lindberg – which reveal the scope of the repertoire championed by the Finnish conductor. The works of Rautavaara, the opera The Dead City by Korngold, Sibelius, Debussy, Mahler, Messiaen and Dutilleux, to name but a few, will all feature in the wide-ranging season with the Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also conduct Madame Butterfly by Puccini at the Chorégies d’Orange in summer 2016.

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France plays mainly in the recently inaugurated Auditorium de Radio France. The orchestra also takes part to the new Philharmonie de Paris.
All these concerts, broadcast on France Musique, are postcast on the Radio France website and some are also available on video-streaming on the ArteLiveWeb and Radio France websites. The orchestra is present as well on the France Televisions, Arte and Mezzo TV antennas. Its recording activity remains steady and more than 300 references are now available on iTunes.

The orchestra musicians integrate themselves in schools and in hospitals to visit sick children. Beside Myung-Whun Chung, they have been ambassadors of UNICEF since 2007. They have also imagined a Philharmonic Academy in partnership with the Conservatoire de Paris.

The Orchestre Philharmonique created a website especially dedicated to the young audience (www.zikphil.fr). It enjoys the support of its principal patron, Amundi and of different partners brought together in the Music and Radio Foundation.

Daniela Barcellona

Daniela Barcellona was born in Trieste, where she attended her musical and vocal studies under the guidance of M° Alessandro Vitiello. She won numerous international competitions, including the Aldo Belli in Spoleto, Iris Adami Corradetti in Padua and the Pavarotti International in Philadelphia. Her career has had a blazing start in the summer of 1999, when, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, she debuted the role of Tancredi becoming one of the most important and required interpreters at international level.

In Italy has been acclaimed several times at La Scala in Milan (Lucrezia Borgia, Iphigenie En Aulide, Il Viaggio A Reims, La Donna Del Lago, Luisa Miller, Falstaff), at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Tancredi, La Donna Del Lago, Semiramide, Bianca E Falliero, Adelaide Di Borgogna, Maometto Ii, Sigismondo, Stabat Mater, Petite Messe Solemnelle), at Teatro Regio in Turin (Anna Bolena, Tancredi, Don Carlo, Verdi Requiem), at Teatro dell'Opera in Rome (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, La Fiamma, Cenerentola, L'italiana In Algeri, Tancredi, Semiramide), in Bologna (Giulio Cesare) and Florence (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, L'italiana In Algeri, Tancredi, Orfeo Ed Euridice), in Santa Cecilia (Verdi Requiem, Il Viaggio A Reims, Petite Messe Solemnelle) and Festival dei due mondi in Spoleto, Sferisterio Festival in Macerata (Norma and Verdi Requiem), at Arena and Teatro Filarmonico in Verona (Verdi Requiem, Aida, L'italiana In Algeri), in Parma (Norma) and San Carlo in Naples (Anna Bolena, Orfeo Ed Euridice), at Carlo Felice in Genoa (Cenerentola, Verdi Requiem, La Favorite), at Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Stabat Mater, Norma), at Teatro Verdi in Trieste (Simone Mayr's Ginevra Di Scozia, Tancredi, L'italiana In Algeri).

In the international field, she was guest of the Berlin Philharmonic and the orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Norma and La Donna Del Lago, the Royal Opera House in London with La Donna Del Lago. She also performed at the Opera House and the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris with I Capuleti Ed I Montecchi, La Donna Del Lago, Don Carlo, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (L'italiana In Algeri), Teatro Real in Madrid (Semiramide, Tancredi, Rake's Progress), Liceo in Barcelona with Semiramide, Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Berlioz' Les Troyens and Aida), at Staatsoper in Vienna (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, L'italiana In Algeri), in Geneva (Semiramide), Amsterdam, Dresden Semperoper (Verdi Requiem, L'italiana In Algeri, La Favorite), Opera in Tel Aviv (Norma), Oviedo (L'italiana In Algeri, Tancredi) and in Salzburger Festival (Verdi Requiem, Romeo Et Juliette, La Donna Del Lago, I Capuleti E I Montecchi), with Sydney Opera House, Festival «Radio France et Montpellier» with La Donna Del Lago, in Las Palmas (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, I Capuleti Ed I Montecchi, La Favorite), Tokio (Tancredi, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia) and at Opera de Wallonie in Liege (La Donna Del Lago).

She has collaborated with some of the greatest conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Roberto Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Myun-wun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Gianandrea Noseda, George Pretre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Alberto Zedda.

Among the major awards that have been assigned we remember the italian Premio Abbiati, awards Lucia Valentini-Terrani and Aureliano Pertile, Opera Award 2002, the prize CD Classica , theRossini gold and S. Giusto d'oro (the youngest award-winning).

Numerous recordings, which include monographs A. Scarlatti and G. B. Pergolesi (published by Sony), Rossini (Stabat Mater, Petite Messe Solemnelle, Giovanna d'arco, two editions of Tancredi (the first edition of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, conducted by M° G. Gelmetti), Bianca E Falliero, Adelaide Di Borgogna, Sigismondo and Il Viaggio A Reims), Bellini (two editions of Norma), Mayr and Meyerbeer (respectively, Ginevra Di Scozia and Margherita D’anjou), Verdi Requiem ( in the famous recording with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic), to the monumental Berlioz' Les Troyens, with the conduction of V. Gergiev.

After the recent successes at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London, at Teatro Regio in Turin, at Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris and Arena di Verona, where she made his debut in the major Verdi roles, her closest commitments will see her again on the stages of New York, Chicago, Milan, Tokyo, London, Munich, Beijing, Berlin, Turin, Amsterdam and Verona, engaged in new productions, symphony concerts and recitals. We remember for example Aida in Paris, Semiramide in Münich and London, Falstaff in Chicago, Tancredi in Marsiglia.

Ramon Vargas

Ramon Vargas is one of the most celebrated artists of our day and has been praised internationally for his appearances in all the world's leading theaters such as the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bastille in Paris, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Zurich Opera, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, and many others.

Born in Mexico City, Ramon Vargas made his professional debut there in Puccini's Il Tabarro followed by appearances as Fenton in Falstaff, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and as Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress. He completed his professional training at the Vienna State Opera Studio and after winning the Enrico Caruso Competition in Italy, the first of many such awards he has been presented with, Vargas joined the Lucerne Opera. He made his debut there as Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and also in roles such as Tamino in Die Zauberfloete, and Elvino in La Sonnambula, and the title role in Werther. His important international debuts quickly followed with Vargas bowing at the Vienna State Opera in Die Zauberflote, Maria Stuarda and Falstaff, the latter under Seiji Ozawa, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, at the Zurich Opera in Fra Diavolo and at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in Mose in Egitto. He appeared in Marseilles in Lucia di Lammermoor and was first heard at the Opera National de Paris in Rossini's Stabat Mater under Myung-Whun Chung.

Among his most acclaimed portrayals are Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Manrico in Il Trovatore, the title role in Don Carlos, the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. The artist’s most recent additions to his repertoire are Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller, which he sang for the first time in a new production of the work in Munich in 2007 and the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo, first at the Salzburg Festival and in Paris; as well as Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon, Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro alla Scala.

Mr. Vargas also appears frequently all over the world in concert and recital. In the summer of 2008 he starred Gala concert in Beijing opposite Renee Fleming as well as in two other concerts celebrating the Olympic Games.

In the current 2015/2016 season Mr. Vargas can be seen in the title role of Don Carlo at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and the Vienna State Opera, as Rodolfo in La Boheme at Teatro alla Scala, and as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon at Vienna State Opera, where he has been honored with the title of Kammersänger.

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

Considered one of the most interesting and overwhelming voices of his generation, the musicality and the psychological depth of his performances has quickly attracted the attention of conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Myung — Whun Chung, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano and Sir Georg Solti.

Winner in 1989 and in '91 of the Toti dal Monte international competition.

His extensive repertoire includes works by Bellini, Berlioz, Boito, Donizetti, Handel, Stravinsky, Verdi, Mozart and Rossini.

He's a regular guest in the major opera houses of the world such as the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Covent Garden in London, Bastille Opera in Paris, the Liceu in Barcelona, ​​the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; as well as in prestigious festivals such as Salzburg and Baden -Baden.
Some of his best performances were published on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Virgin.

Recently he sang in Don Giovanni at the Los Angeles Opera and in San Diego, Don Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Cenerentola and Le Nozze Di Figaro in Vienna, Attila in Bilbao, a new production of Don Giovanni at Salzburg Festspiele and Il Turco In Italia at Covent Garden in London, Le Nozze Di Figaro in Berlin.

His upcoming engagements include Carmen in Munich, La Damnation De Faust in Berlin and Liege, Don Giovanni in San Francisco and Salzburg, La Cenerentola and Simon Boccanegra in Vienna, Semiramide in London.

Massimo Zanetti

Massimo Zanetti maintains a high-profile international career in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls : a dynamic and accomplished presence, he is particularly noted for his expertise in the 19th century Italian repertoire.

He began the 2015/16 season leading Verdi's Don Carlos (French version) at the ABAO Bilbao and returned to the Berlin Staatsoper for Mozart's Don Giovanni. In February 2016 he conducted Puccini's Tosca at the San Diego Opera, followed by Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Zanetti will conduct the opening concert at the VII International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow , leading Russian National Orchestra in the Mozart’s Requiem.

Recent season highlights included a return to Teatro alla Scala di Milano conducting Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi's I due Foscari featuring Plácido Domingo at Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) and Verdi’s Otello at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Two highly acclaimed concert performances of Simon Boccanegra with the Wiener Symphoniker and Thomas Hampson in the title role at the Vienna Konzerthaus culminated in a live CD recording for Decca, as well as concerts with Anna Netrebko at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.

As a guest conductor on the operatic stage, he has appeared with houses world-wide including Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Opéra de Paris (Bastille), Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Torino, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Teatro Real de Madrid, ABAO Bilbao, and the NCPA Beijing, among many others. He held the position of Music Director of the Flemish Opera from 1999–2002, leading highly-acclaimed productions including Salome and Pelléas et Melisande, in addition to many symphonic concerts as part of the season.

Over the last ten years, Zanetti has worked regularly at the Semperoper Dresden and has conducted new productions including Otello, Carmen, Le nozze di Figaro and Norma as well as several symphonic concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden. He enjoys a close relationship with the Staatskapelle Berlin and is a regular guest also at Berlin’s Staatsoper. Following his debut with Norma in 2002, productions have included L’italiana in Algeri, Carmen, La bohème, L'elisir d'amore, La traviata and Don Carlo. After his debut in 2008 he has maintained a close collaboration with the Zürich Opera, most recently leading new productions of Luisa Miller and revivals of La fanciulla del West, Anna Bolena, Turandot, Otello and La bohème. In 2007 he made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut with a new production of Luisa Miller and has returned for numerous revivals. Zanetti has also appeared at Teatro Regio di Parma’s prestigious Verdi Festival with Rigoletto (2008), Nabucco (2009 ), I vespri siciliani (2010) and Un ballo in maschera (2013) , as well as Puccini’s Tosca.

As a symphonic conductor, Massimo Zanetti has worked regularly with the Czech Philharmonic, the Weimar Staatskapelle and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, in addition to leading the Bamberger Symphoniker, Stuttgart Radio Symphony and NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras and the New Zealand Symphony. In the UK, Zanetti worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Hallé Orchestra including both concerts and a UK tour. In Asia, he developed a close relationship with the NHK Symphony Tokyo, as well as with the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, a collaboration that will continue in forthcoming seasons. He has also worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Zanetti led the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in critically-acclaimed performances of Verdi’s Requiem.

Massimo Zanetti’s recordings include Flavio Testi’s Saül (Naïve, 2004) and a Decca release of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra (2013), as well as DVD releases by C Major within the ‘Tutto Verdi’ project of Rigoletto (2008) and I vespri siciliani (2010) from the Teatro Regio di Parma.

Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir

Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir is one of the most prominent music companies of long standing in Russia.

It stands quite apart from the rest of similar companies for its unique repertoire covering nearly all types of Russian and West-European cantata and oratorio genres, ranging from Bach’s Mass in h-mall to the 20th-century music, as, for instance Britten’s War Requiem or Requiem by Alfred Schnitke. It has to its credit participation in opera stagings, therefore it includes the best of world opera pieces in its concert programmes. And yet, it is mostly devoted to what is spiritually the closest to the Yurlov Choir, Russian sacred music by Bortnyansky, Berezovsky, Kastalsky, Grechaninov, Chesnokov and Rachmaninov, among other Russian composers. It is also famous for its most inspired, vivid presentation of Russian folk songs.

Among its members are young talented singers, former graduates of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Russian Gnesins Music Academy, as well as other conservatories throughout Russia. Many of them graduated in both choir conducting and singing.

The Yurlov Choir is a regular participant in such Russian and international music festivals, as the Moscow Easter Festival, Internaional Festival of Sacred Music held in Vilnius and Kaunas, and International Festival of Church Music organized in Warsaw, Krakow and Belostok.

The company devotes much time to foreign tours, winning wide international acclaim since the inception of the “Yurlov era”. Its guest tour itinerary contains over twenty countries, including France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Chech Republic, Great Britain, among others. Its presentations, always sonorous, majestic and melodious, are enchanting, and their audiences are carried away, as foreign newspapers point out in their reviews. For the last five years the Choir gave more than 100 concerts in Russia and the world over, including the Russian Golden Ring cities of Rostov, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, etc., as well as cities in the Volga Area, the Urals and Siberia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Poland, North Korea and Spain.

The Choir director since 2004, Gennady Dmitryak is a prominent Russian choir and orchestra conductor. He is engaged in a great deal of concerts in Russia and outside it, apart from his activity as the head of the choir conducting department, holding the title of Professor at the Moscow State University of Art and Culture.

Gennady Dmitryak frequently appears as a jury member at international choir contests. For several years he had held the position of head of the choir and conducting master-class at the Summer Religious Academy in Serbia. He has had quite a few recordings of the four centuries of Russian sacred music made, and ten CDs produced as a result.

Gennady Dmitryak took great efforts to bring the Yurlov Choir’s art of singing to perfection and to widen the scope of its concert and educational activity. The Choir today is one of the most popular and successful music companies of Russia.

The Choir gives concerts together with such renowned companies, as the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Novaya Rossia State Academic Orchestra, Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra under Pavel Kogan, Russian Cinematography SSO and others. In the last few years, the Yurlov choir appeared in concerts under many famous symphony orchestra conductors, among them are Gorenshtein, Bashmet, Kogan, Curentzis, Skripka, Nekrasov, Sladkovsky, Fedotov, Stadler, Schtrobel (Germany), and Kapasso.

