Name: Winter International Festival of Arts under direction of Yuri Bashmet
Dates: 12 February 2016
Location: Sochi
Organizer: Russian Concert Agency

Festival Program


: Winter International Festival of Arts


In February 2016, Sochi will host the IX Winter International Festival of Arts under direction of Yuri Bashmet, the outstanding musician. The Festival will surprise the audience with breadth of styles, a variety of entertainment events and a constellation of music, dance, ethnic and theatrical stars.

Among the participants of the upcoming festival there will be the most prominent musicians representing Russian and international performing arts of the younger generation: Tatiana Samouil (violin, Belgium), Alexander Buzlov (cello), the youngest Grand Prix winner in history of the International Tchaikovsky Competition Akiko Suwanai (violin, Japan), soloist of the Bolshoi Theater Olga Kulchinskaya (soprano). The ceremony of the Festival Grand Opening to be held on the stage of the Russian Winter Theater, for the first time ever, will welcome one of the most remarkable interpreters of Bach, the Iranian pianist Ramin Bahrami. While the closing gala concert will be honored by a young Austrian musician, winner of a silver medal and a special prize of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Deutsche Grammophon pianist Ingolf Wunder.

Maestro Bashmet will take part in festival concerts as a soloist and conductor of the ensembles fostered by him — Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Grammy Award winner, the Novaya Rossiya (New Russia) State Symphony Orchestra and the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Viola Benefit Special Concert will be devoted to the musical interpretation of the theme of Harold, the famous romantic hero, glorified in the poem by Lord Byron. Apart from Berlioz's Symphony Harold in Italy, the audience will hear works for viola and orchestra by contemporary authors — A. Tchaikovsky and O. Feltzner.

The organist Evgeniya Krivitskaya, winners of international competitions Ksenia Bashmet and Ivan Rudin (piano), a soloist of the La Scala theater orchestra Diego Dichinaro (oboe) and a singer with a unique vocal timbre, countertenor Sergey Vanin, will perform chamber concerts.

Like the previous festivals, the program of the IX International Winter Arts Forum will easily combine different kinds of genres and trends of contemporary art. The festival will open with a special project — the musical play Le Petit Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupery) featuring Maestro Yuri Bashmet and actor Konstantin Khabensky. Oleg Menshikov, an outstanding actor and director, will present his unique autobiographical performance-concert Dream Orchestra. Brass; while Daniele Finzi Pasca, a renowned Swiss director, choreographer and circus artist, author of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, will present his new theatrical work Bianca and Bianco. The Organ Hall of the Philharmonic will introduce to the audience the literary and musical performances dedicated to Shakespeare, Russian poets of the Silver Age and the end of the twentieth century whose poetry will be performed by actors Peter Tataritsky and Vladimir Koshevoy.

This time, the traditional dance recital of the festival will be dedicated to the memory of Anna Pavlova, the great Russian ballet dancer. February 12, 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of Anna Pavlova’s birth.

Each year, the Winter Arts Forum introduces the most remarkable representatives of ethnic music. This time, guests of the Sochi Festival in Russia will hear Dhafer Youssef, a Tunisian composer, singer and oud (an ancient lute) player popular in many countries worldwide. The musician will present his new program Birds Requiem created in 2013.

Specifically for the Sochi Festival, the baroque band Soqquadro Italiano, a unique ensemble which has already participated in Yuri Bashmet’s Yaroslavl Festival, will present their new program. This time, the Italian musicians will dedicate their music to Antonio Vivaldi.

Nino Katamadze and her Insight band are frequent guests of the Sochi Festival. Nino is a Georgian jazz singer, winner of national and international awards. This time Nino and her band will jointly play with the Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra under the baton of Maestro Bashmet. The concert program will include works of great classical composers — Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, performed in a completely new unique manner.

The Sochi Festival will host a young composers competition already for the second time, while for the first time it will host international academy for young musicians which the Festival holds in partnership with the Chapelle Music Academy (Belgium) and Krassels Festival (Finland).


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