Yuri Temirkanov Chief Conductor

St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra


2016. 30. May 19: 00
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

2016. 2. Jun. 19: 00
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60

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Yuri Temirkanov, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
"Speaking about today's performers: if Abbado is class, Barenboim charisma, Haitink individuality, so Temirkanov is a genius with unpredictability and a gorgeousness," a memorable Italian review stated after a recent tour, confirming again that the artistic director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov is part of a pleiad of today's great conductors. One of the more recent examples of his recognition was an invitation to the 2009 Nobel Prize ceremony to conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The year before, Temirkanov became the only Russian maestro who was awarded the Abbiati Prize twice. After, the Maestro was appointed the music director of the Parma Royal Theatre (Teatro Regio di Parma, Italy) until his contract expires in 2013 with the Verdi Bicentennial Festival.
The conductor has collaborated with world-famous orchestras for many years. As early as 1978 he began work with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1992 became its chief conductor. From 1992-1997 he also acted as principal guest conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1998 he moved from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. For six seasons from 2000-2006 Temirkanov was the chief conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

But the main focus of his activity has been St. Petersburg where he began his professional career and where he became the artistic director and chief conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 1988. One of the key events was his victory at the 2nd National Contest of Conductors in 1966. Thereafter, Temirkanov a graduate student at the Conductor Faculty of the Leningrad Conservatory (class of Professor Ilya Musin) had overnight joined the number of the most in-demand conductors of his generation. Together with Kirill Kondrashin and David Oistrakh he went on tour abroad and was invited by orchestras from the United States, France and Germany. At the beginning of 1967 Temirkanov performed in the Philharmonic Hall and it was after this performance that Evgeny Mravinsky offered him the position of assistant conductor. From 1968 the maestro was head of the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Philharmonia. He enlarged the orchestra’s repertoire and often went on tour to Europe, Japan and the United States.

Temirkanov’s name is connected with the revival of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre. In 1976 Temirkanov became its artistic director and chief conductor. Here he created classic productions of "Eugene Onegin" and "Queen of Spades" by Tchaikovsky as well as the modern "War and Peace" by Prokofiev, the recent "Peter I" by Petrov and "Dead Souls" by Shchedrin. At this time the Kirov started actively performing abroad. The theatre went on tour to the United States, Japan and many countries in Europe including England for the first time in history. Temirkanov began organizing symphony concerts by the theatre orchestra both in Russia and abroad.

"How could Temirkanov create a miracle every time he conducts - a puzzle A genius, beyond the magnificent sound welling out from any orchestra he leads, but especially when he is with his residents of St. Petersburg," wrote Il Sole 24 Ore, Milan, March 2010. Indeed, according to the Maestro, the first priority job is here, with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Being its artistic director and chief conductor since 1988, the Maestro regularly performs in St. Petersburg and abroad. In 2005 under the baton of Temirkanov, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic orchestra became the first Russian orchestra to perform at the season opening concert in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. Last year the conductor led orchestra concerts in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Hungary and Croatia. The continents of the 2010-2011 engagements include Europe, Asia, and North America (the United States).

