On 8 June, 18:00 Alexander Kniazev, one of the renowned cellists of Russia, will take part in the concert at the Philharmonic Hall instead of Mario Brunello.
Rehearsing for the concert with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in Saint-Petersburg, Mario Brunello injured his finger. As a result, he had to cancel his performance and return to Italy. Unfortunately, the musician will not be fit to play at the concert in Voronezh.
Alexander Kniazev, who will be substituting for Mario Brunello at the concerts in Saint-Petersburg and Voronezh, achieved international recognition as a cello virtuoso having become a laureate of prestigious performing contests including the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Critics consider Kniazev one of the most charismatic musicians of his time.
The cellist performed with such world-famous orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Romanian Radio National Orchestra (Bucharest), the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the French National Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and many others. He is the winner of multiple “Echo Klassik” awards (2005, 2006 and 2007) as well as a laureate of a most prestigious French award “Diapason d'Or de l'Année”.
Kniazev is an artist who possesses great musicality, an original turn of mind and a formidably accomplished technique.
Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music
Russian cellist Alexander Kniazev is unquestionably one of the most highly acclaimed and distinguished soloists in the world of classical music today.
Christopher Rees, The Western Mail