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'Yellow stars', 24th January, 2017. Tickets are now available.
Veriko Tchumburidze (borm 1996 in Georgia) - a Georgia/Turkey violinist, who won Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2016.
31 March 2016
The Second One!
Dear music lovers, friends and sympathizers!
Very soon we will announce the first two concerts of the II International Violin Festival (season 2016/2017).
You will definitely enjoy it!
Keep for updates.
2 March 2016
Marianna Vasileva and Antal Zalai closed the 1st season of the festival.
19 january 2016
Maxim Vengerov's video invitation to charity concert "Yellow Stars", which will take place January 29, 2016.
19 november 2015
Questions to Daniel Hope
Daniel, first of all let us thank you for coming to St. Petersburg with your wonderful project AIR. We heard only delightful feedback from those who visited you AIR performances… but my first question is the following:

You are not only a 'big' musician, you are one of few artists of the highest level who successfully popularizes violin and the classical music. Why and what for you contribute so much of your energy and talent into it? Maybe it's easier to focus only on those who is ready to perceive your violin art?

DH: Music defines my day from the moment I wake to the moment I close my eyes. I've been performing around the world for over 25 years.. I also write about, present and current music on a variety of mediums, from books to television, from radio to social media. The violin gives me the chance to share the thoughts and emotions of the greatest composers who ever lived. And if I choose to play, write, broadcast, programme or present, it's always because I believe there is some form of great music out there which needs to be communicated, somehow. Music is communication, at least for me.

Read the full interview
20 August 2015
Maxim Vengerov, with the first edit of Sibelius violin concerto - the opening concert of the festival was included into the top 3 main cultural events of the spring according to RBC!
Violinist Maxim Vengerov as soloist repeatedly acted on the legendary stages of the world with the best orchestras with famous conductors. Having won several prestigious violin competitions, Vengerov recorded an extensive repertoire of the violin and received a number of prestigious awards, including two Grammy awards. Several years ago, Vengerov, following the example of his mentor Mstislav Rostropovich started to learn a profession of conductor.

In the first part of the concert M.Vengerov plays Sibelius Violin Concerto (1st edit), accompanied by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Alexander Titov). Music lovers will be interested to know that this performance is the Russian premiere of the first edition of the Violin Concerto. Historically, the popular one is the second edit. The first is written a little earlier, it is much more complicated technically. It became known to the world only in 1991, when the heirs Sibelius allowed Leonidas Kavakos to play only one concert and make it a record.

More information via RBC:

The news reports of the concert were broadcasted at: 1 channel, Culture, NTV, "St. Petersburg", Channel 5
2 October 2015
Festival billboards are beginning to appear in St. Petersburg.
7 October 2015
From St. Petersburg to Jerusalem and back ...
Young violinist, a native of St. Petersburg, Mariana Vasileva won the Israeli critics.
Recently, she gave a solo recital in Jerusalem, where she performed all 24 Caprices in one evening.

Key Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" after the recital came out with the headline: "Yes, the effect is 'wow'." And if you add up all the reviews of the very experienced in the art of violin Israeli criticism, it can be summed up to a few words: "masterly", "charmingly", "unique." It should be noted that now all 24 Caprices of Paganini in one recital is a rarity.
Notably, the recital in Jerusalem was attended by famous violinist Shlomo Mintz.
In an interview with local media, he praised the play of a young violinist "Marianna is extremely talented and has a lot of courage to perform this difficult, (I know it from my own experience) program. I believe that the recital in Jerusalem was very successful. "

Mariana Vasileva was born in St. Petersburg and in our city, she began to study the violin. Later, the young violinist continued his studies in Germany with great Zakhar Bron.

Marianna tours extensively around the world and teaches. She is the winner of several prestigious music competitions. Marianna became the winner of Violin Competition Henryk Wieniawski Lublin (Poland) and competition "Prague Spring" (Czech Republic), where in addition to the title of the winner, violinist received almost all special prizes, including the title of the most successful artist, the main prize of the city of Prague.

Unfortunately, in her native St. Petersburg musician performed nine years ago for the last time. Therefore, the upcoming recital in Petersburg Philharmonic on November 18 of the same cycle of Paganini can be called a great return of the talented violinist.
7 October 2015
Daniel's Acceptance Speech (in German) at last night's 2015 EUROPEAN CULTURAL PRIZE FOR MUSIC
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A few days ago, Daniel Hope's performance in the Dresden Frauenkirche was received with standing ovations. He will be returning to Dresden on 2nd October to receive the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music.

"Daniel Hope is a great artist, whose serious and refreshing approach to classical music creates generations of new listeners", according to the President of the European Cultural Foundation, Tilo Braune. "He builds bridges between different musical worlds and thus stands for tolerance and openness." The New York Times wrote of him: "You never know what the brilliant British violinist Daniel Hope, acclaimed for his ventures into contemporary music, will do next."

An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Daniel Hope has toured the world as soloist for 25 years, receiving many awards including six ECHO Klassik Prizes, the Diapason d'Or of the Year and the Edison Music Award. He has performed with musicians including Yehudi Menuhin and Kurt Masur, he is the Associate Artistic Director of the Savannah Music Festival, and even a bestselling author. The 2016/17 season will see him succeed Sir Roger Norrington as Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

This summer Daniel Hope is touring the festivals of Aspen, Bristol Proms, Edinburgh, Mecklenburg-Vor pommern, Merano, Pollença, Ravenna, Rheingau, Schleswig-Holst ein and Tokyo with partners including Paavo Järvi, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Berlin Baroque Soloists, the Ebène Quartet, Nicholas Angelich, Klaus Maria Brandauer and many more.

Hope says: "I am honoured to receive the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music. Our cultural heritage in Europe is unique and I see it as the responsibility of every artist to protect, to celebrate and to share this heritage. I'm particularly delighted to be receiving this award in the Dresden Frauenkirche – an historical landmark in which I have been privileged to make music on several occasions, and a place which represents not only the preservation of culture but symbolises the understanding of different cultures in a unique way."

The European Cultural Prize this October celebrates the 25th anniversary of German Reunification. Actor Manfred Krug will be honoured for his life's work, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and soprano Angela Gheorghiu are awarded the European Soloist Prizes. Conductor Kristjan Järvi joins forces with the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic to receive the European Young Artists Prize.

Past winners of the Prize include Daniel Barenboim, Placido Domingo, Thomas Quasthoff and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

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