The unique amber sound of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 24 March at 7 p. m. at the Concert Hall “Great Amber” the 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival will present a concert of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra playing with three music virtuosos ‒ Maxim Rysanov, presently acknowledged as one of the world’s most vibrant and charismatic violists, David Geringas ‒ outstanding Lithuanian cellist and conductor, and Russian violinist Sergei Dogadin.
Maxim Risanov, viola virtuoso of Ukrainian descent was shortlisted for a Grammy Award in 2013 and has received the Classic FM Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award. He is combining his viola performance with a conducting career and was the winner of Young Conductors’ Project of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Born in Ukraine, he is presently developing the career of a musician and conductor in one of the music capitals of Europe ‒ London.
David Geringas from Lithuania, considered a legendary person by the academic music community, is warmly awaited musician all over the world, playing a wide repertoire from Baroque to contemporary music. He studied at Moscow Conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich and in 1970 won a Gold Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. David Geringas has performed with leading orchestras and conductors. His discography comprises about 100 CDs, many of which have won high acclaim. In 2013, Geringas received the “Echo Klassik” Award for the best recording of the 20th and 21st century chamber music. Well-known contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ned Rorem, Erkki-Sven Tür and Peteris Vasks have written cello concertos for him.
Violin virtuoso Sergei Dogadin from Russia is a prize-winner and laureate of numerous prestigious competitions. Hewon the highest prize (50 000 USD) at Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover in Germany in 2015, and the second prize with 50 000 USD at Shanghai Isaak Stern International Violin Competition in Chinalast September. The young musician has already had numerous concert tours in such countries as Russia, the USA, in the countries of Western and Eastern Europe as well as Asia. He has given concerts at the world’s most renowned concert halls and collaborated with a number of internationally acclaimed symphony orchestras and conductors.
In the beginning of the concert programme “Tuttii virtuosi” the three virtuosos will play Concerto for Three byAlfred Schnittke, written in 1994 for three famous musicians Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Mstislav Rostropovich. It is interesting to note that only the 4th (closing) movement is written for the three soloists playing together. The programme will continue with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante performed by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under David Geringas with violin solo by Sergei Dogadin and viola solo by Maxim Rysanov. Mozart wrote it in 1779 and its intense dramaturgy intertwines with assiduous virtuosity of the instrumental concerto.
The concert programme will close with Johannes Brahms’ double concerto with Maxim Rysanovas a conductor, violin solo played by Sergei Dogadin and cello by David Geringas. Brahms’ final work for orchestra written in 1887 is a gesture of reconciliation towards his old friend – famous violinist Joseph Joachim, after the rapture of their friendship due to personal reasons. This piece is a sample of Brahms’ late style where melancholy alternates with gusty unrest. It is a technically and musically complicated piece which is always challenging because it demands the participation of two equally excellent soloists.
On 31 March the 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival will close with a concert performed by Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Russian pianist Dmitry Masleev.
Tickets to the 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival concerts organized by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra can be purchased in all Box Offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.