Barbara Frittoli

Born in Milan and graduated from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi with distinction where she was trained by Giovanna Canetti. Prize-winner at numerous international competitions. Highlights of the singer’s career include the roles of the Countess Rosina (Le nozze di Figaro, Ferrara, 1994), Desdemona (Otello, the Salzburg Easter Festival, 1996, and the Teatro Regio in Turin, 1997, under Claudio Abbado), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte, Wiener Staatsoper, 1994, 1997 and 2002; the Ravenna Festival, under Riccardo Muti; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1998 under Sir Colin Davis), Verdi’s Requiem (with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Paris under Claudio Abbado, 1997), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Salzburg Festival, 1999, under Lorin Maazel), Liù (Turandot, Opéra Bastille, 1997, under Georges Prêtre, and on tour to China in 1998 with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre under Zubin Mehta). In 1998 in Beirut the singer gave a recital to great acclaim together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala under Riccardo Muti, and she later performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the ensemble in Jerusalem.

Barbara Frittoli recently returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the role of Desdemona in Otello under James Levine. Previously she had performed the role of Desdemona in Brussels (1994, conducted by Antonio Pappano), Vienna (1999), Nice (2001) and Florence (2003, conducted by Zubin Mehta), and she recently made her debut in this role in Munich. The singer’s most recent engagements include the roles of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne Festival, Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera), Elettra (Idomeneo, re di Creta in Dresden under Colin Davis), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), the title role in the opera Luisa Miller at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and returns to the Grand Opéra in Paris in productions of Simon Boccanegra and Otello.

Barbara Frittoli has performed at the Teatro alla Scala on numerous occasions. At the opening of the 2000 – 2001 season she sang as Leonora in Il trovatore; there she has also sung as Alice Ford (Falstaff), Desdemona (Otello), the Countess Rosina (Le nozze di Figaro), Anaï (Moïse et Pharaon) and again as Alice Ford, under the baton of Riccardo Muti. The conductor and the singer recently featured in a memorial concert in New York at the site of the 11 September terrorist attacks. Natale de Carolis and Giuseppe Sabbatini also performed there. Over the course of her dazzling career the singer has performed leading roles in numerous productions including Pergolesi’s Il flaminio (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1993), Mimì in La Bohème (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1992; Wiener Staatsoper, 1993; Teatro Comunale, Florence, under Semyon Bychkov, 1994; Metropolitan Opera, 1995), Micaëla in Carmen (Philadelphia, 1992; Wiener Staatsoper, 1993; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1994; Metropolitan Opera, 1995), Countess Rosina in Le nozze di Figaro (Wiener Staatsoper, 1994 and 2005 under Riccardo Muti; Teatro alla Scala, 1997, also under Muti; Salzburg Festival, 1998), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1999; Opéra Bastille, Paris, 2000 under Charles Mackerras), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1994; Wiener Staatsoper, 1997 and 1998; Opéra Bastille, Paris, 1999 under James Conlon; Salzburg Festival under Lorin Maazel; Teatro Regio in Turin and the Teatro Comunale in Florence, 2005), Sifare in Mitridate, re di Ponto (Teatro Regio, Turin, 1994; Paris, 2000 under Christophe Rousset), Medora in Il corsaro (Teatro Regio, Turin, 1996), Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Wiener Staatsoper, 1992 and 1996), Alice Ford in Falstaff (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1997 under Daniele Gatti; Teatro Comunale, Florence, 1998 under Antonio Pappano; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1999 under Bernard Haitink), Amelia in Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Comunale, Bologna, 1998 under Daniele Gatti; Zurich Opera, 2002; Teatro Regio in Turin and the Wiener Staatsoper, 2003), Marguerite in Faust (Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, 2000), Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera, 2002 under James Levine), Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo (the singer’s debut in the role at the Teatro Comunale, Florence, under Zubin Mehta in autumn 2004) and Liù in Turandot (Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona).

Barbara Frittoli’s concert repertoire is also extremely broad, including Haydn’s oratorio The Creation (Teatro alla Scala, 1994), Verdi’s Requiem (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, with the Orchestra Filarmonica of the Teatro alla Scala under Riccardo Muti, 1995; Milan, with the same conductor, 1997; again in Milan and Vienna with Muti, 2001; Amsterdam under Riccardo Chailly, Florence under Zubin Mehta, London under Valery Gergiev, New York under Muti and Boston, 2002 and London, 2005), Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brussels under Antonio Pappano), Vier Letzte Lieder (Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi, Milan, 1996; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre, 2000), Mozart’s Great Mass (London Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis, 1996), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Ravenna Festival and at the Wiener Musikverein under Riccardo Muti, 1996), Rossini’s Stabat Mater (London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1994; Amsterdam, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, 1997), Gounod’s oratorio Mors et vita (with the Hessen Radio Orchestra under Marcello Viotti, 1999) and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (Amsterdam, under Bernard Haitink, 2002). The singer recently appeared to great acclaim in an Evening of Song at the Bologna Festival, where she performed vocal works by Beethoven, Schubert and Henri Duparc.

Barbara Frittoli’s discography includes such recordings as Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (under Riccardo Muti, EMI), Turandot (the role of Liù under Zubin Mehta, BMG), Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater, I pagliacci (the role of Nedda under Riccardo Chailly), La Bohème (the role of Mimì under Zubin Mehta), discs of arias by Mozart (under Charles Mackerras) and Verdi (under Colin Davis, recorded on the Erato label, Idomeneo, re di Creta (under Charles Mackerras, EMI), Bellini’s Arie da Camera with José Carreras (Erato), Boccherini’s Stabat Mater (under Mattia Rondelli, Sony), Il trovatore (under Riccardo Muti, Sony).
The singer’s DVD releases include Otello with Plácido Domingo and Leo Nucci under Riccardo Muti, Moïse et Pharaon with Ildar Abdrazakov and Giuseppe Filianoti under Riccardo Muti, Falstaff with Bryn Terfel and Roberto Frontali under Bernard Haitink, Falstaff with Ruggero Raimondi and Mario Lanza under Zubin Mehta, Turandot with Giovanna Casolla and Sergei Larin under Zubin Mehta, Turandot with Luana DeVol and Franco Farina under Giuliano Carella, a New Year Gala Concert at the Teatro La Fenice with Walter Fraccaro and Ferruccio Furlanetto under Roberto Abbado, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Biagio Antonacci under Riccardo Muti, a Verdi Gala with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras under Zubin Mehta, Così fan tutte with Angelika Kirchschlager and Michael Shade under Riccardo Muti and Thaïs with Lado Anateli under Gianandrea Noseda.

Future seasons will see performances in the title role of the opera Thaïs (Turin), Verdi’s Requiem under Antonio Pappano (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), the operas Così fan tutte (Valencia), Le nozze di Figaro (Madrid), Simon Boccanegra (Boston and New York under James Levine), Le nozze di Figaro (Opéra National de Paris and Bayerische Staatsoper), Carmen and Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera), Luisa Miller (Turin, Tokyo, Yokohama), La Bohème (on tour with the Teatro Teatro Regio, Turin) and Adriana Lecouvreur (Barcelona).

Lucas Debargue

Born in 1990, Lucas Debargue started to play piano at age 11 at Compiegne Conservatoire under the guidance of professor Muenier. He got quickly fascinated by the virtuoso repertoire but it was not until 10 years later, after he had become a holder of scientific baccalaureate and of a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Paris 7 Diderot University, that he decided to come back to studying piano at professional level.

After a year of studies at the Beauvais Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Tamborini he encountered professor Rena Shereshevskaya in 2011 at the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire and this encounter became decisive to him: at first she prepared him to the examinations to enter the Paris National Superior Conservatoire; he was admitted unanimously to the class of professor Jean-François Heisser where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2015. Seeing in him a future of a great piano interpreter, Rena Shereshevskaya admitted him in her class at the Superior Paris Music School of Alfred Cortot to prepare him for grand international competitions. Supported by School Cortot and Foundation Zaleski, this work resulted initially in the First Prize at the Ninth Gaillard International Competition (France) in 2014 and the next year in the Fourth Prize at the prestigious Fifteenth Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, where he became also the only participant among all disciplines who was awarded a Special Prize of Moscow Musical Critics.

Since then he is invited to play solo and with famous philharmonic orchestras (conducted by Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Anrey Boreyko, Leonid Grin, to name a few) in the most prestigious concert halls in Moscow, Saint Petersburg (where he has already made his debut by the initiative of Valery Gergiev), in Italy, the UK, Canada, Chili, the USA and others. In particular, he was invited to play a closing recital on December 30, 2015, at the prestigious “December Nights” Festival at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

Having a passion for literature, painting, movie and jazz and being engaged in creative work, Luca Debargue dreams to discover rare music (Medtner, Roslavets, Maykapar etc) and to develop very personal interpretations of a thoroughly selected repertoire.

He continues to work with Rena Shereshevskaya at the School Cortot and is going to compete the next year for a “concert artist” diploma and the Cortot Prize.

Veronica Simeoni

Veronica Simeoni, born in Rome, graduated from the Music Conservatoire in Adria (Italy) and continued her musical training under the guidance of Raina Kabaivanska at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and at the State University in Sofia. Subsequently she successfully participated in numerous international competitions. Simeoni debuted in 2005 singing Cuniza in Verdi’s Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio on tour in Japan with Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto. Later she debuted in Spoleto as Azucena (Il trovatore).

During the following year Simeoni performs Charlotte (Werther) at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina; Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Teatro alla Scala, under the baton of Riccardo Chailly; Samson et Dalila in Bologna; Jocasta in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex in Trieste directed by Giorgio Pressburger.

Simeoni is also interested in vocal chamber music repertory: she performes works by Berlioz, Debussy and Fauré, as well as such masterpieces as Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder, Mahler's Wunderhorn-Lieder and Shostakovich's Six Poems by Marina Tsvetayeva.

Between 2009 and 2012 she sings Verdi’s Requiem in St. Petersburg conducted by Yuri Temirkanov; Zaida in Donizetti’s Dom Sébastien at Nuremberg State Theatre; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Oviedo and Rome conducted by Lorin Maazel; a concert in Busseto at the Verdi Festival; a greatly acclaimed role debut of Dido in Les Troyens conducted by Valery Gergiev in Valencia, directed by La Fura dels Baus; Maderna’s Requiem at Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice; R. Strauss’s Il Borghese Gentiluomo at Teatro Comunale in Bologna; she debuts Fenena (Nabucco) in Palermo and Quickly (Falstaff) with Renato Bruson in Reggio Calabria; Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in Bologna with Asher Fisch; Carmen in Mexico City and Macerata; Madama Butterfly at Arena di Verona; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Dobbiaco; Maria Stuarda in Modena and Piacenza (Elizabeth, role debut). She stars in Il trovatore at Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, in Venice and in Bordeaux, where she also interprets Suzuki in Madama Butterfly; she makes her role debut as Adalgisa (Norma) in Sassari, performs as Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at La Scala, Norma and Roméo et Juliette in Turin.

Recently Simeoni appears in Nabucco at La Scala, Verdi’s Requiem in Antwerpen and Bologna, Maria Stuarda in Bilbao, Roberto Devereux and La straniera (Isoletta) in Zurich, Guillaume Tell at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

Among recent and future engagements: L’Africaine, opening season premiere, and Il trovatore at Gran Teatro La Fenice; Verdi’s Requiem in Valencia, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and in Florence under the baton of Daniele Gatti; Norma in Cagliari, Venice, Turin, Madrid; Rossini’s Petite Messe in Pesaro; Don Carlo, Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena and Aida at Zurich Opernhaus; Madama Butterfly at Arena di Verona, again Roberto Devereux in Berlin, Madrid and Munich; Werther in Lisbon and Rome, Die Bassariden in Rome, La favorita in Venice, Carmen in Bologna and Turin, Verdi’s Requiem on stage version in Zurich.

Giorgio Giuseppini

Born in Massa, Giorgio Giuseppini began his vocal studies with Clara Foti and then specialized under the guidance of Carlo Badioli, Aldo Protti and Vittorio Rosetta.

Giorgio Giuseppini has subsequently started a brilliant career, having performed in the major opera and concert houses throughout Europe. His past seasons were marked by several successful interpretations of the main Verdi's operas, such as Aida (performed in Caracalla and at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse), Rigoletto (at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova), Il trovatore (at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Nabucco (at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and at the Sferisterio di Macerata), Simon Boccanegra, Jérusalem and La forza del destino at the Teatro Regio di Torino, I masnadieri, Macbeth at Royal Opera House Muscat, Don Carlo at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

Giorgio Giuseppini also performed in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Macerata Opera Festival, in Bellini's Norma (at the Zürich Opernhaus and Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona) and in Puccini's Turandot (at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, at the Arena di Verona and at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna), as well as in Benvenuto Cellini and Maria Stuarda at the Opera di Roma, Caterina Cornaro at Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, Don Giovanni in Santiago, Chile, La Gioconda in Genoa, Werther at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (recorded for Decca). He has been recently heard in Don Carlo at the Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, La Sonnambula (Conte Rodolfo) in Zürich and Médée at Théâtre du Châtelet.

Giorgio Giuseppini also enjoys a successful collaboration with the Teatro alla Scala, where he appeared in such numerous works as Don Carlo, Les Troyens, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Sigismondo, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, I due Foscari, Moïse et Pharaon, La Gioconda and Nabucco.

During his career Giorgio Giuseppini has performed under the baton of some of the most outstanding conductors, such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Colin Davis, Daniele Gatti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Riccardo Chailly, Roberto Abbado and Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos.

In the next future he will perform La Gioconda in Beijing, Rigoletto at Opera di Firenze under the baton of M. Zubin Mehta and Il barbiere di Siviglia and Les pêcheurs de perles for the opening night of the New Dubai Opera Theatre.

Zubin Mehta, Principal Conductor

Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 in Bombay and received his first musical education under his father’s Mehli Mehta’s guidance who was a noted concert violinist and the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. After a short period of pre-medical studies in Bombay, he left for Vienna in 1954 where he eventually entered the conducting programme under Hans Swarowsky at the Akademie für Musik. Zubin Mehta won the Liverpool International Conducting Competition in 1958 and was also a prizewinner of the summer academy at Tanglewood. By 1961 he had already conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras and has recently celebrated 50 years of musical collaboration with all three ensembles.

