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Concerts with the participation of British musicians will be part of the Year of Music of Great Britain and Russia 2019 program, which is held by the Department of Culture and Education of the British Embassy in Moscow





Moscow concert hall "Zaryadye", the Great hall


Boris Andrianov, cello

Claudio Bohórquez, cello (Germany)

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello (Armenia)

Danjulo Ishizaka, cello (Germany)

Nikolay Sivchuk, bayan

Chen Yibai, cello (China)

Speсial guest: Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland)


Moscow City Symphony Russian Philharmonic (‘Russkaya Filarmoniya’)

Conducted by Dmitry Filatov and Maciej Tworek (Poland)


Host: Artem Wahrhaftig




1 Department of the concert

Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978)

Concerto-Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra (1963)


Soloist: Narek Hakhnazaryan


Samuel Strouk (b. 1980)

Le rêve de Maya, double concerto for cello, accordion (bayan) and orchestra (2015)

Russian premiere


Soloists: Boris AndrianovNikolay Sivchuk and Chen Yibai

Conductor: Dmitry Filatov


2 Department of the concert

Krzysztof Penderecki (b. 1933)

Concerto Grosso No. 1 for 3 Cellos and Orchestra (2001)


Soloists: Claudio Bohórquez and Danjulo Ishizaka

Conductor: Maciej Tworek

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The VIVACELLO festival is the only festival in Russia dedicated to cello music. The world’s best cellists gather annually in Moscow to present non-trivial conceptual programs to the audience at the invitation of the artistic director of the forum Boris Andrianov. That’s why the festival became one of the most attractive and anticipated musical projects of the year.

The XI festival will be opened with a parade of famous cellists. Music lovers will be able to hear performances by Narek Hakhnazaryan, Claudio Bohorkes, Danjulo Ishizaki, Chen Yibai and Boris Andrianov in one night. Dmitry Filatov, the only Russian who won the International Conducting Competition named after Yevgeny Svetlanov last year in Paris, will lead the the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra.

The program of the first compartment will be opened by a time proved masterpiece from the treasury of the cello repertoire Aram Khachaturian’s Concerto-Rhapsody (1963). The composition is dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, the first performer who noted “a combination of depth and extraordinary virtuoso brilliance” in the music.

For the first time in Russia, a concert by the young French composer and guitarist Samuel Struck “Le Rêve de Maya” (“Maya's Dream”), written in 2015 for an unusual cast of performers – cello, accordion (button accordion) and orchestra, will be performed. The author calls his music “inclusive” as diverse cultural traditions, not only musical, interact very closely. The source of Struck's inspiration were Piazzolla, Xenakis, Ligeti, Dutilleux, Mozart, Ravel, as well as traditional Indian, African and Caribbean music. In his virtuoso opus, he deeply explores the possibilities of the cello-accordion duo, revealing the entire palette of tonal shades inherent in these instruments.

One of the most important events of  VIVACELLO-2019 will be a visit of a living classic of the 20th century, an outstanding Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki. In 2008, the maestro performed at the very first Moscow cello festival (the forum was called “Dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich” and only a year later got its new name “VIVACELLO”): David Geringas and his students Tatiana Vasilieva and Boris Andrianov and Moscow Fhilarmonic Orchestra performed the Concerto grosso No. 1 under the direction of the author. After 11 years, Krzysztof Penderecki will come to Moscow again to perform at the Zaryadye Great Hall and repeat his triumph and consolidate the glory of this outstanding work.

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