THE IV INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL
20 – 28 October 2016
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.
XI MARIINSKY INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL
19 – 30 December 2016
For the eleventh time, the Mariinsky Theatre has invited pianists from across the globe to take part in the International Piano Festival. Over twelve days at the Mariinsky-II, Concert Hall and chamber venues there will be concerts of piano music – solo, ensemble and accompanied by orchestra. Audiences will again be able to hear performances by prize-winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition, regular guests at St Petersburg's music festivals and future stars of the international piano scene. As was the case last year, during the festival there is to be a series of concerts entitled Children for Children, which will see talented young musicians perform onstage. Individual festival programmes are entirely dedicated to major pianist-composers – Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin (the festival will see performances of all of his sonatas and piano concerti) and Rachmaninoff (all of his concerti).
Founders of the festival – Valery Gergiev and Mira Yevtich