X Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

The Tenth anniversary Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, established by the City of Moscow and Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation for Cultural and Humanitarian Programs in 2010, will take place in Moscow from March 27th to April 3rd 2019.

X Mstislav Rostropovich Festival traditionally brings together the best soloists and orchestras at the major Moscow concert venues. The 2019 Festival program complies with the high artistic level set by its leader since the first Festival Olga Rostropovich. According to her, when thinking of the program, she always imagines whether Mstislav Rostropovich would approve a choice of certain participants and musical pieces, – this is the main criterion.  The anniversary Festival’s concerts will take place at the Grand Hall of the Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Zaryadye Concert Hall.

In nine years, 35 orchestras, 100 soloists, 14 choirs, 38 conductors have performed at the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival. London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra, conductors Zubin Mehta, Mariss Jansons, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Jurowski, soloists Ramon Vargas, Matthias Goerne, Gidon Kremer, Nikolaj Znaider, Maxim Vengerov, Denis Matsuev, Rudolf Buchbinder, Lucas Debargue, Yuja Wang, Enrico Dindo, Truls Mork, Alisa Weilerstein – to name a few, who adorned the Festival posters.  Over the years, the Festival concerts were attended by more than 90 thousand people!

The opening night date remains unchanged – March 27th, Mstislav Rostropovich’s birthday. Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov will perform in the Grand Hall of the Conservatory. Maestro Temirkanov, the Festival’s constant guest, emphasizes that not only long-term professional relations connected Mstislav Rostropovich and Maestro Temirkanov, but deep sincere friendship did as well. The opening concert program includes the Overture from Euryanthe by Weber, Symphony No. 9 From the New World by Dvorak and Cello concerto with orchestra by Schumann. Cello – Enrico Dindo (Italy), winner of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1997.

March 29th: Alborada, or the Fool's Morning Serenade by Ravel, suite from The Firebird ballet by Stravinsky, as well as the orchestra suite El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla will be performed by the Teatro Real Symphony Orchestra – one of the largest opera symphony orchestras, under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno, – one of the most acclaimed conductors of the younger generation. Szymanowski's Violin concerto No. 1 will be presented to the Russian audience by young violinist Leticia Moreno (Spain), who has already performed with the leading European orchestras. Leticia Moreno plays the instrument created by an Italian violin-maker Nicolò Gagliano in 1762.

Concerts on March 30th and 31st promise to become an outstanding event. On the first evening Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, led by Antonio Pappano, will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’ music – Egmont symphonic overture and Symphony No. 5. Young Swiss pianist, winner of numerous awards at international competitions, Francesco Piemontesi will perform Piano Concerto No. 3 accompanied by the orchestra. Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 will be performed on March 31st.

On April 1st the Yokohama Sinfonietta Orchestra under the baton of Kazuki Yamada will perform Symphony No. 39 by Mozart and the Classical symphony by Prokofiev at the Zaryadye Concert Hall. Nobuyuki Tsujii, a Japanese pianist and composer, winner of the Golden Medal at the XIII Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Texas, will perform as a soloist in Piano concerto No. 2 by Beethoven.

The final concert of the Festival will take place on April 3rd. The second program of the Yokohama Sinfonietta includes Symphony No. 3, Scottish, by Mendelssohn and a Violin concerto by Beethoven. Soloist — Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, one of the leading performers of her generation. Critics and public note the expression and virtuosity of her performance. She plays the violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, provided by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

An exhibition dedicated to life and work of Mstislav Rostropovich in the foyer at the Conservatory Grand Hall will be a part of the Festival.

Olga Rostropovich, the founder and artistic director of the Festival, has defined the Festival’s concept: ‘Music works of the highest caliber, performed by the best musicians’. This simple formula guarantees effectiveness and success confirmed by the highest ratings among critics and music community. Therefore, the Festival, worthy of Mstislav Rostropovich’s name, certainly stands among the main world’s musical events.

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