Zubin Mehta was Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1961 to 1967 and also assumed the Music Directorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1962, a post he retained until 1978. In 1969 he was appointed Music Adviser to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and was made Music Director of that orchestra in 1977. In 1981 the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra awarded him the title of Music Director for life. Zubin Mehta has conducted over three thousand concerts with this extraordinary ensemble including tours spanning five continents. In 1978 he took over the post as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic commencing a tenure lasting 13 years, the longest in the orchestra’s history. Since 1985, he has been chief conductor of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.

Zubin Mehta made his debut as an opera conductor with Tosca in Montreal in 1963. Since then he has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Scala Milano, and the opera houses of Chicago and Florence as well as at the Salzburg Festival. Between 1998 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In October 2006 he opened the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia and was the President of the annual Festival del Mediterrani in Valencia until June 2014 where he conducted the celebrated Ring cycle with the Fura del Baus in coproduction with the Florence opera house. Other Ring cycles were completed at the Chicago Opera and the Bavarian State Opera.

Zubin Mehta’s list of awards and honours is extensive and includes the “Nikisch-Ring” bequeathed to him by Karl Böhm. He is an honorary citizen of both Florence and Tel Aviv and was made an honorary member of the Vienna State Opera in 1997, of the Bavarian State Opera in 2006 and of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien in 2007. The title of “Honorary Conductor” was bestowed to him by the following orchestras: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2001), Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (2004), Los Angeles Philharmonic (2006), Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (2006), Staatskapelle Berlin (2014) and Bavarian State Orchestra (2006), with whom he performed in Srinagar, Kashmir in September 2013.

In October 2008 Zubin Mehta was honoured by the Japanese Imperial Family with the “Praemium Imperiale”. In March 2011 Zubin Mehta received a special distinction, in getting a star on the Hollywood Boulevard. The Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was bestowed to him in July 2012. The Indian Government honoured him in September 2013 with the “Tagore Award for cultural harmony” which a year earlier was awarded to Ravi Shankar.

Zubin Mehta continues to support the discovery and furtherance of musical talents all over the world. Together with his brother Zarin he is a co-chairman of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay where more than 200 children are educated in Western Classical Music. The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv develops young talent in Israel and is closely related to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, as is a new project of teaching young Arab Israelis in the cities of Shwaram and Nazareth with local teachers and members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Carlo Colombara

Carlo Colombara is considered one of the most important Italian verdian basses in the world.
His forays into bel canto and romantic repertoire as part of French culture have also been received with unanimous applause from audiences and critics alike. His powerful voice timbre, wide, deep and agile with great communication skills and convincing actor skills, ensure a place of honour in the contemporary operatic world.

Colombara fell in love with the opera at the age of nine, having witnessed a Carmen at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, his native city. He began his musical training at age 12, studying piano, while the study of singing, his great passion, starts at 15, also in Bologna with Paride Venturi. In 1986 he won the prize for the best Italian singer of the Gian Battista Viotti competition; the following year he was awarded the first prize in the As.Li.Co competition, just before his debut in Teatro dell'Opera di Roma with Silva in Ernani. It marked a start of an acclaimed international career with invitations from Tokyo, London, Berlin and the Vienna State Opera.

Today, after twenty years of career, during which he worked with the most important conductors and directors of the international scene, Carlo Colombara continues to widen his repertoire pushed by his restless artistic spirit and a great vocation for singing and the theatre. In recent years Colombara debuted successfully the roles of Boito’s Mefistofele, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, Don Pasquale, his first foray into Italian opera buffa, four bass roles in Les contes d'Hoffmann and Don Giovanni. In 2012, he debuted the role of Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca in Prague and Parma in concert.
Colombara received the widest acclaim for his interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem, a part he has performed more that 100 times. He also sang Zechariah at the Stuttgart State Opera and at the Arena di Verona and Fiesco of Simon Boccanegra in Vienna and Salerno. His only non-Verdi raids were The Favorite at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Petite Messe Solennelle in Paris and Vienna and Mefistofele at the Teatro Regio di Parma.
The year 2014 saw his over-awaited debut in El Juez, a new work of Kolonovits with José Carreras at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. The same year, Colombara participated with great success in a historic edition of Simon Boccanegra in Piacenza and Modena, and took part in the celebrations of the great Bulgarian bass Boris Christoff at the Theatre of Sofia in 3 productions (Aida, Nabucco, Don Carlo). Then he performed Verdi's Requiem under Antonio Pappano in London, sang La Favorite with Elīna Garanča, Juan Diego Florez and Ludovic Tezier in Salzburg, Luisa Miller in Genova and Attila in Catania. In 2015 he appeared with great success in Aida, La bohéme and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Teatro alla Scala di Milano with Zubin Mehta, Aida in Arena di Verona, and Maria Stuarda in Paris, and in the big Concerto in Memory of Elena Obraztsova at the Bolshoi theatre of Moscow. With Zubin Mehta he participated in the spectacular production of Turandot in the forbidden city of Beijing, a show broadcast throughout the world and available on CD and DVD.
In the forthcoming seasons he is expected in La Scala for Rigoletto, Anna Bolena, Aida, Norma in Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Aida in Barcelona and many others proudciton in the most important theaters in the world.

Colombara’s discography include numerous recordings for the most important international reording labels. In addition he participated in several radio broadcasts and television performances from La Scala in Milan, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In 2008 he presented in Sevilla the DVD “El arte del bajo, Carlo Colombara en Sevilla”, published by Naxos in 2012, in which he interprets some of the roles that made him famous. In the year 2015 he released “Recital Great Opera Scenes” CD for Universal DECCA.

During his career, Carlo Colombara has been awarded the Lauri Volpi (1994), Orazio Tosi (1995), Cappelli (1999), the Skein of Gold (2002), Monteverdi (2009) Award, Bonci Golden Award (2011) and Domenico Danzuso Award (2014).

Maria Katzarava

A winner of several international competition, first prize and zarzuela prize at the 2008 Placido Domingo Operalia, young mexican soprano Maria Katzarava has already sang in some among the world’s major theaters including ROH Covent Garden in London, Teatro alla Scala in Milano, Opéra de Lausanne, Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Regio di Parma, working with such conductors as Donato Renzetti, Daniel Oren, Alain Guingal, Gustavo Dudamel, Placido Domingo, Paolo Carignani and Michele Mariotti.

Her repertory includes such leading soprano roles as Juliette (Roméo ed Juliette), Elvire (Muette de Portici), Marguerite (Faust), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Violetta (La traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Antonia/Stella/Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Tatjana (Evgeny Onegin).

During the 2010/2011 season she made her London Covent Garden debut as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Daniel Oren. In the same role she triumphed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra de Lausanne, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, and in Moscow.

During the 2013/2014 season she performed as Gilda (Rigoletto) in a Japan tour with Teatro alla Scala. She also made two important role debuts: as Nedda in I Pagliacci at Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and as Liù in Turandot at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. In July 2014 she just took part in the annual concert of Andrea Bocelli at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, under the baton of Placido Domingo.

She opened the 2014/2015 season making her roles debut as Antonia and Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Piacenza, followed by Vier letzte Lieder by R. Strauss with Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna under the baton of Michele Mariotti, Stabat Mater by Rossini at Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Carmen (Micaela) at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and La traviata (Violetta) at Opera de Las Bellas Artes. She also performed Turandot (Liù) at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

She opened the 2015/2016 season making her role debut as Leonore in Fidelio at Charlotte Opera, followed by Il Duca d’Alba (Amelia) at Opera de Oviedo, La traviata (Violetta) at Teatro Verdi in Padova and by her company debut with Liceu de Barcelona as Desdemona in Otello.

Among her future plans are as well as productions of Carmen (Micaela) and La bohème at Teatro Comunale in Bologna under the baton of Michele Mariotti, Aida (High Priestess) with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Moscow, Faust (Margherita) at Opéra de Lausanne, IX Symphony by Beethoven at St. Denis Festival and Madama Butterfly (Cio-cio-san) at Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

María José Siri

The Uruguayan soprano María José Siri began her vocal studies at the ENAL Montevideo, completing them at the Paris Conservatory and with Ileana Cotrubas in Nizza and Vienna.

Ms Siri performed her first operatic roles on the stages of her native country and in Argentina, making her European operatic debut in 2008 as Leonora in Il trovatore in Genoa under the musical direction of Bruno Bartoletti.

Engagements since then have led her to the most prestigious opera theatres and festivals worldwide, among them the Teatro alla Scala (Aida), the Vienna State Opera (Tosca and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier), the Liceu Barcelona (Mimi in La Bohème), the Berlin State Opera (Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Tosca), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Tosca), La Monnaie Brussels (Amelia in Un ballo in maschera), the Palau de les Arts Valencia (Manon Lescaut), the Teatro Comunale Bologna (Leonora in Il trovatore and Amelia in Un ballo in maschera), the Teatro Regio Turin (Tosca, Maddalena in Andrea Chénier, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Desdemona in Otello), the Maggio Musicale Florence (Aida), the Teatro La Fenice Venice (Il trovatore), the Monte-Carlo Opera (Nedda in Pagliacci), the Hamburg State Opera (Aida), the Semperoper Dresden (La Bohème), the Mikhailovsky Theatre Saint Petersburg (Rachel in La Juive) the Bregenz Festival (Aida and Andrea Chénier), and the Arena di Verona (Aida, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni).

Her most recent and future engagements include Don Carlos in Bilbao and Paris; Tosca in Tokyo, Vienna and Turin, Andrea Chénier in Tokyo; Attila in Bologna; Aida in Moscow conducted by Zubin Mehta; Suor Angelica in Naples; Norma in Macerata; Andrea Chénier and Manon Lescaut in Berlin (the latter conducted by Sir Simon Rattle).

María José Siri has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Andrea Battistoni, Gianandrea Noseda, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti, Plácido Domingo, Pinchas Steinberg, and Michele Mariotti and with stage directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Ferzan Ozpetek, Keith Warner, Graham Vick, and Alex Ollé (La fura dels Baus).

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 of Florence. 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 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. 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 Dobrowen, Jonel Perlea, Erich Kleiber, Arthur Rodzinski, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Schippers, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Seiji Ozawa and Daniele Gatti.

Acclaimed composers including Richard Strauss, Pietro Mascagni, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinskij, Goffredo Petrassi, Luigi Dallapiccola, Krzysztof Penderecki and Luciano Berio have conducted their works with the orchestra, often in world premieres.

Since the 1950s the Orchestra has made numerous recordings for record labels, radio and television, which received major awards including, in 1990, the Grammy Award. For the 80th anniversary since its foundation the Orchestra was honoured with the Fiorino d’Oro of the City of Florence.

Simone Piazzola

Born in Verona in 1985, he began at 11 years old his musical studies with the soprano Alda Borelli Morgan. In 2004 he took part in various concerts organized by Fondazione Arena di Verona. In 2005 he won the first prize in the «Marie Kraja» in Tirana and in 2007 the Competition «Comunità Europea» of Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto.

Soon began a career that led him to perform in Giordano's Il Re at the Giordano Theatre in Foggia, Rigoletto conducted by M° Bruno Campanella at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and on tour in Japan, Il Trovatore (Conte di Luna) at Teatro Nuovo in Spoleto.

In July 2008 he made his debut as Marcello in La Bohème at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

The 2009 season has seen him involved as Marcello in La Bohème at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina, Germont in La Traviata in Verona and Florence, Cecil in Maria Stuarda and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in Venice, Beijing and Naples. He also participated in a Gala Concert together with Plácido Domingo at the Arena di Verona.

In 2010 he made his debut as Valentin in Gounod's Faust at the Teatro Bellini in Catania and was also engaged in La Bohème (Marcello) at Teatro Massimo in Palermo conducted by Daniele Callegari, La Traviata (Germont) in Jesi, Fermo, Treviso, Simon Boccanegra (Paolo) at Teatro Regio in Parma for the Verdi Festival and at Teatro Real in Madrid, La Fanciulla Del West (Sonora) for Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

He sang in Maria Stuarda (Cecil) conducted by Richard Bonynge and directed by Pizzi at the Megaron in Athens, La Traviata (Germont) in Ascoli Piceno and in Palermo, at Teatro Comunale in Modena, Piacenza and Bolzano, at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in Venice directed by Robert Carsen, at the Ravenna Festival and Piacenza, directed by Ferzan Ozpeteck at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and on tour in Hong Kong (conducted by Roberto Abbado). We also remember Lucia Di Lammermoor (Enrico) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Pagliacci (Silvio) for Teatro San Carlo in Naples (with tour at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg conducted by Donato Renzetti), Simon Boccanegra (Paolo) for Abao in Bilbao directed by Hugo De Ana and conducted by Donato Renzetti, La Bohème in Rovigo, Padova and Venice, conducted by M° Daniele Callegari and directed by Francesco Micheli, Rigoletto in Jesi and in Fermo. He also participated in the Christmas Concert conducted by Riccardo Muti in the Senate and broadcasted in Euro vision, Don Carlo (Rodrigo) in Modena and Piacenza and a Gala Verdi with Fondazione Toscanini conducted by M° Kazushi Ono.

Among his recent engagements include La Traviata at La Fenice in Venice, in Macerata, at Palau de les Arts in Valencia and in Los Angeles, La Bohéme in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Il Trovatore at Sferisterio in Macerata, at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Naples and in Budapest, La Bohème in Tel Aviv, La Forza Del Destino at Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Simon Boccanegra in Venice, Lucia Di Lammermoor in Berlin, Pagliacci in Milan.

In August 2013 he won the Second Prize as well as the Audience Award at the Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition in Verona; in June of this season he won the Abbiati Prize.

His future engagements are Aida in Vienna, La Traviata in Paris, Berlin and Munich, Don Carlo and Il Corsaro at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Il Trovatore in Berlin and Oviedo, Un Ballo In Maschera in Rome, La Forza Del Destino and Roberto Devereux at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Favorite and Don Carlo at Teatro Real in Madrid, La Bohème at Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Fabio Sartori

Born in Treviso, he graduated in singing at the Conservatoire Benedetto Marcello in Venice, under the guidance of Mo Leone Magiera. In 1996 he debuted in La Bohème at La Fenice of Venice.

He took part in the opening of season 1997/1998 at Teatro alla Scala, in Macbeth under Mo Riccardo Muti’s conduction. He later returned there to perform in Verdi’s Messa Di Requiem, again with Mo Riccardo Muti. During the same season he sang in the opening productions of La Fenice of Venice and of Teatro Comunale of Bologna. In 1998 he debuted in two important Verdi roles: Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at Teatro Comunale of Bologna and the one in Don Carlo, again in Bologna and at Teatro Regio of Parma.

