XVIII International festival of chamber-orchestral music «Asia — Siberia — Europe»
7 – 24 September 2019

Participants 2019

Michael Benyumov (conductor)

Founder, Artistic Director, Chief Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, The Honored Artiste of Russia, Professor.

Began his studies with G. E. Yampolsky in Kiev and continued the education in Moscow with M. A. Garlitsky at Moscow Gnessin Special Music School, then at the post-graduate course with M. I. Fikhtengolts. Studied chamber ensemble and quartet with v. K. Tonkha and R. D. Dubinsky.

From 1982 to 2010 headed the String Department of the Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts. Among his graduates there are winners of international, national and regional competitions. He is the founder, permanent artistic director and conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra. Since 2001 Michael Benyumov is the artistic director of the International Festival of chamber-orchestral music «Asia — Siberia — Europe».

As a violinist and conductor he runs intensive concert activity in Russia and abroad.

There is a number of works specially written for him by contemporary Russian and foreign composers. «Concerto for Violin and Orchestra» by O. Prostitov, «Concerto for String Orchestra, Flute and Accordion» and «Three jokes for Chamber Orchestra» by I. Battiston are among them.

Laureate of prizes of Mayor of Krasnoyarsk;

Winner of the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region Grant in the nomination «For personal contribution to the development of culture»;

Holder of the «Public Recognition» Decoration of the Legislative Assembly of the Krasnoyarsk Region, the Stradivari Medal (Cremona (Italy) for professional excellence, development and consolidation of cultural relations, the Golden Decoration «Coat of arms of Krasnoyarsk» for outstanding contribution to the culture of Krasnoyarsk.

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Anna Aglatova (soprano, leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, Russia)

Anna Aglatova is a leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, one of the most popular Russian singers in the world.

In Europe she is called «the younger sister of Cecilia Bartoli», an outstanding Italian coloratura mezzo-soprano.

Nowadays, Anna performs the leading roles in almost all opera calendar of the repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre.

When she was a student of the 4th year of the Gnesin School, Anna, after a serious casting, which involved more than 100 sopranos, was invited by the Bolshoi Theatre Directorate, led by artistic director, conductor Alexander Vedernikov, to take part in the production of Verdi’s «Falstaff». Despite her young age, she played one of the main roles-the party of Nannette.

Thanks to her extraordinary talent and tremendous energy, Anna was able to win not only the love of the audience, but also the respect of eminent colleagues.

At that time, Anna was the youngest soloist of the Bolshoi Opera Company.

Her highest professionalism allowed Anna to perform simultaneously on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, performing at once two main parts in Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, and participate in one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of young singers «Neue Stimmen», which took place in Germany, where she became the winner. Following this, Anna became a laureate of the «Triumph» award for achievements in the field of arts. Behind the shoulders of this young successful singer are calendar at the most famous concert venues of the World. Salle Pleyel in Paris, Megaron Moussikis in Athens, Musikverein in Vienna, Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Lincoln Center in New York, National Palace of Culture in Sofia. Her debut on the stage of the Vienna Opera House as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale was not only a huge success for the public. Anna was also warmly received by the whimsical Austrian critics who noted her bright talent as an actress and an incredibly beautiful voice.

Anna’s acting talent is highly appreciated by Russian critics: she was twice nominated for the national award «Golden Mask» in the nomination «Best female role in the opera»

Anna is a welcome guest of the most prestigious European music festivals, such as Festival International de Colmar in France and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Anna is equally beautiful both in lyrical parties, and in comic parties, where you need to use not only technical vocal skills, but also to show the outstanding talent of an actress. She is delightful in Mikaela’s party in the opera «Carmen», but also in the party of Suzanne in «Wedding of Figaro» will be difficult to find her equal. Now she has in repertoire: Donna Anna (Don Giovanni Mozart), Rosina («The Barber of Seville» Rossini), Manon in the opera Manon Massena, Cleopatra (Julius Caesar Handel) and many other parties. Such an extensive repertoire proves once again the uniqueness of this singer. In addition to her extraordinary talent, Anna is also distinguished for her incredible work capacity. Thanks to this, she was able to win the love and respect of not only outstanding conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Evelino Pido, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Enrique Mazzola, but also her famous colleagues with whom she had to divide the stage more than once. This is Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jose Carreras, René Pape, Carlo Lepore, David Hansen.

