16.12.2017

Today, Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin's birthday, is dedicating performances and concerts to him at its venues in St Petersburg and Vladivostok, as well as initiating а series of performances at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow)

Today, Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin's birthday, is dedicating performances and concerts to him at its venues in St Petersburg and Vladivostok, as well as initiating а series of performances at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow). Today in St Petersburg at the Mariinsky II there will be a performance of Rodion Shchedrin's ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky (20.00). The lead roles will be performed by Alexei Timofeyev (Ivan the Fool), Renata Shakirova (the Tsar-Maiden), David Zaleyev (the Little Humpbacked Horse) and Igor Kolb (Gentleman of the Bedchamber). The ballet will also be performed on 17 December.

Also marking Rodion Shchedrin's birthday are other Mariinsky Theatre performances: the operas A Christmas Tale (23 and 31 December and 2 and 7 January, Mariinsky II) and The Lefthander (28 December and 30 January, Mariinsky II) staged by Alexei Stepanyuk; and the ballets Carmen-Suite (21 December, Mariinsky II) and Anna Karenina (30 December at 14.00 and 19.30, Mariinsky II). One particular accent of the grandiose programme will be the concert In Honour of Rodion Shchedrin's Jubilee as part of the International Piano Festival. On 24 December at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre the pianists Denis Matsuev, Alexei Volodin and Sergei Redkin and cellist Alexander Ramm will appear with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The programme includes: Piano Concerto No 1, Romantic Offering (double concerto for cello, piano and orchestra), Piano Concerto No 4 (Sharp Keys) and Piano Concerto No 2.

At the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok), Rodion Shchedrin's eighty-fifth birthday will be commemorated by a premiere. On the composer's birthday, the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will present the first stage version of the Russian choral opera Boyarina Morozova (19.00). The production has been arranged by the Krasnoyarsk choral ensemble We Sing to Thee directed by Konstantin Yakobson, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, who that evening will be conducting the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

There will be special events to mark Rodion Shchedrin's birthday in Moscow, where the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will be performing three times at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall between 16 and 22 December, presenting a varied programme of the composer's works.

On 16 December (19.00) the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will perform Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen-Suite, Orchestral Concerto No 1 Naughty Limericks and highlights from the opera-féerie A Christmas Tale, which was commissioned by and dedicated to Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre. The concert will feature Mariinsky Theatre soloists, the Mariinsky Chorus and the State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Chorus (Artistic Director – Yevgeny Volkov).

The programme includes a concert with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on 21 December (19.00) there will be a performance of Symphonic Diptych, Concerto cantabile for violin and strings (soloist – Olga Volkova), Romantic Offering (double concerto for cello, piano and orchestra, soloists – Alexander Ramm (cello) and Sergei Redkin (piano)), the oratorio for soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra to the folk text Lenin in the Heart of the People featuring Mariinsky Theatre soloists Pelageya Kurennaya (soprano) and Andrei Serov (bass). Voice of the People – Natalia Boriskova.

On 22 December (19.00) the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall will be hosting the first performance of the opera Not Love Alone by Rodion Shchedrin staged by Alexander Kuzin. The vocal roles are to be performed by soloists and the ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva. Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.

In 2017 the Mariinsky Theatre is widely commemorating Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin's eighty-fifth birthday. His anniversary has been marked by Mariinsky Theatre concerts and performances in St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Vladikavkaz. Cities participating in special events for the composer's birthday in December include Moscow, Tula, St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Munich.

15.12.2017

On 14 December at 19:00 a recital by French pianist Lucas Debargue at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre opens the ХII International Piano Festival, which runs until 30 December and includes over thirty concert programmes at Mariinsky Theatre venues in St Petersburg and in Vladikavkaz

On 14 December at 19:00 a recital by French pianist Lucas Debargue at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre opens the ХII International Piano Festival, which runs until 30 December and includes over thirty concert programmes at Mariinsky Theatre venues in St Petersburg and in Vladikavkaz. Among festival events this year are major monograph programmes, recitals by acclaimed piano maestri and the projects A Composer and the Pianist and Children for Children. The festival's monograph programmes are to be dedicated to the anniversaries of composers that the Mariinsky Theatre has been commemorating throughout 2017 – Igor Stravinsky and Rodion Shchedrin.

