On 2nd April the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the Closing Concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival featuring a Grammy award winner, prominent Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under Andris Poga.

The concert started with Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 performed by Truls Mørk. “I met maestro twice in my life… he has been so important in my musical development… there was something particular in the way how he brought out particular beauty and power in the sound,” Mørk shared his memories with the journalists. He left the audience thrilled with his virtuosity and deep conception of the Concerto. After the intermission the concert continued with Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. It was a debut at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire for Andris Poga, young Latvian conductor and the First Prize winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier. “It is a great honour and a big responsibility for me to perform at the festival in memory of this legendary musician. I heard Maestro perform and I particularly remember him conducting Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in Vienna where I studied. I also attended Rostropovich’s masterclasses in Riga, and those were not only lessons of music but also lessons of life,” the conductor said.
The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under Andris Poga raptured the Moscow audience with their interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Symphony. For encores, they played the Overture to Le nozze di Figaro thus closing the Festival at the highest note.
Following an established tradition, next, Seventh Mstislav Rostropovich Festival will be held in March-April 2016 and will be dedicated to Galina Vishnevskaya’s 90th anniversary.
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On 31 March the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival continued with “A Tribute to Georgy Sviridov” commemorating the centenary of the composer’s birth.

Ukrainian tenor Dmitry Popov, a prizewinner of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia International Competition accompanied by the State Philharmonic Choir of the Moscow Region and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” under Alexander Vedernikov performed vocal pieces for symphony orchestra: Spring Cantata, The Poem in Memory of Sergei Yesenin, Five Choruses to Lyrics by Russian Poets and Triptych, a Small Symphony for Orchestra. Alexander Vedernikov, a grand connoisseur of Sviridov’s legacy, offered a unique programme full of touching lyricism, poetry and spirituality.

I was lucky enough to meet and work with Mstislav Rostropovich, an important intellectual who triggered some musical world’s mechanisms. It is remarkable that the Russian capital boasts this fantastic Festival. The spirit and the name of this great musician will help this celebration of music keep going on for many years to come,” maestro Vedernikov said.

On 2 April 2015 the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire will see the Festival’s Gala Closing Concert featuring a Grammy Award winner Norwegian cellists Truls Mørk and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Andris Poga, one of the most remarkable new generation’s conductors, the First Prize winner of the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Montpellier.

On 30 March the Tchaikovsky Hall hosted the forth concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival featuring Rudolf Buchbinder as both pianist and conductor and the Tonkunstler Orchestra.

The programme boasted Haydn's Piano Concerto No. 11 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the Fantasy in C minor, the latter with the Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir.

Rudolf Buchbinder first appeared at the Rostropovich Festival in 2012; that appearance by the invitation of Olga Rostropovich marked his first ever performance in Moscow. In the last three years the Moscow audience had many opportunities to take a closer look at pianist’s artistry and therefore welcomed enthusiastically the new programme by Maestro Buchbinder, a great connoisseur of Beethoven’s legacy. “The Festival is very important, and not only in Russia but in the whole world; and it is not just about the quality of the orchestras, soloists and conductors, but its importance is due to the memory of the great musician Mstislav Rostropovich. Olga Rostropovich has been doing fantastic job organizing the Festival, and I hope will keep doing so in the future,” Maestro said in his interview to Classical Music News.

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra, one of the top orchestras of the Austrian capital, is called “traditionally unconventional” by the media, as it performs a vast array of genres, including jazz and ethnic music. It was orchestra’s first appearance in Russia, and it completely proved its international reputation. Next Festival’s concert, “A Tribute to Georgy Sviridov” commemorating composer’s centenary, will be held on 31 March at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire featuring Ukrainian tenor Dmitry Popov, State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and the State Philharmonic Choir of the Moscow Region. The concert is conducted by Alexander Vedernikov.

On 29 March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted “A Tribute to Sergei Prokofiev”, a concert featuring Lizi Ramishvili (cello) and Sasha Malofeev (piano), the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend holders, winners of international contests, accompanied by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under young Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada

It is not the first time Artistic Director Olga Rostropovich programmes concerts dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich’s great teachers, colleagues and friends as part of the Festival. Sergei Prokofiev was Maestro’s close friend and teacher; he admired his disciple’s talent dedicating him some of his works. “I am particularly attracted by Mstislav Rostropovich's fervour, his ability to penetrate the very essence of the work he is playing, his serious and responsible attitude towards constructing programmes, and his impeccable mastery of the art of performance,” the great composer said.
In the first part the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under Kazuki Yamada performed Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, followed by the Concertino played by Lizi Ramishvili who literally took audience’s breath away with her passion and talent. As widely known, the composer left his Concertino for Cello unfinished, and Mstislav Rostropovich co-authored the piece completing its1st and 3rd parts.

