For the 11th edition of the Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev dedicated five concerts to Prokofiev – available through six videos 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. That year, the festival invited 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), Denis Matsuev (also a first prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition), Alexei Volodin (a former student of the Moscow Conservatory) and the American-Armenian pianist Sergei Babayan: they performed Prokofiev's five piano concerti. The two violin concerti were performed by Leonidas Kavakos.
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, scheduled in April 2012 as part of the 11th anniversary of the Moscow Easter Festival, display the complete Prokofiev symphonies, the complete piano and violin concerti, along with excerpts from the composer's great ballet Romeo and Juliet.