Dances with the Double Bass is a new concert project of the unique duet of “musical weightlifters” – the contrabass balalaika player Mikhail Dzyudze and the classic double bass player Artyom Chirkov.
Mikhail Dzyudze is well known to the wide audience. Being one of the founders of the legendary Terem Quartet, he is famous for his virtuoso double-bass performance, as well as for his pioneering work in promoting and changing the public’s views on the contrabass balalaika, the double-bass’s most singular relative. Inspired by Mikhail Dzyudze’s skillful performance and phenomenal technique, modern composers began to write solo pieces for contrabass balalaika.
Artyom Chirkov is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, a winner of international competitions in the United States, Germany, and Czech Republic, including the Bradetich Foundation grand-prix, the biggest international double bass solo competition. He was part of double bass ensembles QuattroBass and Bassiona Amorosa; in 2011, the presentation of his solo album took place at Carnegie Hall. At present, Artyom Chirkov combines concert tours with the leadership of the double bass section at the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
The intricate turns of the concert program take us from the Aria by Johann Sebastian Bach to the music by Alfred Schnittke; the program includes music pieces from different historic periods, national schools, and styles. At the core of it is dance; two virtuosos will reveal the glory of dancing tunes of all peoples and epochs. Ironically archaized pieces by Shostakovich, Spanish tunes by Glazunov, adaptations of Bulgarian and Romanian folk dances, Irish folk music, Piazzolla’s Argentine tangos, Broadway foxtrots, and Schnittke’s polyphonic tangos. This will be an unforgettable concert of two distinguished musicians and their magic instruments, which the audience will certainly remember.
The concert will also feature Maxim Rubtsov, a world-known flutist, soloist and leader of the Russian National Orchestra; violinist Lev Klychkov, a leader of Yuri Temirkanov Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; violinist Ilya Kozlov, a winner of international competitions and Yuri Temirkanov’s Prize; the Leningrad Taneyev Quartet, one of the oldest chamber ensembles of St. Petersburg; and Rachmaninoff Quartet, a string quartet from Sochi.