The sun-kissed Mediterranean holiday hotspot of Antalya, right after bidding farewell to the glittering faces of the world of cinema who will flock to the city this month for the upcoming Antalya Festival, will host the world-renowned Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for two performances at its annual piano festival slated for mid-November.
The Moscow Virtuosi, under the baton of its revered founder and conductor Vladimir Spivakov, will perform the opening concert of the International Antalya Piano Festival, which will mark its eighth edition on Nov. 16-30, the festival's organizers announced this week. The orchestra will share the stage with acclaimed Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say at both performances on Oct. 16 and 17, which will also be part of a series of cultural events organized jointly by Turkey and Russia to mark the 2007 Year of Russian Culture in Turkey, the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts (AKSAV) said.
Spivakov, one of the most famous violinists of our day, founded the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in 1979 after his debut as conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. The debut was so successful that it prompted him to select this group of talented soloists from the highest positions in the greatest orchestras of the Soviet Union to create his own ensemble. The Moscow Virtuosi, since the ensemble was first formed, has toured in Europe, America and Asia, performing in countries such as Britain, France, Germany, US and Japan. Since 1989, the Moscow Virtuosi regularly attends Spain's Music Festival Marbella, Germany's Rheingau Musik Festival in Wiesbaden and the Scheslig Holstein Musik Festival, Luxembourg's Wiltz Festival and France's Festival Internationale de Colmar, where they also hold master classes. The ensemble has recorded more than 20 albums since 1989.
Zaman İstanbul Newspaper