On 17 December (19:00) at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre as part of the concert Stravinsky-135 the pianists Alexei Volodin, Sergei Redkin, Zarina Shimanskaya, Eduard Kiprsky and Alexander Maslov, as well as Mariinsky Opera soloists Oxana Shilova (soprano), Yekaterina Sergeyeva (mezzo-soprano), Yevgeny Akhmedov (tenor) and Andrei Serov (bass) will be appearing with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The programme includes Igor Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds, music from the dance scenes in Les Noces and Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra.

On 24 December (15:00) there will be a concert marking Rodion Shchedrin's jubilee. At the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the composer's works for piano will be performed by Denis Matsuev (Piano Concerto No 2), Alexei Volodin (Piano Concerto No 1) and Sergei Redkin (Piano Concerto No 4 (Sharp Keys). The programme also features the Double Cello and Piano Concerto A Romantic Offering (with Alexander Ramm (cello) and Sergei Redkin (piano)). Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Key festival events will be performances by Brazilian pianist and acclaimed piano maestro Nelson Freire with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Concerto (23 December, 16:00) and the outstanding French musician Pierre-Laurent Aimard with works by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel (29 December, 18:00). The concerts will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre).

Rarely performed piano concerti by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Leoš Janáček and Anton Rubinstein will be performed by Uki Ovaskainen, Konstantin Shamrai and Pavel Raikerus. Mischa Damev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 16 December, 16:00).

New names for St Petersburg audiences include the American pianist and conductor Stephen Kovacevich (22 December, 19:00), and the young Dutch musician Ramon van Engelenhoven, who will be appearing with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (26 December, 18:00). Also appearing that evening at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be the talented young pianist Abisal Gergiev. Much of the festival programme comprises recitals by acclaimed pianists: Ignat Solzhenitsyn (16 December, 20:00), Nikolai Lugansky (21 December, 19:00), Konstantin Lifschitz (23 December, 20:00), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (28 December, 18:00), Dmitry Masleyev (30 December, 12:00) and Zarina Shimanskaya (30 December, 15:00). Returning once again to St Petersburg will be the "Korolyov" piano duo featuring Yevgeny Korolyov and his wife Ljupka Hadzi-Georgieva (24 December, 20:00). All performances will take place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The festival's chamber programme opens on 15 December: at the Prokofiev Hall (Mariinsky-II) the first concert of the project Children for Children will take place. The project will see performances by students of the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire Anna Valeyeva and Vasily Petrenko, student of the St Petersburg Arts Lyceum Anton Samsonov and also Sergei Davydchenko, winner of the XVII Nutcracker International TV Competition for Young Musicians. All concerts start at 17:00 (15, 19, 20 and 22 December, Prokofiev Hall).

The chamber music programme at the Prokofiev Hall continues with the project A Composer and the Pianist. Acclaimed Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa will be performing works by Ludwig van Beethoven (25 December, 18:00), Dmitry Kalashnikov, a pupil of Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation Professor Elena Kuznetsova, will perform Frédéric Chopin (30 December, 12:00) and the young Italian pianist Viviana Lasaracina will perform Enrique Granados (30 December, 13:30).

In line with tradition, the festival will present the class of one teacher – this year these are students of Sergei Babayan from the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA): Do-Hyun Kim, Ruoyu Huang, Sara Daneshpour, Ming Xie and Tomer Gewirtzman will be appearing at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in recitals and with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Zaurbek Gugkaev (25 December, 20:00 and 27 December, 19:00).

Sergei Babayan himself will be performing with Andrei Gugnin – the triumphant winner at the Sydney International Piano Competition (2016) and co-founder of the International Piano Festival Mira Yevtich at the festival's closing concert. Conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra will be Valery Gergiev (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 30 December, 20:00).

In addition to the main programme, pianists taking part in the International Piano Festival have prepared a musical gift for audiences – the concert Encore! (Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, 31 December, 14:00).

