The Ninth International Festivalof Chamber Artists and Ensembles«Silver Lira»embraces eight concerts, showcasing talented chamber music artists from seven countries - Austria, Azerbaijan, Hungary, the Netherlands, Serbia, the USA and Russia.
Two concerts - the opening and closing of the festival - will be held in theGrand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia named after D.D. Shostakovich, and the other six concerts - in the Small Hall named after M.I. Glinka.
The program of this festival is quite diverse - both from the point of view of the represented genres and the proposed repertoire. Two concerts in the popular «crossover» genre will make this festival truly special. But first things first.
The festival will open with a concert by young Dutch brother pianists - Lucas and Arthur Jussen, who made a huge debut in the Silver Lira festival in 2015. The musicians will perform accompanied by a relatively young St. Petersburg chamber ensemble «Singolo Orchestra», composed by the artists of the Honored Ensemble of Russia of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia. Under the guidance of a young Petersburg conductor Yaroslav Zaboyarkin, the Symphony for Strings byC. P. E. Bach, Waltzes for Strings by Schoenberg and two concerts for two pianos and orchestra - C Minor Concert by J.S. Bach and E-flat major Mozart concert will be played.
The next six concerts will take place in the Small Hall of the Philharmonic.
The first concert will present to the audience the art of the Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet, which will perform theBeethoven’s Fifteenth Quartet, Shostakovich’s Fourth Quartet and Ravel’s F Major Quartet.
The second concert will showcase one of the most famous young cellists of Europe - Istvan Vardai (Hungary). Together with St. Petersburg pianist Inga Dzekzer, he will perform popular cello works by Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Janacek and Kodai.
The third concert in the Small Philharmonic Hall will acquaint the public withanensemble from Austria - Alban Berg Ensemble Wien. This young ensemble consisting of a classical piano quartet, clarinet and cello has gained great popularity and is always interestingto listeners. The ensemble will present to the St. Petersburg audience Mahler’s Klavierquartettsatz, Trio for piano, clarinet and cello by Brahms, as well as a suite for piano, two violins and a cello by an Austrian composer of the twentieth century, Erich Wolfgang Korngolf.
Listeners of the fourth concert will meet with the genrethat is still an infrequent guest of our philharmonic stage. A famous Austrian jazz double bass player, composer, improviser and arranger Georg Breinschmid, who together with his friends - pianist and vibraphonist, - createdZ?Pensemble, will delight fans of the «crossover» genre with brilliant improvisations and music adaptations from different eras - from Antonio Vivaldi to Frank Zappa.
The fifth concert is entirely devoted to baroque music. The Azerbaijani ensemble «D’ACCORDO» under the leadership of Ilaha Sadyh-Zadeh, which along with instrumentalists also includes wonderful vocalists - soprano Farida Mamedova and countertenor Ilham Nazarov, will introduce listeners to the vocal and instrumental works of Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Corelli, Lully, Purcell, Handel, Pretorius, Boccherini, Falconieri and other composers of that brilliant era.
The next concert in the Small Hall will unveil the art of one of the talented modern pianists, the winner of the 13th Tchaikovsky Competition, the favorite of many St. Petersburg music lovers - Miroslav Kultyshev. His program includes two famous piano cycles: Rachmaninov’s preludes (composition 23) and Chopin’s sketches (composition 25).
The final concert of the festival will take place in the Grand Philharmonic Hall. It will be an unusual concert showcasing a string quartet from the USA with a peculiar name «Turtle Island Quartet» performing non-traditional quartet music, and well-known jazz music specially arranged for the classical composition. The concert will also be special because of participation of multi-instrumentalist David Goloshchokin, our famous countryman, the founder and artistic director of the St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall, who agreed to take part in the concert after multiple requests of American artists.
The organizers sincerely thank all the participants of the festival for agreeing to take part in our musical forum and hope that «Silver Lira» will continue to feast the ears of its listeners with the best achievements in the art of chamber music.