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TSCHAIKOWSKI ST. PETERSBURG STATE ORCHESTRA UNDER ROMAN LEONTIEV WITH PIANIST ALEXANDRE PIROJENKO
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THE TSCHAIKOWSKI ST. PETERSBURG STATE ORCHESTRA
Roman Leontiev, conductor
Alexandre Pirojenko, piano
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 3, 2011 – Since its founding shortly after World War II, this grand orchestra has developed a diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque through 20th century music, and its moving performances often include compositions by such great composers as Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Stravinsky and Poulenc, as well as the great Russian composers: Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Under the baton of its music director and chief conductor, Roman Leontiev, The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra brings an outstanding evening of music to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 8 p.m. on its inaugural transcontinental tour of the United States. 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.
This spectacular program includes Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé”: Suite No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” for Orchestra, Op. 35. Prize-winning pianist Alexandre Pirojenko is also joined by the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major.
Since its founding more than 60 years ago, The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra has gone through numerous transformations, including name and leadership changes, but it has remained committed to developing a robust and diverse repertoire and growing its audience in Russia and abroad. In addition, in the last several decades, the ensemble has cultivated relationships with numerous distinguished Russian and European conductors and soloists, and has worked with Montserrat Caballé, Sviatoslav Richter, Elena Obrastsova, Yevgeni Nesterenko, Yuri Egorov and Viktor Tretyakov, among others.
Regarded as one of the most preeminent Russian conductors of his generation, Roman Leontiev completed his studies at the Glinka Conservatory of Music and St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music. While still a student, he was awarded the USSR State Medal of Excellence in Conducting for his leadership of the Moscow International Festival Orchestra, as well as a conducting award at the 3rd annual Russian National Folk Music Festival. Upon graduation, Leontiev conducted several leading Russian orchestras, including the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and USSR State Symphony. In 1997, Leontiev was engaged to conduct the Symphonica Toscanini for his Italian debut, which led to engagements with the Budapest Radio and Television Orchestra and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. Subsequent invitations have included conducting the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg.
“Sensitive, original and brilliant,” raved The Washington Post after Alexandre Pirojenko’s Washington, D.C. debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pirojenko has been awarded first prize at numerous prestigious piano competitions across the globe, including the XXV Ettore Pozzoli International Competition in Italy, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, XVI Ibiza International Competition in Spain and the Paula Cussi International Piano Competition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, among others. He has taught piano at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory since 2006, and has given master classes in the United States, Ukraine and Italy.
PLEASE NOTE: The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra will also appear at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. The program features Wagner’s Overture from the opera “Der fliegende Hollander” (The Flying Dutchman) and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100. Pirojenko is also joined by the orchestra for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Please visit www.hyltoncenter.org for more information.
Tickets for THE TSCHAIKOWSKI ST. PETERSBURG STATE ORCHESTRA are $25, $42, $50. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.
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