02.03.2015
On 10 March at 17:00 in the White Hall of the Moscow City Government there will be a press-conference dedicated to the XIV Moscow Easter Festival

On 10 March at 17:00 in the White Hall of the Moscow City Government there will be a press-conference dedicated to the XIV Moscow Easter Festival. Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival Valery Gergiev will present the programme, reveal participants’ names and talk in detail about the forthcoming music forum.

The press-conference will take place on 10 March at 17:00 in the White Hall of the Moscow City Government (13 Tverskaya St).

Participants of the press-conference include Valery Gergiev (Artistic Director of the Moscow Easter Festival), representatives of general sponsors and media partners of the XIV festival. Invitations to attend in person have also been sent to the Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, the Russian Federation Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Federation Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

For accreditation with the press-service of the Moscow Easter Festival please contact:
+7-916-1378243,
milovanova@easterfestival.ru (Alina Milovanova).

For accreditation we would also ask you to send: full name, passport details (series and number) and the title of the media organisation you are representing. For photographers and filming groups please also include a list of your equipment. Applications for accreditation will not be accepted after 6 March.

Entry for accredited journalists is via entry No 2 of the Moscow City Government from 15:30 until 16:45 in strict accordance with compiled lists and only on presentation of valid ID.

In 2015 the Moscow Easter Festival runs from 12 April to 9 May. Intense in terms of its geography and the number of music events on the highest levels, this year it commemorates seventy years since the victory in World War II and one hundred and seventy-five years since the birth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In line with tradition the festival will feature symphony, choral and chamber music and a bell-ringing programme.

27.02.2015

Recordings on the Mariinsky Theatre’s own label are now closer and more accessible for Russian music lovers!

Recordings on the Mariinsky Theatre’s own label are now closer and more accessible for Russian music lovers!

The Russian branch of the iTunes digital-format music shop has launched a special Mariinsky Theatre section. Here you can browse all of the Mariinsky label’s audio recordings, among them masterpieces of world music including piano concerti by Tchaikovsky, symphonies by Shostakovich and operas by Wagner, Donizetti, Massenet and Shchedrin performed by world-class musicians and singers as well as soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Gergiev says of the new initiative: "It is truly the closest thing to actually being there. Mariinsky recordings are made in one of the finest halls in the world. In using this innovative process, Mastered for iTunes faithfully renders the studio master to ensure the finest acoustic, greatest musicians and the best in new technology can be heard by the widest public." Future releases include complete Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos with Denis Matsuev and Verdi’s Macbeth, starring Ildar Abdrazakov.

The Mariinsky Theatre’s page may be found at the address iTunes.com/мариинский. Registered customers of the iTunes web-shop can purchase releases on the Mariinsky label online using any Russian bank card by instantly completing their purchase and downloading their chosen music to their computers and mobile devices. Recordings in iTunes format include information in Russian (lists of tracks, booklets) and are significantly cheaper than CDs.

The Mariinsky Theatre’s page on the iTunes website already lists the label’s most recent releases including works by Modest Musorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain, as well as Songs and Dances of Death with Ferruccio Furlanetto) and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra and soloist Denis Matsuev under the baton of maestro Gergiev. The recording of Rachmaninoff’s concerto was produced at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in November 2014 and at present is available exclusively in iTunes format at the special price of 49 RUR (including a PDF-format booklet with annotations in Russian).

27.02.2015

On 26, 27 and 28 February maestro Gergiev will be conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester – the most important symphony orchestra in Germany – with which he will appear in three concerts at the Großer Saal of the Berliner Philharmonie

On 26, 27 and 28 February maestro Gergiev will be conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester – the most important symphony orchestra in Germany – with which he will appear in three concerts at the Großer Saal of the Berliner Philharmonie. The programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and Sergei Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony. The piano solo will be performed by renowned French pianist Hélène Grimaud, who has frequently appeared with Valery Gergiev.
Tickets to these concerts were sold out long before the actual performances though there will be a live internet broadcast available to all via the so-called Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall. The broadcast begins at 19:00 (GMT+1) with a fee payable. For details please go to the orchestra’s website: www.berliner-philharmoniker.de.

Berlin is a city that has played an important role in maestro Gergiev’s artistic career. It was in Berlin in 1976 that, while still a student of the Leningrad Conservatoire, he became a prize-winner of the highly prestigious International Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition, von Karajan himself them being Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester. Following his victory, von Karajan asked Valery Gergiev to work with him, though soon the young conductor was invited to join the Mariinsky Theatre (then the Leningrad Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre).
Maestro Gergiev’s debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester took place in June 1993, when he conducted the German ensemble in a performance of works by Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitry Shostakovich. Valery Gergiev subsequently presented a further two programmes of Russian symphony music with the famed orchestra – in October 2000 (works by Kancheli, Tchaikovsky, Lyadov, Rachmaninoff, Mosolov and Shostakovich) and in December 2010 (works by Shchedrin, Rachmaninoff and Musorgsky).

