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The International Piano Festival
27 November 2012 - 02 December 2012

SCHEDULE 27 November 2012 - 02 December 2012

The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre is running its International Piano Festival, a platform for outstanding unique musicians from various generations and different schools, each with a “voice” of his or her own, unlike that of any other pianist.
According to Maestro Valery Gergiev, the tasks of the festival are to invite musicians to St Petersburg who have established international careers but are as yet less known in Russia, to discover and develop new and young talent and to popularise piano music.

International Piano Festival
27 November – 2 December 2012

Ten pianists and six concerts:
Valery Afanassiev, Nicholas Angelich, Mira Jevtic, Polina Osetinskaya, Mikhail Yanovitsky, pupils and graduates of the class of Marina Wolf, teacher at the Special School of Music of the St Petersburg Conservatoire in recitals and together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

The The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the fourth International Piano Festival.
According to 
Maestro Valery Gergiev, the festival’s aim is to invite musicians to St Petersburg who are internationally acclaimed but as yet less well known in Russia, to showcase new talents and clear the path for young musicians as well as to make piano music more popular.
This international piano forum, which for the third year in a row has been held twice a season at the Concert Hall, presents dazzling musicians from various generations and schools in addition to its tradition of focussing on one particular piano school with concerts featuring students of prominent teachers. The first festival brought together the students of the famed Tatiana Zelikman. At the second festival, Sergei Babayan appeared with Daniil Trifonov, one of his pupils at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The third festival saw performances by students from the class of Professor Alexander Sandler of the St Petersburg Conservatoire. The current festival focuses on graduates and students from the class of Marina Veniaminovna Wolf, a senior teacher at the Special School of Music of the St Petersburg Conservatoire. As well as a class concert, there will also be individual concerts by students of Marina Wolf who have already established themselves on the international scene – 
Polina Osetinskaya and Mikhail Yanovitsky.
The festival will focus on Ludwig van Beethoven in its programmes. All of the composer’s piano concerti are to be performed at the opening and the close of the festival by
Nicholas Angelich and Valery Afanassiev together with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.

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Concert Hall
Soloist: Nicholas Angelich (piano)
Valery Gergiev   

The festival opens with American pianist
Nicholas Angelich, who has already appeared on numerous occasions at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre and established a loyal following. This time the pianist will be performing the Second, Third and Fifth Piano Concerti by Ludwig van Beethoven, for whose music he reserves a particular admiration: “The music of this brilliant composer is always greater than the possibilities of any instrument or performer. Beethoven’s music demands the most exacting performing skills. Beethoven has everything – classicism, romanticism and even modernism. He avoided stereotypes, he was always original.” The pianist’s repertoire also includes all of the composer’s sonatas.
The Mariinsky Orchestra will be conducted by
maestro Valery Gergiev.

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Concert Hall
Strauss. Gershwin
Soloist: Mikhail Yanovitsky (piano) 

Mikhail Yanovitsky, a graduate of the class of Marina Wolf at the Special School of Music of the St Petersburg Conservatoire who later graduated from the class of Mikhail Voskresensky at the Moscow Conservatoire and then continued his studies at the Juilliard School in the USA becoming a regular recitalist in America, will be performing the solo in Richard Strauss’ Burleske for piano and orchestra and George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto; conductor – Gavriel Heine.

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Concert Hall
Franck. Beethoven. Handel. Foster
Soloists: Mira Yevtich (piano), Andrew  Goodwin (tenor) 

Recital by Serbian pianist Mira Jevtic, a regular participant of the festival. Her concert programme features works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Cйsar Franck as well as a work by Grant Foster, an Australian composer living in Wales who frequently works with Mira Jevtiж. The Ballad of Reading Gaol after the poem by Oscar Wilde for voice and piano by Grant Foster is dedicated to Mira Jevtiж and Andrew Goodwin, an Australian tenor also featuring in the concert.

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Concert Hall
Concert featuring pupils of Marina Wolf
Performers: Alexandra Masalyova, Rustam Muradov, Eduard Kiprsky, Nadezhda Rubanenko, Alexander Pirozhenko 

Concert by students from the class of Marina Veniaminovna Wolf – those still studying as well as graduates continuing their studies at conservatoires and established pianists such as Alexandra Masalyova, Rustam Muradov, Eduard Kiprsky, Nadezhda Rubanenko and Alexandre Pirojenko.

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Concert Hall
Polina Osetinskaya recital (piano)

Polina Osetinskaya ’s recital, also a graduate from the class of Marina Wolf, includes works by George Frederick Handel and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons.

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Concert Hall 
Beethoven. Valery Afanasiev (piano), Conductor - Valery Gergiev

Valery Afanassiev, one of the most intellectual contemporary pianists, will be performing two piano concerti by Ludwig van Beethoven – the First and the Fourth. The Mariinsky Orchestra that evening will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.

SCHEDULE 27 November 2012 - 02 December 2012

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