In 2014, Anna was awarded the title of Laureate of the State Prize of the President of Russia for her contribution to the development of Culture.

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Martin Baeza-Rubio (conductor, Spain)

The Spanish conductor Martín Baeza-Rubio, born in Almansa, has received many appointments, prizes and distinctions as a trumpet player, conductor and recognition for his cultural and educative work in Spain and the rest of the world. The press praises him with a great future as an orchestra conductor. The newspaper «El País», wrote in the Classic Music section about him: «... (Martín Baeza-Rubio) is one of our talents and he conduct with an enthusiasm, power and admirable musicality».

After all his extraordinary orchestral experiences, he studied Orchestra Conducting with the prestigious conductor and Professor Jorma Panula, renowned as one of the best pedagogues in the world. His personal relationship with Claudio Abbado, with whom he worked with for countless projects from 1996 until 2014, made also an incredible impression on him.

As General Director and Musical Director of the «Berlin Opera Chamber Orchestra» since 2013 (the ensemble in which he made his Berlin Philarmonic Hall Debut), Music Director of the «Kammerensemble Modern der Deutsche Oper Berlin» since 2004, he has been able to do an extraordinary amount of work for the diffusion of the contemporary music around Europe, especially in Germany and Spain. He made his debut in the Vienna´s Musikverein in 2008 with that Ensemble. He is also the General, Artistic and Musical Director of the International Music Festival in Almansa since 2009.

Martín Baeza-Rubio has recently conducted in Switzerland, with Theatre Basel, with a great public and press success. He conducted eleven performances of the opera Don Pasquale by Donizetti, and participated in the preparation of the opera Daphne by R. Strauss. Baeza-Rubio recently celebrated a great success with his conducting of the Spanish opera «Curro Vargas» by Chapí at the «Teatro de la Zarzuela» in Madrid with the «Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid», continuing at the «Teatro Calderón» in Valladolid with the «Orquesta Clásica Europea» and also at the «Teatro Campoamor» in Oviedo with the «Orquesta Oviedo Filarmonía» and the «Capilla Ponfónico Ciudad de Oviedo». This production won the honor of being the «Production of the year» in Spain.

He conducted with great success the «Menndelsohnn Kammerorchester» in the «Gewandhaus» from Leipzig, the «Brass and Percussion Group from the Lucerne Festival Orchestra» in Lucerne, the «Longwood Symphony Orchestra» in Boston, the «Filarmónica Toscanini» (which he prepared for different concerts), the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (he prepared the Symphonic Poem «Dulcinea»), the «Ruse Filarmonic» from Ruse, in Bulgaria, the «Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra» in Russia, etc... His interest in humanistic formation inspired him to pursue a Doctoral Studies in Sciences and History of Music in the Autonomous University of Madrid. In November 2003, he was unanimously awarded the First Prize in the «Third edition of the International Competition of Musical Investigation» organized by the University from the Basque Country and the Donostiarra Orfeon with his Investigation Work about the Maestro Enrique Fernández Arbós.

He is a member of the Corps of Teachers for Music and Stages Arts from the Ministry of Education and Culture from Spain (now on leave). He finished his Trumpet studies in the «Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid» with the First Prize of Honor. He was in the Karajan Foundation of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1999 till 2002. In 2002, he won the position of the first solo trumpet in the «Deutsche Oper Berlin». He was also a member of the «Lucerne Festival Orchestra» (2003-2013). He recorded for Cinema, Radio and Television in more than 20 countries and has participated in the recording of more than 100 CDs and DVDs.. He has taught in many Courses, Conferences, Masterclasses, etc... for all Europe, Asia and America.

