On 10 April and 23 May the final season ticket concerts of the State Chamber Orchestra «Moscow Virtuosi» for the 2011/2012 season will take place. Two outstanding pianists will perform as soloists and conductors.
On 10 April the audience of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall will be able to hear two piano concerti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and two symphonies by J. Haydn performed by Moscow Virtuosi and Christian Zacharias. One of the most outstanding pianists of his generation and one of the most famous musicians of our time, Christian Zacharias initially achieved international recognition as a pianist – a prize-winner at the international competitions in Geneva. He was awarded the Van Clyburn International Piano Competition in Geneva, USA. Following his success at the 1975 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Geneva. At the Ravel Competition in Paris (1st prize) his brilliant international career began: solo concerts in the best halls of the world, numerous awards in the field of recording, performances with the best orchestras and conductors. And today, Zacharias continues to perform with orchestras and solo concerts around the world.
The same qualities that have made Christian Zacharias one of the most famous performers in the world have enabled him to prove himself as a conductor, festival manager, music thinker, writer and radio presenter: creative integrity, consistency and uncompromising; multi-facetedness multiplied by individualism; deep musical flair combined with a poetic sense; charismatic and submissive manner of communication…
As a conductor, Christian Zacharias made his debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 1992, and since then he has been regularly invited by all the renowned orchestras in Europe. (For a more detailed biography, see http://meloman.ru/?id=5261)
On 23 May Vladimir Feltsman will perform with «Moscow Virtuosi» on the stage of the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music. The concert programme includes keyboard concerts by Johann Sebastian Bach, works by E. Grieg and F. Mendelssohn, as well as two impromptu works by F. Schubert (c-moll and des-dur) in transcriptions by the soloist and orchestra arranger Alexei Strelnikov (first performance).
Vladimir Feltsman was born in 1952 in Moscow. At the age of 11 he triumphantly performed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1971 Vladimir Feltsman won the Grand Prix at the Marguerite Long competition in Paris, after which he began his triumphant tour to many countries around the world. In 1987 Vladimir Feltsman emigrated to the USA, and the same year he made his triumphant debut at Carnegie Hall (New York), and after a concert at the White House for American President Ronald Reagan, American critics unanimously recognised him as the best American pianist.
Vladimir Feltsman has performed with major orchestras in America and Europe on several occasions. Among them – New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. The musician has played on the same stage with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov etc.
Vladimir Feltsman is considered to be one of the greatest performers of Rachmaninoff’s music in the twentieth century, and his recordings of works by I.S. Bach are considered reference works and are on a par with those of Glenn Gould. (http://mmdm.ru/profile/actors/2424)