Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic

To the 85th anniversary of the birth of Evgeny Svetlanov

Date and time: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 18:00
Venue: 
Moscow State Conservatory. Grand Hall
Program: 
A. Glazunov. Ballet suite from Raymonda
A. Glazunov. Minstrel’s Song
P. Tchaikovsky. Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra
S. Rachmaninoff. Symphony № 3
Conductor: 
Alexander Vakoulsky
Soloist: 
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

The concert is dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the birth of outstanding conductor of the 20th century Evgeny Svetlanov. In 1965 E. Svetlanov was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Russia State Symphony Orchestra. Within 35-year work with the orchestra Svetlanov reorganized it. It became a unique orchestra with huge creative potential and the status of one of the best orchestras of the world. Its repertoire included practically all Russian symphonic music and a great deal of works by Occidental and contemporary composers as well. Svetlanov considered selfless work of making “Anthology of Russian Symphonic Music” as duty of his life. As the result more than 200 disks including all Russian music for symphony orchestra from Glinka to Rachmaninoff were recorded on “Melodiya” label.

Alexander Vakoulsky is considered as one of the most gifted Russian conductors of his generation. He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory and was strongly influenced by Evgeny Svetlanov. Alexander Vakoulsky, by personal invitation of Evgeny Svetlanov, started his collaboration with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra. He conducted this orchestra for 10 years as guest conductor.

Alexander Vakoulsky conducted with great success many orchestras, such as Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg… He is also working with prestigious musicians and performed with Evgeny Kissin, Yefim Bronfman, Vadim Repin, Victor Lieberman, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Kniazev, Andreï Korobeinikov, Henri Demarquette. In 2010, Alexander Vakoulsky was invited to perform Verdi’s Aida at the Stade de France in front of 55 000 people.

Narek Hakhnazarian – prize-winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition (I Prize, 2011), Young Talents International Competition (I Prize and nine special prizes, New York, 2008), International A. Johansen Competition (I Prize, Washington, 2006), International A. Khachaturian Competition (I Prize and Gold Medal, Armenia, 2006), International Gyeongnam Competition (II Prize, South Korea, 2006).

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