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August 15, 2011
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Valery Gergiev, conductor

Daniil Trifonov, special guest soloist, piano

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 15, 2011 – One of Russia’s oldest and most respected musical organizations, the Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly known as the Kirov Orchestra) sets the standard to which others aspire, particularly in the performance of music by the Russian masters. Appearing under esteemed conductor Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The program for this performance includes Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Daniil Trifonov, who won the grand prize in piano at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in summer 2011. Gergiev was the chair of the 2011 Organizing Committee for the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, which has been held every four years since 1958 and includes piano, violin, cello and vocal disciplines. The orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

“The orchestra is a perfectly balanced, impeccably blended virtuoso instrument, and Gergiev plays it with masterly élan,” says the Los Angeles Times about this extraordinary ensemble that was founded more than 225 years ago during the reign of Peter the Great. Housed in St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the Mariinsky Orchestra entered its “golden age” during the second half of the 19th century under the direction of Eduard Napravnik, who served as its leader for more than 50 years. Throughout the years, the orchestra has been conducted by some of the finest artists in the world, including Hans von Bülow, Felix Mottl, Otto Klemperer, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. The orchestra was renamed the “Kirov” during the Soviet era, until it changed back to the Mariinsky in 1992. Since his appointment as artistic and general director in 1988, Gergiev’s leadership has helped foster relationships with some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, among them the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London and La Scala in Milan. In addition, under Gergiev, the new Mariinsky Concert Hall opened in 2006, followed by the launch of the Mariinsky record label in 2009, which earned five Grammy nominations for its first two recordings. 2012 will mark the opening of the Mariinsky III, a new theater that will be placed alongside the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, followed by the renovation of the original Mariinsky Theatre, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

In addition to his role with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev is the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the World Orchestra of Peace, as well as the founder and artistic director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizon Festival in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival and the Red Sea Festival in Israel. Gergiev is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Grammy Award, a Dmitri Shostakovich Award, a Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honor, among others. Although he is now recording for the Mariinsky and London Symphony Orchestra Live labels, Gergiev has recorded extensively for Decca (Universal Classics) and also appears on the Philips and Deutsch Grammophon labels.

“Scintillating technique and a virtuosic flair,” praised The New York Times about Daniil Trifonov, who won the grand prize, first prize and a gold medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, just weeks after being awarded first prize and a gold medal at the 13th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Trifonov completed his studies at Moscow’s Gnesin Academy of Music and also studied piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been invited to perform with some of the most renowned orchestras in the world and has made numerous appearances at prestigious venues across the globe, including his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2009.


Tickets for MARIINSKY ORCHESTRA are $30, $52, $60. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit


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Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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