Musical Olympus Festival back on the stage of Carnegie Hall (New York)

On 9 April 2014, the annual concert and presentation of the Musical Olympus Festival will take place at Carnegie Hall. Eigt years in a row young talented musicians, participants of the Musical Olympus Festival and winners of prestigious international competitions, perform on this legendary stage.

This year the sophisticated New York audience will see on stage Mark Bushkov(Belgium, violin), Grand Prix winner of the Montreal International Musical Competition (Canada, 2012); Remi Geniet (France, piano), winner of the Queen Elizabeth Competition (Belgium, 2013); Igor Eliseev (Russia, double bass), winner of the Koussevitzky International Double Bass Competition (Russia, 2011); Nathalie Mittelbach(Switzerland, mezzosoprano), first prize, the Ernst Haefliger International Singing Competition (Switzerland, 2012), and Vassilena Serafimova (Bulgaria, percussion), winner of the TROMP International Percussion Competition (Netherlands, 2010).

Irina Nikitina, President of the Musical Olympus Foundation: “The marvelous concert in New York is traditionally supported by the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”. The participants of the Musical Olympus Foundation are welcome on many stages of the world, but one of our favourite concert venues is of cource Carnegie Hall. Performing here is always a special occasion and a great milestone for our musicians on their way towards the musical Olympus.”

On April, 9 the audience at Carnegie Hall will hear the works by G.Bottesini, М.Bruch, J.Brahms, J.Haydn, S.Rachmaninov, G.Bizet, М.Ravel, I.Xenakis, and D.Cheung.

Concerts of the Musical Olympus Festival at Carnegie Hall are organized with the support of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”. Annual concerts in New York help achieve one of the global objectives of the Musical Olympus Foundation: to establish and develop intercultural dialogue through music as a universal language.

Read more at the Carnegie Hall web-site.

The Musical Olympus Foundation was set up in St. Petersburg in 1995.

Major projects: 

—The Musical Olympus International Festival (held annually since 1996)

The Festival takes place in St Petersburg every year in May–June and invites for participation the winners of the largest recent international competitions. Over the years, the Musical Olympus Festival introduced to the audience more than 400 young artists from almost 40 countries.

Under the patronage of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, the Foundation annually organizes concerts and presentations of the Musical Olympus International Festival in New York (Carnegie Hall), Berlin (Berlin Philharmonic), and Zurich (Tonhalle).

—The International Charitable Ball (since 1999)

The Musical Olympus balls are annually held in the palaces of St Petersburg within the Musical Olympus International Festival and gather beau monde of art and culture, business and political circles, as well as interested public from Europe, America, and Asia. The main idea behind the balls is to recreate in modern Russia the centuries-old charity traditions and thoughtful attitude to world culture, as well as to develop mutually beneficial intercultural relations.

— Concert programme (since 2000)

The Foundation has organized performances of such famous musicians as Roberto Alagna, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Netrebko, András Schiff, and many others, as well as tours of Japan’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of France, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Many of the musicians mentioned above performed in Russia for the first time.

The Foundation also organizes concerts of young musicians, already well known and loved in the West, but still a revelation in Russia, for instance Roberto Fonseca, Lizz Wright, Buika, and Cheikh Lo.

Over the years of its work, the Foundation has won international public recognition. In 2013, Foundation’s project “Music as a universal language of mankind” was honored with an international Silver Archer Award in the “Culture” nomination for establishing intercultural dialogue through music, strengthening global partnership culture, supporting young musicians around the globe, and creating conditions conducive to their professional development. 

Read more at the Musical Olympus Foundation web-site.

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