He debuted in Simon Boccanegra in Berlin in 1999, under M. Claudio Abbado’s baton. In the same year he debuted at the Vienna Staatsoper in Linda Di Chamounix, and at the Chicago Lyric Opera in I Capuleti e I Montecchi.

In 2009 he returned to Teatro Alla Scala in I Due Foscari and he sang in Simon Boccanegra in Zurich, Berlin and Vienna.

Recently he sang in Simon Boccanegra in Berlin, Milan and Madrid, with Adriana Lecouvreur in Florence, in a tour to Buenos Aires with Teatro alla Scala with Verdi’s Messa Di Requiem. He sang Attila in Milan and China, in concert with M° Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Mombay, debuted in I Masnadieri at Zurich Opernhaus and in Norma in Las Palmas and in Rome. During Verdi celebrations in 2013 he had a great success in Oberto Conte Di San Bonifacio at the Teatro alla Scala, Aida at the Arena di Verona and Don Carlo, again in Milan and Zurich.

His participation in Verdi's Messa da Requiem conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in a tour with Teatro Regio in Turin at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is considerable, as well as a new production of Tosca, conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper in Berlin. Regular guest at the Teatro alla Scala, he returned there with Simon Boccanegra, a title that will be also represented in Australia during the tour of the theater in 2016 and Aida conducted by Zubin Mehta.

His upcoming engagements include Simon Boccanegra in Barcelona, Aida in Paris and Vienna, Norma at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Trovatore and La Battaglia Di Legnano at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Saverio Fiore

Born in Bari, after having obtained his degree with full marks at the Istituto Musicale G. Paisiello from Taranto, Saverio Fiore won a scholarship at the Accademia di Arte Lirica from Osimo. At present he continues his studies coached by Luigi de Corado.

After having performed title roles at the most prestigious Italian musical institutions for several years (Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, just to name a few), the singer decides to devote himself mainly to the interpretation of side roles (Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Peppe in Pagliacci, Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Goro in Madama Butterfl, etc.) Thanks to his remarkable qualities, he succeeded in becoming the favourite interpreter of this kind of roles of some of the major contemporary conductors, among whom Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Ricardo Muti; under the baton of the latter, he made his debut at the Festival in Salzburg as Aufide in Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon, then being re-engaged for the opening of the 2010/2011 season at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome for the same production.

Chorus of the MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

Founded in 1933, the first year of the Maggio Musicale Festival, under the guidance of Andrea Morosini, the Chorus has always been one of the most prestigious Italian vocal ensembles for both opera and symphonic repertoire. The Chorus has had many important Masters including Adolfo Fanfani, Roberto Gabbiani, Vittorio Sicuri, Marco Balderi, José Luis Basso, Piero Monti and, since 2013, Lorenzo Fratini.

The Chorus has also performed vocal chamber and contemporary music, with premieres by important 20th century composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Luigi Dallapiccola, Goffredo Petrassi, Lugi Nono and Sylvano Bussotti. Particularly significant is the collaboration with leading conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bruno Bartoletti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Georges Prêtre, Myung-Whun Chung, Seiji Ozawa, Semyon Bychkov, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Lorin Maazel e Daniele Gatti.

In recent years the Chorus has expanded its repertoire to include major modern and classic symphonic-choral works and took part in many tours also with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

The ability to interpret works of different periods and styles in the original language are features that have made the Chorus of one of the most admired by international critics and conductors. In 2003 it won the Grammy Award with Renée Fleming for the CD Bel Сanto and in 2013 celebrated his 80 years from the foundation with performances conducted by Lorenzo Fratini.

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra balances a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. As well as its concert performances, the Orchestra also records film soundtracks, releases CDs on its own record label, and reaches thousands of people every year through activities for families, schools and community groups.

The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and has since been headed by many great conductors including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. The Orchestra’s current Principal Conductor is Vladimir Jurowski, appointed in 2007. Andrés Orozco-Estrada took up the position of Principal Guest Conductor in September 2015.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming Resident Orchestra in 1992. It also has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne, and in summer plays for Glyndebourne Festival Opera where it has been Resident Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. Touring abroad forms a significant part of the Orchestra’s schedule: highlights of the 2015/16 season include visits to Mexico City as part of the UK Mexico Year of Culture, Spain, Germany, Canary Islands, Belgium, a return to the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Orchestra’s premiere at La Scala, Milan.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio. It also works with the Hollywood and UK film industries, recording soundtracks for blockbusters including the Oscar-winning score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In 2005 it established its own record label.

In summer 2012 the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames, and was also chosen to record all the world’s national anthems for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2013 it was the winner of the RPS Music Award for Ensemble.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra maintains an energetic programme of activities for young people including the BrightSparks schools’ concerts and FUNharmonics family concerts. Its work at the forefront of digital engagement and social media has enabled the Orchestra to reach even more people worldwide: all its recordings are available to download from iTunes and, as well as a YouTube channel and regular podcasts, the Orchestra has a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter.

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Boris Brovtsyn

Boris Brovtsyn has established himself as one of the most profound and versatile musicians of his generation. He is in ever-increasing demand all around the world as both concerto soloist and chamber musician. His repertoire includes over fifty violin concertos and hundreds of chamber works, some of which he premiered. He is a frequent guest at “Les Grands Interpretes” chamber music series in Geneva and Spectrum Concerts Berlin, where he has appeared in every season since 2008.

A fourth-generation musician, Boris started to play violin under the guidance of his grandfather, a student of Lev Tseitlin and Abram Yampolsky. After graduating from the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire of Moscow where he studied with Maya Glezarova, Boris made his UK debut with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Rumon Gamba and soon relocated to London. He completed his studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has been teaching there himself since 2010. In addition to the professorship at the GSMD, he also chairs a class at the Trinity College of Music in Greenwich and has given masterclasses all around the world, including South Korea, Thailand and Brazil.

He has performed with Sir Neville Marriner, Neemi Jarvi, Marek Janowski, Vassily Sinaisky, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Gerd Albrecht, Alexander Vedernikov, Michael Sanderling, Arvo Volmer and Antony Wit; with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Warsaw Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Berliner Rundfunk, São Paulo Symphony, Academie of St. Martin in the Fields and BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish orchestras.

An avid chamber musician, Boris has collaborated with Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Misha Maisky, Itamar Golan, Julian Rachlin, Gary Hoffman, Maxim Rysanov, Daishin Kashimoto, Martin Fröst, Nelson Goerner and Denis Matsuev at festivals such as Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Stavanger, Campos do Jordão, Annecy, Utrecht, Jerusalem, Okhrid Summer, Moscow's December Nights, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, White Nights in St. Petersburg and the Enesco Festival in Bucharest. In December 2015 Brovtsyn played at the Third Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival in Orenburg, Russia.

Boris Brovtsyn appears on numerous CDs with Decca, BIS, Onyx and Naxos labels. His recording of Schubert and Schoenberg chamber works with Janine Jansen won the ECHO Klassik award and the Brahms clarinet quintet with Martin Fröst was nominated for the Gramophone award. He recorded an all-Schulhoff disc for Naxos in January 2016, and his CD of Ysaye's solo violin sonatas will be released later that year.

Vladimir Jurowski

One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed worldwide for his incisive musicianship and adventurous artistic commitment, Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972, and completed the first part of his musical studies at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany, continuing his studies at the Musikhochschule of Dresden and Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and the same year saw his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with Nabucco.

In October 2015, Vladimir Jurowski was announced as the next Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, a position he will take up from the 17/18 season. He was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, becoming the orchestra's Principal Conductor in September 2007. He also holds the titles of Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held the positions of First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997–2000), Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000–2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005 –2009) and Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001–2013).

Vladimir Jurowski enjoys close relationships with some of the world’s most distinguished artistic institutions. He works annually with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and appears regularly with the London Philharmonic at festivals including the BBC Proms, the George Enescu Festival of Bucharest, Musikfest Berlin, and the Schleswig Holstein and Rostropovich Festivals. He enjoys regular collaborations with many of the world's leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphonies, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and has also conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich.

Recent highlights include performances of Boris Godunov, uniting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with the orchestra of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg, appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival and an unique project with the London Sinfonietta in Moscow to celebrate the Anglo-Russian Year of Cultural Exchange. With the State Academic Symphony of Russia he has developed a highly individual and celebrated profile in Moscow with a strong focus on contemporary repertoire, and curated projects, most recently a series of concerts exploring music from the 1930s and 1940s across all sides of the European political and wartime spectrum.

Highlights of the 2015/16 season and beyond include his return visits to the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Orchestras, his debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival at the helm of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and performances at the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He will tour with the State Academic Symphony to major European capitals and summer festivals, and among the highlights of his work with the London Philharmonic he will lead performances of Das Rheingold, Mahler’s Seventh and Eighth symphonies and the world premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s Green Mass, and bring the orchestra to the Moscow Rostropovich Festival.

A committed operatic conductor, Jurowski made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 1999 with Rigoletto, and has since returned for Jenufa, The Queen of Spades, Hansel und Gretel and Die Frau ohne Schatten. He has conducted Parsifal and Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera, War and Peace at the Opera National de Paris, Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala Milan, Ruslan and Lyudmila at the Bolshoi Theatre, Salome with the State Academic Symphony of Russia, and Iolanta and Der Teufel von Loudon at the Semperoper Dresden, as well as Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Cunning Little Vixen, Ariadne auf Naxos and Peter Eötvös’ Love and Other Demons at Glyndebourne Opera. In 2015 he returned to the Komische Oper Berlin for a universally-acclaimed new production of Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin, and future operatic highlights include his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich with Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, his Salzburg Festival debut with Wozzeck, and his first return to Glyndebourne as a guest conductor, to lead the world premiere production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet.
Jurowski’s discography with the London Philharmonic Orchestra includes the complete symphonies of Brahms, Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 and Manfred, and works by Turnage, Holst, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, Honegger and Haydn. Most recent releases have included Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy, and an album of orchestral works by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence, Julian Anderson. He has also recorded Schnittke’s Third Symphony with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and a series of Russian works with the Russian National Orchestra for PentaTone Records, works by Mendelssohn and Mahler with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and wide-ranging repertoire from Meyerbeer to Kancheli. His tenure as Music Director at Glyndebourne has been documented in numerous CD and DVD releases including award-winning productions of Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Ariadne auf Naxos, Falstaff, La Cenerentola, Rachmaninov’s The Miserly Knight and Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery. Other DVD releases include Hansel und Gretel from the Metropolitan Opera New York, his first concert as London Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal conductor featuring works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler, and DVDs with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Beethoven’s symphonies Nos. 4 and 7) and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Strauss and Ravel), all released by Medici Arts.

Alexander Solovyov

Alexander Solovyov graduated from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music with a degree in choral conducting in 1998. He continued his professional training with two assistantship/internships in 2000 and in 2006, the latter — in opera and symphony conducting under Vladimir Fedoseev’s supervision.

In 1995—2010 he worked as an assistant conductor at The Moscow State Academic Chamber Choir under Vladimir Minin. Solovyov has collaborated with such conductors as Marcello Viotti, Fabio Luisi, Patrick Summers, Ulf Schirmer, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vassily Sinaysky, Enrique Mazzola, Saulius Sondeckis, Mikhail Pletnyov, among many others; with such orchestras as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Russian National Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Colours in Athens and the Porto Symphony Orchestra.

Since year 2009 he has been collaborating with the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre where he conducts the following performances: Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Bizet's Carmen, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and galas.

He has been recorded by Deutsche Grammophone and Naxos labels.

Since 2001 he has taught at the department of Choral Conducting at the Gnessin Academy (as an associate professor since 2008), since 2011 — the Opera and Symphonic Conducting Department. He also heads the student choir of the Distance Learning Department, and conducted the Academy’s orchestra in 2011—2014.

Since September 2011 he has been an intern conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre where he conducted the following operas: The Tsar’s Bride, The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov, Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss, Nabucco by Verdi, Iolanta by Tchaikovsky, La sonnambula by Bellini, Così fan tutte by Mozart, L’enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel (as musical director of the production, 2013), and ballets: Anyuta after Valery Gavrilin, Marco Spada by Ober and Moidodyr by Efrem Podgaits.

Alexander conducted the finals of the V Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition and I Krainev Moscow International Pianists Competition.

Solovyov has taken part in the following international competitions:
the Prague Spring in 2007, the Arturo Toscanini Competition in Parma in 2008, the Mitropoulos Competition in Athens in 2010, and Vladimir Spivakov invites… festivals in Perm (2013) and Minsk (2016).

His future engagement is a debut with the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall in April 2016.

Eric Levionnois, cello

After starting cello lessons with Jean Barthe and Marcel Bardon, Eric Levionnois entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris at age 14, where he studied with André Navarra and Philippe Muller.
Following his first prizes, he specialized in chamber music for a few years with the advice of the great pianist Jean Hubeau, in a broad variety of formations, such as sonata, string trio, piano trio, piano quartet, and string quintet. At that time he won the International Competition of the City of Paris.

Eric Levionnois performed with symphonic orchestras as well as string ensembles in a repertoire ranging from baroque to the 20th century. He also took part in interpretation seminars with Mstislav Rostropovich, who had a lasting influence on his musical personality.
After a short period of teaching at the Paris Conservatoire, Eric Levionnois joined the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as its principal cellist.

Accompanied by this orchestra, he performed the main pieces of the repertoire, with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, and Myung-Whun Chung, with whom he also plays in chamber music.

As an eclectic musician, he plays regularly with accordionist Richard Galliano and his sextet, and performs on the major scenes and festivals in Europe, Russia, Asia, North America and Australia.

He plays a cello made for him by Patrick Robin.

Svetlin Roussev

The charismatic violin virtuoso Svetlin Roussev began his musical education at a very young age, studying under his mother, a professor at the music school in his home town of Ruse, Bulgaria. In 1991, he was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied under Gérard Poulet, Devy Erlih and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. In 1994 the jury unanimously awarded him first prize summa cum laude for violin as well as first prize for chamber music. Roussev subsequently entered the postgraduate programme.

