31 December - New Year’s program from Saint Petersburg Music House at Brucknerhaus
December 31, Thursday, 4 pm and 8 pm Saint Petersburg Music House and Brucknerhaus invite to Linz for traditional New Year concerts. This year, Tchaikovsky competition winner Aleksander Ramm (cello) and winner of the Marci Fiorindo Saxophone Player Contest Vitaliy Vatulya (saxophone) will be the performers. The piano part will be performed by the “best accompanier” of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition Anna Odintsova.
The festive evening will be started by a cello adaptation of the ceremonial Violin Sonata by Cesar Franck that the latter presented as a wedding gift to his friend, violinist Eugene Ysaye. A kaleidoscope of images and characters will be unraveled in a saxophone piece Venice Carnival by Paul Genin and Brilliant Fantasy by Francois Borne for violin on the themes from Carmen by Bizet.
The C-major cello Sonata by Benjamin Britten will require from the winner of the recent Tchaikovsky Competition Alexander Ramm a special virtuosity: the composer wrote it especially for the great Mstislav Rostropovich. Special momentum will be added to the program by Dance of the Green Devil, a piece by Catalan Gaspar Cassado and the famous History of Tango by Argentinean Astor Piazzolla.
Alexander Ramm (age 27). Born in Vladivostok. Graduate of Eisler Higher School of Music in Berlin (class of Frans Helmerson). Assistant trainee at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya. Award-winner at Antonio Janigro Cellist Competition in Zagreb, Croatia and Paulo International Cellist Competition (Finland, 2013). Award-winner at Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow, 2015). Participant of Music House programs since 2011.
Vitaly Vatulya (age 28). Graduate of the Gnesins Academy (class of Margarita Shaposhnikova). Pursuing Master’s degree at the Amsterdam Conservatory (class of Arno Bornkamp). Winner of the Delphian Games (Russia, 2011). Winner of the Marco Fiorindo International Saxophone Competition (Italy, 2015). Participant of Music House programs since 2010.
Anna Odintsova (age 25). Born in Moscow. Graduate of Moscow Conservatory (class of professor Natalya Trull). Winner of the 4th prize at Swedish Duo Competition (Sweden, 2012). Winner of the “Best Accompanier” prize at P.I. Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow, 2015). Participant of Music House programs since 2012.
Russian Tuesdays is a joint project of Saint Petersburg Music House and Brucknerhaus Concert Center named so in honor of the outstanding Austrian Composer Anton Bruckner. The next concert within the cycle will take place on January 19, 2016: winner of Queen Elizabeth International Competition (Brussels, 2010) pianist Yuri Favorin is to play a solo concert in Linz.
Saint Petersburg Music House is a federal culture establishment created in 2006 for the purposes of training Russia’s young musicians for taking part in international contests and festivals occupying the Palace of Grand Duke Alexey Romanov in 122, Moyka. In 2015-2016 the Music House is running its 10th anniversary season.
The artistic director is professor Sergey Roldugin, a famous cellist and People’s Artist of Russia.
Detailed information can be found on the website: www.spdm.ru