Last night the dreadful COVID-19 virus took away a wonderful human being and a great conductor, Alexander Vedernikov. He was a sincere, talented, profound and passionate musician, a devoted friend. He was only 56 years old… We shall remember his marvellous concerts and recordings . He was a warm companion. Musicians from the orchestras or soloists with whom he performed, all are deeply saddened by the news of his death.
Alexander Vedernikov was principal conductor and music director of the Bolshoi Theatre from 2001-2009, he was principal conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, and most recently, principal conductor of the Royal Opera House in Denmark . He left a lasting impression on the French musical scene with the premiere of Glinka’s “Life for the Tsar” opera at the Radio France – Montpellier Festival.
He was president of the jury at the last Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in 2018.
He gave his last performance of “Cavaleria Rusticana” at the Mikhailovsky Opera in Saint Petersbourg on 4th October where he was appointed music director in 2019.
On November 15, Mihhail Gerts replaced Mikko Franck at the head of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra.He successfully presented a challenging program: Mahler’s Totenfeir and Chostakovitch’s Suite on Poems by Michelangelo. The concert was broadcast live by France Musique from the Philharmonie de Paris.
Dmitry Filatov made this November a series of fascinating concerts: on November 10 he opened the 11th Vivacello Festival in Moscow with the orchestra “The Russian Philharmonic”.
On November 12, another concert was held at the Belgorod Philharmonic on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and China. The Changsha Symphony Orchestra (conductor – Xiao Ming) and the Belgorod Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra performed on the same stage.
Then, this concert was performed at the St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall on November 14th.
In the programme:
Lu Qiming: Ode to the Red Flag He Zhanhao, Chan Gang: “Butterfly Lovers”, concerto for violin and orchestra Soloist – Lao Li
Xiao Yu: “Behind the Village”
Shostakovich: Festive Overture Borodin: Polovtsian Dances Tchaikovsky: Italian Capriccio
We are happy to announce the appointment of Andris Poga as Principal Conductor of Norway’s Stavanger Symphony Orchestra starting in August 2021.
“Being appointed chief conductor for Stavanger Symphony Orchestra involves far more than just the title. In the role of chief conductor, there is also a challenge and an obligation to continuously develop and bring the orchestra to the next level. I am grateful for the trust given to me and I am looking very much forward to this journey with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra”, says Andris Poga.
Andris Poga conducted Stavanger Symphony Orchestra as a guest conductor on 5th September 2019, and will conduct five main season concerts starting in the 2020/2021 season, before officially assuming the role of Chief Conductor in August 2021 for a period of three years.
On July 21st and 22nd, Mihhail Gerts replaced Lawrence Foster at the International Piano Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron at late notice. The conductor directed the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra in two contrasting programmes: a classical program (with Adam Laloum) and an American program (with Plamena Mangova), in which he subjugated the public and the critics.
After a long trip across France (Clermont-Ferrand, Avignon, Massy, Rouen), the opera production “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, staged by Emmanuelle Cordoliani and directed by Roberto Fores Veses, finished its tour in Reims on January 13th & 15th, 2019.
Roberto Fores Veses had an excellent feedback from « Olyrix » : “The musical direction by Roberto Fores Veses is remarkable for his expressive gesture. He seems very attentive and sensitive to the singers, in the italian style : his hands and eyes raised, he seems to conduct from memory, smoothly, while giving energetic tempi, always forward. The pit follows him with joy, especially the enchanting solos of violin, cello and flute.”
Mihhail Gerts continues to build a close and warm relationship with Russia. His latest concerts with the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra on December 17th, 2018 (with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the piano) and on January 22th, 2019 were hailed by the public and the reviews :
“It was a triumph of the Austrian music and the Russian interpretation tradition with an Estonian style.”ClassicalMusicNews.ru