He has played concerts in the more famous and important concert halls and Festivals in the world, with prestigious conductors like Abbado, Prêtre, Haitink, Maazel, Rattle, Runnicles, Boulez, Thielemann, Osawa, Baremboim, Masur, Mehta, Jansons, Welser-Möst, Chailly, Harnoncourt, Wand, Gergiev, Nagano, Sanderling, Zinman, Fischer, Menuhin, Salonen, Rostropovich, Temirkanov, Harding, Norrington, Marriner, etc... In 2015 Baeza-Rubio will conduct three performances of the Spanish opera La del Soto del Parral by Soutullo and Vert in the Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla with the «Real Orchestra Symphony of Seville» and the «Coro de la Maestranza», and eleven performances in the «Teatro de la Zarzuela» of Madrid with the «Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid» and the «Choir of the Teatro de la Zarzuela». In the near future, he has different opera engagements and concerts coming up with different orchestras from Europe, Asia and South America.

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Reinhold Friedrich (baroque trumpet (Tromba naturale), piccolo trumpet, concert trumpet, Germany)

Since his second prize in the international ARD competition in Munich in 1986 Reinhold Friedrich has been present on all important stages of the national and international music scene. His spectrum goes from the latest solo compositions to ancient music and its historical original instruments, such as the baroque trumpet and the keyed trumpet. In 1982 he debuted at the Berliner Festwochen performing Luciano Berio’s «Sequenza X» and 1994 at the Musikverein in Vienna playing Joseph Haydn’s Concerto on the keyed trumpet.

Since its founding in 2003, Reinhold Friedrich is a permanent principal trumpet of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble. Reinhold Friedrich has played with Capriccio Basel, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées or the Vienna Academy on historical original instruments as well as premiered works of composers like Wolfgang Rihm, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Werner Henze, Nicolaus A. Huber, and Adriana Hölszky. The concertos «Eirene» by Herbert Willi and «Nobody knows de trouble I see» by Bernd Alois Zimmermann (recording awarded ECHO Classic) form important parts of his wide-ranging repertoire.

As a solo player, he performed with ensembles such as the Berliner Barock Solisten, La Stagione Frankfurt, Wiener and Basler Kammerorchester, Bamberger and Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and all orchestras of the ARD. These performances were conducted by, among others, Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Eötvös, Reinhard Goebel, Martin Haselböck, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood (†), Eliahu Inbal, Krystjan and Neeme Järvi, Dmitri Kitajenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Jonathan Nott, Kazushi Ono and Hans Zender.

His recent partners in the field of chamber music are Eriko Takezawa (piano), Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion), Martin Lücker and Sebastian Küchler-Blessing (organ). Since its foundation in 2013, he performs in the ensemble «L’éventail de Jeanne» together with Claudio Bohórquez (violoncello), Sascha Armbruster (saxophone) and Eriko Takezawa (piano). In the past seasons Reinhold Friedrich performed in Japan, Taiwan, Austria, France, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Switzerland with ensembles such as the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and the orchestra of the Vienna Academy. His future engagements include performances with the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, whose artist in residence he will be in the 16-17 season, the Berliner Barock Solisten, Festival Strings Lucerne and Cappella Andrea Barca under the baton of Sir András Schiff. In May 2017 he will perform the trumpet concerto written for him by Benjamin Yusupov in Israel and with the Kyushu Symphonic in Fukuoka/Japan.

Numerous recordings give evidence of his comprehensive work. The latest recording with the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph-Mathias Mueller called «Russian Trumpet Concertos» has been awarded an ECHO Classic. In 2016, Reinhold Friedrich will record again Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto with the Berliner Barock Solisten (Reinhard Goebel).

