On March 29th, the concert of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra took place in the Conservatory Grand Hall within the framework of the International Rostropovich Festival

The oldest Spanish Symphony orchestra (founded in 1903), the Madrid Symphony Orchestra is a resident of the Madrid Royal theatre. The orchestra under the baton of Maestro Gustavo Gimeno, one of the most engaged conductors of the younger generation takes part in the festival for the first time.

In the first part of the evening Alborada or the Morning Serenade of the Jester by Ravel was performed, one of the best embodiments of the Spanish theme, followed by the Concert No. 1 for violin and the orchestra by Karol Szymanowski. The soloist was the young violinist Leticia Moreno. She plays the Nicolo Gagliano’s violin, manufactured in 1762. Because of the incredible technical complexity, depth of interpretation, the finest nuance Szymanowski’s concert is one of the most rarely performed pieces. The audience thanked the soloist with a standing ovation.

In the second part, the orchestra suite El amor brujo by Manuel de Falla was performed, distinguished by the rich colors, fine atmosphere, as well as an orchestra suite from the ballet Firebird by Stravinsky in the edition of 1945.

April 1st

Zaryadye Concert Hall

Yokohama Sinfonietta (Japan)
Conductor Kazuki Yamada
Nobuyuki Tsujii piano

Photos by Alexander Kurov

March 30th

Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Italy)
Conductor Sir Antonio Pappano
Francesco Piemontesi piano

Photos by Alexander Kurov

On March 27th, the Festive Opening of the anniversary X International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival took place in the Moscow Conservatory

The first concert of the Festival was traditionally held on March 27th – on the birthday of Maestro Rostropovich – on stage of the Conservatory Grand Hall.

The evening opened with a speech by Artistic Director of the Festival Olga Rostropovich. She welcomed the guests, thanked the Department of Culture of the City of Moscow for help during the organization of the Festival. The warmest words were addressed to a great friend and great conductor – Yury Temirkanov, who, together with his brilliant musicians, opened the I Festival in 2010. Two geniuses were tied not only by long-term professional relations, but also by sincere friendship.

Olga Rostropovich expressed hope that “the music that will sound these days at the Festival, at least a little, but will change the world, will make it better, kinder, more beautiful”.


The Festival was opened with a performance by one of the best Russian orchestras – St. Petersburg Philharmonic under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov.

In the first part of the concert, the Ouverture to Weber's opera Euryanthe and Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor were performed. The cello part was played by the winner of the Mstislav Rostropovich Competition in Paris 1997 Enrico Dindo (Italy). In the encore, Dindo performed Allemande from the Suite No. 6 by Bach. In the second part, the orchestra played Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 From the New World. Salut d'Amour by Elgar was performed in the encore.

The festival will continue on March 29th with the performance of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra in the Conservatory Grand Hall.

March 29th

Madrid Symphony Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Spain)
Conductor Gustavo Gimeno
Leticia Moreno violin

Photo by Alexander Kurov

March 27th

Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall

Opening of the Festival

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Yuri Temirkanov
Enrico Dindo cello

Photos by Alexander Kurov

Enrico Dindo

Enrico Dindo was born in Italy into a family of musicians, and at the age of six he began studying the cello, then he entered the Turin Conservatory of Giuseppe Verdi, where he studied with Antonio Janigro. Enrico Dindo won First Prize at the Rostropovich Competition in Paris in 1997.

Mstislav Rostropovich called him ‘a cellist of exceptional qualities… with an extraordinary sound which flows as a splendid Italian voice”.

He has since established his solo career around the world. Enrico Dindo has performed with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philarmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Filarmonica della Scala, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus. He has performed with Mstislav Rostropovich, Riccardo Chailly, Aldo Ceccato, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Valery Gergiev, Ivan Fisher, Riccardo Muti and others.

Recent highlights include performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda and Budapest Festival Orchestra with Ivan Fischer. In 2013-14 Enrico Dindo’s season highlights include performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus at the Barbican in London, Paris and Vienna, as well as appearances with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome and at the Lugano Festival.

Dindo participated in a number of festivals, including the Budapest (Spring Festival), Stresa (Settimane Musicali), the Dubrovnik and Lokenhaus festivals.

A successful recording artist, Enrico Dindo has recorded with Decca and Chandos

For Decca he has recently released recordings of the Bach Suites for solo cello and all Beethoven's works for cello and piano (piano part performed by Pietro de Maria).

For Chandos he released recordings of the Shostakovich Cello Concertos with the Danish National Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda.
In 2014 he has been appointed Principal and Musical conductor at the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb.

