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Arts Calendar / October 24 / Concerts
19:00 Boris Berezovsky (Russia)
Pianist Boris Berezovsky will perform works by Beethoven and Skryabin. 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.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall 
19:00 Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra performs various works by Mozart and Strauss. The Orchestra has generally been highly regarded among Russian orchestras of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It was founded in 1951 by Samuil Samosud, as the Moscow Youth Orchestra for young and inexperienced musicians, acquiring its current name in 1953. It is most associated with longtime conductor Kiril Kondrashin under whom it premiered Shostakovich's Fourth and Thirteenth symphonies as well as other works. The Orchestra performed with all the best Soviet conductors as well as some outstanding guest conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Charles Munch, Igor Markevitch, Kurt Sanderling, Igor Stravinsky, Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, to name a few, who all left an indelible mark on the orchestra’s history of success. The Orchestra has also flourished under Yuri Simonov, the orchestra's principal conductor since 1998. The geography of the orchestra tours covers more than fifty countries. It gave performances at the best concert halls of the world: in Britain, France, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, and Spain, as well as Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. “The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra is a unique orchestra. It ranks equal with the Chicago, Cleveland, Amsterdam, Berlin, that is the best of orchestras,” - American critic wrote.
Rachmaninov Concert Hall (Philharmonia-2) 
19:00 Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra
Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra performs various works by Beethoven. The Orchestra was founded as part of the Culture national project, which was launched in 2018 with the support of the Presidential Grants Foundation and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The ensemble consists of 100 young performers aged from 22 to 28 and hailing from 20 regions of Russia. The first line up of the orchestra was formed following the All-Russian Young Orchestra Musicians Competition, which was organised by the Moscow State Philharmonic. More than 360 young musicians took part in the competition (2018). Unlike most youth ensembles, Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra operates all year round as a concert ensemble and an educational platform. Musicians perform with and study under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vasily Petrenko, Michail Jurowski, Alexander Lazarev, Alexander Sladkovsky, and Jean-Christophe Spinosi, as well as concertmasters of various Russian and European orchestras, experts in ensemble performance, orchestral peculiarities, and historic performance genres. In 2018–2019 season, the orchestra has collaborated with the concertmasters of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Moscow Conservatory Great Hall 
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