Reinhold Friedrich is professor in Karlsruhe, honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and in Hiroshima/Japan. Master classes are regularely held by Reinhold Friedrich all over the world. His former students can today be found as professors at the Universities of Hannover, Freiburg, Essen, Detmold and Budapest as well as in renowned orchestras in Berlin, Munich, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Leipzig, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Moscow, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.

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Eriko Takezawa (piano, organ, Japan)

Eriko Takezawa was born in Hiroshima/ Japan. She studied with Naoyuki Taneda and Wolfgang Manz in Germany.

In 1984 she was awarded the first prize at the international pianoforte competition in Ostuni/ Italy and many prizes as piano duo. Besides solo and pianoduo repertory she is specialist for chamber music and has played in Europe, Near and Far East in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Israel, Egypt and at many festivals like Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Lucerne-Musikfestival and Schwetzinger Festspiele.

She has professorships at the University of Music Karlsruhe/ Germany, at Musikakademie Basel/ Switzerland and at «Musikene» in San Sebastián/ Spain and accompanies at many international competitions in Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland.

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Wu Wei Sheng (lab organ «Sheng», erhu, bawu, China)

WU Wei Sheng Virtuose, was born in China and studied the sheng (Chinese mouth organ) at the Shanghai Music Conservatory. In 1995 he became a DAAD scholarship and studied at the Hans Eisler Music Academy in Berlin, where he is now based. Since 2013 he is Professor at Shanghai Music Conservatory. As a sheng soloist, he has helped to develop the ancient instrument into an innovative force in contemporary music, through the creation of new techniques, the expansion of its repertoire and through integrating different styles and genres. In addition to many prestigious national and international competitions for traditional Chinese music, he won the «Musica Vitale Competition Germany» in 1996 and 2002, and the «Global Root» German world music prize in 2004. In 2011 he won the Herald Angels Award by Edinburgh International Festival. In 2015, the CD «Unsuk Chin’s 3 Concertos», which he has recorded one Sheng Concerto by German Gramophone with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung, won the «International Classical Music Award 2015» and «BBC Music Magazine Award 2015 ». As a soloist he has appeared with many leading orchestras and ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Kent Nagano, Los Angeles Phil. Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel, Radio France Phil. Orchestra and Seoul Phil. Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Markus Stenz, Netherlands Radio Phil. Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, Royal Stockholm Phil. Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Susanna Mälkki, Helsinki Phil. Orchestra under Matthias Pintscher, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra under Christian Vásquez, Netherland Radio Phil. under Edo de Waart, Polish National Radio Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich, Tiroler Symphony Orchestrer Innsbruck and Taiwan Phil. Orchestra under Wen-pin Chien, Luxembourg Phil. Orchestra under Muhai Tang, Marcao Symphony Orchetra under Ja Lü, German Radio Phil. Orchestra Saarbrücken under Lan Shui, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Hartford Symphony Orchestra USA under Carolin Kuan, China NCPA Orchestra under Claus Peter Flor, Luebeck Phil. Ochestra and Tonkünstler-Orchester under Xincao Li, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra under Soo-Yeou, German NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra New York, the Belgium Symphony Orchestra Valaanderen, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Westfalen New Phil. Orchetra, the Pannonische Phil. Orchestra Austria, the Metropole Orchestra Holland, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, the new Brandenburg Phil. Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, the Nieuw Ensemble Holland, Elision Ensemble Ausralian, Atlas Ensemble Holland, St. Lawrence Quartet, Germn Barock Ensemble Lautten Compagney, the Chamber Ensemble of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Luxembourg Sinfonietta and Asianart Ensemble many more. He has appeared at many of the world’s prestigious festivals and venues, such as BBC Proms, Paris autumn festival, the Berliner Festspiele, the Munich Bienale, the Edinburgh international festival, Musica Nova Helsinki, the Donaueschingen Musik Tage, Warsaw Autumn, Gaudeamus Music Week, the Maerz Musik Festival Berlin, the Musica Viva Munich, the Dresdener Festspiele, the Warsaw Autumn, the Musica Nova Helsinki, the Suntory music Festival Tokyo, the Bartók Festival Hungarian, the Achipel Festival Geneve, the Turku Music Festvial Finland, the Grafenegg Festival Austria, Merano Music Festival Italy, the Cologne Triennal, the Holland Festival, Festival les Musiques Marseille etc., venues: Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Albrecht Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the User Hall Edinburgh, and the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris etc. His international engagements include appearances throughout the USA, Europe, Russia and the Middle and Far East, and he has given the world premieres of more than 300 works, including more than 20 concertos for Sheng and Orchestra, by composers including John Cage, Unsuk Chin, Jukka Tiensuu, Toshio Hosokawa, Enjott Schneider, Joerg Widmann, Guus Janssen, Tan Dun, Chen Qigang, Guo Weijing and Ruo Huang. He is also a prolific composer for Sheng. He already received various composition commissions, such as the foundation Royaumont, «Musica Viva» Munich, the Hanse culture foundation, the Civitella Ranieri foundation New York, the cultural foundation Sachsen. With «his extraordinary virtuosity» (the Guardian) his performance was one of highlight by BBC Proms in 2014. CDs and DVDs published by German Gramophone, Sony, Harmonia Mundi, Wergo ec.

