FESTIVALS

XXIII MUSIC FESTIVAL STARS OF THE WHITE NIGHTS



INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
6 – 12 April 2015



XV INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL MARIINSKY
13 – 22 March 2015

The festival programme is a traditional one. It will open with a premiere of one-act ballets choreographed by Anton Pimonov – Bambi to music by Andrei Golovin and In the Jungle to music by Alexander Lokshin. Together with Mariinsky Ballet dancers, classical ballets will be danced by Isaac Hernández representing the Dutch National Ballet, Sae Eun Park from the Opéra de Paris and Bolshoi Ballet principal Ruslan Skvortsov. Prima ballerina Viktoria Tereshkina will have her own gala evening. On 21 March the stage will become a space for new dance ideas – young choreographers will presenting their works at the Creative Workshop. The festival concludes with a gala concert featuring soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet and the Opéra de Paris.



INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
22 – 28 December 2014

You don’t have to be an expert music-lover to understand that music enriches our lives. Whether it speaks of powerful emotions or creates some contemplative mood, whether it helps the audience escape the confines of reality or forces us to think about the sad realities of this world, music remains beyond the limitations of time and politics. To a great extent this is down to the nature of art itself, which is a search rather than a “sermon”. It is precisely because of this that the works by the great creators are always contemporary and fresh. And when brilliant music is performed by incredibly talented artists then it becomes doubly topical and is capable of transforming a merely pleasant evening into a veritable celebration.
The International Piano Festival offers you the chance to attend just such a celebration, presenting both acclaimed pianists and lesser-known performers – many of whom will be appearing at the festival for the very first time.



THE II INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL
24 – 30 October 2014

In memory of Oleg Kinyaev, the Artistic Director of the festival.

The International Organ Festival is being run for the second time. For five days the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be the centre of organ music in St Petersburg – internationally acclaimed organists will be performing at the Concert Hall for the first time, among them Gunther Rost, a prize-winner at over ten organ competitions, a recipient of the Bavarian State award For Achievements in the Arts and professor of organ and improvisation at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz (Austria), David Briggs (Organist Emeritus at Gloucester Cathedral and professor of the British Royal Academy of Music) and Maxime Patel, an organist renowned throughout Europe and beyond. Festival participants at the Concert Hall also include Lada Labzina, an Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, senior lecturer at the Director of the Salikh Saidashev State Bolshoi Concert Hall in Kazan, and organ virtuoso improviser Thierry Escaich – an internationally acclaimed composer (who has produced over a hundred works), teacher and recipient of numerous music awards. faculty of organ and harpsichord studies of the Kazan State Zhiganov Conservatoire and Art.



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