20.07.2016

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra have announced the founding of the new recording label MPHIL. The first release featuring recordings of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony and Anton Bruckner's Fourth Symphony (Romantic) will come on 30 September 2016

Valery Gergiev and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra have announced the founding of the new recording label MPHIL. The first release featuring recordings of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony and Anton Bruckner's Fourth Symphony (Romantic) will come on 30 September 2016

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The project to found the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra's own recording label was initiated by Valery Gergiev, who has directed the ensemble since 2015. Recordings will be produced during live performances by the orchestra in HD audio format and retain the unique emotional atmosphere and energy in impeccably pure sound. The ensemble's plans include up to six new releases per year; the accent will fall on German music and works by composers closely connected with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra over its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history. Distribution of the label's recordings will be undertaken by Warner Classics Label Services using various platforms to download and distribute their content. The next MPHIL recordings with Valery Gergiev are scheduled for early 2017.

"The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has incredibly talented performers. I am delighted at the opportunity to work with these musicians and I want people throughout the world to hear the music that we create together," Valery Gergiev says.

20.07.2016

From 21 to 25 July Valery Gergiev will run a series of concerts with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in The Netherlands, France, Denmark and the Czech Republic

From 21 to 25 July Valery Gergiev will run a series of concerts with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in The Netherlands, France, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

On 21, 22 and 24 July the performances will take place at concert halls in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Montpellier (Opéra Berlioz) and Copenhagen (the Tivoli Concert Hall). The programme for the three evenings features Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, Sergei Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. Soloist – Denis Matsuev.

On 25 July the series of concerts draws to a conclusion in Prague. At the Smetana Hall the musicians will once again turn to Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fourth Symphony in addition to Felix Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony.

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America was founded in 2012 on the initiative of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. As part of the programme, one hundred and twenty musicians aged sixteen to nineteen come together from various regions across the country for an intensive two-week training course and then appear under renowned conductors. Valery Gergiev has collaborated with the ensemble since 2013. The orchestra has also collaborated with conductors including David Robertson, Charles Dutoit and Christoph Eschenbach, violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham and pianists Yundi Li and Emanuel Ax.

16.07.2016

On 18 July Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Munich Philharmonic as part of the prestigious BBC Proms music festival (London). This year marks two decades since Valery Gergiev’s first appearance at this festival

On 18 July Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Munich Philharmonic as part of the prestigious BBC Proms music festival (London). This year marks two decades since Valery Gergiev’s first appearance at this festival.

The programme of the concert at the Royal Albert Hall includes Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto (soloist Behzod Abduraimov), Galina Ustvolskaya’s Third Symphony with Alexei Petrenko, People’s Artist of Russia, as the Narrator and the suite from the opera Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss.

The BBC Proms festival is one of the largest international music forums in Great Britain. Each year from July to September it brings together the world’s finest musicians at London’s greatest venues. For its 122nd season the BBC Proms festival will present more than ninety classical music concerts over eight weeks.

14.07.2016

On 4 and 5 October the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre as part of the IX International Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich

On 4 and 5 October the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will give three performances at the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre as part of the IX International Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich. This annual forum is a tribute and homage to the memory of this outstanding cellist and conductor whose life in music was inextricably linked with Samara.

Over the years since it was founded, festival participants have included violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Alena Baeva, violist Yuri Bashmet, pianists Alexander Toradze, Daniil Kharitonov and Lucas Debargue, cellist Tatiana Vasilieva, pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn, tenor Simon O'Neill and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Chorus. Festival guests have included Maya Plisetskaya, Rodion Shchedrin, Natalia Solzhenitsyna and Sofia Gubaidulina.

The International Music Festival To Mstislav Rostropovich was founded on the initiative of Valery Gergiev and the Government of the Samara Region in 2008. The first two festivals (in 2008 and 2009) took place at the Samara State Philharmonic, the third and all subsequent festivals being held at the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, which opened following major reconstruction work in 2010.

11.07.2016

From 6 to 23 July Valery Gergiev will be performing in Germany, where he will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music

From 6 to 23 July Valery Gergiev will be performing in Germany, where he will conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music.

