WINDOW TO SWITZERLAND
IV Moscow International Festival of Chamber Music
7-12 April 2015
IV International Chamber Music Festival “Window to Switzerland”
The IV Moscow International festival of chamber music “Window to Switzerland” will take place April 7-12, 2015. The following well-known Swiss and Russian ensembles and performers will participate:
-an outstanding Swiss oboist, composer and conductor Heinz Holliger;
-Professor at the Freiburg Conservatory and at the Basel Conservatory, flutist Felix Renggli;
-winner of international jazz festivals and competitions, ensemble conducted by the saxophonist and composer Albyn Brun (folk-jazz and yodel) and the singer Isa Wiss (Switzerland);
-russian ensemble “Telemann Consort Moscow” conducted by Valery Proshutinsky with the soloist Svetlana Sumacheva (soprano);
-winner of the international competitions Rustam Komachkov, violoncello (Russia);
-famous interpreter of modern music Mikhail Dubov, piano, harpsichord (Russia)
-the unique string FX-Quartet (Russia) performing music in various genres and styles.
Traditionally concerts will take place in the best halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg: the museum of Musical culture of M. I. Glinka (Moscow), the Moscow Central music school at the Moscow Сonservatory, the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg philharmonic society, the State academic chapel of St. Petersburg, etc.
As part of the festival, master classes, symposia, and creative meetings will be held. The festival will be held with the assistance of the Swiss Embassy in Russia, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the major Swiss companies working in Russia.
The main reason for holding the festival is so that Russians can get acquainted with contemporary, classical, early and folk music of Switzerland, which is still unfortunately not well known in Russia.
In 2014 Russia and Switzerland celebrated the 200 anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. During this year a lot of political, economical, scientifical and cultural events have been held. The III festival “Window to Switzerland” became an important part of “The seasons of the Swiss culture in Russia” which was provided by the Joint statement of Ministers of Culture of the two countries signed in April, 2013.
In 2015 the festival will continue to make Russian listeners acquainted with the unique musical culture of Switzerland of the past and the present-day.
Artistic Director, producer of the Festival – Valery Proshutinsky
The executive director of the festival – Irina Skiner-Chetverikova