In Vladikavkaz the International Piano Festival is being staged for the first time, from 20 to 27 December, with seven concerts at the North-Ossetia State Academic Philharmonic. The programme will be framed by appearances by young Moscow pianists Konstantin Shamrai and Andrei Gugnin with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania under Mischa Damev (Bulgaria).

Vladikavkaz will also host the projects A Composer and the Pianist, involving performances by Dmitry Kalashnikov and Viviana Lasaracina (25 December), and Children for Children, the concerts of which will feature young pianists from the republics of the Northern Caucasus, students from the faculty of piano of the Vladikavkaz Gergiev College of Arts and prize-winners of the Republican Lolaeva Competition of Young Pianists (22, 24 and 26 December).

The International Piano Festival was founded by Valery Gergiev and Mira Yevtich in 2011.

12.12.2017

On 13 December at 16.00 at the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic there will be a press-conference with Rodion Shchedrin to mark the composer's anniversary festival, which will run on 15, 16, 21 and 22 December at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

On 13 December at 16.00 at the Chamber Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic there will be a press-conference with Rodion Shchedrin to mark the composer's anniversary festival, which will run on 15, 16, 21 and 22 December at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

Accreditation is open until 11.00 on 13 December by e-mail pr@meloman.ru or by phoning +7-495-6505090 or +7-495-6993487.

Entry for accredited press will be via the central entrance of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

08.12.2017

In December the Mariinsky Ballet will be on tour in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. In Lugano in Switzerland and in Turin in Italy there will be performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev), while in Baden-Baden (Germany) where the Mariinsky Theatre traditionally tours in the Christmas period there will be an intense programme featuring several productions

In December the Mariinsky Ballet will be on tour in Switzerland, Italy and Germany. In Lugano in Switzerland and in Turin in Italy there will be performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov (revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev), while in Baden-Baden (Germany) where the Mariinsky Theatre traditionally tours in the Christmas period there will be an intense programme featuring several productions.

On 9 and 10 December there will be two performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake at the Lugano Arte e Cultura centre (LAC). The lead roles will be performed by Oxana Skorik and Ekaterina Kondaurova (Odette-Odile), Xander Parish and Timur Askerov (Prince Siegfried) and Konstantin Zverev and Roman Belyakov (von Rothbart). The Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana will be conducted by Gavriel Heine.

The Mariinsky Ballet will then set out for Italy. From 13 to 19 December at the Teatro Regio Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake will be presented by four casts. The roles of Odette-Odile and Prince Siegfried will be performed by Oxana Skorik and Xander Paris (13 and 16 December), Anastasia Kolegova and Yevgeny Ivanchenko (14 and 17 December, matinee), Ekaterina Kondaurova and Timur Askerov (15 and 19 December) and Olesya Novikova and Filipp Stepin (16 and 19 December, both matinees). Von Rothbart will be performed by Konstantin Zverev, Roman Belyakov, Vitaly Amelishko and Yuri Smekalov. The performances will be accompanied by the Orchestra Sinfonica del Teatro Regio under Gavriel Heine.

From 21 to 27 December the Mariinsky Ballet will tour to Baden-Baden (Germany). This year, audiences at one of Europe's major concert and theatre venues – the Festspielhaus – will see the ballets Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky (21 and 22 December), The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky choreographed by Vasily Vainonen (25 and twice on 26 December) and one of the premieres from the previous theatre season – Paquita by Édouard Deldevez with individual musical pieces by Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo (choreography by Yuri Smekalov, reconstruction and staging of Marius Petipa's choreography (Grand Pas from Act III) by Yuri Burlaka) (23 and 27 December). Appearing in the tour will be Ekaterina Kondaurova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Nadezhda Batoeva, Elena Yevseyeva, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov and Andrei Yermakov.

07.12.2017

On 4 December New York hosted the annual awards ceremony of Dance Magazine, one of the most influential dance publications. One of the award-recipients this year was Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva

On 4 December New York hosted the annual awards ceremony of Dance Magazine, one of the most influential dance publications. One of the award-recipients this year was Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva. From 2005 to 2017 the ballerina was a guest soloist with American Ballet Theatre, which allowed her to enrich her repertoire with works by many outstanding choreographers. "My American period gave me a different look at dance and my place in it," says Diana, "it helped me develop in modern dance and create three solo programmes. That's why this award from Dance Magazine is a recognition of everything that has been achieved over these thirteen years for me."

