THE IV INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL
20 – 28 October 2016
From 20 – 28 October 2016 the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the International Organ Festival for the fourth time. Festival guests include French organist and improviser Thierry Escaich, St Petersburg musician Daniil Protsyuk, Swedish performer Gunnar Idenstam and Thomas Ospital, one of the most vivid representatives of the French organ school. They have all performed on more than one occasion at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre. For the first time the festival will see the participation of Benjamin Righetti, a Swiss musician and the titular organist at the Église Saint-François in Lausanne, and Ansgar Wallenhorst, a renowned improviser and student of Thierry Escaich and Olivier Latry.
The concert programmes include music by Max Reger, the one hundredth anniversary of whose death is being commemorated this year, as well as works from various eras and styles ranging from the baroque and classics to rock compositions.
THE VIRTUOSI OF THE FLUTE FESTIVAL
13 – 17 December 2016
From 13 to 17 December the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the Virtuosi of the Flute festival for the first time, entirely dedicated to the art of flute music.
In the theatre's chamber music halls musicians of the theatre's orchestra will be performing flute music from various eras and styles, from the baroque to contemporary works. Monograph concerts will feature sonatas by Bach, quartets by Mozart and works by soloists of the Imperial Mariinsky Opera. One of the concerts, unique in terms of its repertoire and instrumental composition, will be dedicated to solo music for the piccolo flute. During the festival there are to be two master-classes that will be conducted by Denis Bouriakov, one of Russia's leading flautists and a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera and the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra.
The festival will conclude with a gala concert at the Concert Hall featuring the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Ivan Stolbov.