Roussev has won numerous prizes at many international competitions, including those of Indianapolis, Long-Thibaud and Melbourne. He was voted Revelation of the Year in 2000 by the ADAMI organization at the Midem, the French industry music industry’s major annual event in Cannes, and was selected for sponsorship by the Natexis-Banques Populaires Corporate Foundation. In May 2001, he was widely acclaimed at the first Sendai International Competition in Japan, which garnered him not only the first prize, but also the audience prize and the special prize for the best Bach concerto performance.

With remarkable virtuosity and intensity, Roussev performs a broad ranging repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary. He is renowned for his renditions of Slavic compositions and keenly promotes Bulgarian music. Acclaimed Bulgarian Musician of the Year in 2006, his home country honoured him yet again in 2007 with the Cristal Lyra distinction awarded by the Ministry of Culture.

Roussev is a regular guest soloist with various orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Bulgarian National Radio and Symphony Orchestras, Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Ankara), and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe Roussev has performed under the baton of conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Leon Fleisher, Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Emmanuel Krivine, François-Xavier Roth, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Denis Russel-Davies, Lionel Bringuier, Leo Hussain, Nicholas Milton and Emil Tabakov.
Roussev has played in many of the worldʼs major concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre, Suntory Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Salle Pleyel, UNESCO, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de la Ville, Arsenal de Metz, Halle aux Grains de Toulouse, Bulgaria Concert Hall, Budapest’s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles.
Roussev shares his love for music with an ever-widening public through his chamber music performances with partners such as Myung-Whun Chung, Peter Frankl, Ralph Gothoni, Jean-Marc Luisada, Bertrand Chamayou, Jean-Philippe Collard, Antoine Tamestit, Lise Berthaud, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Maxym Rysanov, Gary Hoffman, Gautier Capuçon, Sung Won Yang, Young Hoon Song, Jian Wang, François Leleux, Paul Meyer, Nikolaj Znaider. He is a founding member of the Roussev-Salque-Rozanova Trio.

Following his successful CD recording of pieces by Pancho Vladigerov with the pianist Elena Rozanova, Roussev has brought out his recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmannʼs Concerto Funèbre with the Orchestre dʼAuvergne, conducted by Arie Van Beek, recordings for French labels Integral and Fondamenta, dedicated to the Franco-Belgian school of violin with pianist Elena Rozanova, and sonatas by Grieg and Medtner with pianist Frédéric DʼOria-Nicolas. In May 2015 Fondamenta releases the CD recording “Fire and Ice” with the Sibelius and Vladigerov No. 1 violin concertos under the baton of Emil Tabakov and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Roussev is the concertmaster of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and, since 2007, has been concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. He is violin professor at his alma mater, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Svetlin Roussev plays the Stradivarius 1710 Camposelice violin kindly loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Myung-Whun Chung, Conductor

Myung-Whun Chung began his musical career as a pianist, making his debut at the age of seven. In 1974 he won the second prize at the Tchaikovsky piano competition in Moscow. After his musical studies at the Mannes School and at the Juilliard School in New York, he became Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant in 1979 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and two years later he was named Associate Conductor.

He was Music Director of the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1990, Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Comunale of Florence from 1987 to 1992, Music Director of the Opéra de Paris-Bastille from 1989 to 1994 and Principal Conductor at the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome from 1997 to 2005.
In 1995, Myung-Whun Chung founds the Asia Philharmonic, an orchestra made up of the best musicians from 8 Asian countries. In 2005, he was appointed Music Director of the Seoul Philarmonic Orchestra. He held the position of the Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 2000 to 2015.

Myung-Whun Chung has conducted virtually all the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw, all the major London and Parisian Orchestras, Filharmonica della Scala, Bayerisch Rundfunk, Dresden Staatskapelle, Boston and Chicago Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras.

As a recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon many of his numerous recordings have won international prizes and awards. He has been the recipient of honours and prizes for his artistic work, including the Premio Abbiati and the Arturo Toscanini prize in Italy and the Légion d’Honneur (1992) in France; in 1991, the Association of French Theatres and Music Critics named him “Artist of the year” and in 1995 and 2002 he won the prize “Victoire de la Musique”.

Deeply sensitive to humanitarian and ecological problems of our age, Myung-Whun Chung has devoted an important part of his life to these causes. He served as Ambassador for the Drug Control Program at the United Nations (UNDCP); in 1995, he was named “Man of the year” by UNESCO and in 1996, he received the “Kumkuan”, the highest cultural award of the Korean government for his contribution to Korean musical life. Chung now serves as Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Korea, the first in the Korean government’s history.

Myung-Whun Chung and the musicians of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France were nominated Ambassadors for UNICEF in September 2007. In April 2008 Myung Whun Chung was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as an acknowledgement of his commitment to children‘s issue.
In 2011, he has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle.
In June 2011, Myung-Whun Chung has been appointed “Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.”
In March 2012, for the first time, Myung-Whun Chung got together the Unhasu Orchestra of North Korea and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in a joint concert at the Salle Pleyel, Paris.
In 2014 he released his first solo piano recording dedicated to childhood. In July 2015, Myung-Whun Chung leaved his music director's position of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, being appointed its “Honorary Music Director.”

Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras. Of its debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, “They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure.” The RNO has been described as “a living symbol of the best in Russian art” (Miami Herald) and “as close to perfect as one could hope for” (Trinity Mirror).

The RNO is a frequent guest in the music capitals of Europe, Asia and the Americas, and at major international festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai, and the BBC Proms. The RNO is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley. RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.
Gramophone magazine called the first RNO CD release (1991) “an awe-inspiring experience; should human beings be able to play like this?” More than 80 recordings have followed on Deutsche Grammophon, Pentatone and other prestigious labels. Conductors represented in the RNO discography include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Carlo Ponti.

Recent award-winning releases include the complete Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, and Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies for Pentatone. The orchestra’s Shostakovich project, also on Pentatone, is acclaimed as “the most exciting cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies to be put down on disc, and easily the best recorded” (SACD.net).

The RNO's charity recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Beintus's Wolf Tracks, conducted by Kent Nagano and narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, received a 2004 Grammy Award, making the RNO the first Russian orchestra to win the recording industry's highest honor. Versions have since been released in Spanish, Russian and Mandarin.

The orchestra maintains a full Moscow season and has established the annual Grand Festival, which opens the Russian capital’s cultural season each September. Unique among the principal Russian ensembles, the RNO is a private institution funded with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations throughout the world.

On 2nd April the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the Closing Concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival featuring a Grammy award winner, prominent Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under Andris Poga

The concert started with Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 performed by Truls Mørk. “I met maestro twice in my life… he has been so important in my musical development… there was something particular in the way how he brought out particular beauty and power in the sound,” Mørk shared his memories with the journalists. He left the audience thrilled with his virtuosity and deep conception of the Concerto. After the intermission the concert continued with Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. It was a debut at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire for Andris Poga, young Latvian conductor and the First Prize winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier. “It is a great honour and a big responsibility for me to perform at the festival in memory of this legendary musician. I heard Maestro perform and I particularly remember him conducting Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in Vienna where I studied. I also attended Rostropovich’s masterclasses in Riga, and those were not only lessons of music but also lessons of life,” the conductor said.
The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under Andris Poga raptured the Moscow audience with their interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Symphony. For encores, they played the Overture to Le nozze di Figaro thus closing the Festival at the highest note.
Following an established tradition, next, Seventh Mstislav Rostropovich Festival will be held in March-April 2016 and will be dedicated to Galina Vishnevskaya’s 90th anniversary.
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On 31 March the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival continued with “A Tribute to Georgy Sviridov” commemorating the centenary of the composer’s birth

Ukrainian tenor Dmitry Popov, a prizewinner of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia International Competition accompanied by the State Philharmonic Choir of the Moscow Region and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” under Alexander Vedernikov performed vocal pieces for symphony orchestra: Spring Cantata, The Poem in Memory of Sergei Yesenin, Five Choruses to Lyrics by Russian Poets and Triptych, a Small Symphony for Orchestra. Alexander Vedernikov, a grand connoisseur of Sviridov’s legacy, offered a unique programme full of touching lyricism, poetry and spirituality.

I was lucky enough to meet and work with Mstislav Rostropovich, an important intellectual who triggered some musical world’s mechanisms. It is remarkable that the Russian capital boasts this fantastic Festival. The spirit and the name of this great musician will help this celebration of music keep going on for many years to come,” maestro Vedernikov said.

On 2 April 2015 the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire will see the Festival’s Gala Closing Concert featuring a Grammy Award winner Norwegian cellists Truls Mørk and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Andris Poga, one of the most remarkable new generation’s conductors, the First Prize winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier.

On 30 March the Tchaikovsky Hall hosted the forth concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival featuring Rudolf Buchbinder as both pianist and conductor and the Tonkunstler Orchestra

The programme boasted Haydn's Piano Concerto No. 11 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the Fantasy in C minor, the latter with the Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir.

Rudolf Buchbinder first appeared at the Rostropovich Festival in 2012; that appearance by the invitation of Olga Rostropovich marked his first ever performance in Moscow. In the last three years the Moscow audience had many opportunities to take a closer look at pianist’s artistry and therefore welcomed enthusiastically the new programme by Maestro Buchbinder, a great connoisseur of Beethoven’s legacy. “The Festival is very important, and not only in Russia but in the whole world; and it is not just about the quality of the orchestras, soloists and conductors, but its importance is due to the memory of the great musician Mstislav Rostropovich. Olga Rostropovich has been doing fantastic job organizing the Festival, and I hope will keep doing so in the future,” Maestro said in his interview to Classical Music News.

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra, one of the top orchestras of the Austrian capital, is called “traditionally unconventional” by the media, as it performs a vast array of genres, including jazz and ethnic music. It was orchestra’s first appearance in Russia, and it completely proved its international reputation. Next Festival’s concert, “A Tribute to Georgy Sviridov” commemorating composer’s centenary, will be held on 31 March at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire featuring Ukrainian tenor Dmitry Popov, State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and the State Philharmonic Choir of the Moscow Region. The concert is conducted by Alexander Vedernikov.

On 29 March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted “A Tribute to Sergei Prokofiev”, a concert featuring Lizi Ramishvili (cello) and Sasha Malofeev (piano), the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend holders, winners of international contests, accompanied by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under young Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada

It is not the first time Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich programmes concerts dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich’s great teachers, colleagues and friends as part of the Festival. Sergei Prokofiev was Maestro’s close friend and teacher; he admired his disciple’s talent dedicating him some of his works. “I am particularly attracted by Mstislav Rostropovich's fervour, his ability to penetrate the very essence of the work he is playing, his serious and responsible attitude towards constructing programmes, and his impeccable mastery of the art of performance,” the great composer said.
In the first part the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Kazuki Yamada performed Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, followed by the Concertino played by Lizi Ramishvili who literally took audience’s breath away with her passion and talent. As widely known, the composer left his Concertino for Cello unfinished, and Mstislav Rostropovich co-authored the piece completing its1st and 3rd parts.

After the intermission the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend holder Sasha Malofeev played the Piano Concerto No. 3 giving rich and convincing interpretation of the piece. He impeccably coped with every single challenge the composer and Maestro set for the pianist. For encores he played Kurbatov’s piano transposition of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, another challenging piece to perform. Afterwards, the orchestra under Maestro Yamada played Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2. The young conductor, the Grand Prix winner of the prestigious conductor’s contest in Besancon, managed to rapture the audience for good and all playing ‘Lezginka’ from Khachaturyan’s Gayane as his final encore.

The VI Mstislav Rostropovich Festival will see its following concert on 30 March with the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra and Rudolf Buchbinder as both conductor and pianist at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

On 28 March the Tchaikovsky Hall hosted the second concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival which featured pianist Boris Berezovsky and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta

Maestro and his Orchestra have already participated in the Rostropovich Festival, both in Moscow and Baku. This time they presented a Russian programme and, in the audience’s and experts’ opinion, the completely sold-out concert has become one of the season’s highlights. In the first part the orchestra played Mussorgsky's “Dawn on the Moscow River” and Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff, while the second featured Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”) by Tchaikovsky. The public gave a standing ovation to the musicians who proved their incredible talent and the utmost quality of music making.

Maestro Mehta used to be a big friend of Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich having played on different occasions with the latter. “Every encounter with Mstislav Rostropovich – a fantastic man and a great musician – made me a better persona,” said Maestro to the journalists. “I am very grateful to him for many, many things. He helped me open a school for young musicians in memory of my father in Bombay. I am happy to wish the Rostropovich Festival and Maestro’s daughter Olga – a big friend of mine – many, many years of success. “

The Festival’s following concert, “A Tribute to Sergey Prokofiev”, will be held on 29 March, with Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend holders Lizi Ramishvili (cello) and Sasha Malofeev (piano) performing at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire accompanied by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow.

On 27 March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the opening gala concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

The audience was welcomed by Olga Rostropovich, Artistic Director of the Festival, and Alexander Kibovsky, Head of the Moscow Department of Culture, who thanked Ms Rostropovich for her important contribute to the Russian culture, while she expressed her gratitude to the Government of the City of Moscow and the Ministry of Culture for their great support.

“Today during the requiem service at Novodevichy cemetery I mentally talked to my dad and I remembered his words, ‘Music lights the torch of good and can rebuild and improve this world.’ I really want to believe that the music that will be heard these days on my father's Festival, will change the world, at least for a little bit, make it a better place, a kinder and more beautiful one,” Olga Rostropovich said.
This year's festival boasts six concerts that will take place at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire and at the Tchaikovsky Hall. Moscow will host best symphony orchestras, soloists and conductors from Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, and, of course, Russia. The festival opened with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, with first part featuring the gold winner of the Queen Elizabeth International Competition violinist Andrey Baranov who brilliantly played Brahms’ Concerto. The second part included Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. The audience welcomed enthusiastically maestro and his orchestra, which makes one of the ten best orchestras in the world.
The festival will continue on March 28 at the Tchaikovsky Hall with the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta, and pianist Boris Berezovsky. The programme will feature Mussorgsky's “Dawn on the Moscow River”, the prelude to Khovanshchina, Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

A press conference by Olga Rostropovich, Artistic Director of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, was held on the 4th of March at the ITAR TASS information centre

Providing journalists with a detailed account on the programme of the upcoming, already sixth edition of the Festival, which will take place in Moscow 27 March to 02April 2015 at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Tchaikovsky Hall, Olga Rostropovich presented the participants, touching upon difficulties faced during the production period and recapitulating organisational issues. She pointed out that the festival has been particularly distinguished by the utmost level of its participants featuring this year the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta. A number of artists and orchestras, such as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra will make their debut in Moscow, while following an established tradition some concerts are dedicated to the great contemporaries of Mstislav Rostropovich, this time Sergei Prokofiev and Georgy Sviridov, to mark the 100th anniversary of the latter. These programmes were highlighted by Olga Rostropovich being the first time she decided to entrust the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend-holders with performing at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. Thus, Lizi Ramishvili and Alexander Malofeev will appear in “A Tribute to Prokofiev” concert and, as Olga Rostropovich pointed out, despite their young age they have totally earned this right by their great success and hard work.

