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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