Dance Magazine is a long-established and highly respected publication about ballet and contemporary dance in America. The award for a significant contribution to the development of dance has been presented by the magazine since 1954. Over the years, previous recipients have included the choreographers Wayne McGregor, Mats Ek, Alexei Ratmansky, Ohad Naharin, Pina Bausch, Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Trisha Brown, John Neumeier, Alvin Ailey, Maurice Béjart, Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham, Igor Moiseyev, George Balanchine and Martha Graham. Performers who have received the award include Maya Plisetskaya, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Alexandra Danilova, Irina Kolpakova, Nina Ananiashvili, Carla Fracci, Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Alonso, Gelsey Kirkland, Desmond Richardson, Alessandra Ferri, Marcelo Gomes and Julie Kent.

07.12.2017

On 7 December at 18:00 the foyer of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the art photography exhibition Elegant Classics. Ballet at the Core “The Hermitage-Vladivostok” – the first joint project of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok and the Primorsky State Picture Gallery (The Hermitage-Vladivostok)

On 7 December at 18:00 the foyer of the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the opening of the art photography exhibition Elegant Classics. Ballet at the Core “The Hermitage-Vladivostok” – the first joint project of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok and the Primorsky State Picture Gallery (The Hermitage-Vladivostok). The project's curator Svetlana Rusnak has come for the opening of the exhibition, as have photographers whose works are featured in the exhibition – Ilya Korotkov, Irina Popovich and Alexander Filkin. The exhibition heralds the latest tour by the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok), which will run from 17 to 21 January 2018 at the historic Mariinsky Theatre (St Petersburg).

The photo-sessions of soloists of the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre were held at the as yet unfinished Hermitage-Vladivostok centre between May 2016 and May 2017. The exhibition will display a total of thirty-six art photographs by three photographers: Ilya Korotkov, Irina Popovich and Alexander Filkin. All of the works have been printed on hanji paper (Korea). The exhibition was first displayed during the festival Hermitage Days in Vladivostok 2017.

The exhibition runs until late January 2018. Entry to the exhibition is permitted only on presentation of a ticket to events at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

07.12.2017

In 2018 Valery Gergiev will take over as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), one of the world's most prestigious music forums

In 2018 Valery Gergiev will take over as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), one of the world's most prestigious music forums. The orchestra, founded in 2000, includes young musicians aged sixteen to twenty-nine, selected on an annual basis following competitive auditions. Over the seventeen years since its foundation, over one thousand musicians have featured in the orchestra's work.

The anniversary XXV Verbier Music Festival will run from 19 July to 5 August 2018. At the opening concert on 19 July Valery Gergiev will appear for the first time in his new position with the Festival Orchestra. Maestro Gergiev will also conduct Francesco Cilea's opera Adriana Lecouvreur featuring Tatiana Serjan, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marcelo Puente and Željko Lučić (26 June) and appear at a grand gala concert making the festival's anniversary, which will feature such dazzling musicians as Martha Argerich, Sergei Babayan, Kristóf Baráti, Yuri Bashmet, Yuja Wang, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, Evgeny Kissin, Denis Matsuev and Daniil Trifonov among others (25 July).

Valery Gergiev devotes particular attention to working with young musicians. It was on his initiative that the All-Russian Choral Society was revived, which saw the subsequent establishment of the Children's Chorus of Russia that has appeared at the Mariinsky II, the Bolshoi Theatre and at the closing ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Since 2013 the maestro has directed the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, and regularly appears with youth orchestras of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Verbier Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. Since 2015 the Mariinsky Theatre has hosted the annual Mariinsky NEXT festival, featuring children's and youth orchestras of St Petersburg.

