The Four Seasons
Many composers turned to the theme of the four seasons and named their cycles of pieces that way. Vivaldi’s cycle of four concertos (1723), Haydn’s oratorio (1801), Tchaikovsky’s 12 piano pieces (1876), Glazunov’s ballet (1899), and Piazzolla’s four tango pieces are the most popular among them. The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi is one of the most famous composer’s works. The name of the great Italian who created about 550 concertos and several dozens of operas is a synonym for The Four Seasons namely. Four concertos – “Spring”, “Summer”, “Autumn”, and “Winter” written in 1725 are the most relevant and often performed at all continents within three centuries.
In the XX century well-known Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla created his own cycle the Four Seasons in Buenos Aires. This composer became famous for giving new life to tango. He took folk music and transformed it into high art. He made tango be played by symphony orchestras without spilling any drop of energy, any gram of sensuality. It was one of the most daring attempts in the XX century to interpret popular musical tradition in a new light. Piazzolla had created a new style of high music which became generally recognized everywhere, he wrote in different genres, but it was always tango.
Rodion Petrov graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky (class of Professor M. Glezarova). His debut at the age of 7 took place with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseev. Since 1999 till 2001 he studied at the Queen Sofia Music College in Madrid, class of Professor Z. Bron. Rodion is a prize winner of the International Competition “Valsesia Musica” (Italy, 2005, I Prize), the Fourth Moscow International Paganini Competition (2005, II Prize), the International Competition named after Rodolfo Lipizer (Italy, 1996, II Prize and five special prizes), the International Paganini Competition (Italy, Genoa, 1997, II Prize) .Rodion Petrov performed at the best concert halls of the world such as the Grand Hall of Conservatory in Moscow, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Santory Hall in Tokyo, etc.