25.02.2015

A recording of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander is already available to pre-order

Monday 9 March will see the release of a new recording of Rodion Shchedrin’s opera The Lefthander on the Mariinsky label featuring soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The recording was made at the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinsky II) on 27 and 28 June 2013 during the world premiere of the stage version of the opera. The lead roles are performed by Andrei Popov (the Lefthander), Edward Tsanga (Ataman Platov), Vladimir Moroz (Alexander I and Nicholas I), Kristina Alieva (the Flea), Maria Maksakova (Princess Charlotte), Andrei Spekhov (the English Under-Skipper), Alexander Timchenko (Count Kiselvrode) and Yekaterina Goncharova and Varvara Solovyova (Chatting Women).
The opera The Lefthander based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel Lefty was commissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre to mark the opening of the new stage and commemorate Valery Gergiev’s sixtieth birthday. According to the composer, the protagonist of his opus crystallises “the most important and typical features of the national Russian character: original talent, innate wit, self-irony, indifference to human life and a fateful passion for alcohol”, while in the work itself we can observe the “artistic resistance between two forms of life – rational British life and irrational Russian life.”
The recording includes two discs in Super Audio CD format and a booklet with the libretto and information about the cast. The new disc may already be pre-ordered on the label’s official website: http://bit.ly. The discs will be posted on 2 March – one week before the official release. The recording will soon be available to pre-order in iTunes format.

20.02.2015

Under the baton of maestro Gergiev the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing two concerts – at the Barbican Centre in London (19 February) and at the new building of the Philharmonie de Paris which opened last month (22 February)

Under the baton of maestro Gergiev the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing two concerts – at the Barbican Centre in London (19 February) and at the new building of the Philharmonie de Paris which opened last month (22 February). The programmes of both concerts consist entirely of Russian music. The playbill of the first features Mily Balakirev’s tone poem Tamara, Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony. The solo in the Glazunov Concerto will be performed by Roman Simović,a renowned violinist, jury member of the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and leader of the London Symphony Orchestra.

The programme for the evening in Paris includes Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and First Symphony. The solo will be performed by Valery Gergiev’s frequent collaborator Denis Matsuev, recipient of the 1st prize at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition and jury member of the XV Competition.

It is well known that maestro Gergiev is currently Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra – he was offered the position in 2004 following a triumphant series of all of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonies to mark one hundred years since the famed British orchestra was established. Over the course of the next ten years Valery Gergiev conducted the orchestra in some three hundred concerts and appeared in numerous recordings for the LSO Live label. October 2015 will see a series of concerts by maestro Gergiev with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican to commemorate two musical geniuses of the 20th century – Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók.

19.02.2015

On 13 March the XV International MARIINSKY Ballet Festival opens with the premieres of the ballets Bambi and In the Jungle. Choreographer Anton Pimonov speaks about his work on these productions in a video report from the rehearsal studio (mariinsky.tv)

On 13 March the XV International MARIINSKY Ballet Festival opens with the premieres of the ballets Bambi and In the Jungle. Choreographer Anton Pimonov speaks about his work on these productions in a video report from the rehearsal studio (mariinsky.tv)

17.02.2015

17 February saw the first major press-conference relating to the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition that will run in Moscow and St Petersburg from 15 June to 3 July featuring four categories – piano, violin, cello and solo vocals

17 February saw the first major press-conference relating to the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition that will run in Moscow and St Petersburg from 15 June to 3 July featuring four categories – piano, violin, cello and solo vocals.

Maestro Valery Gergiev intends this competition to be a dedication to Pyotr Tchaikovsky to commemorate one hundred and seventy-five years since the composer’s birth.

The anniversary XV Tchaikovsky Competition will prove innovative in many ways – there will be new judging rules as well as the procedure of free votes. The competition will have five selection rounds – a “virtual” selection of applicants by members of the jury on the basis of competitors’ recordings, preliminary auditions and three stages of the competition itself, in which Round 2 for instrumentalists includes solo performance and performance with a chamber orchestra, while the final will see contestants perform two concerts accompanied by symphony orchestra.

This year the age categories of the contestants have been expanded – from sixteen to thirty-two specialising in piano, violin and cello and from nineteen to thirty-two for solo vocalists.

For the first time in the competition’s history there will be children’s competitive events in two fields – for pupils of music schools just like the “adults’” competition and a competition of works and drawings about the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky for pupils from State schools. The competition will have several stages: at schools, districts of the Russian Federation and a final selection in Federal Regions. The prize-winners of the children’s competition will attend the third round of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and have the opportunity to take part in master-classes taught by renowned jury members.

As well as musicians, the jury of the fifteenth competition includes directors of major international music festivals and concert venues such as Eva Wagner (Director of the Bayreuth Music Festival in Germany), Martin Engstroem (Director of the Verbier International Festival, Switzerland), Cristina Muti (Director of the Ravenna Music Festival), Michael Haefliger (Director of the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland), Tobias Richter (General Director of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland) and Clive Gillinson (Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, USA). Valery Gergiev has commented that the presence of directors of international music festivals will provide young musicians the chance to make themselves seen and appear at the finest Russian and international concert venues, a great advantage for this year’s competitors.

