Odessa Classics, the large-scale festival of classical music starts June 1st!

The international festival ODESSA CLASSICS will be held in Odessa from the 1st to the 10th of June, 2018.

One of the largeest-scale star-studded festivals will be here in less than 100 days! This year at the ODESSA CLASSICS world-famous musicians of the modern classical stage will perform again. 

For the first time in Ukraine the famous Berlin Chamber Orchestra will arrive, to perform three concerts. Also for the first time on the stage of the festival will be the headliners of the world violin scene: Maxim Vengerov and Robi Lakatosh, Austria's leading pianist Stefan Vladar, the famous Brazilian-Swiss cellist Antonio Menezes, Swiss clarinetist virtuoso Dmitry Ashkenazi. 

Fans of music will enjoy their performances by violinists Daniel Hope and Michael Guttman, as well as pianist Sebastian Knauer.

Also in the program IV of the festival ODESSA CLASSICS - exhibitions, literary, film-meetings and a grand open-air concert on the Potemkin Stairs.

ODESSA CLASSICS - and the first festival of classical music in Ukraine, which announced the program six months before the start of the project. The organizers follow the world practice of holding high-level music festivals so that guests from Ukraine and other countries can plan their trip to the festival in advance in June 2018.

Program of the IV International Festival ODESSA CLASSICS

June 1st: Opening of the festival at the Odessa Opera House.

Polina Osetinskaya, piano and Maxim Vengerov, violin.

The name of Maxim Vengerov was more than 20 years ago firmly entrenched in the TOP-5 of the world's best violinists. Vengerov is a 2-time Grammywinner, 5-time holder of the Edison Award, the BRIT Award, and twice he received a Gramaphone Award, twice the Echo Classic, World Economic Forum Award "for changing the world for the better." He is also the first musician in history, who became a UNICEF Peace Ambassador.

Polina Osetinskaya started playing the piano at the age of five. For her brilliant career, she performed at the Bolshoi and Maly Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, the Vienna Musikverein, the Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall, various venues in Warsaw, San Francisco and Brussels, and also participated in the festivals "December Evenings," "Crescendo," "Stars of White Nights," Mainly Mozart Festival and others. 

Their stage partners will be conductors Saulius Sondekis, Laurent Petiggirdard, Vasily Sinaisky, Andrei Boreiko, Gerd Albrecht, Jan Pascal Tortelier, Thomas Sanderling, Tugan Sohiev and Alexander Sladkovsky. Polina Osetinskaya, many years after her first concert in Odessa, again became a favorite of the Odessa audience triumphantly performing at the Odessa Classics Festival in 2016.

Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya perform together on the best stages of the world. This spring they will hear Milan, Rome, Bologna, Turin and London.  In the opening concert program on June 1, Brahms, Ravel, Saint-Saëns. 

June 2nd: Odessa Opera House.

Alexey Botvinov (piano) and Burkhan Ochal (percussion).

Two stars of the world music scene Burhan Ochal (Turkish cult percussionist of the East, performing in all genres - ethno, classics, pop, jazz, folk, etc.) and pianist Alexei Botvinov (Ukraine, known around the world for his interpretations of Rachmaninov and Bach and as President of the ODESSA festival CLASSICS) created in 2010 a unique project "Bah. Perezagruzka." 

The project presented a version of the fundamental masterpiece of the European civilization "Goldberg Variations" by Bach, which has no analogues in the modern musical process, accompanied by oriental rhythms based on ancient Sufi traditions. The project was performed more than 20 times, including in Istanbul, Paris, Zurich, Basel, Abu Dhabi and the Jazz Festival in Montreux. The musicians also please the Ukrainian audiences, six rousing concerts were held in Odessa, Kiev, Lviv, and the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky Fortress.

This project of Ochl and Botvinov is very important not only from the aesthetic, but also from the philosophical and social point of view. In a world experiencing such instability, the gap between the worlds of Christianity and Islam is expanding. The project "RESTART-2" at the highest level of understanding shows harmony in the combination of seemingly incompatible cultural layers. As a result of their interaction, a new cultural reality is born.

June 3rd: The Odessa Philharmonic.

Robi Lakatosh and ensemble.

For the Hungarian violinist Robi Lakatosh, the title of "King of the Gypsy Violin" was well earned. He is a representative of the famous dynasty of Roma musicians Lakatos, who are considered the best violinists of the world in the genre of popular music for more than 150 years. Robi Lakatosh himself is a recognized virtuoso, "the fastest violinist of the world" (Daily Telegraph). 

