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Arts Calendar / March 12 / Concerts
19:00 Boris Berezovsky (Russia)
Pianist Boris Berezovsky will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Lyadov. Berezovsky has emerged as a prime modern representative of the pure Russian virtuoso tradition. In addition to music of a solo orientation, however, he has also been quite active as a chamber player. Berezovsky was born January 4, 1969 in Moscow; he is apparently unrelated to the late Russian business executive of the same name. He studied there with Alexander Satz and, as a student at the Moscow Conservatory, with Eliso Virsaladze. A major breakthrough came with Berezovsky's gold medal win at the 1990 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. By that time, however, the young pianist had already begun to make his mark abroad; his 1988 debut at Wigmore Hall was hailed by the Times of London for its "dazzling virtuosity and formidable power." His Tchaikovsky Competition performances included not only concerto repertory but chamber performances with Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma, and accompanying soprano Jessye Norman; some of these were issued by the Teldec label on a 1990 Winners' Gala album. The following year he made debuts in the U.S. (in Tchaikovsky victor Van Cliburn's hometown of Fort Worth, Texas) and France (at the Louvre museum). As a soloist, Berezovsky has specialized in the most difficult virtuoso repertory: Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and especially Nikolai Medtner; in 2006, he founded an International Medtner Festival in Moscow. He has recorded the Beethoven piano concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaard. Berezovsky has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; his podium collaborators include Kurt Masur, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Litton, Mikhail Pletnev, and Antonio Pappano. In the chamber music field he has performed and recorded with violinist Dmitri Makhtin and cellist Alexander Kniazev, with repertory including trios by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Shostakovich. Berezovsky's recorded output is large, comprising more than 40 albums as of the late 2010s.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall 
20:00 Era (France)
Founded in 1996, ERA (an acronym for Enminential Rythmn of the Ancestors) is the project of French musician Eric Lévi, whose ethereal, evocative soundscapes began in the tradition of artists like Enigma and Deep Forest. ERA's self-titled debut LP was released in 1998 to widespread success. A mix of dramatic pseudo-orchestral fare and lyrics in a self-designed language similar to Latin and Greek, Era also incorporated elements of world music, electronic, and new age. Following up in 2000 with Era 2, Lévi returned in 2003 with The Mass -- whose title track referenced Carl Orff's masterpiece O Fortuna -- and sales subsequently hit platinum status in France and Switzerland. The Very Best of Era was released in 2004 and featured all the popular tracks from their previous three records as well as several remixes. ERA returned in 2008 after a four-year hiatus and released Reborn, which -- like previous albums -- reached the Top Ten on France's album charts. A trio of greatest-hits anthologies appeared over the next two years, including 2009's Classics and The Essential and Classics II in 2010. Lévi resumed work on the project in 2013, offering a collaboration between ERA and French-American singer and actress Arielle Dombasle simply titled Arielle Dombasle by ERA. After a four-year break, they returned in 2017 with The 7th Sword, which featured both new compositions and reimagined versions of previous material.
Crocus City Hall 
19:00 Russian National Orchestra
Russian National Orchestra will perform works by Brahms, Elgar and Saint-Saëns. The Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and today is widely recognized as one of the world's top orchestras. About its debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, "They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure." The RNO is also described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art" (Miami Herald), "as close to perfect as one could hope for" (Trinity Mirror), and "astoundingly virtuosic" (Glasgow Herald). The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO maintains an active international tour schedule, appearing throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. The RNO is the founding and resident orchestra of Napa Valley Festival del Sole, and performs at prominent venues such as the Edinburgh, Shanghai and Chopin Festivals, and the BBC Proms. Gramophone magazine called the first RNO CD (1991) "an awe-inspiring experience; should human beings be able to play like this?" and listed it as the best recording of Tchaikovsky's Pathétique in history. Since then, the orchestra has made more than 80 recordings, principally with Deutsche Grammophon and PentaTone Classics, as well as with other prestigious labels.
Moscow Conservatory Great Hall 
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