“The Constellation of Virtuosos: from classic to contemporary” is the name of the traditional gala opening concert for the festival.
The gala concert will be opened with an overture (full of rebellious passion) to the “The Desert Island” opera by Joseph Haydn — an image of the raging sea. The end of the concert will be marked by the immortal Mozart’s hit — Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Serenade).
Virtuoso and concert compositions of three centuries will be performed in such a classic Viennese style: the elegiac cello concerto by Camille Saint-Saens, the scintillating violin rhapsody “Tzigane” by Maurice Ravel, the brilliant “Allegro” by Frederic Chopin, two of the most popular arias of the Italian bel canto… However, there will be some surprises in store for the guests. The young but already famous Moscow composer Alexey Sioumak will present the world’s premiere of a play for viola and chamber orchestra — another composition inspired by Yuri Bashmet’s outstanding performances. Finally, a virtuoso of a unique instrument — double bass balalaika, one of the founders of the legendary “Terem Quartet” Mikhail Dzyudze, will also demonstrate the skills of this soloist.
The opening concert will be attended by eminent figures from the world of new-generation performing arts and laureates of prestigious international competitions. Attending are Bolshoi Theater soloist Anna Aglatova, Austrian classical pianist Ingolf Wunder, German cellist Konstanze von Gutzeit, and Valeria Abramova, a very young violinist from Barnaul, soloist of the All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Yuri Bashmet will be conducting the chamber ensemble “The Soloists of Moscow”, Grammy Award winners.