Moscow Easter Festival - Gergiev
For the 11th edition of the Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev dedicate 4 concerts to Prokofiev – available live on medici.tv!
Starting each year on Easter Sunday (according to the Julian calendar), the Moscow Easter Festival features great concerts with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and its music director Valery Gergiev, but also internationally renowned soloists. This year, the festival invites Daniil Trifonov (1st prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and third prize at the Chopin Competition in 2010), Alexander Toradze (familiar to Gergiev), Alexei Volodin (a former student of the Moscow Conservatory) and the American-Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan: they will perform 4 piano concertos by Prokofiev.
Over the past 20 years spent at the head of the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Valery Gergiev has clearly opened one of the most prestigious Russian orchestras' repertoire. Their interpretations of Prokofiev have become legendary, not only because Gergiev has recorded most of the composer's masterpieces, but also because he has contributed in promoting the rarest pieces Prokofiev has ever written. This series of concerts, programmed as part of the 11th anniversary of the Moscow Easter Festival, will display the complete Prokofiev symphonies, but also four of his Piano concertos, along with excerpts from the composer's great ballets (Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet).
Initially, AVC Charity Foundation was established with the aim to support young talented musicians. For two years the Foundation has been carrying out its charity activities in the exhibition, publishing and music spheres, both in Russia and abroad.
The exhibitions in the State Tretyakov Gallery: “The Vision of the dance. Centenary of the Sergei Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet in Paris” and “Snow Meridian” (Francisco Infante and Nonna Goryunova), as well as the publication of the book “The Tale of the Empress Elizabeth and the City of Moscow” and the production of films about artists Francisco Infante and Vladimir Nemukhin – are to be mentioned among the most remarkable projects of AVC Charity Foundation.
In 2011, the Foundation sponsors a special project at the Venice Biennale “One of the thousand ways to overcome entropy”. As for music projects, besides Annecy festival, the Foundation supports the organisation of two concerts of St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Monaco which are to happen in September 2011; it also supports the production of a movie about Rodion Shchedrin.
For the upcoming musical season, the Foundation is going to be the general sponsor and co-organiser of the new festival of Russian classical music in Lucerne in collaboration with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.