Ms. Rostropovich expressed her gratitude to the Government of the City of Moscow and the Ministry of Culture for their valuable help thanking the media for their informational support and coverage. “It is clear that now when we are almost there I am getting a little nervous feeling an incredible responsibility towards my Father. But at the same time it gives me strength to cope with the difficulties I face through my job”, she said thus ending the press conference.

Photos by Alexander Gayduk


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 the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas over two evenings, together with the Variations for cello and piano – last presented at the Festival in this format by Jacqueline du Pré in 1970.
Truls Mørk is a great champion of contemporary music and has given in excess of 30 premieres. These include Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/John Storgårds, Pavel Haas’ Cello Concerto with the Wiener Philharmoniker/Jonathan Nott, Krzyszt of Penderecki's Concerto for Three Cellos with the NHK Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit and Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony and Scottish Chamber orchestras.
Truls Mørk has an impressive recording output and has recorded many of the great cello concertos for labels such as Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ondine, Arte Nova and Chandos many of which have won international awards including Gramophone, Grammy, Midem and ECHO Klassik. These include Dvorak’s Concerto (Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic); Britten’s Cello Symphony and Elgar’s Concerto (Sir Simon Rattle/CBSO); Miaskovsky’s Concerto and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante (Paavo Järvi/CBSO), Dutilleux (Myung-Whun Chung/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France), CPE Bach (Bernard Labadie/Les Violons du Roy), Haydn’s Concertos (Iona Brown/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra), Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon (John Storgårds/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra) as well as the complete Bach’s Cello Suites and the Britten’s Cello Suites. His most recent recordings include the Shostakovich’s Concertos with the Oslo Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko and works for cello and orchestra by Massenet with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Järvi.
Initially taught by his father, Truls Mørk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff and Natalia Schakowskaya. In his early career he won a number of competitions such the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition (1982), Cassado Cello Competition in Florence (1983), the Unesco Prize at the European Radio-Union competition in Bratislava (1983) and the Naumberg Competition in New York (1986).

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, amongst others, have expanded the orchestra’s international profile. It has worked with guest soloists such as Angela Denoke, Joyce DiDonato, Mojca Erdmann, Daniela Fally, Ramon Vargas, Martin Grubinger, Hakan Hardenberger, Daniel Hope, Igor Levit, Lars Vogt and Nikolaj Znaider.
Amongst its recordings are Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang” by Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, both conducted by Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada. Further releases include Bernstein’s Mass and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Mendelssohn’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 recently appeared on OehmsClassics. In early 2015, the complete symphonies by Brahms are released on the same label.

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 at numerous international competitions and festivals, including the “Music Diamond” Grand Prix in Moscow in 2011 and 2014, the Mozart Wunderkind Grand Prix in Vienna in 2011, First Prize at the Internet Music Competition in Serbia, the Gold Medal at the Twenty First Youth Delphic Games of Russia in Moscow in 2012, the Gran Prix at the Artobolevskaya “Young Pianist” Festival in 2012, “Young Talents of Russia” Competition in 2013, Grand Prix at the “Stairway to the Stars” Competition in Moscow in 2013, First Prize at “Astana Piano Passion” First International Young Pianist competition in 2013, as well as Grand Prix and special prize for the best Bach interpretation at the Ninth International Young Pianists Competition in Novgorod in 2014.
Alexander Malofeev appeared at the Second “Peregrinos Musicales” International Festival in Spain in 2012, Ninth “Moscow Meets Friends” Festival in 2012 and 2014, Eighth International “Stars at the Baikal” Music Festival in Irkutsk, 2013, Crescendo Festival, “Stars of the White Nights” Festival in Saint Petersburg in 2013 and 2014, Seventh Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Baku, Second Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival in Orenburg in 2014, Fourth “Denis Matsuev Orenburg Seasons” Festival in 2014.
In June 2014 Alexander Malofeev won the First Prize and the Gold Medal at the Eighth Tchaikovsky International Competitions for Young Musicians in Moscow.
Alexander Malofeev is the recipient of scholarships from the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation and the New Names Foundation.

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 to promote the Choir's fame. In 2004 Gennady Dmitryak, one of Russia's leading operatic, choral and symphonic conductors was appointed Music Director of the Yurlov Choir, a post he holds to this day. Today’s Choir unites within it a great diversity of young vocal talent, graduates from the Moscow and other Russian conservatoires. Under Dmitryak's leadership the Choir is in great demand as one of the most versatile Russian choirs, equally at home in performance of choral miniatures, extended opera scenes, folk songs, and litigurical works. In the spiritual repertoire the ensemble displays a seamless continuity with the traditions of Russian timbric qualities and musical imagery. The Choir is particularly renowned for its superb interpretations of Dmitri Bortniansky, Maxim Berezovsky, Alexander Grechaninov, Pavel Chesnokov, and Sergei Rachmaninov. Its extended repertoire also includes works from the cantata and oratorio tradition, from Bach's Mass in B minor to more recent works by such composers as Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein and Alfred Schnittke.
The Choir is a regular participant of Russian and International Music Festivals, and over the last five years has given more than 200 concerts abroad and over the length and breadth of the Russian Federation, from Magadan to Kaliningrad. Recently the Yurlov Choir has enjoyed huge success with its concerts in Poland, North Korea, Spain, Greece, the UK, Belarus, Armenia, Ukraine and the Baltic countries. The international press has remarked on the choir's extremely high level of mastery, its artistic excellence, and the power and beauty of its sound.
In the autumn of 2012, Gennady Dmitryak and the Choir inaugurated a new project through the creation of the Sacred Love Festival, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The second festival was held between October and December 2013 with enormous success. Today the Yurlov Choir has reintroduced in the world of Russian choral music the concept of unity. Thus it often joins forces in concerts with some of the country's best professional and amateur choirs, as well as with student and children's choirs. The Choir has also performed with such leading ensembles as the Svetlanov Russian State Academic Orchestra, the Russia National Orchestra, the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, and has worked with such renowned conductors as Kurt Sanderling, Teodor Currentzis, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Dmitri Jurovski.

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 the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He establishes a special relationship with the latter: in fact, he has been the Principal Conductor of the Florentine Orchestra since 1985, and its Honourary Conductor for Life since 2006. Zubin Meta was Artistic Director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival in 1986. Along with conducting orchestra’s numerous important operatic and symphony productions, Zubin Mehta also guides the Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino through frequent international tours and prestigious discographic releases.

Between 1998 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, with over 400 performances and tours in Europe and Japan. Zubin Mehta’s list of awards and honours is extensive and includes the “Nikisch-Ring”. He is an honorary citizen of both Florence and Tel Aviv and was made an honourary member of the Vienna State Opera. He received the “Lifetime Achievement Peace and Tolerance Award” from the UN in 1999. The title of “Honorary Conductor” was bestowed to him by the following music institutions: Wiener Philharmoniker in 2001, Münchner Philharmoniker nel 2004, and Los Angeles Philharmonic and Bayerische Staatsoper in 2006. His name was placed in the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, and he received Furtwängler prize and Echo Klassik. In 2012 Shimon Peres decorates him with Israel Medal of Distinction.

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 Temirkanov has appeared with leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome and La Scala, Milan and others.

After making his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor, to be named later in 1992 Principal Conductor, a position he held until 1998. From 1992 to 1997 he was also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic and from 1998 to 2008 Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. A regular visitor to the USA, he conducts the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2000 till 2006, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre until 2009. In 2010–2012, he was Music Director of Teatro Regio di Parma.

His numerous recordings include collaborations with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic with whom he recorded the complete Stravinsky ballets and Tchaikovsky symphonies.

For ten days over the Christmas holiday, Maestro Temirkanov hosts the annual International Winter Festival Arts Square in St Petersburg, Russia. Unique in its concept, the festival gathers artists of the highest caliber. The focal point of the 14th Festival was the celebration of Temirkanov’s 75th birthday and the 25th anniversary of his leadership of the St Petersburg Philharmonic. The grand opening, conducted by Mariss Jansons and Nikolai Alexeev, was in honour of the maestro, with a grand gala concert featuring Yuri Bashmet, Paata Burchuladze, Elisso Virsaladze, Natalia Gutman, Denis Matsuev, Vadim Repin, Sayaka Shoji and Viktoria Yastrebova.

Maestro Temirkanov has received many distinguished awards in Russia and abroad. He has been awarded the Order “For Merit for the Country” of all the four degrees (1998, 2003, 2008, 2013). In 2003 and 2007, he received the Abbiati Prize for Best Conductor, and in 2003 was named Conductor of the Year in Italy. Recently, he was made an Honorary Accademician of Santa Cecilia. In 2012 he was awarded “The Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy” and in 2014 the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize.

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 compositions for the first time. Among them was D. Shostakovich, who described the Orchestra as “an outstanding ensemble of outstanding musicians”.
The orchestra’s chronicle holds the names of renowned musicians — L. Stokovsky and G. Agendrot, L. Mazel and K. Mazur, E. Mravinsky and K. Tsekki, S. Richter, D. Oistrakh, A. Nezhdanova, S. Lemeshev, I. Arkhipova, L. Pavarotti, N. Gyauriv and M. Freni. The Orchestra also performs on a steady basis with the best soloists of various generations — violinists V. Tretiyakov and G. Kremer, violist Y. Bashmet, pianists O. Maisenberg, E. Leonskaya and cellist A. Knyazev. It was the Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev who once discovered and made known to the world E. Kissin, M. Vengerov and V. Repin — all of whom were very young then.
In 1993 the Orchestra was named after the Peotr I. Tchaikovsky for the topmost interpretation readings of his music. The recordings of the Orchestra’s vast repertoire ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler to contemporary music have been released by Sony, Pony Сanyon, JVC, Philips, Relief and Melodiya. In early 2008 the Warner Classics & Jazz Lontano issued a recording of all Brahms’ symphonies performed by Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under conduction of Vladimir Fedoseyev. In 2009 Warner published the recordings of “Manfred” symphony and suite no. 4 “Mozartiana” by Tchaikovsky, symphony “Urbs Roma” by Saint-Saens, Slavonic Dances, Cello concerto with Alexander Kniazev and Stabat Mater by Dvorak.
The list of countries where the Orchestra has performed nearly reflects the world map. In 2008 took place successful tour in South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil) with concerts in such cities as Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rosario and São Paulo. The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra has become the first Russian orchestra to be repeatedly invited to perform in the Musikverein’s Gold Hall in Vienna with a cycle of concerts. The performance in March 2009 with the great symphonies of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and with music of almost unknown in Europe Myaskovsky was very successful, and the series was described as triumphal. Jointly with the Russian TV channel “Kultura” a live broadcast and recordings were made.
In February, 2014 TSO unveiled UK-Russia Year of Culture in London. In 2015 the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra arranged the “Hour, Day, Eternity…” festival to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the birth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and it was a truly historic event. The Academic edition of the Complete works is being prepared in Russia; its editorial board includes Vladimir Fedoseyev as a prominent interpreter and discoverer of the genuine Tchaikovsky, — and musical presentation of the prepared authentic composer’s texts of the first volumes of this huge project was made during the festival.

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 gave the premiere of the Classical Symphony by Prokofiev under composer’s baton, while in 1926 Shostakovich debuted with his First Symphony at the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia under the baton of Nikolay Malko.
In 1938 Evgeny Mravinsky joined the orchestra. During his tenure of half a century, he turned the orchestra into one of the finest orchestras worldwide. The alliance between Mravinsky and Shostakovich was unmatched in the world of music, with many composer’s symphonies premiered by Mravinsky. In 1975 the Philharmonia assumed Shostakovich’s name. The orchestra introduced the Leningrad concert-goers to the music of other Russian contemporary composers as well as to the Soviet premieres of works by Honneger, Hindemith, Bartók, Penderecki, Schönberg, Britten, and Poulenc.
In 1952 collaboration with Gennady.Rozhdestvensky has begun. After the death of Mravinsky in 1988, the orchestra elected Yuri Temirkanov its chief conductor.
Highlights over recent years have included the 7th “Leningrad” Symphony by Shostakovich performed at the United Nations at the 60th anniversary of the WWII Victory; performance at the opening of the Carnegie Hall season, the first ever by a Russian orchestra; appearance at the opening of the First Rostropovich Festival in Moscow; Enescu in Romania and MiTo in Italy.
The repertoire has been refined by Russian premieres of Il canto sospeso by Nono, Fifth Symphony by Grechaninov, Polish Requiem by Penderecki and Post Scriptum by Victor Kissine; by the world premieres of …al niente by Kancheli, Symphonies by Segerstam, Slonimsky, Tishchenko; by the St Petersburg premieres of the Seventh Symphony in E-Major by Schubert, oratorio L'enfance du Christ by Berlioz, Eine Messe des Lebens by Delius, and Der Schneemann by Korngold.
The 2013/14 season the orchestra honoured Maestro Temirkanov celebrating a double anniversary: 25 years at the helm of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the 75th birthday anniversary. This special year was crowned with the St. Petersburg premiere of Desyatnikov’s The Ride of the Winter 1949 and the Russian premiere of Sheng’s compositions conducted by the composer. The orchestra also performed Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Tchaikovsky’s fragments from Eugene Onegin, Mussorgsky’s fragments from Boris Godunov, compositions of Schönberg, Janáček, Poulenc, Rota, Bernstein and Karłowicz.
The highlights of the 2014/2015 season feature a journey through British music at the Art Square festival. Collaborations with conductors and soloists include Mariss Jansons, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Thomas Sanderling, Michail Jurowski, Vassily Sinaisky, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Eliso Virsaladze, Christian Blackshaw, Alena Baeva, Maxim Vengerov, Alexander Kniazev and Natalia Gutman.

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 Dobrowen, Jonel Perlea, Erich Kleiber, Arthur Rodzinski, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Schippers, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Prêtre, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlos Kleiber, Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Seiji Ozawa and Daniele Gatti.

