Jubilee festival promises to be special

The 10th International Yuri Bashmet Festival will be held in Belarus from September 28th to October 9th. The programme for the opening day hasn’t yet been announced, nor have the names of the participants

The 10th International Yuri Bashmet Festival will be held in Belarus from September 28th to October 9th. The programme for the opening day hasn’t yet been announced, nor have the names of the participants.

However, the organisers did reveal that the closing concert will feature Julian Rachlin, one of the most exciting and respected violinists of our time. For the last 25 years, he has been captivating audiences around the world with his distinctively rich sound, superb musicianship and outstanding interpretations.


The festival always sees a full house. Photo BelTA

Julian Rachlin will play the 1704 ‘ex Liebig’ Stradivari violin. This fine example, made by Antonio Stradivari, is one of the most precious instruments in the world. Its history is also unusual: during the 1800s it belonged to an important violin collection owned by Herr Liebig of Vienna, and was subsequently owned by Bicentenario Stradivariano in Cremona. The exceptional professor and concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, played it for forty years. The instrument then travelled to New York and, finally, found its way to the famous violinist Julian Rachlin, who performs hundreds of concerts in the world’s best concert halls with it. Julian gained international acclaim at an early age, after his triumphal victory at the Eurovision contest in Amsterdam in 1988, winning the Young Musician of the Year award. He then became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In Minsk, he will play with the Symphony Orchestra both as a soloist and as a conductor.

The jubilee festival promises to be special. It will once again delight its audience with magnificent programmes, unusual projects and, of course, the great skill of a whole galaxy of musical stars, brought together in Minsk by the renowned Belarusian pianist Rostislav Krimer. This year, the organisers will showcase the festival’s achievements over the past ten years. The event has pioneered many large-scale projects such as ‘Classics and Jazz’, ‘Classics and Rock’ and ‘Classics and Poetry’. The Yuri Bashmet Festival is the yardstick for the quality and performance level of artists and composers. Many memorable world premieres have been performed here. Belarusian spectators will have an opportunity to visit world-class concerts, any of which could be hosted by the Berlin or New York Philharmonic orchestras.

By Veniamin Velikhov
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