Narek Hakhnazaryan Performs at Konzerthaus Dortmund
On February 4, 2023, Narek Hakhnazaryan performed on the stage of the Konzerthaus Dortmund in terms of a festival in honor of Sofia Gubaidulina. Together with the Chorwerk Ruhr under the baton of Michael Alber he performed a large-scale work "Sonnengesang".
It is based on the Canticle of the Sun by Saint Francis of Assisi, and the composition itself was inspired by the personality of Mstislav Rostropovich.

The cellist's role on the stage literally goes beyond his instrument: he performs solo on the gong, big drum and flexaton.

Photo: Petra Coddington.
Nicolas Baldeyrou Shares the Stage with Renaud Capuçon and the Orchestre National de France
How did you spend this past Sunday? Nicolas Baldeyrou spent his in the exceptional company of Renaud Capuçon and other world-class musicians including violinist Ji-Yoon Park, violist Christophe Gaugué, cellist Nadine Pierre, and others with the Orchestre National de France and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. They all gathered at the Radio France Auditorium to perform Mozart's 'Quintet with clarinet' composed in 1789, his first score written for this type of ensemble. This work will inspire both Weber and Brahms later on.

Another remarkable composition played that evening was Strauss's 'Metamorphosen', the work he composed at the very end of his life. He was an unfortunate witness to the ruins left in the aftermath of the Second World War which made him reflect on the future of civilization.

Narek Hakhnazaryan performs Shostakovich in a small tour around Spain
Coming back from the break with exciting news to share! In late October and early November our dearest Narek Hakhnazaryan performed a series of concerts with Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Juanjo Mena. Together they played Shostakovich's Cello Concerto at the National Music Auditorium in Madrid and L'Auditori in Barcelona.

Dmitri Shostakovich's emotionally charged work requires a high degree of technical skill on the part of the soloist, which Narek masters beautifully in his performances. Also, the program included Robert Gerhard's 'Alegrías', a symphonic suite based on themes from 'Flamenco' ballet, as well as Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 titled 'The Inextinguishable' — the most praised of his symphonies and a celebration of life.
Julia Krylova has been appointed Head of Russian Department at Larus Agency
Our dear Julia Krylova whom most of you already know (and love) as an assistant manager has been promoted to the position of Head of Russian Department at our agency.

Julia is no stranger to the world of classical music. Her previous experience includes, but isn't limited to, working at the press center of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Concert Agency 'Rusconcert', and 'Territory' music festival in Sochi, as well as the Young Composers Competition in memory of Alfred Schnittke and Sviatoslav Richter. Julia has shown outstanding professionalism and dedication to the exquisite craft of classical music.

We're excited to continue our journey together and welcome Julia to her new role!
Narek Hakhnazaryan performed Schumann's cello concerto in Norway
Last evening Narek Hakhnazaryan performed Schumann's cello concerto with the orchestra conducted by the great Nathalie Stutzmann.
In Schumann's lyrical, lively and beautiful cello concerto, the solo voice is in perpetual dialogue with the orchestra. The composer's Fourth Symphony shines with inspiration; from the quiet and solemn introduction to the jubilant finale. The concert began with a cheerful composition by Schumann's friend and colleague Johannes Brahms. He, a well-known ironic joker, described his Academic Festival Overture as a 'very boisterous potpourri of student drinking songs'.

Full program of the evening:
Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture (1880)
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor (1850)
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 (1841)

Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
Soloist: Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
📍 Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Kristiansand, Norway

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and Boris Berezovsky Performed at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
On December 15, Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and Boris Berezovsky once again joined forces to perform pieces by Felix Mendelssohn with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra without a conductor at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

The duo performed Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin and Piano with Orchestra. Nikita also performed as a soloist in Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

Photo: Vera Zhuravleva

Zlatomir Fung's Concerts in Russia this December
This winter, Zlatomir Fung made concert appearances in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. On December 6 and 8, the cellist joined Yuri Bashmet and the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme at Philharmonia-2 and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

On December 23, he joined Nikolay Alexeev and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra for Dvořák's Cello Concerto. On December 24, Zlatomir and pianist Alexei Melnikov presented a chamber program at the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky Performed for Royal Families of Two Countries
On November 10, during a state visit to Norway, the King and Queen of the Netherlands hosted a "return reception" for members of the Norwegian Royal House. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima organized a concert at the Munchmuseet in Oslo to thank the Norwegian royals for their hospitality. The musicians' performance was attended by King Harald V and Queen Sonja.