The series of concerts begins on 6 July – the Orchestra of the Russian-German Academy of Music under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The programme includes Sergei Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto (soloist: Behzod Abduraimov), Richard Strauss' symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben and Vladimir Tarnopolsky's opus Tabula Russia, the Russian premiere of which was presented by the Academy's musicians under Valery Gergiev in Moscow in June this year. From 7 to 10 July the Mariinsky Orchestra will take part in the summer festival in Baden-Baden. The tour there opens with a concert performance of Richard Wagner's opera Die Walküre, which will also be performed on 10 July. Soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra will appear alongside internationally acclaimed performers including Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Evelyn Herlitzius and Ekaterina Gubanova. On 8 and 9 July pianist Nelson Freire and violinist Pinchas Zukerman together with the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, while pianist Hélène Grimaud and violinist Nikolaj Znaider will perform works by Johannes Brahms. Valery Gergiev will be conducting on all four evenings.

On 14 and 16 July Valery Gergiev will conduct the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in the Bavarian capital. The programme of the first concert at the Gasteig includes Galina Ustvolskaya's Third Symphony with People's Artist of Russia Alexei Petrenko as the Narrator, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto (soloist Behzod Abduraimov) and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony (14 July). The second evening will be an open-air concert. On Odeonsplatz, the Munich Philharmonic will perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto (soloist – Daniil Trifonov), a suite from Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier and Maurice Ravel's Boléro.

On 23 July Valery Gergiev's "German tour" for this season concludes with an appearance by the Mariinsky Orchestra at the theatre in Bad Kissingen, where there will be a performance of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto (soloist – Leonidas Kavakos) and music from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.

09.07.2016

On 11 July following a performance of the ballet Giselle at the historic Mariirsky Theatre, in the White Foyer the ballerina will be holding an autograph session. Diana Vishneva will be signing the Mariinsky label's DVD recording of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. The disc is available at Mariinsky Theatre souvenir kiosks

On 11 July following a performance of the ballet Giselle at the historic Mariirsky Theatre, in the White Foyer the ballerina will be holding an autograph session. Diana Vishneva will be signing the Mariinsky label's DVD recording of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. The disc is available at Mariinsky Theatre souvenir kiosks.

02.07.2016
On 3 July at 14:00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a concert by grant-recipients of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor), Alexander Mikhailov (tenor) and Dmitry Grigoriev (bass) will appear with the renowned concert-master and teacher Craig Rutenberg, a consultant for grant-recipients of the Atkins Program at the Mariinsky Theatre

On 3 July at 14:00 at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a concert by grant-recipients of the Atkins Young Artists Program. Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor), Alexander Mikhailov (tenor) and Dmitry Grigoriev (bass) will appear with the renowned concert-master and teacher Craig Rutenberg, a consultant for grant-recipients of the Atkins Program at the Mariinsky Theatre.

The programme of the concert, the end result of a series of open master-classes held in the Stravinsky Foyer (Mariinsky-II) from 27 to 29 June, will feature arias and songs from works by Giuseppe Verdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Jules Massenet, Gaetano Donizetti, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Stefano Donaudy and Georgy Sviridov.

This new educational project, established in 2015 and supported by Valery Gergiev, aims to support young opera singers at the start of their professional careers. The programme’s grant-recipients will have the opportunity to hone their skills with singing teachers, concert-masters and coaches of international repute, take part in master-classes and travel to train.

The project has been made possible thanks to the financial support of Veronica Atkins (USA).

02.07.2016

In 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre is widely celebrating one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev. On 4 and 17 July at the Mariinsky-II during the XXIV Stars of the White Nights music festival there will be premiere performances of one-act ballets to music by Sergei Prokofiev

In 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre is widely celebrating one hundred and twenty-five years since the birth of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev. On 4 and 17 July at the Mariinsky-II during the XXIV Stars of the White Nights music festival there will be premiere performances of one-act ballets to music by Sergei Prokofiev: Russian Overture staged by Maxim Petrov and Violin Concerto No 2 staged by Anton Pimonov. Valery Gergiev will be conducting.

The new ballets have no literary foundation – their plots are about movement, the “vertiginous thrill of exactitude” and a love of classical dance.

Maxim Petrov has been a participant of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers project, and his Divertissement du Roi was nominated for the Benois de la danse prize; he will be presenting Russian Overture set to Prokofiev’s eponymous symphonic work (1936). Following in the composer’s footsteps, the choreographer will depict not Russia but a fairy-tale faraway kingdom where much merriment ensues until everything falls into darkness. The lead roles will be performed by Vasily Tkachenko, Yekaterina Ivannikova, Konstantin Zverev, Yekaterina Osmolkina and Maxim Zyuzin.