06.12.2017

In 2017 the Mariinsky Theatre is widely celebrating the eighty-fifth birthday of Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin. Mariinsky Theatre concerts and performances in St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Vladikavkaz have been dedicated to his jubilee. In December and January there will be special events to mark Rodion Shchedrin's birthday in St Petersburg, Moscow, Tula, Vladivostok and Munich

In 2017 the Mariinsky Theatre is widely celebrating the eighty-fifth birthday of Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin. Mariinsky Theatre concerts and performances in St Petersburg, Vladivostok and Vladikavkaz have been dedicated to his jubilee. In December and January there will be special events to mark Rodion Shchedrin's birthday in St Petersburg, Moscow, Tula, Vladivostok and Munich.

At Mariinsky Theatre venues in St Petersburg Rodion Shchedrin's works will be performed for a record number of times: the operas Not Love Alone directed by Alexander Kuzin (5 December, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre), A Christmas Tale (10, 23 and 31 December and 2 and 7 January, Mariinsky II) and The Lefthander (28 December and 30 January, Mariinsky II) staged by Alexei Stepanyuk, Boyarina Morozova (15 December, Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre) and the ballets Carmen-Suite (9 and 21 December, Mariinsky II), The Little Humpbacked Horse (14, 16 and 17 December, Mariinsky II) and Anna Karenina (30 December at 14:00 and 19:30, Mariinsky II).
One particular accent of the celebratory programme will be the concert Marking Rodion Shchedrin's Birthday as part of the XII International Piano Festival. On 24 December at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre pianists Denis Matsuev, Alexei Volodin and Sergei Redkin and cellist Alexander Ramm will appear with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The programme includes: Piano Concerto No 1, the Double Concerto for Cello and Piano A Romantic Offering, Piano Concerto No 4 (Sharp Tonalities) and Piano Concerto No 2.

At the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok) Rodion Shchedrin's eighty-fifth birthday will be marked by a premiere. On the composer's birthday at the Great Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre there will be a first performance of a stage version of the Russian choral opera Boyarina Morozova (16 December). The production has been staged by the Krasnoyarsk choral ensemble We Sing to Thee directed by Konstantin Yakobson, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, who that evening will be conducting the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre.

On 15 December, the eve of the composer's birthday, the Mariinsky Orchestra will be appearing in Tula – Rodion Shchedrin's father's home town. At the Tula Regional Mikhailovsky Philharmonic there will be a performance of Concerto dolce for viola, strings and harp, the concerto for violin and strings Concerto cantabile and Carmen-Suite by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin. The soloists are Yuri Afonkin (viola), Sofia Kiprskaya (harp) and Olga Volkova (violin). The Mariinsky Orchestra will then depart for Moscow, where from 16 to 22 December it will present three varied programmes of the composer's works at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.
On 16 December, Rodion Shchedrin's actual birthday, the Mariinsky Orchestra will perform Carmen-Suite by Georges Bizet – Rodion Shchedrin, Orchestral Concerto No 1 Naughty Limericks and highlights from the opera-féerie A Christmas Tale, which was commissioned by and dedicated to Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre. The concert will also feature soloists of the Mariinsky Opera and the Mariinsky Chorus as well as the State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Chorus (Artistic Director – Yevgeny Volkov).

The programme for the concert on 21 December includes Symphonic Diptych, the concerto for violin and strings Concerto cantabile (soloist – Olga Volkova), the Double Concerto for Cello and Piano A Romantic Offering with soloists Alexander Ramm (cello) and Sergei Redkin (piano), the oratorio for soloists, mixed chorus and orchestra set to folk texts Lenin in the Heart of the People featuring soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre Pelageya Kurennaya (soprano) and Andrei Serov (bass), the ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and the Mariinsky Chorus. The Voice of the People will be performed by Natalia Boriskova.
On 22 December at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Rodion Shchedrin's opera Not Love Alone directed by Alexander Kuzin will be performed for the first time. The lead roles will be performed by soloists and the ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers directed by Larisa Gergieva. Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra on all three evenings.

