Inauguration Concert - Morozov Exhibition
For the opening of the season, on the 20 and 21 September, the Fondation hosts two exceptional concerts and invites the Mariinsky Orchestra of Saint-Petersbourg, under the direction of Valery Gergiev, for the inauguration of the exhibition « The Morozov Collection. Icons of Modern Art ».
For the second opening concert of the exhibition, Valery Gergiev invites two young artists : Daniel Lozakovich and Alexandre Kantorow. Prodigiously precocious vilolinist, the swedish Daniel Lozakovich signed with the Deutsch Grammophon label when he was only 15 years old. By his side, Alexandre Kantorow, the first French pianist to win the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition. They will both perform alongside the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Daniel Lozakovich, violin
Alexandre Kantorow, piano
The second programme juxtaposes two composers who first appear to have nothing in common: Tchaikovsky, the Russian romantic, and Debussy, the grandfather of modern French music. However, the two knew and admired each other thanks to the intermediary of Nadezhda von Meck, who was a patron to them both. From the diaphanous iridescence of Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune and the masterly arabesques of Concerto for violin to the formal originality of Concerto for piano no 2, this is a brilliant musical tribute to the extensive Franco-Russian cultural history.
This concert will be broadcast live on Radio Classique, live and on replay on medici.tv, Mezzo and the website of the Fondation.
For his residence at Radio France, Alexandre Kantorow will perform six concerts solo or with an orchestra, from 30 September 2021.
- Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
- Concerto pour piano n°2 op. 44
- Claude Debussy
- Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
- Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski
- Concerto pour violon op. 35
Orchestre du théâtre Mariinsky de Saint-Pétersbourg
The Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest musical ensembles in Russia. It can trace its history back to the early 18th century and the development of the Court Instrumental Chapel. In the 19th century, an extremely important role in the emergence of the Mariinsky Orchestra was played by Eduard Nápravník, who directed it for over half a century.
The excellence of the orchestra was recognised on numerous occasions by the world-class musicians who conducted it, among them Berlioz, Wagner, von Bülow, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Nikisch and Rachmaninoff. In Soviet times, the ensemble’s illustrious traditions were continued by conductors such as Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov and Yuri Temirkanov.
The orchestra has had the honour of being the first to perform many operas and ballets by Tchaikovsky, operas by Glinka, Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov and ballets by Shostakovich, Khachaturian and Asafiev.
Since 1988, the orchestra has been directed by Valery Gergiev, a musician of the highest order and an outstanding figure in the music world. Maestro Gergiev’s arrival at the helm ushered in a new era of rapid expansion of the orchestra’s repertoire, which today includes every symphony by Beethoven, Mahler, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Requiems by Mozart, Berlioz, Verdi, Brahms and Tishchenko and various works by composers such as Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Henze, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina, Kancheli and Karetnikov. The orchestra performs programmes of symphony music at prestigious concert venues throughout the world.
The art of Valery Gergiev is in great demand throughout the world. The maestro is a vivid representative of the St Petersburg conducting school and a former pupil of the legendary Professor Ilya Musin. While still a student at the Leningrad Conservatoire, Gergiev won the Herbert von Karajan Competition in Berlin and the All-Union Conducting Competition in Moscow, following which he was invited to join the Kirov Theatre (now the Mariinsky) as an assistant to the principal conductor. His debut as a conductor at the theatre came on 12 January 1978 with Sergei Prokofiev's opera War and Peace. In 1988 Valery Gergiev was appointed Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 he became its Artistic and General Director (leading the orchestra and opera and ballet companies).
With the arrival of Valery Gergiev at the helm, it became a tradition to hold major thematic festivals marking various anniversaries of composers. In 1989 there was a festival marking one hundred and fifty years of Modest Musorgsky, in 1990 there was one commemorating one hundred and fifty years of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, in 1991 there was another marking one hundred years of Sergei Prokofiev and in 1994 there was another marking one hundred and fifty years of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. These festivals saw performances not only of well-known scores but also of rarely performed pieces or works that had never been staged before at all. The tradition of anniversary festivals has continued in the 21st century with a celebration of one hundred years of Dmitry Shostakovich in 2006, another marking one hundred and seventy-five years of Pyotr Tchaikovsky in 2015 and a third marking one hundred and twenty-five years of Sergei Prokofiev in 2016.
The Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev has scaled new heights, assimilating not just opera and ballet scores, but also an expansive symphony music repertoire – every symphony by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Sibelius, Prokofiev and Shostakovich and works by Berlioz, Bruckner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Ustvolskaya, Shchedrin, Kancheli and other composers. Under the direction of Valery Gergiev the Mariinsky Theatre has become a major theatre and concert complex, without par anywhere in the world.
Valery Gergiev's international activities are no less intensive and active. Having made debuts in 1992 at the Bayerishe Staatsoper (Musorgsky's Boris Godunov), in 1993 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin) and in 1994 at the Metropolitan Opera (Verdi's Otello with Plácido Domingo in the title role), the maestro successfully continues to collaborate with the world's great opera houses. He works with the World Orchestra for Peace (which he has directed since 1997 following the death of the ensemble's founder Sir Georg Solti), the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Paris, Vienna, New York and Los Angeles, the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Boston and San Francisco, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and many other ensembles.
Valery Gergiev is the founder and director of prestigious international festivals including the Stars of the White Nights (since 1993), the Moscow Easter Festival (since 2002), the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, the Mikkeli Festival and the 360 Degreesfestival in Munich. Since 2011 he has directed the organisational committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Valery Gergiev focuses much of his attention on working with young musicians. One of his initiatives saw the revival of the All-Russian Choral Society; this includes the Children's Chorus of Russia, which has appeared at the Mariinsky-II, the Bolshoi Theatre and at the closing ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since 2013 the maestro has directed the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and regularly appears with the youth orchestras of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Verbier Festival and the Pacific Ocean Music Festival in Sapporo. Since 2015 the Mariinsky Theatre has run the Mariinsky NEXT annual festival, which features children's and youth orchestras of St Petersburg.
Gergiev’s artistic achievements have brought him numerous titles and awards. These include the title of People’s Artist of Russia (1996), three State Prizes of Russia (1993, 1998 and 2015), the Order of Alexander Nevsky (2016), government awards from Germany (Cross of the First Class “For Services”), Italy (Grand’ufficiale dell’Ordine al merito), France (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), the Netherlands (Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion), Japan (Order of the Rising Sun), the honorary title of UNESCO Artist of the World, the Swedish Royal Academy of Music’s Polar Music Prize and Europe’s Glashütte Original Music Festival Prize in 2010 for his support of talented young musicians. That same year, Gergiev was elected Dean of the Faculty of Arts of the St Petersburg State University. He also joined the Council for Culture and the Arts of the Russian President and headed the organisational committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. In November 2011 France’s respected Classica magazine named him “Artist of the Year”. In 2012 he was awarded the titles of Honorary Doctor of the Moscow State University and Honorary Professor of the St Petersburg Conservatoire, while one year before that the maestro became Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival. On 1 May 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded maestro Gergiev the first title of Hero of Labour of Russia.
Daniel Lozakovich was born in Stockholm in 2001 and began playing the violin when he was almost seven. He made his solo debut two years later with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow. Since the first performance Daniel has a major influence by Vladimir Spivakov and playes Daniel collaborates with some of the world’s eminent conductors, including Ádám Fischer, Semyon Bychkov, Neeme Järvi, Esa Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Robin Ticciati, Marc Albrecht, Klaus Mäkelä, Vasily Petrenko, Tugan Sokhiev, Giancarlo Guerrero, Nathalie Stutzman, Leonard Slatkin and Lorenzo Viotti.
Daniel has a close collaboration with Valery Gergiev, with whom he maintains a strong artistic partnership since their first collaboration during the New Year’s concert 2015 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Returning to the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the closing concert of the XV Moscow Easter Festival and later at the Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, at the Festival de Saint-Denis, also the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen, the Rotterdam Gergiev Festival and at the Septembre Musical Montreux Festival with Prokofiev concerto No 2. Daniel opened the Münchner Philharmoniker festival, MPHIL 360°, alongside Valery Gergiev and the Münchner Philharmoniker with Mozart’s Concerto No. 5 and has since been reinvited with a series of performances in the 2019/20 season, in Munich and in Amsterdam, with the Beethoven Concerto.
He signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in June 2016, soon after his 15th birthday. The deal made him the youngest member of DG’s family of artists. It also reinforced his status as a one-in-a-million virtuoso blessed with an entrancing range of expression and musicianship. Lozakovich’s first recording for Deutsche Grammophon, with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks, was released in June 2018 and featured Bach’s two concerti for violin and orchestra (BWV 1041 and 1042), and the Partita No. 2 in D minor (BWV 1004) for solo violin. The outstanding success of this debut album was marked in the music charts, the album reaching number 1 on the French Amazon overall charts and number 1 in the classical album charts in Germany.
“None but the Lonely Heart”, Lozakovich’s second album for the Yellow Label, was released in October 2019. Dedicated to the music of Tchaikovsky, it includes the Violin Concerto, recorded live with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov, the Méditation for violin and orchestra and arrangements of two vocal works, Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin and the song from which the album takes its name: the Romance, Op.6 No.6, “None but the lonely heart”.
Lozakovich performs with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and many more.
Recent highlights include New York debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival with Louis Langrée, as well as tours to Japan and Asia with Valery Gergiev and a Japan tour with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt under the baton of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
A remarkable 2019/20 season sees Lozakovich return to the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their subscription series with Andris Nelsons, the Orchestre National de France with Neeme Järvi, debuting with the Cleveland Orchestra with Klaus Mäkelä, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Yuri Temirkanov, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London with Vasily Petrenko, a tour with the Orchestre de Paris with Christoph Eschenbach and an invitation by Esa-Pekka Salonen to the subscription series of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
A highly-regarded recitalist, he has made appearances at Les Grandes Voix – Les Grands Solistes in Salle Gaveau, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall Geneva, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Gaveau, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and Mariinsky Theatre.
A regular at international music festivals, including the Verbier Festival, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Sommets musicaux de Gstaad, Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, Baltic Sea Festival, White Nights Festival, Festival de Pâques – Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Colmar Festival, Festival de Saint-Denis and many more.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Ivry Gitlis, Sergei Babayan, Martin Fröst, Renaud Capuçon, Alexander Romanovsky, Maxim Vengerov, Shlomo Mintz and Denis Matsuev.
Awarded many prizes including 1st prize at the 2016 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition and “The Young Artist of the Year 2017” award at the Festival of the Nations, “Premio Batuta” in Mexico, and the “Excelentia Award” under the honorary presidency of Queen Sofia of Spain.
Lozakovich studies at the Karlsruhe University of Music with Professor Josef Rissin since 2012, and from 2015 has been mentored by Eduard Wulfson in Geneva. Daniel had also studied with Mikhail Kazinik, Natalja Beshulya and Gerhard Schulz.
Daniel Lozakovich plays the “ex-Baron Rothschild” Stradivari on generous loan on behalf of the owner by Reuning & Son, Boston, and Eduard Wulfson, and plays the Stradivarius “Le Reynier” (1727), generously loaned by LVMH.
At 22 years old, Alexandre Kantorow is the first French pianist to win the gold medal at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the Grand Prix. After his win, Valery Gergiev has asked him to accompany him and the Mariinsky Orchestra for a series of concerts in Europe.
Whether it’s a concert or a disc, the critics are giving Alexandre Kantorow (born 1997) glowing reviews. Hailed by the press as the “young tsar” of the French piano, he started performing very early. At 16, he was invited to play for “les folles journées” in Nantes and Warsaw with the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since then he has played with many orchestras, such as Kansai Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Geneva Orchestra, Bern Orchestra, Toulouse National Orchestra etc.
Alexandre has played at major concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Philharmonie de Paris, BOZAR in Brussels and also at the most prestigious festivals including la Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins, Heidelberg etc.
BIS label has offered Alexandre a “carte blanche” for his choice in repertoire, and among his projects with them, all the Liszt concerti and all the Saint Saens concerti. His recordings are acclaimed by the critic and his recital CD “A la russe” was awarded CHOC CLASSICA for the year 2017.
In 2019, he was awarded “musical revelation of the year” by the French performing arts press federation.
Alexandre is a laureate of the Safran Foundation and gets help from pianos Yamaha at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris where he has studied in Rena Shereshevskaya’s class.