Anton Pimonov, four of whose pieces are in the Mariinsky Theatre’s standard repertoire – among them last season’s premieres of the one-act ballets Bambi and In the Jungle, has chosen Violin Concerto No 2 (1935) as his musical material. In his new production the choreographer is turning to an international language – that of neoclassical ballet. The production will feature Viktoria Tereshkina, Andrei Yermakov and Nadezhda Batoeva and Alexei Timofeyev.

The set designs of the new ballets have been created by stage theatre designers Sergei Zhdanov and Anastasia Travkina. Their point of reference came from canvases by American abstract expressionists in Violin Concerto No 2 and sketches by Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharova in Russian Overture.

The evening opens with George Balanchine’s ballet Prodigal Son – the only piece by the 20th century choreographer to music by Sergei Prokofiev. At the time Prodigal Son was staged Balanchine was a young man of twenty-five, the same age as the choreographers of the current new productions, but his one-act masterpiece has been performed now for almost ninety years at the world’s great theatres.

23.06.2016

From 27 to 30 June the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the XXV International Music Festival in Mikkeli (Finland). This year, the forum is dedicated to the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev. The festival’s Artistic Director is Valery Gergiev

From 27 to 30 June the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be appearing at the XXV International Music Festival in Mikkeli (Finland). This year, the forum is dedicated to the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev. The festival’s Artistic Director is Valery Gergiev.

The festival opens on 27 June at the Martti Talvela Hall with a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf (18:00). Here at 20:00 there will be a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (soloist – Jonathan Roozeman) and the Third Piano Concerto (soloist – Alexander Malofeyev). The evening programme will conclude with Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony.

On 28 June at the matinee concert under Finnish conductor Sasha Mäkilä there will be a performance by Mariinsky Orchestra musicians including Nikita Vaganov (clarinet), Rodion Tolmachev (bassoon), Sofia Kiprskaya (harp), Nikita Istomin (trumpet) and prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Daniil Kharitonov, who will perform the solo in Dmitry Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto. The programme for the evening concert by the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev again features works by Prokofiev – Russian Overture, the Third Symphony and the Second Piano Concerto. Soloist – Denis Matsuev.

On 29 June there will be a performance of Four Portraits and a Dénouement from the opera The Gambler and the cantata Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev (the solo to be performed by prize-winner at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition mezzo-soprano Yulia Matochkina), as well as Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments. Soloist – Alexander Toradze.

On 30 June at the Mikkeli Cathedral, which has one thousand two hundred seats, there will be a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, in which, along with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Valery Gergiev, Viktoria Yastrebova (soprano), Yulia Matochkina (mezzo-soprano), Mikhail Vekua (tenor) and Mikhail Petrenko (bass) will be appearing.

At the close of the festival, on 1 July at the Martti Talvela Hall there will be a master-class given by conductor Sasha Mäkilä (16:00, free entry), as well as a chamber music concert by pianist Juho Alakärppä and baritone Aarne Pelkonen, who will be presenting Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise.

The playbill for the Chamber Hall in Mikkeli offers festival guests a series of lectures and chamber music concerts. On 29 June Eleonora Vindau, a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, will present the song cycle The Nursery by Modest Musorgsky and Ukrainian folk songs. The piano will be performed by Vasily Popov. Here on the following day there will be a performance by Mariinsky Orchestra musicians Sofia Kiprskaya (harp), Nikolai Mokhov (flute) and Yuri Afonkin (viola). On 27 and 29 June, Professor Eero Tarasti of the University of Helsinki will be speaking about the works of Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev. Entrance to the lectures is free.

During the festival there will also be sporting activities that have already become traditional elements of the event – there will be a football match between teams from Mikkeli and the Mariinsky Theatre on 29 June at 12:00 at the Urheilupuisto stadium, which seats up to four thousand people. Entrance to the football match is free.

11.06.2016
On 26 and 27 June and 7 and 8 July 2016 there will be auditions for places at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers

On 26 and 27 June and 7 and 8 July 2016 there will be auditions for places at the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers.

To take part, auditionees must rehearse arias from operas by Russian and international composers.

Auditions are open to those under the age of thirty who have undergone vocal training. Candidates should have a printed copy of their biography.

Auditions will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre, entry via door No 12.
For initial registration, please call +7-812-3264104.

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