Music family of Strauss gave the world real constellation of talents. Johann Strauss the Son was acknowledged as the most famous of them. He was the titled “waltz king”, the creator of such Viennese classical operetta masterpieces as Die Fledermaus and The Gypsy Baron, the author of many waltzes, polkas, galops, and marches. Johann Strauss the Father organized his own orchestra which was recognized one of the best in Europe, performed as a conductor and a violinist. Musical talent of Strauss the Father continued its rich flowering in his three sons. Young Strauss the Son could play and conduct all days and nights long. He composed music at every given opportunity, devoted his waltzes to doctors, lawyers, newsmen, coachmen of Viennese fiacres… People from Vienna, Paris, New York, Petersburg, Berlin, etc. wanted to listen to Strauss the Son’s orchestra. Beauty and ravishment of melodies, magnificence of orchestra colours, inventiveness, and wit of his dance pieces influenced all public – from inhabitants of city suburbs to famous musicians of the world.Two brothers Joseph and Eduard also continued family musical tradition. The most popular Polka-pizzicato was written in joint authorship with Joseph. Johann the elder of the brothers left more than 500 compositions, practically in 300 belong to Joseph and Eduard.
Irina Samoylova – soloist of “Helikon-Opera” Moscow Theatre. Grand Prix winner of the IV All-Russian Bello Voce Competition and XXV International Competition Luis Sigall in Chile (1998), winner of the II International Competition Tomaz Alkaide in Portugal (2000), prize winner of the Belvedere Competition (2003, Vienna, Austria). In 2006 sang the part of Kseniya in the opera Boris Godunov by M. Mussorgsky in Brussels (Belgium). Participated in the number of prestigious opera festivals: W.A. Mozart Festival in La Coruna (Spain, 2006, part of Countess Adel in opera The Count Ory by G. Rossini, G. Rossini Festival in Pesaro (Italy, 2008, part of Cleone in opera Ermione by G. Rossini), Wexford Opera Festival (Ireland, 2008, part of Snow Maiden in opera The Snow Maiden by N. Rimsky-Korsakov). In 2009 participated in gala-concert to the 100th anniversary of Dyagilev Seasons (Monaco, Monte-Carlo). Performed in Austria, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, China, Monaco, France, Chile.
Conductor and violinist Peter Guth graduated from the Vienna Academy of Music and also studied with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. Maestro is sought after specialist for music by Johann Strauss. In 1988 Peter Guth founded and took charge of Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna. At the concerts he follows the tradition of Strauss – he performs as a violinist and as a conductor at the same time, sweeping the audience in the atmosphere of joy.