A Union of Cultures MPO Moscow Tour
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will give four concerts in Moscow as part of the MPO MOSCOW TOUR – A Union of Cultures project. The upcoming tour is organized by the European Foundation for Support of Culture, together with the MPO, in partnership with the Association for Support of Cultural and Commercial Initiatives (APKI), under the auspices of the President of Malta. On 21 November, famous Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja will perform on the stage of the Zaryadye Hall, conducted by Constantine Orbelian, Honoured Artist of Russia.
The Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music will host the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on 23 November, together with violinist Ray Chen, one of the most prominent young musicians of our time, winner of The Queen Elizabeth Competition (2009), who performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan at the age of eight. The Malta orchestra will be conducted by maestro Sergey Smbatyan, Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Armenian State Symphonic Orchestra, who has recently been appointed Principal Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Sergey Smbatyan, will be performing in the Stravinsky Big Hall of Helikon-Opera on 25 November, together with pianist Alessandro Taverna, winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition (2009).
The Grand Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire will host a concert by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 November. Legendary Israeli violinist, viola player, conductor and teacher Shlomo Mintz will be performing. The orchestra will be conducted by Sergey Smbatyan.
The concert programme of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, visiting the Russian capital for the second time in 2019, includes works by Russian, European and Maltese composers: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorak, Alexey Shor, Christopher Muscat, Nicolas Isouard, and Charles Camilleri.
Zaryadye Concert Hall
Zaryadye is a multifunctional concert venue, with two halls and an organ. It is situated below ground – the building is built into one of the artificial hills erected by Russian architectors and builders. Above ground is the entrance area and a rounded roof made of glass and metal structures – The Glass Canopy, the world’s largest translucent structure without enclosing walls. The structure makes it possible to retain heat under the roof even in the winter.
Stravinsky Hall, Helicon-Opera
Helikon-Opera is located on the territory of the oldest Moscow estate. It’s history began in 1730s, when knyaz Vasily Nikitich Repnin built a two-storeyed mansion in the Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street. The thick stone walls stood out the 1812 Fire of Moscow and are now a part of the existing building. The facade and interior décor of the main building date back to mid-1880s and late 1940s. Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, 19 is a well-known address for the Muscovites. A quarter of a century ago the Musical Theatre Helikon-Opera directed by Dmitry Bertman was born there.
Svetlanov Hall, Moscow International House of Music
The Moscow International House of Music was officially opened on September 28, 2003 with the debut of a new orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia under musical director Vladimir Spivakov. Also known as the Moscow International House of Music (Dom Muzyki), it is situated on the Kosmodamianskaya Embankment off the Garden Ring Road.
Great Hall, Moscow State Conservatory
The Moscow State Conservatory, named after the famous composer Piotr Tchaikovsky, and frequently referred to as the “Tchaikovsky Conservatory”, was founded on September 1, 1866, by Nikolay Rubinstein (1835-1881), a brilliant pianist, conductor and musical “propagator”. At present, the Moscow Conservatory is one of the finest and most famous schools of music in the world. This said, as opposed to being one school of music, the Conservatory is, in reality, an entire complex of institutions, consisting not only of the Conservatory itself, but also of different Conservatory-affiliated schools.