The program of the Seventh International Festival of Chamber Artists and Ensembles "Silver Lyre", as well as the program of all previous festivals, consists of eight concerts, where talented musicians from many countries will demonstrate the art of chamber music. This time we shall see musicians from Austria, Israel, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Turkey and Russia.
The first and the final concerts will be held in the Grand Philharmonic Hall, and six concerts - in the Small Philharmonic Hall.
The program of this festival consists of two duets, three trios, one solo piano evening concert,the concert of two singers and the concert of chamber orchestra with solo piano.
The festival will open in the Grand Philharmonic Hallwith a concert of a famous duet.Violinist Julian Rakhlin and pianist Itamar Golan will play Schumann, Brahms, Debussy and Franck.
The five following evenings will take place in the Small Philharmonic Hall.
At the first evening, participants will meetthe famous Czech Guarneri Trio Prague. The team has been a guest of "Silver Lyre" before and won the hearts of the public. We believe that the interpretation of Suk, Smetana and Brahms will be warmly received by the audience,just as before.
The second concert in the Small Hall will feature two young artists - soprano Julia Savrasova and tenor Peter Gajdukov, who will perform together withthe famous St. Petersburg pianist, Peoples Artist of Russia, Professor Pavel Egorov. Guided by this acknowledged master of accompaniment, the rising stars of vocal will present works of Schumannrarely performed in Russia:twelve songs to poems of Eichendorfffrom the "Liederkreis" series, three songs from the "Der arme Peter" series, five poems of Maria Stuart, three songs to Goethe's poem "Wilhelm Meister" and five songs from the "Myrthen" seriesto poems of different poets.
The program of the next concert - the piano evening of the famous Czech pianist Pavel Kaspar - will not leave the audience indifferent as well. Concert etude of Smetana, Chopin's Four Ballades, and Prokofiev's Seventh Sonata and his "Visions Fugitives" can be considered the best calling card for a solo debut in St. Petersburg.
The fourth out of six concerts in the Small Hall will be marked by the performance of Trio KlaViS - a young but well recognized in Europeinternational team from Vienna with an unusual structure. Piano, violin and saxophone, unitedby a hottemper, high professionalism and undisguised love of music, will present to the audience a brilliant garland of popular works by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Igudesman, Eychenne, Khachaturian and Piazzolla.
The fifth concert is entirely devoted to the well-loved French duo of cellist Marc Coppey and St. Petersburg pianist Peter Laul. For the first time they will feature in one concert all the Beethoven works for cello and piano. It is significant also because last season Peter Laulperformed in the same roomall Beethoven's piano sonatas with a great success.
In the sixth concert another piano trio will perform. This time, the German Trio Bamberg. They will feature a trio of Saint-Sans, Schubert and Schumann. Interestingly, the violin in the trio will be played by JewgeniSchuk- the son of a remarkable Soviet violinist Valentin Schuk.
The festival will be closed by a Turkish pianist Fazil Say, who has already participated in the "Lyre". This time he will perform with the Chamber Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Fazil Say will appear also as a conductor featuring two piano concerts of Mozart, as well as two of Say's own compositions - Chamber Symphony and Piano Concerto "Silk Road".
The organizers sincerely thank all the participants of the festival for agreeing to take part in themusic forum, which has become a tradition, and hope that the "Silver Lyre" will continue to familiarizepeople with the world latest achievements in the art of chamber music.