St Petersburg, Concert Hall

An evening of the trumpet

A concert in memory of Georgy Kaminsky
First concert of the forty-third subscription

Yuri Smirnov (trumpet)
Gennady Nikonov (trumpet)
Sergei Kryuchkov (trumpet)
Konstantin Baryshev (trumpet)
Timur Martynov (trumpet)
Alexei Popov (trumpet)
Alexei Nikiforov (trumpet)
Olga Kotlyarova (organ)
Edgar Saakian (piano)
Polina Grigorieva (piano)
Kirill Karikov (double bass)
Vladimir Maslov (percussion)

Mariinsky Trumpet Ensemble
Yuri Fokin (trumpet)
Denis Fokin (trumpet)
Nikita Istomin (trumpet)
Nikolai Stranatkovsky (trumpet)
Stanislav Ilchenko (trumpet)
Vitaly Zaitsev (trumpet)
Igor Remizov (trumpet)
Mikhail Afonkin (trumpet)
Alexei Ivanov (trumpet)
Alexander Gorbunov (bass trumpet)
Mikhail Seliverstov (bass trombone)

The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Ivan Stolbov
Introduced by Alexander Podmeshalsky

Leopold Mozart
Trumpet Concerto in D Major

Johann Sebastian Bach
Organ Prelude in D Major

George Frederick Handel
The aria Dank sei dir, Herr

Alexander Scriabin
Etude in D Sharp Minor (arrangement for trumpet and piano)

Rodion Shchedrin
Imitating Albéniz (arrangement for trumpet and piano)

Claude Bolling
Four pieces from Jazz Suite

Karl-Heinz Köper
Verdissage, fantasia on themes from Verdi’s operas

Reinhold Glière
Concerto for Coloratura and Orchestra, 1st movement (arrangement for trumpet and orchestra)

Alexander Goedicke
Trumpet Concerto

Vyacheslav Kruglik
Trumpet Concerto

Richard Wagner
Royal Entrance Fanfare, highlight from Act III of the opera Lohengrin

About the Concert

Georgy Mikhailovich Kaminsky (1939–2002) was born in Leningrad. Kaminsky’s father was a labourer while his mother came from an aristocratic family; her father was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Kronstadt.
Georgy Kaminsky spent his entire life in Leningrad – St Petersburg. He lived with his family during the siege that took his father, brother and sister. After the war he began to play the trumpet at the district House of Pioneers. At the age of fourteen he entered a music school and was admitted as a pupil to the wind band of the Submarine College.
In 1965, after graduating from the School of Music of the Leningrad Conservatoire, he entered the Urals Conservatoire (class of the famous teacher, trumpeter and composer Vyacheslav Shchelokov). It was Shchelokov who exerted the strongest influence on the young musician, and it was in his class that Kaminsky emerged as both a performer and a teacher.
From his young years onwards, Georgy Kaminsky appeared with various wind and stage bands and symphony orchestras. Over the years, he performed in the orchestra of the Musorgsky Theatre (now the Mikhailovsky Theatre), the stage band of the Kirov Theatre (now the Mariinsky Theatre) and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra under Ravil Martynov.
However, Georgy Kaminsky’s main sphere of activity was always linked with teaching. Many soloists who today perform in orchestras in St Petersburg, Moscow and elsewhere were students of Kaminsky and followers of his school. Many of them have gone on to become teachers themselves and pass on their experience and knowledge to their own students. Georgy Kaminsky was a remarkable representative of the school of wind instrument performance which is a source of pride for Russian music.
Timur Martynov


The wind instrument known as “the trumpet” has been known since ancient times. The trumpet as we know it today appeared in the late 18th century when natural instruments began to become defunct and be replaced by trumpets with valves and vents. The new-look trumpet had a much broader range and was easier to perform.
As an orchestral instrument the trumpet was first used in the early 17th century by Claudio Monteverdi in his opera Orfeo. Among the comparatively few trumpet concerti of the 17th and 18th centuries is that in D Minor by Leopold Mozart. The “royal trumpets” of Act III of Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin remind us of traditional trumpet fanfares used at celebrations and military parades.
The role of the trumpet as an incredibly important instrument in the orchestra remains so today, although there are not very many solo pieces written for it. Virtuoso trumpeters must make use of all manner of transcriptions of popular works composed for other instruments. These are represented in the concert programme through music by George Frideric Handel, Alexander Scriabin, Reinhold Glière and Rodion Shchedrin, a fantasy on themes from operas by Giuseppe Verdi and a jazz suite...
From the early 20th century, interest began to grow in using the trumpet as a fully independent instrument. There appeared chamber ensembles featuring the trumpet and concerti for trumpet by Russian and world composers. These include works by Alexander Goedicke (1877–1957) and the young St Petersburg-based composer Vyacheslav Kruglik.
Iosif Raiskin

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