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Festival Gala Concert presents pianist Dmitry Masleev

On 31 March at 7 p.m. at Concert Hall “Great Amber” the 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival will close with a concert featuring Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor Andris Poga together with the guest pianist Dmitry Masleev, the recent First Prize winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Dmitry Masleev will play the solo part in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, composed simultaneously with the opera “The Marriage of Figaro”. It is difficult to imagine more contrasting opuses ‒ the opera being in major keys andlively while the concerto isminor-key and nervous, but indisputably brilliant.

The success of Siberia-born Dmitry Masleev’s first touring season established his profile as a "future great pianist" (La Croix) of "virtuoso brilliance" (The Financial Times) and "musicality of metaphysical proportions" (Neue Musikzeitung). The First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition led to growing demand for Masleev’s concerts from the world’s concert halls. This will be the pianist’s first guest performance in Latvia.

After his debut at Gasteig in Munich, Dmitry Masleev was invited to return with a programme of Prokofiev’s sonatas streamed by Medici TV, and with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.The appearance at the Klavierfestival Ruhr was followed by recital invitations from the Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Bad Kissingen festivals. The season of 2016−2017 will see the pianist’s debut with Rachmaninov’s Variations on the Theme of Paganini withthe Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robert Trevino. In January, Masleev had his recital debut at Carnegie Hall and later this year he will give a concert of music by Liszt and Bartok with pianist Boris Berezovsky who describes Dmitry Masleev as “a discovery and a brilliant pianist”.

In France, Masleev made appearances at the Philharmonie de Paris, La Roque d’Anthéron and Beauvais piano festivals, and with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under Andris Poga. The pianist is invited for a solo recital at Fondation Louis Vuitton and for an Asian tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Mikko Franck. Masleev went on a German tour with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov, had performances with the Bamberg Symphony and Christoph Eschenbach, and with SWR Orchestra Stuttgart asan artist-in-residence.

“This year the Festivalhas widened its scope by featuring Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and two more orchestras – Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra and Latvian National Symphony Orchestra,” says Uldis Lipskis, the director of the Festival and of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will close with Dmitry Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12. In music history it is described as a marginal work, and is rarely played even in Russia not to mention the world.The Festival presents to its audience a unique opportunity to form their own opinion about the symphony dedicated to Lenin and composed at the time when the composer had been persuaded to join the Communist Party, causing denial by some of his colleagues. Knowing that performing Russian music, especially Shostakovich’s opuses, is one of the strengths of Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the audience may expect an interesting experience with Andris Poga as philosophically calm and skilfultour guide of symphonic scope.

Tickets to the 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival organized by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra can be purchased at all Box Offices of "Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.

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