For more details about the competition please go to: www.competition-tchaikovsky.com

16.02.2015

On 17 February at 9:30 Moscow Time TASS (St Petersburg) will be hosting a press-conference in TV space bridge format regarding the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition

On 17 February at 9:30 Moscow Time TASS (St Petersburg) will be hosting a press-conference in TV space bridge format regarding the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition.
For details please go to: www.tass.ru

The broadcast of the press-conference on 17 February will also be available on the Mariinsky Media website: http://mariinsky.tv

The XV International Tchaikovsky Competition will run from 15 June to 3 July 2015 in Moscow and St Petersburg. As one of the world’s most important music competitions there are five categories – piano, violin, cello and male and female singers.
For details about the competition please go to: www.competition-tchaikovsky.com

13.02.2015
On 16 February the concert performance of the opera Lucia di Lammermoor will be dedicated to the memory of Galina Kovaleva, People's Artist of the USSR

On 16 February the concert performance of the opera Lucia di Lammermoor will be dedicated to the memory of Galina Kovaleva, People's Artist of the USSR.

“When I heard Galina Kovaleva it was impossible
to free myself of the force of her voice.
And that’s really why people go to opera.
That is the miracle of opera.”
Valery Gergiev

I first heard Galina Kovaleva ... in 1957 at the Moscow World Youth and Students’ Competition – she appeared at the student competition, representing the Saratov Conservatoire. From her childhood she had been taught to see the coloratura soprano as a fairy-tale heavenly voice, ever since hearing Valeria Barsova singing on the radio and listening to records of Antonina Nezhdanova, Amelita Galli-Curci and Toti dal Monte... I was amazed by her crystal-like yet warm and heartfelt timbre. She sang Alyabyev’s Nightingale in such a way that you were almost literally hearing this music that you knew by heart for the first time. Then came understanding: you are just hearing this voice for the first time – in itself it is a phenomenon of incredible beauty. Some years later Leningrad was lucky in its famous rivalry with Moscow – Galina Kovaleva was invited to join the Kirov Theatre. And Leningrad’s music-lovers were able to admire her Rosina and her Violetta, her Lyudmila and her Antonida, her Swan Queen and her Volkhova... To enjoy the magnificence of her voice, her phenomenal skill that was “innately” powerful and never seemed to assault you.
She loved Prokofiev – she loved him at a time when most singers avoided Prokofiev’s repertoire; singers are also conservative in their passions because they wish to preserve their capricious “instrument”, they are afraid of unusual intonations and “uncomfortable” tessitura. Galina Kovaleva was a mischievous Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery, creating the character of a tender and loving girl who could also stand up for herself. Already a mature woman she sang as Natasha in War and Peace, enchanting the audience with the songful nature of Prokofiev’s “micro-ariosos” and the beauty of the musical speech.
It is impossible to forget her Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride, searing in its chaste virtue and trust, and it is impossible to forget another of her favourite roles – Lucia, Marfa’s “Italian sister”. It is impossible to forget the gentle remote prattle of the poisoned Russian bride and the virtuoso aria of the insane Lucia – the “bride of Lammermoor”. In these two roles, two such seemingly distant operatic parts, we see the facets of Galina Kovaleva’s great talent: the depth of her attainment of musical imagery and the absolute perfection of its embodiment on-stage.

Iosif Raiskin

13.02.2015
The combination of his strong stage presence, great performance professionalism, dramatic gifts and dazzling acting skills mean that Gassiev will always stand out, no matter the role

2015 marks twenty-five years of the artistic career of Nikolai Gassiev, Honoured Artist of Russia. A favourite performer of the Mariinsky Opera, in 1994 Gassiev was acclaimed as performer of the year by a jury, while in 1996 and 1998 for his performances of roles in Prince Igor and Betrothal in a Monastery he received Grammy awards. Since 1997 Nikolai Gassiev has appeared as a guest soloist with the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milan), the Opéra Bastille (Paris) and the Los Angeles and San Francisco Operas.
The singer has appeared in recordings of the operas Betrothal in a Monastery, The Gambler, The Tsar’s Bride, The Maid of Pskov and Khovanshchina (Philips Classics).

Nikolai Gassiev’s repertoire includes one hundred and twenty-four roles in which the singer never fails to demonstrate the richness of his virtuoso vocal and acting skills, agility, humour, expressive dramatic imagery and unique creative approach. Each new work undertaken by Gassiev is an example in the performing arts. He has the ability to find shades and colours that are unique to him alone. The combination of his strong stage presence, great performance professionalism, dramatic gifts and dazzling acting skills mean that Gassiev will always stand out, no matter the role.

On 16 February Nikolai Gassiev will perform the role of Don Jerome in the opera Betrothal in a Monastery

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