2021 September 8-19
Ludwig van Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”
Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
2021 September 8-19
Vadim Repin was born in Siberia in 1971 and won all categories of the Wienawski competition at the age of eleven. His debuts in Moscow and St. Petersburg followed immediately, and at the age of 14 he made his debut in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki and one year later at Carnegie Hall in New York. At 17 he was the youngest ever winner of the Reine Elisabeth Concours. Since then he has performed with the world’s most important orchestras and conductors and in all the major music centres.
Vadim Repin recorded the great Russian violin concertos by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky for Warner Classics. For Deutsche Grammophon he recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto and the Kreutzer Sonata with Martha Argerich with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti, and the Brahms Violin Concerto and Double Concerto (with Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly. DG’s trios of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang won the Echo Prize, and a CD of sonatas by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky won the BBC Music Award. In 2010 he was awarded the highest French distinction, the Victoire d’Honneur and the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres for his services to music. In Beijing he was appointed Honorary Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2014 and in 2015 the Shanghai Conservatory also awarded him this title.
In April 2014 he became founder and Artistic Director of the first Transsiberian Arts Festival in the magnificent new concert hall of Novosibirsk and performed world premieres of the violin concertos dedicated to him, “Voices of Violin” by Benjamin Yussupov, “De Profundis” by Lera Auerbach and in 2018 the violin concert “Dialogue: You and I” by Sofia Gubaidulina, also commissioned by and dedicated to him. The festival was enthusiastically received, taking place for the sixth time this year in October and November, involving venues in Russia, Japan, Israel, Vienna, the USA and France in addition to Novosibirsk and Siberian destinations, and also setting priorities for young musicians – music education plays an important role in Vadim Repin’s life. Last season he gave a series of master classes for young violinists at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and was a juror at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
On a European tour with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, he played the world première and numerous first performances of the double concerto “Shadow Walker” by Mark-Anthony Turnage, together with Daniel Hope. Other recent highlights are performances of the programme “Pas de Deux” together with the internationally renowned ballerina Svetlana Zakharova in Hong Kong, Muscat, Japan and Korea, concerts at the Enescu Festival Bucharest, in Verbier and at the Montreal Festival, with the RAI Torino Orchestra, performances of the new violin concerto by Sofia Gubaidulina in Vienna with the RSO under Andres Mustonen and in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, and most recently the première of Arvo Pärt’s revised version of “La Sindone” to which the composer, marking his 85 th year, added a solo violin part with Vadim Repin in mind.
Vadim Repin plays the 1733 ‘Rode’ violin by Antonio Stradivari.
Sergei Redkin was born in 1991 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. At the age of six he began studying piano at the Music Lyceum of Krasnoyarsk, in the class of Galina Boguslavskaya, also taking courses early on in improvisation and composition with Eduard Markaich.
In year 2004, after becoming a laureat of the International Gavrilin competition for young composers in Saint Petersburg, Sergei continued his education at the Special Music School of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, in the piano class of Olga Kurnavina. At that time Sergei won his first several prizes at competitions for young pianists, such as Rachmaninoff competition (Saint Petersburg, 2005, First prize) and Chopin competition (Estonia, 2006, Grand prix). Sergei also played his first solo recitals in Russia and abroad, getting engagements from Germany, Switzerland, Poland.
He continued his composition studies with Alexander Mnatsakanyan, one of the last pupils of Shostakovich. Among Redkin’s works you can find a string quartet, a trio for winds, a lot of music for piano solo. Suite for cello and piano won the First prize at the young composers’ competition in Saint Petersburg in 2007.
In 2008 Sergei was honored to receive the annual Maestro Temirkanov Award as one of the best students of Saint Petersburg Special Music School.
In 2009 Sergei entered the class of prof. Alexander Sandler at the Saint Petersburg state Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He also continued his composition studies there with prof. Mnatsakanyan.
During the year 2011 with the support of St Petersburg House of Music Sergei Redkin trained at the famous International Lake Como Piano Academy in Italy, working with such musicians as William Grant Nabore, Dmitry Bashkirov, Peter Frankl, Fou Ts’ong among others. He won the International Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in 2012, the Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg in 2013, and the bronze medal at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015.
Valery Gergiev subsequently engaged Sergei for performances with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Paris Philarmonic Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and Auditorio Nacional in Mexico, inviting him as well to take part in the “MPHIL 360” Festival in Munich Philharmonic Hall. He has performed recitals and chamber music concerts not only in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and various other Russian cities but also in Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Israel and Portugal.
Sergei graduated the Saint-Petersburg conservatory in 2015, and finished his postgraduation studies there in 2017. From 2017 he becomes an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium in the class of Louis Lortie.
In the 2017-18 season, he made his debuts with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonia Orchestra; went on tour with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra, performing in Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Bela Bartok Hall in Budapest, among others; he additionally performed at the Bruckner House in Linz, the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the Kissingen Sommer Festival, as well as in Basel and Brussels.
In the 2018-19 season, Sergei performed with Yuri Temirkanov and Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Victoria Hall in Geneva and at the Lucerne Summer Festival; in the Zaryadye Hall in Moscow with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev; went on his first tours in Japan and UK; he also played his first solo recitals at the Lucerne Piano Festival, Verbier Festival in Switzerland and Nohant Festival in France.
In 2018 Sergei Redkin was awarded the Annual Prize of the Ruhr Klavier Festival in Germany. He was nominated by the composer Philip Glass, conductor Dennis Russell Davies and pianist Maki Namekawa.
Canadian Juno award-winning cellist Amanda Forsyth is considered among her peers and critics alike to be one of the most dynamic cellists on the concert stage today. Describing a recent performance, California’s Ventura County Star raves: “In Forsyth’s hands, it was sheer magic.” She has achieved an international reputation as a premiere soloist and chamber musician and previously enthralled audiences as the principal cellist of both The Calgary Philharmonic and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestras. Her intense richness of tone, exceptional musicality and passion are reminiscent of cellists of a former age. She captivates audiences with every phrase.
Ms. Forsyth has been soloist on international tours with: The Royal Philharmonic; English Chamber Orchestra; Seoul Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. Among others, she has appeared abroad with: Orchestra Radio de France; Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra; Calgary Philharmonic; Toronto Symphony; National Arts Centre Orchestra; Vancouver Symphony; Luxembourg Philharmonic; Gyeonggi Philharmonic; Teatro San Carlo and Seoul Philharmonic. With multiple tours in Australia, she has performed with the Sydney, Perth and Adelaide Symphonies. In the U.S., she has performed with: The Chicago Symphony; Washington National Symphony; San Diego Symphony; Colorado Symphony; San Antonio Symphony; Madison Symphony; Oregon Symphony; New West Symphony; Grand Rapids Symphony and Dallas Symphony. She has appeared on tour and in St Petersburg numerous times with the Marinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut was conducted by Zubin Mehta and Ms. Forsyth made her Carnegie Hall debut with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.