The last month of the outgoing year on the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be rich in concert programs featuring guest artists from the United States, Russia, and Japan.
On December 4 at 19:00, the Russia-Japan Cultural Bridge concert will be given in the Great Hall. The soloists will be young musicians from the Land of the Rising Sun, international competition prize winners Mayuko Katsumura (violin), Kazuhiro Miyamura (oboe), and Yosuke Niino (piano). The audience will hear works of Russian composers (Tchaikovsky, Arensky, and Shostakovich), and, for the first time in the Far East, a composition by the Japanese composer Hiroshi Hoshina. Shizuo Kuwahara (Japan), principal guest conductor of the Primorsky Stage, will be at the orchestra’s podium.
On December 5 at 19:00, there will be a long-waited-for appearance of Sergey Babayan, US pianist of Armenian background, with the theatre’s orchestra. The musician will present seldom-preformed piano concertos No. 2 and No. 3 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The composer's symphonic overture Francesca da Rimini will also be performed. Conductor: Shizuo Kuwahara.
On December 15 at 18:00, under the baton of Pavel Smelkov, chief conductor of the Primorsky Stage, a program of compositions by foreign composers: Elgar, Bloch, Bruch, and Strauss will be performed. The night’s soloists are Olga Volkova (violin), winner at several international competitions, Alexei Maslov, premier violin of the Primorsky Stage orchestra, and Yuri Afonkin (viola) and Oleg Sendetsky (cello), Hon Artists of Russia, concert masters of the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The series of symphonic nights will be crowned by a concert featuring famous violinist Nikita Borisoglebsky, Hon. Artist of Russia, prize winner of the XIII Tchaikovsky international competition (December 18, 19:00). For the first time in Vladivostok, the musician will present his interpretation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The theatre’s symphony orchestra will also play the Second Symphony of Sergey Rachmaninoff and Valse-Fantaisie of Mikhail Glinka. Pavel Smelkov will be at the conductor’s desk.