Acclaimed composers such as Richard Strauss, Pietro Mascagni, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinskij, Goffredo Petrassi, Luigi Dallapiccola, Krzysztof Penderecki and Luciano Berio have conducted their works with the orchestra, often in world premieres.

Since the 1950s the Orchestra has made numerous recordings for record labels, radio and television, which received major awards including, in 1990, the Grammy Award. For the 80th anniversary since its foundation the Orchestra was honoured with the Fiorino d’Oro of the City of Florence.

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” International Festival and Competition in Armenia.
Lizi Ramishvili is a stipend holder of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation.

Dmitry Popov

Ukrainian tenor Dmitry Popov is gaining international recognition as one of the most important young artists today. After winning the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition in 2007, he has made significant debuts in theatres including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Teatro Regio di Torino, Stuttgart Opera, L’Opéra de Monte Carlo, Hamburg State Opera, Opéra de Lyon, and at the Australian Opera.
Dmitry Popov began the 2013/2014 season as the Prince in Rusalka at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, returning later in the season as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and as Dimitry in Boris Godunov. Popov subsequently made his debut with L'Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg as the Duke in Rigoletto and with the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in the same role. Popov returned to the Australian Opera as Don José in Carmen and it is in this role that he made his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in June 2014. Popov also appeared as Alfredo in La traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In May 2014 he sang Berlioz’s Requiem at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam under Marc Albrecht.
Plans for the 2014/2015 season include his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Rodolfo, Un ballo in maschera in Toulouse, Rusalka in Lyon and Luisa Miller in Stuttgart. He will also return to Covent Garden in La traviata. Popov joins the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem under Vladimir Jurowski, first in London and subsequently on tour in Europe. He made his North American debut with the same work at the 2013 Tanglewood Festival.

A winner of the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition in 2007, his international career began with the role of Alfredo in Jonathan Miller’s production of Verdi’s La traviata in Kristiansand Opera Festival in Norway. Then followed engagements at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Italy as Nicias in Massenet’s Thais, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Deutsche Oper Berlin as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca and Rodolfo in Verdi’s Luisa Miller, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride and as Rudolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, Teatro Real de Madrid as Vodemon in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Bavarian State Opera as Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka, Opéra National de Lyon as Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, Opéra de Monte-Carlo as Andrei in Tchaikovsky’s Mazepa and the Mariinsky Opera Theatre as Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata and Vodemon in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.
Among the conductors he has and will work with are Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Gianandrea Noseda, Andris Nelsons, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Vedernikov, Patrick Fournillier, Kazushi Ono, Dmitri Jurowski and Vladimir Jurowski, to name a few.
Active also as a concert performer, he appeared in Rachmaninoff’s The Bells at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy under the baton of Antonio Pappano, in Gasteig Philharmonie in Munich with Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko, at the Berliner Philharmonie with Berliner Philarmoniker and Simon Rattle, a concert broadcasted in European cinema theatres and recorded on CD for EMI, and at the First Rostropovich Music Festival in Moscow.
In 2008 he gave a recital at the Salle Pleyel in Paris with the Orchestre Pasdeloup. He also performed at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride with Olga Borodina under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev and at the Festival Radio France Montpellier performing the concert version of Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar.

Rudolf Buchbinder

The Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder is firmly established as one of the world’s foremost musicians. He frequently performs with major orchestras and conductors around the world. His comprehensive repertoire encompasses music from Bach to the present day and can be heard in over 100 recordings, many of them award-winning.
Notable recordings to his credit include Haydn’s complete works for piano (Warner Classics) which was honoured with the Grand Prix du Disque as well as his live recording of Beethoven sonatas from the Semperoper in Dresden (Sony/RCA Red Seal) for which he was awarded the 2012 Echo Klassik Award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year”, as well as the Choc de l’Année 2012. Other projects include live recordings of works by Mozart, the five Beethoven concertos and the upcoming recording of both Brahms piano concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Rudolf Buchbinder’s interpretations of Ludwig van Beethoven’s works are considered benchmarks. He continues to set standards with his performances of the complete 32 sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven in more than 45 cities, among them Vienna, Berlin, Beijing, Buenos Aires, St Petersburg, Milan, Munich, Dresden, Istanbul and Zurich. In 2014 he performed the complete Beethoven sonatas over a course of seven recitals at the Salzburg Festival, as the first pianist in the history of the Festival to do so. All seven concerts were filmed by Unitel.
Over the next years Rudolf Buchbinder will continue to focus on the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. The 50th sonata cycle is already being planned. As he recently said, “you can never know where your career will lead. It would be wonderful to experience the summit of my career as a pianist at the end of my life. But it would then be a pity that I would never know how it might have continued.”
Rudolf Buchbinder’s interpretations are based on the meticulous study of original sources and he has a passion for collecting historical scores. His collection includes 38 complete editions of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, an extensive collection of first editions and original documents, as well as the autograph scores and the piano parts of both Brahms piano concertos.
Rudolf Buchbinder is the founding artistic director of the Grafenegg Festival which has become one of the leading orchestral festivals in Europe under his leadership since its foundation in 2007. In his biography Da Capo, introduced by Joachim Kaiser, Rudolf Buchbinder offers insights into his life and his many artistic experiences. His second book Mein Beethoven – Leben mit dem Meister was recently published by Residenz Verlag.
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Kazuki Yamada

Kazuki Yamada is Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, an appointment which followed his sensational debut with the orchestra in June 2010, one of his first appearances in Europe. Now rapidly establishing a name for himself on the international scene, Yamada is appearing regularly as a guest with such orchestras as Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Dresden Philharmonic, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfonica y Coro de RTVE, and Tonkünstler-Orchester at the Vienna Musikverein.
Kazuki Yamada is also Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, starting in the 2014/2015 season.
In Japan, he holds the positions of Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic, Music Partner with Sendai Philharmonic and Ensemble Orchestral Kanzawa and Music Director of Yokohama Sinfonietta, an ensemble he founded whilst still a student. Strongly supported by Seiji Ozawa, in August 2012 he conducted Xenakis’ opera Oresteia with Tokyo Sinfonietta, as well as a televised semi-staged production of Honegger’s Jeanne d´Arc au bûcher, with Saito-Kinen Orchestra.
Following an extensive tour to Japan and the Far East with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in summer 2014, Yamada returns to many of his regular orchestras in the 2014/15 season, and makes debut appearances with Helsinki Philharmonic, SWR Stuttgart, Orchestre National de Lyon and his USA debut with Utah Symphony Orchestra. The Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc project will be revived by Yamada with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and in Côme de Bellescize’s staged version at the new Philharmonie hall in Paris, with Orchestre de Paris. The character of Joan of Arc will be performed by the French actress Marion Cotillard.
Soloists with whom he is working include Emmanuel Ax, Boris Berezovsky, Leon Fleischer, Håkan Hardenberger, Nobuko Imai, Daishin Kashimoto, Daniel Müller-Schott, Xavier de Maistre, Steven Osborne, Vadim Repin, Baiba Skride, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov and Alexander Kniazev.
Over 2013—2015, Kazuki Yamada and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are releasing a series of 3 CDs inspired by dance, on the Pentatone label. Furthermore, a disc of works by Glazunov, Kalinnikov and Khatchaturian with Czech Philharmonic was released with Octavia Records during the 13/14 season. Passionate about choral repertoire, Yamada is Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus’s Music Director and the chorus has released ten CDs on Fontec.
Now resident in Berlin, Yamada was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1979. In 2009 he was the winner of the 51st Besancon International Competition for Young Conductors, receiving the Audience Award as well as the Grand Prize.

Boris Berezovsky

Boris Berezovsky has established a remarkable reputation, both as the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician of unique insight and sensitivity.
Born in Moscow in 1969, Boris Berezovsky studied at the Moscow Conservatoire with Eliso Virsaladze and privately with Alexander Satz. Following his London début at the Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as «an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power»; two years later that promise was fulfilled when he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Boris Berezovsky works regularly as concerto soloist with orchestras including the Concertgebouw, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper, Hessischer Rundfunk, Russian National Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and with conductors such as Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alezander Lazarev, Andrew Litton, Mikhail Pletnev, Antonio Pappano etc.
Boris Berezovsky’s recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Concerti with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard have been greeted with high critical acclaim. He has also made a considerable number of records for Teldec including solo discs of works by Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Medtner, Ravel, the complete Liszt Transcendental Studies and concertos by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Liszt. His recording of the Rachmaninov Sonata was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and his Ravel disc was specially recommended by Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, BBC Music Magazine and the Independent on Sunday. He released a live DVD of Liszt’s Transcendental Studies taken from a performance at La Roque d’Antheron for Naive. Mr. Berezovsky embarked on a collaboration with Warner Classics with his CD of piano trios with Dmitri Makhtin and Alexander Kniazev, and his most recent recording of the Chopin/Godowsky’s Etudes received high critical acclaim winning the instrumental category of the first BBC Music Magazine Awards.
In recital and as a chamber musician Boris Berezovsky performs regularly in recital series and festivals world-wide. His forthcoming performances include a return to the QEH International Piano Series, the Concertgebouw, La Roque d’Antheron, Ruhr Piano Festival, Les Folles Journées de Nantes, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Megaron, Athens and Symphony Hall, Birmingham amongst others. He has a noted duo partnership with violinist Vadim Repin and Brigitte Engerer, and his piano trio performs throughout Europe at the highest level.

Andrey Baranov

Andrey Baranov is winner of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. He is also a winner of the Benjamin Britten and Henri Marteau International Violin Competitions, and a prizewinner of over twenty other international competitions including Indianapolis, Seoul, Sendai, Liana Isakadze, David Oistrakh, and Moscow Paganini international competitions. He is currently the first violinist of the David Oistrakh Quartet, a prominent ensemble established in 2012.
Andrey Baranov was born in St. Petersburg in 1986 into a family of musicians and began playing the violin at the age of five. He attended the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg and Conservatoire de Lausanne where he studied with Lev Ivaschenko, Vladimir Ovcharek and Pavel Popov, though he considers his most important influence the acclaimed French violinist Pierre Amoyal. Baranov has also taken master classes from Boris Kushnir, Liana Isakadze, KimKashkashian, and many others. Since his major debut in 2005 at the St. Petersburg Philharmonie Grand Hall with Vassily Petrenko and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Baranov has performed on renowned stages throughout the world including Bozar Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Großer Saal Mozarteum, Cadogan Hall London, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Berlin, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonic halls. Many of Andrey Baranov’s performances have been broadcast worldwide – on BR Klassik, Radio Orpheus, Espace 2 Switzerland, YLE Radio Finland, WFYI, WFMT Chicago, USA, and NHK Sendai Japan. He has already appeared with prominent international orchestras including Luxembourg Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, MusicAeterna Orchestra, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic London and SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra under conductors Teodor Currentzis, Vassily Petrenko, Nikolay Alekseev, Michel Tabachnik, Walter Weller, Emmanuel Krivine and Kousuke Yamashita.
Andrey Baranov has performed alongside such artists as Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Pierre Amoyal, and Liana Isakadze. Aged only 23, he was appointed teaching assistant to Pierre Amoyal at the Conservatoire de Lausanne and has since been in demand as a teacher at many international master classes. He has been invited to institutions in Bangkok, Chicago, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Moscow and others. In 2011 Andrey Baranov was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join Music Aeterna symphony orchestra at the Perm State Theatre as guest lead violinist. Baranov is honored to have been lent various great violins. At the Queen Elisabeth Competition he played a Poggi (1947) “ex-Milstein” violin on loan from the Munetsugu Hall-Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan and upon winning the first prize he received the “Huggins” by Stradivarius (1708) which is currently on loan from Nippon Music Foundation.

Andris Poga

Remember the name of Andris Poga. He will continue to impress us. (Diapason magazine)

Andris Poga won the audience’s heart as he conducted the Orchestre de Paris. (Resmusica)

Andris Poga graduated in conducting from the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. He also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and from 2004 to 2005 was taught conducting by Uros Lajovic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. While still a student, he took part in the master classes of conductors including Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa and Leif Segerstam.

Since 2007, when he received the Latvia Great Music Award, Andris Poga maintains close relationships with the orchestras of his country: Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Opera and Riga Professional Symphonic Band which appointed him music director and chief conductor from 2007 to 2010.

In May 2010, he is also awarded with the First Prize of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier. After this success, Andris Poga is appointed in 2011 assistant conductor of Paavo Järvi at the Orchestre de Paris for three years and, in 2012, assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO concert series and the prestigious Tanglewood Festival).

After the first successful collaborations, Andris Poga conducted many prestigious orchestras such as Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic.

Among his upcoming projects are: an Asian tour with the prestigious Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Festival de piano de La Roque d’Anthéron), Russian State Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Kansai and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestras, Estonian National Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
Since the 1st November 2013, Andris Poga has been appointed Musical Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra for 3 years.

Alexander Vedernikov

Perhaps most renowned for his tenure as the Music Director of the Bolshoi from 2001 to 2009, Alexander Vedernikov’s international reputation has gone from strength to strength over the past decade and he is in high demand as a guest conductor. He works regularly with a list of orchestras that includes the BBC Symphony, Orchestra Verdi of Milan, NHK Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (with Martha Argerich at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano), Netherlands Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. His recent debuts with the Orchestre de Paris and Bournemouth Symphony both resulted in an immediate re-invitation. In September 2009 Alexander took up the role of Chief Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.
In the field of opera, Alexander Vedernikov is now a frequent conductor at Berlin’s Komische Oper, and has worked throughout Italy at La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Turin and Opera di Roma. In 2010 he made a highly successful debut at the Finnish National Opera with Eugene Onegin. In 2012/13 he made his debut at the Zurich Opera with Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci and last season at The Metropolitan Opera in New York conducting Eugene Onegin.
Alexander Vedernikov was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre from 2001 until 2009 and has been credited with rebuilding the Bolshoi Theatre’s historical reputation for artistic excellence. He led many productions at the Bolshoi, including a new production of Boris Godunov in the original Mussorgsky orchestrations, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Puccini’s Turandot, Prokofiev's Cinderella, Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Leonid Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal (world premiere, commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre), Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
Under Vedernikov’s direction, the orchestra of the Bolshoi toured extensively, including to Athens, Hamburg and Paris and a season of opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Opera and symphonic performances at La Scala were equally successful.
Alexander completed his musical studies at the Moscow Conservatory in 1990 and from 1988-90, he worked at Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. From 1988-95, he was assistant to the chief conductor and second conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (formerly Gosteleradio’s Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra), whom he accompanied on many tours in Russia and abroad. In 1995, he founded the Russian Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of this orchestra until 2004. He has conducted Russia’s State Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2003, he has been a member of the conductors’ collegium of the Russian National Orchestra.
Russia’s great institutions of music and theatre and their distinctive traditions have played a decisive role in shaping Alexander Vedernikov’s artistry in many ways. The conductor, born in Moscow in 1964, was raised in a musical family. His father, also named Alexander, was famed throughout the Soviet Union and beyond for his interpretations of such roles as Boris Godunov and Kutuzov in Prokofiev’s War and Peace; his mother, Natalia Gureyeva was a professor of organ at the Moscow Conservatory.

