Classical music gives us unforgettable moments

Yuri Bashmet Festival to present a striking creative feast for amateurs of classical music

By Tatiana Pimenova

Yuri Bashmet Festival to present a striking creative feast for amateurs of classical music
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko sent greetings to participants of 9th International Yuri Bashmet Festival.

music.png‘The Belarusian people are by right proud of their ancient and rich music legacy and national creative schools. Among our compatriots are many renowned composers and performers who have gained international recognition for their talent’ the message of greetings reads.

According to the President, the fact that the forum named after maestro Yuri Bashmet is permanently held in Belarus is another testimony to the huge authority of Belarus in the music world.

“Every year, the festival enriches its glorious traditions by fulfilling an important mission to preserve genuine culture and to support gifted youth. This time, the festival’s programme which includes performances of outstanding masters and budding stars from various countries will present a wonderful creative feast for the amateurs of classical music,” noted the Head of State. “I’m convinced that this year’s festival will become a period of unforgettable discoveries and interesting meetings for its participants and guests, while helping strengthen friendship and co-operation between nations.”

Famous violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet will present in Minsk the premieres of works, dedicated to him. People’s Artiste of USSR and Russia will perform on the Belarusian State Philharmonic stage on October 7th.

Mr. Bashmet will present together with his famous Moscow Soloists ensemble. The Belarusian audience will first listen to Tan Dun’s Eternal Vow (4 proposals from the Crouching Tiger concert) for the viola, synthesizer and string instruments.

Another big premiere will take place in the second part of the concert. Igor Raykhelson (Russia-USA) devoted Senza Volta, written by him for violin, viola and cello with the orchestra, to Yuri Bashmet. Belarusian violinist Andrey Poskrobko, Yuri Bashmet (viola) and Alexey Naidenov (cello) will be performing the Senza Volta.

The programme will also feature the music by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert.

The solemn opening of the 9th International Yuri Bashmet Festival in Minsk took place in the State Philharmonic’s main hall, and the forum will last until October 7th.

International Yuri Bashmet Festival, first held in 2006, is organised under the patronage of the Belarusian President and aims to unite creative forces of Belarus, Russia and other countries. The festival brings together outstanding artists of our time. Thanks to the event young talented musicians have the opportunity to perform together with world famous artists on one stage. The author of the idea of the Yuri Bashmet Festival is the Belarusian pianist, winner of international competitions and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London Rostislav Krimer, who is also Artistic Director of the forum. People’s Artist of Russia, winner of the state prizes of the USSR and Russia Yuri Bashmet is the honorary co-chairman of the festival’s organising committee.
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