XIX International television contest for young musicians "The Nutcracker". Grand opening

    December 4, 2018, starts at 7 p.m.

    Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

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    Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
    Conductor – Eilyub Kuliyev
    Ivan Bessonov (piano)
    Dmitry Pinchuk (saxophone)
    Paloma So (violin)
    Alexandra Dovgan (piano)
    Darya Rumyantseva (harp)
    Ayrapet Arakelyan (saxophone)
    Roman Patkoló (double bass)
    Simone Rubino (percussion)
    Zakhar Bron (violin)
    David Geringas (cello, Germany)

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    Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Orchestra was founded in 1951 by Samuel Samosud and at different periods its chief conductors and artistic directors were such outstanding musicians as Nathan Rakhlin (1957-1960), Kirill Kondrashin (1960-1976), Dmitry Kitayenko (1976-1990), Vassily Sinaisky (1991-1996) and Mark Ermler (1996-1998). In 1973 the orchestra obtained the status of an “academic orchestra”. In 1998, People’s Artist of the USSR, Professor Yuri Simonov became its Music Director and Chief Conductor.

    The Orchestra performed with all the best Soviet conductors as well as some outstanding guest conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Charles Munch, Igor Markevitch, Kurt Sanderling, Igor Stravinsky, Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, to name a few, who all left an indelible mark on the orchestra’s history of success.

    The Orchestra’s guest soloists such as Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Artur Rubinstein, Glenn Gould, Maurizio Pollini and many others, praised highly the orchestra’s inspired performance, their fine sense of ensemble, and artistic unity. In Russia and on its tours abroad, the orchestra performed together with such a great Russian musicians as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya. They passed on their love and respect for the Orchestra to next generation of musicians such as Victor Tretyakov, Yuri Bashmet, Nikolay Petrov, Vladimir Krainev, Mikhail Petukhov, Nikolai Lugansky and many others.

    The geography of the orchestra tours covers more than fifty countries. It gave performences at the best concert halls of the world: Carnegie Hall and Every Fisher Hall in New York, Royal Hall and Albert Hall in London, Musikverein and Opera House in Vienna, the Festival Hall of Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the best philharmonic halls in Berlin, Munich, Chicago, Oslo, Stockholm, Prague, Washington, Montreal, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Always on the road, the orchestra is holding out for a variety of genres and styles offering a fascinating combination of technical perfection and expressiveness and artistic presentation. It has participated regularly in the most prestigious music festivals of Europe, and has performed in over 5000 concerts. In 1999-2003 Maestro Simonov led the orchestra on a series of highly successful tours of Great Britain and the United States, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, France, Poland, Croatia, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Japan and Southeast Asia. The season 2004-2005 included new American and Japanese tours, as well as Prague Autumn and Russian Winter Festivals. In the season 2005-2006 will be new Russian, Spain, UK and Korea tours.

    The Orchestra has made over 300 recordings. During last two years, several CDs of Tchaikovsky—“Swan Lake” large suite (compiled by Yuri Simonov) and Italian Capriccio; Rachmaninov—Symphony No.2 and “The Rock”; Prokofiev—“Romeo and Julia” large suite (compiled by Yuri Simonov); Beethoven—Symphonies No. 1, 4, 9 were issued, all live from the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

    Ivan Bessonov

    Ivan Bessonov was born in 2002. He began to study the piano at the age of 6. He is currently a student of the Moscow Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (Vadim Rudenko’s class). He presented his recital at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2016; he went on to perform with the Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra. He is a prize-winner at the International Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists (2015, St. Petersburg, Grand Prix), the International Anton Rubinstein Competition ThePiano Miniature in Russian Music (2016, St. Petersburg), the St. Petersburg City Government Young Talents Competition (2016, 1st prize), the International Grand Piano Competition (2016, audience prize), the International Astana Piano Passion Competition (2017, 1st prize), and Young Talents of Russia Competition (2017, 1st prize). Bessonov has collaborated with conductors Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sladkovsky and others. He has performed recitals in Russia and abroad.

    Alexandra Dovgan

    Alexandra Dovgan was born in 2007. She began to study the piano at the age of 5. Dovgan currently studies at the Moscow Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory (Mira Marchenko’s class). She is the winner of the Villahermosa Internet Contest (Mexico, 2014), the 9th International Ural Prokofiev Competition (Yekaterinburg, 2015), the 11th International Safonov Young Pianists Competition (Pyatigorsk, 2015), the I All-Russian Music Talents Internet Contest (Moscow, 2015), the 13th International Young Musicians Competition (Piano Category, Moscow, 2016), and the 18th International Nutcracker Television Contest (Moscow, 2017). Dovgan is also a prize-winner at the Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition (2nd prize, Moscow, 2017) and the 4th International Astana Piano Passion Competition (2nd prize, 2017). She has received a special prize from the Yamaha company. The young pianist has taken part in various international festivals and has toured in Russia and abroad. Dovgan receives scholarships from the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New Names Foundation.

    David Geringas

    David Geringas has been a pioneer in introducing contemporary Russian music to the West by composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Edison Denisov, Alfred Schnittke and Viktor Suslin, many of whom have dedicated works to him. For his special commitment to contemporary music, Mr. Geringas received the Kultur aktuell Prize in 1992 from the Cultural Association of Schleswig-Holstein. In 1994 he premiered the cello concerto by Gubaidulina, championing the new concerto in 12 countries including Japan, Russia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Belgium; his CD of the Gubaidulina Cello Concerto, with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste, was issued by the Collegno label. Last May he continued his pioneering efforts with the world premiere of the Cello Concerto by the Estonian composer Lepo Sumera, and this year he will perform a new work by the Russian composer Alexander Raskatov.

    Mr. Geringas was born in 1946 in Lithuania, and in 1963 entered the Moscow Conservatory of Music where he studied with Mstislav Rostropovich. He won the Gold Medal in the 1970 International Tchaikovsky Competition, and five years later moved to Germany to begin his international career under the sponsorship of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation. He is currently a professor at the Musikhochschule Lьbeck.

    He has performed as a soloist with conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Kirill Kondrashin, Ferdinand Leitner, Sir Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Klaus Tennstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition to his solo career, Mr. Geringas enjoys a career in chamber music. He has appeared in concerts and festivals at the Berlin and Vienna Festwochen, Lockenhaus, Ludwigsburg, and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. With his wife and duo partner, Tatiana Geringas, he has given highly praised recitals in Rome, Paris, New York, at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and at the Vienna Musikverein.

    Mr. Geringas has recorded over 30 CDs that demonstrate his unusual versatility, ranging from contemporary works to the early Baroque. The Acadйmie Charles Cros awarded him the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of the 12 Boccherini Cello Concerti; his chamber music by Henri Dutilleux received a Diapason d’or; and his recording of Hans Pfitzner’s Cello Concerti was awarded the 1994 Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.