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International Festival of Yury Bashmet: Gala concert of soloists

Дата: 04.10.2017 beginning at 20:00

Ksenija Sidorova, David Geringas, Massimo Mercelli and East-West Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Rostislav Krimer. There is great news for admirers of the East-West Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Rostislav Krimer. The popularity of the orchestra during the previous years was so incredible that this year the concert is sold out and this year it was announced that even the second concert of this collective will take place in the frames of the festival. On October , 8 in the frames of the series of concerts “Legends of a Stradivarius Violin” there will be a solo performance of an outstanding violinist Julian Rachlin. The majority of tickets have been sold during more than a week. On October , 4 in the Big Hall of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society there will take place the concert “From Bach to Piazzolla. Gala concert of soloists”.

This is going to be an evening when the listeners will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the real art. All three soloists who were invited to participate in the festival are in demand all over the world, but they are practically unknown in Belarus. The artistic director of the festival Rostislav Krimer is sure that he can acquaint admirers of the festival with the best artists of the world, even if someone doesn’t know them in our country, because during many years the trust of listeners to the festival has been deserved and this feeling is mutual. This concert is for everyone, because only well-known music from Bach to tango of Piazzolla will sound. Also there will be surprises, as it always happens in such projects.

One part of the concert will consist of the performance of Ksenija Sidorova, who is called the "queen of accordion", "beauty from Riga", "glamorous accordionist". The 29-year-old graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London has made an accordion such a popular instrument, as nobody did it before. She performs at the best halls. After performing at the BBC-Proms in London, she got fame all over the world as the concert was broadcast in many countries for thousands of people. Her repertoire is unlimited, she can play compositions from Bach and Scarlatti to the ultramodern avant-garde. She performed on one stage with the musicians ranging from famous Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez to Sting. Along with distinguished virtuosity, critics unanimously admire her elegance in musical interpretations and this aspect is not the only one. Together with the East-West Chamber Orchestra she will perform in Minsk various hits including the tango by Astor Piazzolla.

David Geringas, an outstanding cellist from Germany, student of Mstislav Rostropovich who now is considered to be one of the most venerable musicians will perform at the same concert. Experienced music lovers maybe remember that he was born in Lithuania and in 1970 he brilliantly won the International Tchaikovsky Competition. But this didn’t open any prospects for him in his native country. Like all students of the disgraced Mstislav Rostropovich, he was forced to emigrate and after that his name was struck off from everywhere in the USSR. And only in recent years it has resounded loudly in Russia and throughout the post-Soviet space. And just over the last years this name has become well-known in Russia and throughout the post-Soviet countries again. In 2011 and 2015 Geringas headed the cello jury at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

An inspired romantic who inherited from his teacher the high art of "singing on the cello" chose Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann for his first performance in Minsk.

Massimo Mercelli (Italy, flute) will take part in the concert too. Mercelli is a musician who at the age of 19 already got the Francesco Cilea Prize and currently performs at the best venues in the world: New York Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Philharmonic Societies from Japan to the USA. He will play a solo part from the most popular Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 2 in B Minor.

Rostislav Krimer will stay at the conductor's desk. The East-West Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Rostislav Krimer is an unusual collective which includes the best soloists from the Eastern and Western Europe, winners of the most prestigious international contests (Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Venyavsky), concertmasters working at famous orchestras and well-known soloists many of whom play unique musical instruments.

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