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19 February

V Platonov Arts Festival music program

Richard Galliano

Today the artistic director of Platonovfest Mikhail Bychkov announced the music program of the 5th festival edition. As last year, it will contain two main sections: Classical music and World music, however there will be some surprises for the festival guests.


This year quite a number of new solo instruments like accordion, the winds, percussion will be added to the Classical music section. Voronezh citizens will have the opportunity to see the performance of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra musicians: Olivier Patey (clarinet) and Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe) in concert with Voronezh Academic Symphony orchestra; visit the concert of a legendary French composer accordionist Maestro Richard Galliano playing with Voronezh Youth Symphony orchestra; listen to famous Mark Pekarsky Ensemble of Percussion Instruments.

An unforgettable gift for festival guests will be the performance of Russian National Orchestra conducted by its founder and artistic director Mikhail Pletnev with the guest soloist – Maxim Rysanov (viola).

There also will be the concerts of Nikolai Lugansky (piano) and Voronezh Youth Symphony Orchestra; string quartet from Italy Quartetto di Cremona; musicians from Hungary Kristof Barati (violin) and Laszlo Fenyo (cello) with Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra.

Yasmine Hamdan. Photo by Shervin Lainez.

World music section has changed considerably comparing with the previous year. While last year’s program included mostly origins of ethno-music, even spiritual and sacred pieces (mugham, ragas, xoomei, fado, etc.), this year we will present more of contemporary folk & world music – as it exists in 21 century as a part of the nowadays music scene – the mixture of traditional and modern. The other difference is that these world music concerts will be concentrated in a one-day mini-fest in a beautiful place White Well (Beliy Kolodets) located in 10 km from Voronezh, which will be equipped especially for Platonovfest project. During the day (7 June) there will be performances of Drum Ecstasy (Belarus), The Bambir (Armenia), Mgzavrebi (Georgia) and the first performances in Russia of Yasmine Hamdan – a famous singer from Lebanon, and a budding star from Israel Ester Rada.



White Well (Beliy Kolodets).

Traditional festival project – Festival Night – will be held this year on 13 June and its musical part will be represented by the open air concert of a Russian indie-pop electronic band Naadya. The 1st Naadya’s performance in Voronezh will take place in Alye Parusa park.


The concert in Ramon as well as other open air musical acts will be announced later.

More information about 5th festival music events is coming soon.