The "La Passion" program (Monti, Piazzolla, Lakatos, Kosma) will be performed by the genius of the violin accompanied by the ensemble, where each soloist is a world-class virtuoso. 

June 4th: The Odessa Philharmonic.

Stefan Vladar, pianoforte.

The leading pianist of Austria andone of the most sought after artists in Europe, is this longtime leader and chief conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In the 2015/16 season, the Vienna Concert Hall celebrated the artist's 50th birthday with a series of 13 concerts, where Vladar demonstrated his multifaceted talents as a soloist, conductor, accompanist and chamber partner. In the discography of Stefan Vladar are published more than 30 discs. The program of the masterpieces of the Vienna classics - Haydn, Beethoven ("Appassionata"), Schubert ("The Great Sonata").

June 5th: The Odessa Philharmonic.

Dmitry Ashkenazi (Switzerland), Alexei Botvinov and SWISS CHAMBER QUARTET.

The clarinetist virtuoso son of the legendary Vladimir Ashkenazi will perform with the ensemble of performers on wind instruments in the genre, which rarely sounds on the Ukrainian stage. In the program - masterpieces by Mozart, Stamitz, Iber, Poulenc.

June 6th: Odessa Opera House.

Violinist Daniel Hope (Great Britain) and the Berlin Chamber Orchestra.

Daniel Hope is in the Top-5 of the world's best violinists and is one of the most creative and versatile musicians of our time. A seven-fold winner of the Echo Classic Award, four-time Grammy nominee, laureate of the BRIT Award, holder of the European Culture Award-2015, one listen and you will known why his fame is widely known. At the festival this year he will present the project, which won the Echo Classic-2017 for the best project of the year, "Vivaldi Recomposed" - a new sensational version of Vivaldi's Seasons by the British composer Max Richter. The recording of this project by Deutsche Grammophon became the world's best seller.

June 7th: The Odessa Philharmonic.

Pianist Sebastian Knauer (Germany), Berlin Chamber Orchestra in the project "UBER-BACH".

Sebastian Knauer is a leading German pianist, four-time winner of the Echo Classic Award, including the "UBER-BACH" project, which extends the boundaries of the classics-2017, which represents a new look at Bach, from the Iranian-German composer Arash Safeyan, with Pascal Schumacher on Vibraphone.

June 8th: The Potemkin Stairs.

Be sure to come early for this sure to be packed Open-Air concert with video installations and a light show. The Berlin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michael Guttman, pianist Alexei Botvinov, and other soloists will perform Mozart's music and popular classics. Free admission.

June 9th: The Odessa Philharmonic.

This author's project of the memory of the genius Andrei Tarkovsky will be presented by the son of the great film director Andrei A. Tarkovsky (Italy). The musical part is the duet Gazzana (sisters Rafaella and Natasha Gazstsana, violin and piano, Italy). 

Dedication to Tarkovsky "Nostalgia for Eternity", a synthesis of music, cinema, poetry and memories of Tarkovsky. During the evening the music of Bach, Pärt, Messiaen and Valentin Silvestrov will be performed. The works of the last duet Gazzana recorded already on two discs of the famous label ECM. Dmitry Cherchenko - the word with video installations by Andrei A. Tarkovsky.

June 10th: Closing of the festival. The Odessa Philharmonic.

Antonio Menezes (Brazil-Switzerland, cello), Michael Guttman (Belgium, violin), Alexei Botvinov (Ukraine, pianoforte). The evening of music by Sergei Rachmaninov. Sonata for cello and piano and the Big Elegical Trio "In Memory of the Great Artist".

Antonio Menezes is one of the five best cellists in the world, plain and simple.

He won the ARD International Competition in Munich and received the First Prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition. A long-time participant of the legendary "BOS-ART TRIO" in its final composition, together with D. Hope and M. Pressler - the most famous trio in the history of classics over the past few decades. 

Alexey Botvinov is a pianist, People's Artist of Ukraine, initiator and President of the ODESSA CLASSICS festival, the star of world pianism, one of the best performers of Rachmaninov's music in Europe. 

Michael Guttman is a violinist and conductor, founder of the music festival in Pietrasanta, Italy.

As in past years, the audience and listeners of the ODESSA CLASSICS festival are waiting for a separate program "New Ukrainian Soundscapes - 2: Handmade". Curator Lyuba Morozova has prepared seven concerts of new Ukrainian and European music, tol be held in the late evenings after the main festival program. 

During the festival ODESSA CLASSICS, the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art will host a solo exhibition of Viktor Sidorenko.  In addition, round tables, discussions and master classes are planned within the framework of the musical holiday.


- Tickets for the festival are available now here.

The Odessa Guide
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