In 2016, the festival's gala concert highlighted the incredible talents of festival participants. With his typical dynamic energy, Valery Gergiev conducts Mendelssohn’s "Italian" Symphony and Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony, a work that has been greatly misunderstood, criticized, and banned, and remains rarely played.
Founded nearly thirty years ago by Leonard Bernstein, the Pacific Music Festival brings together nearly one hundred young musicians from around the world every summer for learning activities and performances with renowned conductors and soloists.The PMF AMERICA—composed of musicians from prestigious North American orchestras like the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic—joins the festival orchestra for this exceptional concert in the setting of Sapporo Concert Hall on the Japanese island of Hokkaidō!
A portrait of Dmitri Shostakovich by Larry Weinstein
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky