Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tchaikovsky Festival opens with performance by pianist Denis Matsuev

A festival of concert performances dedicated to late composer Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky began in Yekaterinburg last week with an opening performance by People's Artist of Russia pianist Denis Matsuev.

In his opening performance, Matsuev performed Tchaikovsky's "Seasons," a collection of the composer's pieces arranged for solo piano, voice and full orchestra. At one point in the performance, he was joined by both the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic orchestra and the International Youth Orchestra, Oblgazeta reports.

The International Youth Orchestra, which also performed, is comprised of young musicians from across 16 countries who perform and practice together during the summers at the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic academy. This year, the youth orchestra was under the direction of Italian conductor Oleg Caetani.

Later in the program, pianist Danil Trifonov and violinist Boris Belkin, both graduates of the Ural Sverdlovsk College of Music, performed a selection of pieces by Tchaikovsky, Oblgazeta reports.

"We want our listeners to have a sense of belonging to Tchaikovsky," festival organizer and Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Deputy Director Rustem Hasanov said, according to Oblgazeta. "The motto of our festival is 'Tchaikovsky is closer than you think'. In one of [Tchaikovsky's] letters he wrote, 'I was born in the Urals'. We all certainly know that he was born in Votkinsk. We must appreciate that we live in a land that is associated with his name."

The festival ended on Saturday with a performance by the International Youth Orchestra at the Museum-Reserve of Wooden Architecture.