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Vivacello III

The closing concert of the 3rd Cello Festival Vivacello organized by the Cultural Charity Fund U-Art: You and Art was dedicated to the famous Italian composer and cellist Luigi Boccherini. On October 1, the International Day of Music, four cellists from different countries came on stage and performed four Boccherini’s concertos accompanied by the Musica Viva chamber orchestra.


A festival like VIVACELLO was destined to appear sooner or later, - says one of the founders of the U-Art Fund, Tamaz Manasherov. On the one hand, the idea is original, on the other hand, it naturally originates from the Russian music culture. Russia has its own unequalled traditions, which are primarily related to Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniil Shafran. The main idea, or even a necessity is to make a proper presentation of these names at international scale enabling Moscow citizens to find themselves at the heart of music life.


Boris Andrianov, a famous Moscow cellist and winner of prestigious  international contests, was the first to formulate and implement this idea. He has been Artistic Director of three festivals so far, and nowadays we can say that VIVACELLO is known as Russia’s largest cello event both in our country and abroad.  The festival has become a natural part of the world’s cello music.

Major cello festivals are conducted worldwide, - says Artistic Director of VIVACELLO Boris Andrianov. – Similar events occur in Germany and England, let alone Japan that hosts cello congresses and symposiums. However, such cello festivals were never held in Moscow, which was a shame as Moscow has its own traditions and schooling. The third festival is remarkable for its diverse venues and performance concepts and styles. Throughout the entire festival week no two concerts were alike. This VIVACELLO was appealing for diverse audience – from fervent admirers of classical music to youngsters fond of club subculture. Nevertheless, whichever the concept of a concert was, it was filled with the festival’s peculiar atmosphere combining living contemporary trends and respect for classics.


According to the founders of the U-Art: You and Art Fund Iveta and Tamaz Manaserov, the festival turned out to be so popular thanks to the ideas of Boris Andrianov, who succeeded in making classical music available for wide audiences.


The festival opened with a large concert at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall featuring worldwide famous artists such as Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble, Boris Andrianov, Alexander Rudin, Steven Isserlis. The closing concert showcased soloists Denis Shapovalov, Alexander Buzlov, Claudio Bohorquez and Michel Letiek. 

Boris Andrianov

The very list of artists made the festival attractive for Moscow classical music lovers. And one-of-a-kind concerts held on unconventional for classical artists venues such as Art-Strelka and ПROEKT_FAБRИКА (Proekt_Fabrika) contributed to the peculiar vision of cello music. By the way, a special project organized in the framework of the festival was dedicated to the issue of cello in works of visual art. Painters, film directors and, naturally, musicians strove to grasp the essence of this instrument.

-I find the cello appealing because of its similarity to the intonation of a human voice; that it why is easier to perceive it as compared to many other instruments, - noted the artist of the festival, professor of the Moscow Conservatory cellist Alexander Buzlov. – As a child I heard cello sounds and immediately fell in love with the instrument. My parents bought a cello for me, however, the peculiarity of this instrument is that it is extremely difficult to start playing it and learn how to sound it. I remember I cried because I wasn’t able to make the very sound I had heard, and I still remember this sound very well – the very sound of an ancient cello from the State Collection, the musician said.


The festival is dedicated to a single musical instrument, the cello, which makes it unique for Russia. As compared to piano or violin, cello is less notable, and not so many works have been composed for it. However, it is remarkable for its peculiar sounds and charm which the festival organizers strove to reveal. The unique language of the instrument turned out to be clear and familiar to the audience, who appeared more thoughtful than usually when leaving VIVACELLO concerts.

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