State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, one of the country’s oldest symphonic ensembles, is the special pride of national musical culture. The State Orchestra debut performance took place on 5 October 1936, at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
From its inception, the orchestra has been led by outstanding musicians such as Alexander Gauk, NatanRakhlin, Konstantin, and Evgeny Svetlanov. Under Svetlanov’s leadership the orchestra became one of the world’s best. In October 2005, the name of E. F. Svetlanov became part of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia official name. From 2000 to 2002 the orchestra was headed by Vassily Sinaisky, and from 2002 to 2011, by Mark Gorenstein.
In October 2011, Vladimir Jurowski, a world-renowned conductor collaborating with many leading opera companies and orchestras, was appointed Artistic Director of the State Orchestra. Since 2007 he is also Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
For over three quarters of a century of its existence, the orchestra performed at such prestigious venues as the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Musikverein (Vienna), the Royal Albert Hall (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris) and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
On the podium of the orchestra stood H. Аbendroth, N. Golovanov, O. Klemperer, K. Kondrashin, L. Maazel, E. Mravinsky, M. Rostropovich, I. Stravinsky, A. Boreiko, A. Vedernikov, V. Gergiev, C. Dutoit, A. Lazarev, K. Masur, V. Petrenko,G. Rozhdestvensky, L. Slatkin, Y. Temirkanov, M. Jurowskiand other great conductors.
Among the outstanding soloists who have performed with the orchestra are singers I. Arkhipova, G. Vishnevskaya, S. Lemeshev, E. Obraztsova, P. Domingo, M. Caballe, J. Kaufmann, A. Netrebko and D. Hvorostovsky; pianists E. Gilels, V. Cliburn, H. Neuhaus, N. Petrov, S. Richter, B. Berezovsky, R. Buchbinder, E. Virsaladze, E. Kissin, N. Lugansky, D. Matsuev and G. Sokolov; violinists O. Kagan, L. Kogan, Y. Menuhin, D. Oistrakh, M. Vengerov, V. Spivakov and V. Tretyakov; violist Y. Bashmet; cellists M. Rostropovich, N. Gutman, A. Kniazev, and A. Rudin.
Ever since its first tour abroad in 1956, the orchestra regularly represents Russian culture in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the US, and many other countries.
The orchestra’s discography includes hundreds of vinyl records and CDs released by leading Russian and foreign labels. The special place in this list belongs to the Anthology of the Russian Symphonic Music, a Svetlanov’s project, to which he dedicated many years. “Mezzo,” “Rossiya 1,” and “Kultura” television companies as well as Radio Orpheus also made recordings of a number of the ensemble’s concerts.
During the last three concert seasons, the State Orchestra participated in festivals including “The Arts Plaza” (St. Petersburg), “Crescendo” (Pskov and Sochi), the 2nd Mstislav Rostropovich Festival (Orenburg); gave the Russian premieres of G. Mahler’s orchestration of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Valentin Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 3 and Rodion Shchedrin’s “Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament”; presented an educational concert cycle “Vladimir Jurowski Conducts and Narrates” at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The orchestra’s recent concert tours spanned cities of Russia, Spain, and Germany.
The State Orchestra’s creative biography is a succession of worldwide acclaimed achievements that have rightfully secured its permanent place in the history of world culture.

Greetings from Vladimir Putin

Dear Friends!

It gives me great pleasure to greet you at the VIII International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival, dedicated to the Maestro's 90th birthday anniversary.

The life and work of this outstanding musician, prestigious public figure, true patriot and savant, will always remain for us a pre-eminent example of selfless service to the arts and to helping people, of dedication to humanitarian ideals. Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich's contribution to the invaluable heritage of world culture was unique, and through his tireless labour he established new and legendary traditions of the great Russian school of musical performance.

It is important to note that your project, in uniting composers, conductors, and artists from many countries fulfils a noble and much needed mission, while also sustaining the memory and priceless artistic heritage of Mstislav Rostropovich, assisting further cooperation in international humanitarian actions, and reinforcing mutual understanding between peoples.

I wish for you every success, inspiration in your doings, and all the very best.

Vladimir Putin

Greetings from Olga Rostropovich

Dear Friends!

Now, for the Eighth time we come together in these springlike March days for the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival.

I am extremely happy and proud that, during these last 7 festivals we have hosted over 80,000 people at our concerts, as well as presenting participants from the ranks of internationally renowned artists, and dozens of the world's most renowned orchestras and choirs. And it is namely the Rostropovich Festival that has accomplished the feat of bringing to Moscow not only world-class soloists but large musical groups, such as orchestras and choirs. That we have been able to do this is due to our shared love for Mstislav Rostropovich, the great musician, the great human being, – and a wonderful Father.

This year he would have celebrated his 90th birthday; he passed away 10 years ago. It is sometimes difficult to believe such numbers and dates. At home, I seem to hear – not only his voice, but hear him rehearsing, or working with a student, or joking about something. And it seems only yesterday that funeral music was played in his honour at the Grand Hall of the Conservatoire, under these vaults, where he so loved playing. Yet today he is here with us again. Indeed, the Festival's main aim is to unite our hearts and memories in devotion to Mstislav Rostropovich, through listening to music, the art to which he gave life-service.

He was called “a Soldier of Music”, and he himself used to say that in performing music he was defending human rights. He dreamt of happiness for all and for each and every one of us; – he did so much to help achieve this dream! I am sure that all who treasure the name of Mstislav Rostropovich, are pledged to continue his lofty mission, even if we are unable to achieve such supreme heights of artistry.

With my love to all,

Olga Rostropovich

Greetings from Sergei Sobyanin

Dear Friends,

A heartfelt welcome to the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival!

In these last years this musical forum has grown into a large-scale cultural event of international repute. The most distinguished performers and brilliant young talents take pleasure in bringing their mastery and skills to this great festival of the Arts, which over these eight years has come to be seen as the personification of the great cellist and conductor. With his immense talent, personal charisma, and unique qualities as a human being, Mstislav Rostropovich won the hearts of millions of people throughout the world. This present Festival is dedicated to the anniversary of the Maestro’s 90th birthday.

Following established tradition, the city’s leading concert venues will host the concerts, where great masterpieces of classical music will be performed by artists of renown. Audiences will have pleasure in experiencing the highest levels of performance, as well as the uniquely friendly atmosphere of the Festival. For all of this, the credit belongs to its Artistic Director, Olga Rostropovich.

May the Festival continue to flourish, and bring to you, dear friends, dazzling impressions and the greatest enjoyment, as well as every artistic success.

Sergey Sobyanin,
Mayor of Moscow

Great Hall of the Moscow conservatory

Great Hall of the Moscow conservatory is one of the most famous concert venues not only in Moscow and Russia but in the world – thanks to its wonderful decoration, comfortable location and – which is the most important for the musicians – perfect acoustics.

It was opened on 7 (20) April 1901.

The building was made under the project of architect V. Zagorsky. The Hall’s famous façade was a feature of the building previously staying here – a house of Russian princess Ekaterina Dashkova which was built on this place in the end of the 18th century.

A big part of the whole work – from the furniture and carpets to the organ of Paris «А. Cavaille-Coll» company (1899) presently staying in the Hall – was funded by Russian patrons of arts. The organ of the Hall was regarded as one of the best organ in the world during the Paris exhibition of 1900. Great Hall for Moscow is much bigger then a concert hall only. During the First World War (1915 – 1917) it was a hospital here, and in a period of 1924 – 1933 at daytime the Hall was used as a popular movie theatre.

Since 1940 the Conservatory was named after Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and in 1954 the monument to him was opened in front of the Great Hall.

The best soloists, orchestras and ensembles of the world play their concerts here. A number of international festival and competitions take place at the Great Hall, and among them there is the most famous in the world Tchaikovsky Competition. And it is considered as the most favorite hall in Moscow.

Now the Great Hall building is known as the Nikolay Rubinstein building (formerly the Fourth study building of the Moscow conservatory).

Capacity: 1737 seats

Address:  Bolshaya Nikitskaya, 13, metro station «Arbatskaya»

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

History of teh hall:

Quantity of seats: 1505

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic Society on Triumfalnaya (formerly Mayakovskaya) Ploshchad is undoubtedly one of the most bizarre structures built in Moscow during the 20th century. The hall was completed one year before the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.

The story of this festival hall goes back to the early 20th century, when French producer Charles Omon opened a theater here called the Bouffe Miniature. Next the popular Zon Theater came. In 1922 the theater acquired its greatest fame as the Teatr imeni Meierkholda, or the Meierhold Theater (the Theatre was situated in the old building).

The new building was planned by director-reformer Meierhold as the biggest and modern theatre in Moscow. In 1938, construction of the new building was mainly finished. In 1939, Meierhold was arrested and thereafter executed by shooting. The incomplete building was passed to the Moscow Philharmonic Society. In 1938, it was opened a subway station “Mayakovskaya” at the corner part of the building. In 1940, it was finished interior of the new Concert Hall. Many things remained from original project of an architect Tcherin. Original ellipsoid form of the Hall gave excellent visibility and audibility at any point.

In the heart of the stage was placed the Walcher organ imported from the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul (Leningrag). Afterwards (in 1959), it was installed the electrical organ of the Czechoslovak firm “Rieger-Kloss” twice reconstructed later (1970, 1977).

Opening of the new concert hall of the Moscow Philharmonic Society named after P.I.Tchaikovsky was timed to centenary from the composer’s birth. On October 12, 1940, it was performed P.I.Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, “Francesca da Rimini”, the first part of the First Piano Concerto, airs from different operas and romances by the State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR under conducting of A.Gauk and K.Ivanov; L.Oborin, P.Nortsov, E.Kruglikova, V.Davydova and M.Reisen appeared on the stage as soloists.

During of sixty years of being there were first-rate musical events at the Hall. There were All-Union and All-Russian shows of academic and national ensembles, and symphony orchestras. There were ten-day periods, days of culture and arts of the USSR’s republics and foreign countries. Since 1962, the Hall became one of main stages of the International Competition named after P.Tchaikovsky. The Hall was by arena of All-Union competitions of choreographers, ballet artists, international chess tournaments and by filming area.

Nowadays, there are performances of leading soloists, symphony orchestras, choruses and choreographic ensembles at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. There are opera productions as concert performances and musical dramatic plays. Festivals and competitions “Russian Winter”, “Moscow Stars”, “Moscow Autumn”, “Talents of Russia”, “Pushkin Festival”, “Days of Poetry” and others take place at the Hall as well.

At this place the Moscow Philharmonic Society gives approximately three hundred of concerts per year.

Greetings from Olga Rostropovich

On the programme  booklet cover   we can see the  photgraph  of  a  happy  couple, their  faces  shining with  love. Love for  each  other, for  Life, for Art.

My  parents were  blessed  with astounding optimism, energy, and talent , which was  evident in   absolutely  everything  they  did.  Mother  and  Father  were  always  united,  even when they were in different  corners  of  the  globe... This   togetherness was a  sign  of   divine  approbation,  the  pledge of  their  happiness  and  success.

This  year's Festival, dedicated to Galina  Vishnevskaya  is a symbol of  my parents' special love  and  devotion, the  virtues of  fidelity and dignity.

Mother was always  beside us  during  the  Festival, from the  moment  of  its creation three  years  ago. She  gave  wise  counsel, and  came  to  hear the  concerts. When  she  appeared  in the hall  the  audience   automatically got  to  its  feet  — such  was the  force  of her personality and  talent. Today  our  thoughts  turn  towards her,  and also  of  course  towards  Father.  Now  they  are  reunited, and  they are  together  with us in these  days.    I  am  sure  that this will always  remain so.

Festival Artistic  Director

Olga  Rostropovich

Greetings from Vladimir Medinsky

To the organisers, participants, and guests of the
IVth International Mstislav Rostorpovich Festival

Dear Friends,

Today, at the opening of the IVth International Mstsilav Rostropovich Festival we wish to recall the names of two great musicians, the pride of Russian and world culture. Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich were our contemporaries, beloved by millions of people, and honoured with the most prestigious awards and important titles. It is still difficult at this point in time to appreciate the enormous contribution they made in enriching the great patrimony of World Art. As the poet Alexander Blok said, “… great things are only visible from a distance.” Yet undoubtedly the Festival is one of the most significant steps in the right direction towards enshrining the memory of the legendary couple, Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich.
The Festival programme unites many splendid musicians within its framework. We are fortunate to be able to hear in the forthcoming concerts so many masterpieces of the world classics in their interpretations. Each concert is rich in promise, offering listeners a mass of bright impressions.
I wish the Festival organizers the greatest success, and to the participants – abundant inspiration, for it is through their Art that they will transmit to new generations of musicians the legacy of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Vladimir Medinsky
Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation

Greetings from Sergei Sobyanin

To the organisers, participants, and guests of the
IVth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival

Dear Friends,

My heartfelt greetings to you all on the occasion of the IVth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival.
For all those who recall Rostropovich’s unique performances, who were captivated by the incredible force of his personality, by his limitless talent and charm, the Festival is an event of enormous significance.
Mstislav Rostropovich was a true patriot, and throughout his life he did his utmost to promote Russian culture. That is why it is so important that the Festival, now for the fourth time, is centred in Moscow, the city where Maestro spent so many years of his life, where he studied — and then taught -at the celebrated Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, and where so many of his acclaimed performances as cellist, pianist and conductor took place.
The current Festival is dedicated to the legendary Russian singer, Galina Vishnevskaya. The names of Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich have always been indivisibly linked. Their professional careers were a token of their complete mastery and dedication to Art.
Today, when the lives of this great couple and musical Duo have passed into history, their presence will nevertheless be felt as always amongst us all during these wonderful days of musical celebration.
Dear friends, may the Festival provide you with scintillating impressions, creative inspiration, and an endless love towards Art.

Sergei Sobyanin
Mayor of Moscow

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