The Münchner Philharmoniker will also be dedicating its December performances to Rodion Shchedrin. On 19 and 20 December at the Gasteig Philharmonie (Munich) under Valery Gergiev there will be a concert performance of the opera The Enchanted Wanderer featuring the Philharmonischer Chor München and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera Sergei Aleksashkin (Ivan Severyanovich Flyagin, the Narrator), Andrei Popov (Flogged Monk, Prince, Magnetiser, Old Man in the Woods, Narrator) and Yekaterina Sergeyeva (Grusha the Gypsy, Narrator).

02.12.2017

On 3 December a series of performances by guest ensembles at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre opens with the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra, established by violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet

On 3 December a series of performances by guest ensembles at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre opens with the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra, established by violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet. That programme includes Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet No 11 (transcription by Gustav Mahler), Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for Three for violin, viola and cello and Franz Schubert's String Quartet No 14 (Der Tod und das Mädchen; transcription by Gustav Mahler). The soloists are Andrei Poskrobko (violin), Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Alexei Naidenov (cello).

Over the course of its lengthy creative career, the Moscow Soloists have toured to the most prominent venues in Russia, the USA and Europe, and its concerts have been broadcast and recorded on numerous occasions by radio stations including the BBC, Radio France and NHK. The Moscow Soloists' repertoire includes over three hundred and fifty familiar classical and rarely-performed works as well as music by contemporary composers. In 2007, to mark its fifteenth anniversary, the ensemble undertook a tour of Russia, during which it presented forty-two concerts in thirty-nine cities, and to mark its twentieth anniversary it gave over eighty concerts in thirty countries. Their appearance at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is part of an extensive programme celebrating twenty-five years of the Moscow Soloists.

On 11 December the symphony orchestra Symphonica ARTica of the State Krivoshapko Philharmonic of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo will present a programme of works by Edward Elgar (Symphony No 1) and Johannes Brahms (Piano Concerto No 2) at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. The soloist is Rem Urasin. The concert marks three hundred and eighty-five years since Yakutia was incorporated into the Russian State. The symphony orchestra Symphonica ARTica was founded in 2012. In the five years since it was established the orchestra has taken part in several international projects and toured to major venues in Russia. Symphonica ARTica's concerts have twice taken place as part of the Moscow Easter Festival (2014 and 2015).

On 28 December the musicAeterna orchestra will be making its debut at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre under its founder and Artistic Director Teodor Currentzis. The famed ensemble will be performing Dmitry Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony (Leningrad).

Established in 2004, today the orchestra musicAeterna is one of the most popular ensembles in terms of authentic music performance. Its tours have taken the musicians to Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Madrid, Athens, Berlin, Munich, Mannheim, Dortmund, Lisbon, Paris, Helsinki, Brussels, Salzburg, Moscow and St Petersburg. The ensemble's recordings, released on the Sony Classical label, receive prestigious music prizes and awards on an annual basis.

On 7 January 2018 the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the second concert in the subscription of the State Borodin Quartet. Founded in 1945, the ensemble, despite the changing musicians, retains its own style and reputation as an outstanding orchestra. The Quartet's biography numbers thousands of appearances throughout the world, the organisation of festivals, the establishment of the first Russian quartet competition and numerous recordings with companies such as EMI, BMG, Onyx and ICA Classics. A particular chapter in the history of the Borodin Quartet has been its collaboration with Dmitry Shostakovich, which lasted more than thirty years. From the very beginning of its creativity up to the last year of the composer's life, the musicians worked closely with Shostakovich, performing his quartets, producing recordings and appearing together. The programme for the concert on 7 January includes both Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitry Shostakovich's Fifteenth Quartets.

29.11.2017

On 21 November at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), the Mariinsky Theatre's major tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific region began with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty; there will also be performances in major cities in China, Japan and South Korea as well as concerts at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok. The tour concludes on 13 December in Seoul

On 21 November at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), the Mariinsky Theatre's major tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific region began with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty; there will also be performances in major cities in China, Japan and South Korea as well as concerts at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok. The tour concludes on 13 December in Seoul.

Despite the fact that Chinese audiences, according to several critics, are not used to such lengthy ballets as The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev), the dancers received a warm response: "The full version of The Sleeping Beauty that was performed at the National Centre is an outstanding example of Petipa's classical ballet, demonstrating the high level of the professionalism of the ballet company and allowing Chinese audiences to discover Russia's ballet culture," commented the portal Wenhua.youth.cn.

