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 (a 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 in April 2012 as part of the 11th anniversary of the Moscow Easter Festival, 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).