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Victor Tretyakov (violin, Russia)

It is no exaggeration to call Victor Tretyakov one of the symbols of the Russian violin school. His unique style is supported by impeccable technique and deep musical insight, created by an expressive use of phrasing — all these typical for the violinist qualities have attracted to him a huge number of music lovers all over the world for many years.

Having started musical education at the Irkutsk Music School and then continuing it in the Central Music School, Victor Tretyakov brilliantly graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of the legendary teacher Yuri Yankelevich, who wrote about his pupil that time:

«He is a massive musical talent with bright and clear intellect. Viktor Tretyakov is a versatile and broad-minded person. There attract to him his huge artistic endurance, some special staying-power, and flexibility.»

In 1966, Victor Tretyakov won the first prize in the Third International Tchaikovsky Competition. That time the violinist started his brilliant concert activity. With solid success he performs all over the world both as a soloist and in ensemble with a lot of outstanding contemporary conductors and musicians, participates in many international festivals.

The geography of his tours comprises the UK, USA, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavian countries and Latin America. The violinist’s standing repertoire includes the violin concertos of the XIX century (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruch, Tchaikovsky); his interpretation of works of the XX century — first of all, of Shostakovich and Prokofiev — are recognized as exemplary in home performing practice.

Viktor Tretyakov has shown his worth in various creative activities: from 1983 to 1991 he headed the State Chamber Orchestra of the USSR, as its artistic director followed the legendary Rudolf Barshai. The violinist successfully combines concerts with pedagogical and social activities.

For many years the musician has taught at the Moscow Conservatory and the Cologne Higher School of Music. He is regularly invited to give master classes and is the chairman of the Yuri Yankelevich Charitable Foundation. From 1986 to 1994 the violinist was the jury president of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Victor Tretyakov has been awarded high titles and awards. He is a People’s Artist of the USSR, laureate of the Shostakovich Prize, awarded by the Yuri Bashmet International Charitable Foundation, and the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1981), «the Order of Service to the Fatherland» by President Vladimir Putin.

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Luca Ranieri (viola, Italy)

Luca Ranieri First violin of the National Symphony Orchestra of RAI, born in Brescia, he graduated with honors from the «Giuseppe Verdi» Conservatory in Milan with Emilio Poggioni. From 1993 to 1999, chosen by Riccardo Muti, he was part of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra. He carries out an intense solo activity. There are numerous performances of the Sinfonia Concertante by W. A. Mozart with soloists such as G. Carmignola, D. Schwarzberg, M. Rizzi, A. Milani. With the Rai National Symphony Orchestra, he performed the concert for Viola by B. Bartòk, broadcast live on radio and national television, creating a «live» CD (Stradivarius shop), considered by critics as one of the best recordings of Bartòk’s concert. He also performed the «Harold en Italie» by H. Berlioz under the direction of Alexander Lazarev. For the Symphonic Season of the RAI 2006/07, he performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with RAI 3 television shooting with A. Milan al violin and the direction of C. Arming.

