30 May 2014

On May, 30 the Hermitage Theatre will open its doors for the sixth concert of the International Musical Olympus Festival. The Swiss conductor Lorenzo Viotti, the winner of the Cadaques conducting competition in Barselona, will lead the International Symphony Orchestra ‘Taurida’. The concert will open with the overture to the opera ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ by R. Wagner. Then Chiara Enderle from Switzerland will play the lead part in the cello concerto by А. Dvorak.

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29 May 2014

On May, 29 the Hermitage Theatre will host the fifth concert of the International Musical Olympus Festival. This concert may be called the French music night. First, the Belgian Eburon Brass Quintet, 1 prize winner at the Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, will perform the following pieces in its unique vigorous manner: Fanfare pour précéder La Péri by Paul Dukas; brass quintet No. 3, op. 3 & 4 by V. Ewald; Pie Jesu by Gabriel Faure; and L'Arlesienne Suite No.1, Minuet and Farandole, by G. Bizet. Then Alexandre Esperet from France will perform Création 2014 by К. Naegelen, ‘Silence Must Be’ by Thierry de Mey, Création 2014 М. Benigno, ‘Konvulson’ C.Rocailleux, ‘Ceci n'est pas une balle’ by Cie Kahlua.

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28 May 2014

On May, 28 within the social programme of the XIX International Musical Olympus Festival a concert of classical music was organized for the detainees of the detention facility No.1 Kresty. Young Russian musicians, students of the special musical school-lyceum at the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg Conservatory, long-standing partner of the Musical Olympus Foundation, performed at the concert: Andrey Kolesnik (accordion), Aleksander Generalov (trombone), Artur Sayadyan (bayan), Yekaterina Sultanova (violin), and Sophia Kaliyanurova (clarinet). They presented to the audience a short but very impressive programme featuring the works by Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Shchedrin, Rossini, and Piazzolla.

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27 May 2014

On May, 27 at 19:00 the fourth concert of the International Musical Olympus Festival will take place on stage of the Grand hall of the Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia.

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26 May 2014

On May, 23 and 25 the State Academic Cappella hosted the second and third concerts of the Musical Olympus Festival.

The concert on May, 23 started with a pleasant celebration. President of the Musical Olympus Foundation Irina Nikitina presented the Brazilian conductor Tobias Volkmann, chosen the audience favourite at the last year’s Festival, the long-awaited Audience Award – a silver Easter egg handcrafted by the famous jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov.

Lyrical violinist from Canada Nikki Chooi opened the evening with the concerto No. 1 by M. Bruch. Then the audience witnessed a world premiere: Samuele Telari, 1 prize winner of the International Young Musicians Competition Prize "Antonio Salieri" (Italy, 2013), performed concerto for accordion and orchestra by Italian composer Enrico Blatti for the first time. The second part of the concert started with the Overture to "Le Nozze di Figaro" by W.A. Mozart. And after that young French pianist Rémi Genietwon the hearts of listeners with his emotional interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s concerto No. 1.

On May, 25 Risto Joost, chief conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, appeared at the conductor’s podium. The concert programme wasb road-ranging. Matvey Sherling, Russian saxophone player and one of the youngest Festival participants, played the lead part in Glazunov’s concerto. Mozart's clarinet concerto followed, performed by Blaz Sparovec, Slovenia’s entrant for Eurovision 2012.

In the second part of the concert Sophie Dartigalongue (France) presented to the audience G. Rossini’s bassoon concerto. The concert programme concluded with Aria of Elisabeth from ‘Tannhauser’ (R. Wagner) and Cavatina of Leonora from ‘Il Trovatore’ (G. Verdi) brilliantly performed by Seyoung Park (Republic of Korea).  

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23 May 2014

On May 22, the XIX International Musical Olympus Festival opened in St Petersburg. The first concert of the Festival took place at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre.

The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sergey Smbatyan (Armenia) performed the symbolic ouverture “Vivat, Olympus!” written by composer Andrey Petrov specially for the opening of the first Musical Olympus Festival.

Marc Bouchkov from Belgium, 1 prize winner of the Montreal International Musical Competition (Canada), gave a brilliant interpretation of the violin concerto by Jean Sibelius. Soprano Hrachuhi Bassenz, prize winner of the International Competition for Verdian Voices (Busseto, Italy), and Yuri Vlasov, prize winner at the Elena Obraztsova International Young Opera Singers' Competition, presented to the audience classical arias from the world operas.

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