20th Anniversary of Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Yuri Bashmet conductor & soloist ( viola)
April 27-29, 2012
Strathmore Hall, Music Center at Strathmore, Washington, DC
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
Boston Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
Described by The Times as ‘without doubt, one of the world’s greatest living musicians’, Yuri Bashmet is the pre-eminent viola player of the modern age. With his virtuosity, strength of personality and high intelligence, he has given the viola a new prominence and has motivated composers like Shostakovich, Schnittke and Gubaidulina to expand the viola repertoire and to dedicate works to him. Bashmet is the Artistic Director of the December Nights Festival (Moscow), Principal Conductor of the ‘Novaya Rossiya’ State Symphony Orchestra, and is a founder and director of the Grammy Award-winning Russian orchestra Moscow Soloists, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012. Yuri Bashmet has a vibrant and active solo career, appearing throughout the world in the dual role of conductor and soloist.
*Soloist Mischa Maisky, cello
Latvian-born star cellist Mischa Maisky is truly a world-class musician and regular guest at most major International Festivals. Maisky has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. Rostropovich has lauded Mischa Maisky as “…one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique.”
In his performing and recording career, Maisky has worked in long-standing partnerships with such outstanding artists as pianists Martha Argerich and Radu Lupu, violinists Gidon Kremer and Janine Jansen, as well as conductors Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Daniel Barenboim, to name a few. As an exclusive Deutsche Gramophone artist, during the last 25 years he has made over 30 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others.
*Mischa Maisky will not perform in Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.
Schubert/Mahler Quartet in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1
Tchaikovsky Nocturne in D minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 19, No. 4
Brahms Quintet in B minor for Viola and Strings, Op. 115
Venue: Strathmore Hall, Music Center at Strathmore
The Music Center at Strathmore, a 2,000 seat state-of-the-art concert hall, brings world-class performances and arts education to Montgomery County, Maryland. Strathmore holds performances by major national artists including folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes, and classical music. The Music Center at Strathmore provides top-notch acoustics for classical, pops, holiday and summer concerts. The Music Center at Strathmore opened its doors in February, 2005.