The Artistic Director of the Symphonic Choir is Andrei Petrenko, Honorable Artist of the Russian Federation. The choir started its life in 2008 to promote cantata and oratorio compositions, which it initially performed in cooperation with the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra; however, very soon it started giving its own a cappella performances. The choir worked with such famous conductors as Dmitri Kitayenko, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Dmitry Liss, Evgeny Brazhnik, Alexander Vedernikov, Enkhe. It gave performances at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Hall of Church Councils at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, at other philharmonic concert venues in Russia.
Andrei Petrenko is an Honored Artist of Russia (2008). He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory where he majored in choral, symphonic and opera conducting. He started his musical career in 1981 at the Leningrad Theater of Musical Comedy, where he worked as a producer and conductor; then he was invited to work as the artistic director of the Smolny Cathedral Choir; he was a guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Congress Orchestra. From 1989 to 2000 he taught choral and symphonic conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Sufism is a religious philosophy of Islam and mystical movement mirroring the attempts to find the truth of divine love. Some see it as the inward dimension of Islam. Others argue that the Sufi philosophy came into being prior to the religion. Some researchers point out that Sufi ideas can be found in other religious denominations. Other researchers tend to see the direct connection between Sufism and Islam, as the former is seen as “knowledge aimed at renewal of the heart and devoting it to God”. Sufis create communities – orders – existing around the leader, and come together for prayers.
The Arditti Quartet was founded by Irvine Arditti in 1974. It gained recognition by performing interpretations of compositions written in the 20th century. Several hundred quartets and other chamber music compositions were written specially for the Arditti Quartet, which was entrusted with premiere performances of their works by such renowned composers as Cage, Stockhausen, Ferneyhough, Hosokawa, Lachenmann, Kagel, Sciarrino, Ligeti, Gubaidulina, and many others.
Anton Batagov was born in Moscow in 1965, graduated from the Moscow Conservatory. He received a special award at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1986) and a number of other awards. Continue reading “Anton Batagov” »
Pavel Baransky graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine, where he studied vocal under Professor Nikolai Kondratyuk. He is a prize-winner of many international competitions, a finalist of the Operalia, Plácido Domingo’s international singing competition, and the BBC Competition in Cardiff. He had his further training at the International Studio of the Zurich Opera.
People’s Artist of the USSR
Honorary Academician of the London Academy of Arts
Officer of Fine Arts and Literature
Pyotr Glavatskikh was born in Ekaterinburg in 1979. He finished the Specialized Music School at the Ural Conservatory (L. Kumische class), the Academic Music College at the Moscow Conservatory (A. Kurashov class) and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Professor V. Snegirev class). He finished the post-graduate course, studying the marimba at the Stuttgart Academy for Music and Performing Arts. He is a first-prize winner and awardee of many international marimba and percussion instrument competitions.
Lucas Debargue was born in French Department Oise in 1990. He started his first piano classes at the age of 11 at school in Compiègne. Having completed his general education, he stopped studying music and entered the Literature Faculty at the University of Paris; however, some time later he started taking private piano lessons.