With the orchestra of «I Pomeriggi Musicali» in Milan, he performed «Lachrymae» by B. Britten, the concert by M. Bruch for Viola and Clarinet and, in absolute premiere, the «Rapsodia» for viola and Archi di G .Facchinetti the composer wanted to dedicate to him. For the 2007/08 Season at the Teatro «Dal Verme» in Milan he performed the Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart with the direction of P. Inkinen With the Chamber Orchestra of Padua he performed the Concert for Viola by Bela Bartòk, and for the Symphonic Season 2007/08, the Concerto for viola and orchestra (Der Schwanendreher) by P. Hindemith conducted by Antony Pay. With the Orchestra of the «Cameristi della Scala» Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and the violinist K. Sahatci (Konzermeister of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra). For the 2011/12 Symphonic Season of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra performed the concerto for Viola by P. Hindemith «Der Schwanendreher» conducted by John Axelrod. He played as a soloist in Wiesbaden (Germany), accompanied by the Hessisches Staatsorchester for the 2012/13 symphonic season, performing Berlioz’s «Harold en Italie» with great success. With Yuri Bashmet and I Solisti di Mosca he performed, in a first performance, in Brescia and Milan for the Musical Evenings, «De Fidium Natura» piece by L. Curtoni for two solo violas and orchestra. The song was written for Yuri Bashmet and Luca Ranieri. In chamber music he frequently collaborates with Mario Brunello, with the pianist Andrea Dindo and with the first parts of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has played for the most important festivals and concert institutions: Concert Society of Milan, Musical Evenings of Milan, Unione Musicale Torino, Concerts Society of Brescia, International Festival of Stresa, Festival «Michelangeli» of Brescia and Bergamo. He collaborates, as Prima Viola guest, with the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and the Philharmonic. In 2002 he was personally invited by Maestro Riccardo Muti to participate in the concert held in New York in the hall of the Philharmonic, with the Orchestra of the «Musicians of United Europe», formed by the first parts of the most important European symphony orchestras. In October 2010 he was invited to New Zealand for a tour, which touched on the main concert halls throughout Europe, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Teacher of Summer Master Classes, hold the annual advanced specialization courses in Desenzano del Garda (BS) at the Garda Music School. The composer from Brescia, Giancarlo Facchinetti, dedicated to him a composition for solo viola, performed for the first time live on Radio Rai 3, as well as a concert for viola and string orchestra. He is the artistic director of the «CONCERTO D’INVERNO», an event with an annual appointment in the province of Brescia which, in more than twenty years, has included the presence of the biggest names in international concertism by S. Accardo, M. Quarta, E. Dindo, U. Ughi, B. Giuranna, M. Brunello, M. Maisky, CMGiulini, S. Gazzelloni, W. Christ, etc. For the twentieth edition of the «Concerto D’Inverno» (December 2007) it brought together and created a string orchestra («I Solisti dei Berliner-Wiener-Rai-Scala»), enjoying great success with audiences and critics.

The Ensemble is formed by the first parts of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Orchestra Teatro alla Scala and RAI Symphony Orchestra, taking the name of SOLOISTS OF EUROPE. The group of «SOLOISTS» on November 15, 2008, debuted in Milan with a special concert at the TEATRO ALLA SCALA, enjoying great success with 20 minutes of applause. In 2005, the Mayor of Brescia awarded him the «Vittoria Alata Award» for artistic merits. In August 2009 he was invited by Maestro Claudio Abbado to be part of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. In February 2013 he was invited to Russia by Yuri Bashmet, to play with him and the «Moscow Soloists».