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky performed pieces by Schubert, Handel, Shostakovich, and Brahms together with Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh and pianist Magda Amara. Pauline Sachse, a violist from Germany, also took part in the concert.

Photo: RVD

Georgy Tchaidze Embarks on a Tour of South Africa
Georgy Tchaidze makes concert appearances in South Africa to perform Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto.

Tour dates are as follows:
28.10 — Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg
Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Daniel Boico

4.11 — Playhouse Theatre, Durban
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Daniel Boico

Ekaterina Mechetina premiered her #AttractionOfMusic International Festival
For the first time, on May 21 - 23, in Nizhnekamsk there was held Ekaterina Mechetina's International Festival called #AttractionOfMusic. This event was dedicated to the 55th anniversary of Nizhnekamsk and organized by the "Cultural Weekend in Nizhnekamsk" brand. Among with the wast program of the festival, it also became a place to discuss the development of creative industries in Russia. We congratulate Ekaterina on such a huge step!

«Attraction of Music» with its important message to culture, demonstration of work of various formats and attracting attention of children, young people and the most diverse segments of the public is a significant event for Russian and world culture» - Guzel Abulkhanova for «Tatar-inform».
Nikita Boriso-Glebsky recorded a previously unreleased concert of Eugène Ysaÿe
On January 24th as a part of A Tribute to Ysaÿe project record label Fuga Libera released a box set dedicated to the Belgian violinist and composer's oeuvre. The release included a previously unreleased violin concert of Eugène Ysaÿe which Nikita Boriso-Glebsky recorded with Liege philharmonic orchestra (under the baton of Jean-Jacques Kantorow) in May 2019.

"Ysaÿe has always been one of my favorite composers. As a great violinist he knew the instrument wonderfully and felt its capacity enough to expand it even more, coming up with new technical effects," commented Nikita on the recording of the violin concert to The Violin Channel. "This is a charming music of a young but very gifted musician who later would become one of the most well-known and important figures not only in Belgium, but also the rest of the musical world"

In February's edition of Diapason Magazine A Tribute to Ysaÿe was granted the Diapason d'Or award. The jury includes producers of France Musique radio station as well as classical music critics. Jean-Michel Molkhou noted that new releases are "respect that's paid by the elite, best musicians of today and tomorrow."
Three countries, four cities, eight concerts: Anastasia Kobekina's European tour has come to an end
From January 30 till February 9 Anastasia Kobekina and Konzerthaus Berlin orchestra conducted by Dmitry Kitaenko performed a number of concerts in European cities.

The tour started with the concerts in Berlin (January 30 and 31, February 1) during which the musicians performed Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky together. Also the program included suites from Romeo and Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev and Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky.

"Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello with orchestra radiate shamelessly cheerful virtuosity. The lead Anastasia Kobekina plays with magnificent elegance and effortless bold lines," said Der Tagesspiegel.

On February 5 at the Salzburger Festspiele the musicians performed the same program. On February 6 and 7 Anastasia performed Cello Concerto No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns on the same stage.

The tour ended in the Netherlands with concerts in Rotterdam (February 8) and Eindhoven (February 9) where Anastasia performed Variations on a Rococo Theme by Tchaikovsky.

A flute solo: Ekaterina Kornishina performed with Vladimir Spivakov and Moscow Virtuosi
On January 29 Ekaterina participated in the first performance of Vladimir Spivakov and State Chamber Orchestra Moscow Virtuosi on the stage of Zaryadye Concert Hall. She performed solo in Suite No. 2 in C minor for flute with orchestraby Johann Sebastian Bach.

Ekaterina Kornishina and Moscow Virtuosi opened their February 13 concert at the Grand Hall of Krasnoyarsk krai Philharmony with the same composition. The performance was a part of a four-day festival organized by Vladimir Spivakov and Moscow Virtuosi orchestra in Krasnoyarsk krai. That night Ekaterina played the instrument that she got as a gift from Maestro Spivakov.