"In the triumphant palace scene, familiar characters brilliantly performed their variations: the Lilac Fairy, Princess Florine and the Bluebird, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf – washing away the borders of time and space and returning the audience to their childhood. And the protagonists – the happy lovers Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré (Anastasia Matvienko and Vladimir Shklyarov) – demonstrated impeccable technique and the elegant beauty of true classical dance," according to China.com.

Having concluded its performances in Beijing, the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra departed for Shanghai, where from 26 to 28 November at the Shanghai Grand Theatre the Mariinsky festival was held. Speaking of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, performed there three times, critics reported that "Ratmansky masterfully interweaves Prokofiev's bold and colourful music with contemporary dance movements, while at the same time retaining the very essence of classical ballet. He literally transports our lives into a world of fairy-tales – he creates the impression that the characters in Cinderella are our friends, neighbours or merely people passing by that we see each day on the street. Filipp Stepin produced a traditional, quasi-classical image as the noble Prince. Vladimir Shklyarov – a more passionate Prince – followed his love like a moth to the flame. Alexander Sergeyev, who appeared in the final performance of the tour, appeared as an ironic contemporary young man," wrote the portal ArtsBj.com.

"Ratmansky's Cinderella is a beautifully presented satire. Without the extreme sugariness of the plot, its lyrical components appear fuller and more touching, and the final pas de deux with its light note of sadness serves as an ideal conclusion to this complex production, so different to the typical 'and they all lived happily ever after.'" JF Daily.

On 28 November the festival in Shanghai ended with An Evening of Stravinsky. The Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev performed the suite from the ballet The Firebird, the music of the ballet Pétrouchka and Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra. The soloist was Denis Matsuev.

After the appearances in Shanghai, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra travelled to Vladivostok, where on 29 and 30 November together with Denis Matsuev they will present a Rachmaninoff Cycle at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. Two concerts will feature all of Sergei Rachmaninoff's works for piano and orchestra. Speaking of the forthcoming performances, Denis Matsuev stressed that he was particularly looking forward to them: "A major project is approaching fast – the performance of all of Rachmaninoff's piano concerti in Vladivostok and Tokyo. This is the first time we're doing such a thing, it will be a unique experience for us all. Of course, I know all of Rachmaninoff's concerti, I have performed them several times throughout the world, including the Fourth Concerto, which in the last two months I have performed twenty-five times. But performing all of these concerti in a single block lasting three to four hours and literally travelling Rachmaninoff's entire creative path is no easy task, and yet at the same time it is gripping. The more so in tandem with Valery Gergiev, a great connoisseur and admirer of each concerto."

In December the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev will present twelve concerts in Japan (1–11 December), and then give two performances in Seoul (South Korea).

Valery Gergiev began the tour of countries in the Asia-Pacific region with the Münchner Philharmoniker – from 18 to 25 November the musicians held a series of concerts at major venues in Nanking, Xi'an, Tianjin and Beijing (China). The tour programme included Ludwig van Beethoven's overture Leonore No 3, Anton Bruckner's Symphony No 3, the overture to Richard Wagner's opera Tannhäuser, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6 (Pathétique) and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 4. The soloist is Denis Matsuev. The Chinese press lavished praise on the German ensemble, referring to the performances under Valery Gergiev as first-class and unsurpassed events. "In recent years Valery Gergiev has been a frequent guest at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and every time he returns here he brings new surprises for the audience. On the evening of 24 November this world-class Russian conductor presented the audience with the results of his collaboration with the Münchner Philharmoniker – a top-flight German performance in the Russian style. Under the baton of Valery Gergiev, even the extremely subtle movement conveys the deep power of the music and immerses the listener in the astonishing world created by the composer," commented the portal Youth.cn.

"The German orchestra and the Russian musicians Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev have many admirers and, as a rule, it is very difficult to get tickets for their performances. The performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and Rachmaninoff's masterpiece – the Fourth Piano Concerto – has become a veritable symbol of German and Russian authentic music traditions," wrote JWbos.com.

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