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Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra

The basis of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra, established in May 1993 by the Krasnoyarsk City Administration, makes the best graduates of the Department of string instruments of the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Music and Theatre. Most of them are the students of Mikhail Benyumov. That is why the orchestra has the unity of school and its own creative style.

Its 20th anniversary year the orchestra finished with a creative trip to the world’s music capital — Vienna, performing a program of Russian music in one of the most legendary concert halls — the Golden Hall of the Vienna Philharmonic «Musikverein».

The creative potential of the Orchestra and the aspiration for performing both the classics and contemporary music attract well-known composers for collaboration who dedicate their works to the Orchestra and trust it the performance of world premieres. From year to year the Orchestra acquaints listeners with never sounded in Krasnoyarsk classical masterpieces. The orchestra has performed the world premieres of contemporary composers Azio Corgi, Jorge Bosso, Ivano Battiston, Alexei Starodubrovsky, Mikhail Arkadiev, Vladimir Ponomarev

The Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra is the initiator, organizer and participant of such large-scale local, regional and international projects and festivals as «Lessons of Live Music», «Musical Wednesday», "Young Krasnoyarsk Virtuosos«.But the most important event in the life of the orchestra is the international festival of chamber-orchestral music «Asia — Siberia — Europe», which has become the field of constant creative collaboration of Siberian and outstanding European musicians, the celebration of classical music, which the Krasnoyarsk public looks forward to.

Since 1994 the Orchestra has successfully been touring in Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, France and Austria, taking part in prestigious international festivals. Concerts of the Orchestra were broadcast by the European channel «SKY CLASSICA», the Russian channel «Culture» and the Krasnoyarsk TV companies. In recent years there has been released a number of audio and video discs, which are highly appreciated by specialized editions.

In 2006, in Italy there was released a disc of the Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra with soloists F. Faes and A. Serova. The disc got the highest grade of the specialized European edition «Audio File». There were recorded the world premieres of the specially composed for the Winter Arts Surikov Festival the orchestral piece «Morning of Strelets’ execution» by I. Fleischer, the oratorio work by H. Bosso «I am Surikov, a Russian Cossack», Triple Concerto «In Search of Lost Tango» by J. Bosso for Accordion , Violin, Cello and Orchestra. In addition, in 2010 with the support of H. Sovmen there was released a double CD «Cremona — Krasnoyarsk. Symphony of Two Cities » with the recordings of world premier performances of the cantatas by A. Corgi "Endless sorrow "(conductor F. Faes, soloist A. Serova) and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by O. Prostitov (conductor A. Kosinski, soloist M. Benyumov).

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Siberian percussion (Russia)

For the first time, the musicians of the collective gathered together for a rehearsal on April 18, 2010, and the first performance took place on the square in front of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic on June 25 of the same year. Since September 2010, a series of concerts of the Ensemble was organized, and in the 2012-2013 season. the team became part of the Philharmonic.

The composition of «Siberian Percussion» varies — from 5 musicians for small concert venues to 25 participants on large projects. The ensemble is headed by Sergey Gazizullin, a member of many musical groups of ethnic and rock styles, the accompanist of the percussion group of the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, a teacher of the variety department of the Krasnoyarsk Art College named after P. I. Ivanov-Radkevich.

There are more than forty percussion instruments in the arsenal of musicians, which makes the orchestra sound incredibly rich and diverse. Siberian Percussion is always a bright, creative approach to creating concert programs, incredible creative experiments. The ensemble loves to amaze its viewers by drawing them into something amazingly beautiful, completely unexpected and extremely curious. Musicians perform both works arranged for percussion instruments, and (in most cases) specially written for drummers.

