Strauss - Gala
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.
Daria Zykova got a first-class degree from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 2005 (I.I. Maslennikova’s class). In 2009 she completed her postgraduate studies at the Conservatory. She debuted at The Bolshoi Theatre as Papagena (Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” staged by Graham Vick) in 2008. The same year she sang the role of Mercedes (Bizet’s “Carmen” staged by David Pountney). In 2010 she sang the role of Adele in the premiere performance of “The Bat” by Strauss (conductor – Cristophe-Mathias Mueller, director – Vasily Barkhatov). Latest works include Marianne (“Der Rosenkavalier” by R. Strauss, conductor Vasily Sinayski, director Steven Lawless, 2012). She gives concerts in Russia and beyond. In 2005 she won the right to give a series of solo concerts in the USA (Indianapolis, Indiana). She performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Lithuania, Poland, Moldova, Estonia, the USA, and Japan. Received Russian Order of Merit in 2014 and Order of Distinction from Serbian Patriarchy in 2012.