Similarly to its predecessors, the Sixth International Festival of Chamber Music Silver Lyre primarily aims to popularize classical music heritage, with emphasis on the highest quality of performance, which will impress even those far removed from the world of academic music.
The festival traditionally consists of eight concerts, at which, this time, the art of chamber music will be demonstrated by internationally renowned ensembles and soloists from Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Romania, Israel, the USA, Austria, and Russia. Three concerts of the festival will be held in the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia; and the other five concerts will take place in the M.I. Glinka Small Hall.
The Grand Hall of the Philharmonia will host the performances of the remarkable German Chamber Orchestra (Frankfurt am Main) , to be held on October 31 at the opening of the festival, and the well-known Russian pianist Ekaterina Mechetina (November 4). Additionally, the final concert of the festival titled Saxophone: Anything & Everything will also be held in the Grand Hall and attended by the young German SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet and the famous Russian orchestra St. Petersburg Saxophones, artistic director Gennady Golstein (November 7).
The M.I. Glinka Small Hall will become the venue for masterful performances of a piano duet from the Netherlands consisting of young pianists and brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen (November 1), an international piano trio of Miki Aoki (piano, Japan), Frederieke Saeijs (violin, the Netherlands) and Leonid Gorokhov (cello, Russia) (November 2), one of the most famous young string quartets in Europe Arcadia Quartet from Romania (November 3), the amazing Israeli cellist Amit Peled and the American pianist, one of the most sought-after accompanists of the USA Noreen Polera (November 5), as well as the Razumovsky Quartet, an Austrian string quartet founded by the Razumovsky Society for Art and Culture in Vienna.
Visitors of the festival concerts will be able to enjoy the works of Beethoven, Schubert, Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Mozart, Bartok, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Scriabin, Handel, Bach, Faure, Saint-Saens, Haydn, Wolf, Grieg, Barber, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Iturralde and music by American composers of the 1920-50s.
Festival organizers express their sincere gratitude to all the ensembles and soloists who agreed to take part in the concerts of the festival and hope that the sixth Silver Lyre will not disappoint classical music lovers and will allow them to enjoy the latest achievements in the art of chamber music.