In the Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic, Siberian Percussion holds its own subscription: music of various genres with the participation of soloists (from balalaika to organ), «Skoda» concert with the participation of children-soloists, «Street Dance», festivals «Hot Winter in Siberia» and «ЕНИJAZZ»; She also takes part in the concert-lectures «Shock of the Future», «Tales of the Peoples of the World», «Baby-Jazz». In 2013, he took part in the project «Transsib: The Sounding of Cities» (Abakan, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude), annually performs with concerts at the «Rooftop Theater».

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Klezmerata Fiorentina (quartet, Italy)

Klezmerata Fiorentina is a quartet comprised of principal players of one of the leading Italian operatic and symphonic orchestras, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, In 2005, the violinist and violist Igor Polesitsky, clarinetist Riccardo Crocilla, accordionist and bassoonist Francesco Furlanich, and double bass player Riccardo Donati formed the ensemble to explore new ways of creative, unwritten elaboration of authentic Yiddish folk material, the musical heritage of the group’s founder, Igor Polesitsky.

Old traditional melodies, collected in the early twentieth century through the groundbreaking fieldwork of a handful of pioneering ethnomusicologists, are seen in their full emotional complexity and interpreted by Klezmerata as the living voice of a now vanished, European Yiddish civilization.

Since the group’s debut in 2005 at the Progetto Martha Argerich Festival in Lugano, Switzerland, Klezmerata Fiorentina has appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. Of special note are their performances

at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, the official residence of the President of the Republic of Italy, at the Great Hall of Congresses in the Kremlin, Moscow’s Dom Musyki, the Rachmaninov Hall of Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic society, Società di Quartetto in Milan, Amici della Musica in Florence, the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, the Italian Festival delle Nazioni, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Natalia Gutman’s Kreuth Festival in Germany, the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, the Telavi Festival in the Republic of Georgia, the Summertime Festival in Jurmala (Latvia), etc.

The Italian state broadcasting company RAI, as well as Canadian, Slovenian and Russian television networks, have devoted a number of specials to the group.

Klezmerata Fiorentina’s work has attracted the attention and support of some of the world’s foremost classical music personalities. Zubin Mehta described the ensemble’s art as the «...perfect expression of both joy and sorrow. It is not just great entertainment, it is great music making!»


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L’esprit du Vent (Moscow)

L’esprit du Vent — an ensemble of wind instruments Ensemble «L’Esprit du Vent» (fr. «Spirit of the Wind») has been initiated by Philip Nodel and his friends wind instrument players at 2006. All musicians are interested in authentic performance and at the same time they are soloists of the best Russian orchestras and professors in Moscow State Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky. The main idea of the ensemble is to popularize music composed for wind instruments of last three centuries. Leader of the ensemble tries to develop the program of each concert in the way that can help the public in better understanding of the musician époque. For this purpose the musicians work in close cooperation with the best archives and libraries of the world, making scientific researches that help them in opening of new names of the composers and forgotten masterpieces of well known authors.

The unique feature of an ensemble is the fact that during the performance they use original or authentic copies of instruments that correspond with the time of masterpiece creation. Musicians undertook masterclasses given by the famous western specialists and masters such as: Marcel Ponseele (Belgium), Paolo and Alberto Grazzi (Italy), Alfredo Bernardini (Italy-The Netherlands), Dileno Baldin (Italy), Rudolf Tutz (Austria) etc. During the studying they took part in building the instruments they play on now. Instrumentation varies from three to fifteen musicians, according to the wide range of programs: from baroque sonatas and concerts to classical harmonie musik, wind ensembles of XIX and XX centuries and musical pieces created nowadays.

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The festival is held under the patronage of the Mayor of Krasnoyarsk S. Eryomin

Main Department of Culture

Artistic Director of the Festival – Michael Benyumov
Director of the Festival – Larisa Markosyan

International Affairs Department,
Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra

Perensona, St., 20
Krasnoyarsk, 660049, Russia
tel. + 7 391 223 23 79
e-mail: fest-dir@kko.ru