Composers that have written for him include Giulio Castagnoli, Carlo Boccadoro, Carlo Galante and Roberto Molinelli.
Enrico Dindo plays the Pietro Giacomo Rogeri cello of 1717 (ex-Piatti).

Enrico Dindo is the winner of the the Abbiati Award of the Italian National Association of Music Critics (2000), the Vittorio de Sica Award (2005).

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The history of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra began with the Decree of Alexander III on 16 July 1882, which initiated the creation of the Court Choir. Transformed into the Court Orchestra at the beginning of the XX century, for the first time in Russia, the orchestra performed the symphonic poems “Ein Heldenleben“ and “Also sprach Zarathustra“ by Richard Strauss, Mahler’s First Symphony and Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, Scriabin’s “Poem of Ecstasy” and Stravinsky’s First Symphony. A. Nikisch and R. Strauss conducted the orchestra as well as A. Glazunov, who dedicated the “Festival Overture” to the orchestra. In 1917, the Court Orchestra became the State Orchestra, and was headed by S. Koussevitzky.

In 1921, the orchestra, given the hall of the former Noble Assembly at its disposal, opened the country’s first Philharmonia. The unprecedented in scale activities of the orchestra drew a new and sometimes far removed from classical music audience to its Grand Hall. Outstanding Russian musicians underwent a rigorous test of their conducting skills with the orchestra. Such legendary Western conductors as B. Walter, F. Weingartner, H. Abendroth, O. Fried, E. Kleiber, P. Monteux and O. Klemperer; soloists V. Horowitz and S. Prokofiev performed with the orchestra. The orchestra mastered a vast contemporary repertoire. In 1918, it presented the premiere of Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony”, and in 1926 – Shostakovich’s First Symphony.

In 1934, the orchestra – the first in the country – was awarded the title Honoured Ensemble of Russia.

1938 ushered in a half-century of the “Age of Mravinsky” – years of hard work, which earned the orchestra a place among the most prominent orchestras of the world. In 1946, the orchestra embarked on its first foreign trip – and gave its first overseas performance in the country’s symphonic performance history. This was followed by regular tours around the world, performing at the most prestigious European festivals.

Since 1988, Yuri Temirkanov has headed the orchestra. From year to year, the results of the musicians’ collaboration receive enthusiastic press reviews. “If the St Petersburg Philharmonic’s all-Russian first Prom was a hard act to follow, its second, also under chief conductor Yuri Temirkanov, brought yet another feast of idiomatic Russian playing” (The Guardian, 2015). “This is a unique orchestra with a special, “Leningrad” sound ...” (Codalario, 2016).
«This evening, St. Petersburgers presented a low-key interpretation, faultlessly played – as one might expect from this most resplendent of orchestras…” (The Guardian, 2017).
For the last two seasons, the orchestra’s intense touring schedule has included concerts at The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Berlin, Munich and Hamburg philharmonics. The orchestra took part in many prestigious festivals.
Among the most prominent St Petersburg programs of the last season are Rodion Shchedrin’s author’s evening, Verdi’s “Requiem” and Janáček’s “Glagolitic Mass”, Prokofiev’s cantata “On the 20th Anniversary of October” and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

The 2018/2019 season’s repertoire includes such works as Shostakovich’s Eighth and Thirteenth Symphonies, Oratorio’s «Ivan the Terrible», Prokofiev’s Third and Fifth Symphonies, Bartók’s and Lutosławski’s concertos for orchestra, Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto, Charles Ives’ «Holidays» Symphony, Berg's Three pieces for orchestra Op.6, Schnittke’s Fourth Violin Concerto, “Alladin” Suite and Nielsen’s «Helios» Overture. Giya Kancheli's «Letters to friends» world premiere will take place, and within the framework of the «Art Dialogues» subscription, held in conjunction with the State Hermitage, Dutilleux’s «Starry night» (inspired by Van Gogh’s painting), Walton's Cello Concerto and Tishchenko’s Dante's Fifth Symphony Paradise will be performed. There will be concerts with the participation of the orchestra, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Yuri Temirkanov. Among them is a series from the traditional First Subscription, entirely dedicated to the anniversary of the Maestro, as well as the "Arts Square” International winter festival concerts.

Yuri Temirkanov

Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, which the conductor regularly tours and records with.

Yuri Temirkanov was born in Nalchik, the Caucasus, and started pursuing music at the age of 9. At the age of 13, he moved to Leningrad and continued his studies at the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory’s Secondary Music School specializing in violin, then graduated from the Saint-Petersburg Conservatory majoring in viola and symphony conducting. In 1966 he won the All-Union Conductors Competition.

