Silver Lyre 2012

The Third International Festival of Chamber music the "Silver Lyre" is held in the year of double jubilee of the Philharmonic Society of Saint Petersburg - its 210th anniversary and 20 years of its revival. It is striving to achieve the same goals, which have guided the activities of the Society since its foundation, namely, musical enlightenment and popularization of classical musical heritage. One of the most important tasks of the Festival is the presentation of the world-famous ensembles performing Chamber music masterpieces and representing national performance school.

The Festival of the year 2012, as well as the previous two, consists of eight concerts. The worldwide famous ensembles and soloists from Germany, France, Switzerland, the United States, Slovakia and Israel, who have never played in Russia before, as well as well-known to the Petersburg public Russian musicians will show their subtle art of Chamber music performance.

Among the participants there are the Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra, headed by the violinist and conductor Danel Ewald; the famous ensemble of soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra the Scharoun Ensemble; the international Gringolts Quartet, representing Switzerland and founded by the violinist Ilya Gringolts, one of the first holders of the scholarship of the Philharmonic Society of Saint Petersburg; the piano trio, created by the Russian artists Peter Laul, Ilya Gringolts and Dmitry Kouzov, living in different countries - Russia, Switzerland and the United States - but continuing to perform together; the piano duo from Israel the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo, represented by a married couple - Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg; as well as the violin and piano duet Quasi Uno from Saint Petersburg (Alexandra Korobkina and Ksenia Gavrilova).

In addition, two soloists from France will take part in the concerts of the Festival. One of them is a young pianist David Fray, who has already gained an international recognition. The other artist is one of the most famous harpists of modernity, Xavier de Maistre, accompanied by the Baroque ensemble from Germany L'arte del mondo, under the direction of its founder Werner Ehrhardt.

All of the festival concerts will be held in the Small and Grand Halls of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic named after D.D. Shostakovich. The first two concerts and the final one will take place in the Grand Philharmonic Hall; the other concerts will take place in the Small Hall.

The ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic will open the Festival. It will perform Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A major, as well as two octets (the famous Schubert's Octet in F major, and the Octet of a modern German composer Hans Werner Henze). The Festival Marathon will be proceeded with a piano recital, in which David Fray will perform Partita No. 2 in c minor and Toccata in c minor by Bach, as well as Fantasy No. 4 in c minor by Mozart and Piano Sonata 21 in C major ("Waldstein") by Beethoven.

The piano trio will perform Brahms' Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, and Schubert's Trio No. 2 in E-flat major. The String Quartet from Switzerland will introduce its interpretation the quartets of Mozart, Bartok and Brahms. The Quasi Uno duet will perform the violin sonatas of Mendelssohn, Ravel, Prokofiev, as well as Cinema fantasie by Milhaud from the Le Boeuf sur le toit ballet

The program of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra is also broad-ranging. The Saint Petersburg music fans will hear the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major by Bach, Concerto grosso in G major by Handel, Dvorjak's Serenade for String Orchestra and Concerto grosso by a contemporary Slovak composer Peter Breiner.

In the concert of the piano duo from Israel we will enjoy listening to an original version for four hands of the Overture "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich's Concertino, Brahms' Variations on the Theme by Josef Haydn and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens in transcription of Debussy.

The concert of Xavier de Maistre will close the festival. In his joint program with the Baroque ensemble L'arte del mondo he will perform the original composition for harp by Parish Alvars, as well as instrumental concerts by Vivaldi, Marcello and Durante in transcription for harp of Stefan Klime

The organizers would like to thank all of the creative groups and soloists, who has agreed to participate in the new Saint Petersburg endeavor, and hope that the Festival "Silver Lyre" will continue to provide an opportunity for music lovers to get acquainted with the best world achievements in the art of Chamber music performance.