One of the most popular concertos in violin classics – Concerto for violin and orchestra by Tchaikovsky – will be performed by Sergey Ostrovsky – first violinist and the founder of the “Aviv” String Quartet (1996), First Concertmaster of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. Sergey Ostrovsky is a winner of the 3rd Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (1999, Grand Prix and 4 Special Prizes), Bordeaux String Quartet Competition (2003), Aviv National Music Competition (1999,Tel Aviv) and other top prizes: “Schubert and Modernity” Competition (2003, Graz, Austria, 2nd Prize and Schubert Prize) and Rodolfo Lipizer Violin Competition (Italy, 1995). From 2009 - Professor of the Geneva Conservatory. Sergey Ostrovsky performed at the best venues of the world, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), Sydney Opera House, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Konzerthaus Vienna, P. Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Valencia Concert Hall.
Young Tchaikovsky completed his first symphony in 1866, soon after moving to Moscow, where he became professor at the new Conservatory. Numerous pages of the symphony called “Winter Daydreams” elicit associations with poetic winter landscapes. Writing to P. Jurgenson in 1886 about the upcoming performance of the First Symphony, the composer commented: “Although it is in many ways very immature, yet fundamentally it has more substance and is better than any of my other more mature works. I love this symphony a lot”.
Prominent Soviet conductor Alexander Gauk grasped and felt deeply the essence of Tchaikovsky’s music. The conductor’s repertoire includes all symphonic works of the great Russian composer. Gauk did not only arrange The Four Seasons by Tchaikovsky (a set of pieces for piano), but also gently preserved the most peculiar details and conveyed the charm and unique character of each piece.