27 March–3 April 2018


From March 27th to April 3rd Moscow will host the IX International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival. In the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory will play leading musicians from Europe and Russia, young stars and acclaimed performers. The Festival will close with the Russian premiere of the multimedia show on stage of the State Kremlin Palace.

The Festival was established in 2010 by the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation for Cultural and Humanitarian programs. The festival has set the highest level among the main musical events in the world, which is confirmed by the high ratings of critics and music community in Russia and abroad.

In the last eight years the Festival featured performances by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, by such famous conductors as Zubin Mehta, Mariss Jansons, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung Whun Chung, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkhanov, Vladimir Jurowski, by soloists Ramón Vargas, Gidons Krēmers, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev, Rudolf Buchbinder, Lucas Debargue, Truls Mørk, Alisa Weilerstein. More than 80 thousand people attended the concerts of the Festival.

According to the tradition, the festive opening of the Festival will be on March 27th, on the birthday of Maestro Rostropovich. The program will include the masterpieces of Prokofiev, performed by one of the best European orchestras, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under conductor Thomas Søndergård. The cello part will be performed by Pablo Ferrández.

The Symphonies of Mozart will be played on March 29th by Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin, conductor Rainer Honeck. In the Haydn concert Russian audience will hear one of the leading cellists of his generation, Gautier Capuçon.
On April 1st, in the concert of Russian music, the Russian National Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. The Orchestra will play under the baton of Maestro Pierre Carlo Orizio.

On April 2nd, the audience will hear Bach's St Matthew Passion. Under conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg three outstanding ensembles will join: Orchestra KlangVerwaltung, Chorus KlangVerwaltung and Munich Boys Choir. The solo parts will perform outstanding European vocalists.
On April 3rd, on stage of the State Kremlin Palace the Russian premiere of the multimedia show The Roman Trilogy will take place. The performance was inspired by the symphonic trilogy of Ottorino Respighi, this unique peace will be played by Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Antonio Méndez.

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