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19 December

Classical musical program of the 4th Platonov Arts Festival is announced

Mikhail Pletnev

Musical program of the next, 4th Platonov Festival which will take place in Voronezh 05 – 15 June 2014, has become much more diverse – the number of concerts almost doubled in comparison with the previous year. And while musicians, ensembles and bands that have agreed to be the part of the festival belong to different generations, musical genres and even cultures and countries – all of them are unique stars in the world of performing arts and every artist’s name will definitely be the jewel in the festival crown.

The 4th Platonov Arts Festival opens with a piano concert of the legendary Russian musician of our time - Mikhail Pletnev, the laureate of the Platonov prize in literature and art, who was conducting the Russian National Orchestra concert at the closing ceremony of Platonov Festival 2013. This time Maestro Pletnev will perform as a pianist – which is indeed a unique event in the Russian musical life - for a long time perfectionist Pletnev has been avoiding solo performances. Masterpieces of Bach, Mozart, Schumann and Scriabin are in the program.

Classical guitar for the first time appears in the festival musical program - world famous Spanish guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo Del Rey in collaboration with Voronezh Youth Symphony Orchestra (conductor – Yuri Androsov) will play remarkable Concierto de Aranjuez for classical guitar and orchestra by Joaquín Rodrigo, Concierto de la Elina - concert for guitar and chamber orchestra, composed by Gallardo Del Rey himself as well as his works for guitar solo.

Outstanding Italian cellist Mario Brunello playing the famous cello “Maggini” , crafted in the beginning of 17th century,  will perform both as a soloist and conductor – in the 1st part of the concert with Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra (conductor – Vladimir Vebitsky) he will play cello solo in Nikolai Myaskovsky Cello Concerto in C minor, Op. 66., while in the 2nd part he will surprise the audience by taking the double role of conductor and soloist in Robert Schumann The Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129.

Famous German classical record label Deutsche Grammophon while signing an exclusive contract with Daniil Trifonov in February 2013 called him "the great Russian pianist - poet of the XXI century ".  At the beginning of 2012, the British prolific cultural commentator and an award-winning novelist Norman Lebrecht neatly described him as “A pianist for the rest of our lives”. Well-known throughout the world , this twenty-two Russian musician and composer will a recital – chamber piano music, which will include works by Debussy , Scriabin and Stravinsky.

The traditional festival form of chamber quartet will be replaced at the coming festival edition by the chamber trio. Vadim Repin, whose fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity made him one of the greatest violinist of the world will present collaboration musical performance with Sergei Nakariakov - "The Paganini of the trumpet" as press called him after his remarkable performance when Sergei was only 13 years old and the winner of numerous international competitions - pianist Maria Meerovitch. In the concert program of this wonderful trio you will enjoy works of Schumann, Poulenc, Debussy and Brahms.

The final cord of the 4th Platonov Festival classical music program will be the concert of the talented British violinist Alina Ibragimova. Accompanied by Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Vladimir Verbitsky conducting she will play Sibelius - The Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47. In the second part of the concert conductor Igor Verbitsky together with orchestra will present the premier of their new program “Three figures of the Second Viennese School”  (Webern, Berg, Schoenberg).