In 1967, Yuri Temirkanov debuted with the Leningrad Philharmonic orchestra, the Honored orchestra of the Republic and at Yevgeny Mravinsky’s initiative became the assistant conductor. In 1968—1976 he served as a chief conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony orchestra (now the Academic Symphony orchestra); in 1976—1988 he was the chief conductor of the Kirov (Mariinsky) theatre. During this time, the repertoire consisted of Temirkanov’s masterpiece performances such as «Eugene Onegin» (Temirkanov’s production of the Opera is featured in the theater nowadays) and Tchaikovsky‘s «Queen of spades», Prokofiev’s «War and peace», Petrov’s «Peter the Great», Shchedrin‘s «Dead souls». The troupe began to tour actively, and theater’s Symphony concerts were again put into practice worldwide.

Yuri Temirkanov has performed with the leading orchestras in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Dresden State Chapel, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Philharmonic orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Academy Orchestras of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro Alla Scala in Milan and others.

After his debut with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra in 1977, Yuri Temirkanov became the Principal Guest conductor of the orchestra in 1979, and in 1992—1998 was the Chief conductor. He was also the Principal Guest conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra (1992—1997) and the Danish Radio National Orchestra (1998—2008). Yuri Temirkanov regularly performs in the United States, where he collaborated with the leading American orchestras. From 2000 to 2006 he conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as the Principal Guest conductor of the Bolshoi theatre, and in 2010—2012 – musical Director of Teatro Regio in Parma.

Yuri Temirkanov made numerous recordings with different orchestras.
At the initiative and under the artistic direction of Maestro Temirkanov, the International Winter “Arts Square” Festival has been held in St. Petersburg for almost two decades. Unique in its concept, the festival brings together artists of the highest caliber, yet again confirming the status of St. Petersburg as one of the cultural capitals of Europe. In December 2018, Mariss Jansons, Rudolf Buchbinder, Denis Matsuev, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Yuri Bashmet, Paata Burchuladze, Matthias Goerne, Ignat Solzhenitsyn and others participated in the XIX festival dedicated to the Maestro's anniversary.
Maestro Temirkanov has received numerous Russian and international awards. He is the recipient of the Order “For Merit for the Fatherland" (1998, 2003, 2008, 2013), People's artist of the USSR, laureate of State Prizes and the Presidential award, Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy and the Japanese Order of the Rising sun. Twice, in 2003 and 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Abbiati prize in the nomination «Best conductor». Maestro — the winner of the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award and La Fenice Theatre Fund’s award “Life in music", the recipient of Santa Cecilia Academy’s and the St. Petersburg and Moscow conservatories honorary titles.

In 2015, for the first time ever, Yuri Temirkanov was appointed the life honorary conductor of Santa Cecilia national academy orchestra and choir in Rome; in 2016 he was awarded the Italian order «Arca d'oro» («Golden ark»). On June 12, 2018 Yuri Temirkanov was awarded the State Prize of Russian Federation for his outstanding contribution to the development of national and world music culture.


Resident orchestra of the Teatro Real

The Orchestra was established in 1903 and was presented at the Teatro Real of Madrid on 7th February 1904, conducted by Alonso Cordelás. The year 1905 saw the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with Enrique Fernández Arbós, which lasted three decades. After Arbos's death, several Spanish conductors took charge of the Orchestra, such as Conrado del Campo, José María Franco, Enrique Jordá and Vicente Spiteri. In 1981, by agreement with the Ministry of Culture, the Orchestra became the resident orchestra for all productions at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. Besides having worked with all the most important Spanish conductors, the Orchestra has collaborated with maestros such as as Peter Maag, Pinchas Steinberg, Kurt Sanderling, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mstilav Rostropovich, Semyon Bychkov, Armin Jordan, Peter Schneider, James Conlon, Hartmut Haenchen, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jeffrey Tate, Nicola Luisotti and Lothar Koening. Since 1997, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid is in charge of providing the music for every production at the Teatro Real, with ever increasing acclaim both from the public and from the professionals and trade critics. Maestro García Navarro was the Head Conductor of the OSM from 1999 to 2002, maestro Jesús López Cobos from 2002 to 2009 and actually Ivor Bolton and Nicola Luisotti and as associate conductor. The Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid has signed a deal with the Lyrical Theatre Foundation by virtue of which it has become the Resident Orchestra of the Teatro Real until 2026.

Among its discography's highlights are the Spanish zarzuelas and operas recorded for «Auvidis», the comprehensive recordings of Mendelssohn's Symphonies, conducted by Peter Maag, for «Arts», and the world's first recordings of Albéniz's Merlin and Henry Clifford, conducted by José de Eusebio. A significant number of its performances in the Teatro Real are being issued both in audio CDs and in DVDs.

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