After the intermission the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend holder Sasha Malofeev played the Piano Concerto No. 3 giving rich and convincing interpretation of the piece. He impeccably coped with every single challenge the composer and Maestro set for the pianist. For encores he played Kurbatov’s piano transposition of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, another challenging piece to perform. Afterwards, the orchestra under Maestro Yamada played Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2. The young conductor, the Grand Prix winner of the prestigious conductor’s contest in Besancon, managed to rapture the audience for good and all playing ‘Lezginka’ from Khachaturyan’s Gayane as his final encore.

The VI Mstislav Rostropovich Festival will see its following concert on 30 March with the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra and Rudolf Buchbinder as both conductor and pianist at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.

On 28 March the Tchaikovsky Hall hosted the second concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival which featured pianist Boris Berezovsky and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta.

Maestro and his Orchestra have already participated in the Rostropovich Festival, both in Moscow and Baku. This time they presented a Russian programme and, in the audience’s and experts’ opinion, the completely sold-out concert has become one of the season’s highlights. In the first part the orchestra played Mussorgsky's “Dawn on the Moscow River” and Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff, while the second featured Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”) by Tchaikovsky. The public gave a standing ovation to the musicians who proved their incredible talent and the utmost quality of music making.

Maestro Mehta used to be a big friend of Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich having played on different occasions with the latter. “Every encounter with Mstislav Rostropovich – a fantastic man and a great musician – made me a better persona,” said Maestro to the journalists. “I am very grateful to him for many, many things. He helped me open a school for young musicians in memory of my father in Bombay. I am happy to wish the Rostropovich Festival and Maestro’s daughter Olga – a big friend of mine – many, many years of success. “

The Festival’s following concert, “A Tribute to Sergey Prokofiev”, will be held on 29 March, with Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend holders Lizi Ramishvili (cello) and Sasha Malofeev (piano) performing at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire accompanied by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow.

On 27 March the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire hosted the opening gala concert of the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

The audience was welcomed by Olga Rostropovich, Artistic Director of the Festival, and Alexander Kibovsky, Head of the Moscow Department of Culture, who thanked Ms Rostropovich for her important contribute to the Russian culture, while she expressed her gratitude to the Government of the City of Moscow and the Ministry of Culture for their great support.

“Today during the requiem service at Novodevichy cemetery I mentally talked to my dad and I remembered his words, ‘Music lights the torch of good and can rebuild and improve this world.’ I really want to believe that the music that will be heard these days on my father's Festival, will change the world, at least for a little bit, make it a better place, a kinder and more beautiful one,” Olga Rostropovich said.
This year's festival boasts six concerts that will take place at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire and at the Tchaikovsky Hall. Moscow will host best symphony orchestras, soloists and conductors from Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, and, of course, Russia. The festival opened with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov, with first part featuring the gold winner of the Queen Elizabeth International Competition violinist Andrey Baranov who brilliantly played Brahms’ Concerto. The second part included Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. The audience welcomed enthusiastically maestro and his orchestra, which makes one of the ten best orchestras in the world.
The festival will continue on March 28 at the Tchaikovsky Hall with the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta, and pianist Boris Berezovsky. The programme will feature Mussorgsky's “Dawn on the Moscow River”, the prelude to Khovanshchina, Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

A press conference by Olga Rostropovich, Artistic Director of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival, was held on the 4th of March at the ITAR TASS information centre

Providing journalists with a detailed account on the programme of the upcoming, already sixth edition of the Festival, which will take place in Moscow 27 March to 02April 2015 at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Tchaikovsky Hall, Olga Rostropovich presented the participants, touching upon difficulties faced during the production period and recapitulating organisational issues. She pointed out that the festival has been particularly distinguished by the utmost level of its participants featuring this year the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta. A number of artists and orchestras, such as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra will make their debut in Moscow, while following an established tradition some concerts are dedicated to the great contemporaries of Mstislav Rostropovich, this time Sergei Prokofiev and Georgy Sviridov, to mark the 100th anniversary of the latter. These programmes were highlighted by Olga Rostropovich being the first time she decided to entrust the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation stipend-holders with performing at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. Thus, Lizi Ramishvili and Alexander Malofeev will appear in “A Tribute to Prokofiev” concert and, as Olga Rostropovich pointed out, despite their young age they have totally earned this right by their great success and hard work.

Ms. Rostropovich expressed her gratitude to the Government of the City of Moscow and the Ministry of Culture for their valuable help thanking the media for their informational support and coverage. “It is clear that now when we are almost there I am getting a little nervous feeling an incredible responsibility towards my Father. But at the same time it gives me strength to cope with the difficulties I face through my job”, she said thus ending the press conference.

Photos by Alexander Gayduk


Press Conference Announcing VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival

A Press Conference announcing the VI Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival will take place on 04 March 2015 at 2 p.m. at the ITAR-TASS news agency press centre (10/12 Tverskoy bulvar, 1st floor).
For accreditation please call: +7 (495) 637-3178 or mail to: opera-centre@mail.ru

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