THE 2021 VIRTUOSI OF THE FLUTE & NORTHERN LYRE FESTIVAL
The Mariinsky Theatre has announced the programme for a double instrumental festival – for the flute and the harp. It is to run from 7 to 12 April at the Concert Hall. Before the pandemic, these festivals, entitled Virtuosi of the Flute and Northern Lyre, were held on an annual basis independently of each other. This year, their founders – orchestra musicians the flautist Denis Lupachov and the harpist Sofia Kiprskaya – have joined forces.
The theatre's orchestra numbers many prize-winners of international competitions and outstanding solo performers who have honed their skills at conservatoires throughout Europe. The festival affords the opportunity to see them not in their usual role as orchestral musicians but as virtuoso soloists, refined chamber musicians and performers of new music. The festival's concerts also provide an opportunity to meet professional colleagues: the Mariinsky will be hosting musicians from the Bolshoi Theatre, the Novaya Opera theatre and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia among other acclaimed ensembles.
The five evenings will be united by the programme of the double festival. At the opening and the close of the festival, flautists and harpists will be performing to orchestral accompaniment. The three chamber programmes are to feature fantasias on operatic themes and arrangements for jazz as well as rarities – pieces from the Imperial Sheet Music Collections that are kept by the library of the Russian Institute of the History of the Arts. Specially for the festival, new compositions have been commissioned and written.
In past years, the Northern Lyre and Virtuosi of the Flute have shown that the Mariinsky Theatre's flautists and harpists have the skills and the ability to structure their performances in the most va
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