Concerts

November 22, 2002 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

Friday, November 22nd at 19, in Estonia Concert Hall

GOLDEN CLASSICS

In programme:
Mozart – Don Giovanni Ouverture
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 C Major
Schubert – Symphony C Major (Great)

Soloist: Mikhail Rudy (piano, France)
Conductor: VLADIMIR ZIVA (Russia)

Mikhaïl Rudy‘s pursuit of an outstanding musical career has always been inextricably linked with a search for excellence in many areas of art and culture. As a concert and recording pianist his honours are many: first prize in the 1975 Marguerite Long Competition in Paris among the earliest, and more recently the Prix de l’Academie du Disque Française for his Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 with the St Petersburg Philharmonic/Jansons; the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of Szymanowski solo piano works; the Grand Prix Academie Charles Cros for his Scriabin cycle and the Grand Prix Liszt in Budapest for his recording of solo pieces by that composer.

Meanwhile he is Artistic Director of the prestigious and ambitious Festival de St Riquier in France; a respected television broadcaster – including contributing to a BBC television documentary on the life and music of Tchaikovsky; creator of a series of radio projects for France-Musique illuminating the life and works of Scriabin, Brahms, Szymanowski and Janáček; and is active in experimental video-filming and writing.

It is significant that Rudy’s concert debut in the West was a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich and Isaac Stern – composer and performers creating a synthesis of East and West which Rudy has himself always sustained in his programming and in the essence of his music making. The occasion was a celebration of the 90th birthday of Marc Chagall – a painter whom he has deeply admired and an event which gave Rudy the opportunity to be close to the painter in his last years.

Rudy divides his time between homes in Paris and in London – having left his native Russia to live in France in 1977, it is a source of great joy to him that he is now able to travel freely between West and East. He is a regular soloist with the St Petersburg Philharmonic as well as a frequent performer in Moscow where, as a young student at the Conservatory, his musical gifts were first able to flourish under the prestigious guidance of Jacob Flier.

Invitations in the early 1980s set the standard for what has become the highest level international career: an American debut with the Cleveland Orchestra/Maazel; an invitation to the Salzburg Easter Festival with Karajan; a London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra/Tilson Thomas; a performance of the Wanderer Fantasie with the Berlin Philharmonic/Jansons at Waldbühne. These are orchestras which continue to feature in Rudy’s annual schedule, along with such as the Pittsburgh Symphony and Oslo Philharmonic – as well as appearances at major festivals such as Berlin, Vienna, Tanglewood, Edinburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Robeco/Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Blossom. Recent performing highlights include performances with BBC Scottish/Vänskä; St Louis Symphony/ Vänskä; Pittsburgh Symphony/Jansons; Baltimore Symphony/Temirkanov; BBC Philharmonic/Sinaisky; Philharmonia Orchestra/Ashkenazy; Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Saraste; Stockholm Philharmonic/ Paavo Järvi and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Altrichter. His exclusive recording contract with EMI has already resulted in a highly acclaimed catalogue, including all Rachmaninov’s works for piano and orchestra with the St Petersburg Philharmonic/Jansons – the initial recording in that series being the first concerto recording the orchestra had made for over thirty years. Looking ahead, his ground-breaking solo recording of Stravinsky’s complete “Petrouchka” coupled with Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be the inspiration for a sequence of fascinating performance projects in the coming seasons.

Vladimir Ziva is chief conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and of the Symphony Orchestra of Nizhni Novgorod Philharmonics.

Tickets: 150.-, 100.- (reduction –50%)

Tickets: 150.-, 100.- (reduction –50%)