Temirkanov’s activities have been recognized with numerous awards and titles. Yuri Temirkanov holds the title "People’s Artist of the USSR," and he has received several State awards and orders including the Order of Merit of the 2nd grade, the President of Russia award and the Abbiati award (twice), the St. Petersburg Government Award and the "Order of Merit for the Country" of the 1st degree. The Maestro is the honorable academician of the St. Cecilia Academy and honorable doctor of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. In 2009 Yuri Temirkanov became an honorary freeman of St. Petersburg.Despite all the intensity of the concert schedule, his life is not limited just to the theatre scene. For the preservation and nurturing of St. Petersburg spiritual and cultural inheritance Temirkanov created the International Foundation of Cultural Initiatives. In 1998 the conductor established his award for young talented musicians, granted on a yearly basis to students of the music school of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. The center of St. Petersburg artistic life became the "Arts Square" Winter Festival, given annually under the director of the Maestro. The Eleventh Festival will take place under the aegis "The Year of France in Russia and the Year of Russia in France." Maestro Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra will present pieces by Ravel, Mussorgsky and Stravinsky.
Akiko Suwanai, violin
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia's oldest symphonic ensemble, was founded in 1882- when on the Order of Alexander III, the Court musical choir was established, the prototype of today’s ?Honoured Collective of the Russian Federation?. In 2007, the orchestra - celebrated its 125th anniversary. The Musicians' Choir was founded to perform in the ?royal presence? at receptions and official ceremonies and at the balls, plays and concerts at the Royal Court. The pinnacle of this type of activity was the participation of the choir in 1896 in the pageantry of coronation of Nicholas II. In 1897 the Court Choir became the Court Orchestra and its musicians were transferred from the military department and given the same rights as other actors of royal theatres. In the early 20th century the orchestra was entitled to perform at commercial concerts for the general public. The series of concerts ?Orchestral collections of musical news? saw the first Russian performances of Richard Strauss’ symphonic poems ?Ein Heldenleben? and ?Also sprach Zarathustra?, Mahler’s First Symphony, Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony and Skriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy. The concerts included performances by one author, series of concerts by subscription, ?historical series? accompanied by a lecture or an introductory address. Among the conductors were world-renowned musicians: Richard Strauss, Arthur Nikisch, Alexander Glazunov and Serge Koussevitsky.

In 1917 the Orchestra became the State Orchestra and in accordance with the Decree of 1921 it was incorporated into the newly founded Petrograd Philharmonic, the first of its kind in the country. Shortly after, unprecedented tours began with a whole pleiad of western conductors. Their names enjoy unquestioned authority in today’s musical world: Otto Klemperer (the conductor also conducted subscription concerts), Bruno Walter, and Felix Weingartner. As soloists, Vladimir Horowitz and Sergey Prokofiev (with his piano concertos) performed with the orchestra. On the initiative of the foreign conductors, the orchestra began to play the modern repertoire ? Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Hindemith, Honegger and Poulenc. There is also heard the music of domestic composers. Back in 1918, directed by the composer, the orchestra performed for the first time the Classical Symphony of Prokofiev. And in 1926 Shostakovich debuted his First Symphony in the Grand Hall of Philharmonia (conducted by Nikolay Malko).

In 1988 on the initiative of the orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov became its principal conductor. Recently one Austrian critic eloquently indicated the result of the more than twenty-year collaboration: ”Temirkanov is a sorcerer on the podium, with a minimal gesture he reaches the maximum... Soft, homogeneous sound of strings is phenomenal as well as all the visual power of the orchestra, which, according to the last rating of Gramophone, is one of the the top twenty orchestras of the world. First class performing”. During recent years the group added a few more glorious pages to its history: a season opening in Carnegie Hall, a large-scale tour in Russia with the final concert on the Second Festival of the World's Symphony Orchestras in Moscow, the Russian première of the Polish Requiem by Penderecki under baton of the composer, premières of symphonies by Slonimsky and Tishchenko, performances of the most major works by Beethoven (9th Symphony), Verdi (Requiem), Orff (Carmina Burana) and Honegger (“Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher” (“Joan of Arc at the Stake”)).

Last season a new symphony by Segerstam (world première) and the Fifth Symphony by Grechaninov (Russian première) took place; the orchestra gave three concerts both in Paris’ Théatre des Champs-Elysées and in Vienna’s Musikverein; it opened the First International Rostropovich Week in Moscow and was the guest of Enescu Festival in Rumania and MiTo in Italy.

This season was opened by concerts in Annecy (France) on Crescendo Festival which was dedicated as well as the forthcoming Eleventh International Winter Festival “Arts Square” to the Year of Russia in France and the Year of France in Russia. The group will also go on tour in France (twice), Asia and USA. Highlights of the season will be: the Russian première of “Il canto sospeso” by Nono, written after fascism prisoner's dying notes and the Seventh Symphony by Schubert (Petersburg première within the bounds of the new monographic cycle). For the first time in our city the orchestra will present “The Snowman” ballet music and Violin concert by Korngold, “The Childhood of Christ” Christmas Oratorio by Berlioz and “A Mass of Life” by Delius. Also performed will be the Turangalila-Symphonie by Messiaen, excerpts from “The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian” mystery play and Russian première of “The Third and the Last Covenant” by Obukhov.


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