The Russian-German Music Academy began as an initiative of young music students from Russia and Germany. The Academy is an open forum, the expression of civilian activism of young musicians and of understanding based on encounters and exchange. Since its founding, several chamber music projects have taken place in cooperation with major music festivals, for example the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Tchaikovsky Festival in Clin and Ekaterinburg, the Kassel Music Days, the Diaghilev Festival in Perm, at MPHIL 360 at Munich’s Gasteig, at the Kissingen Summer Festival and the festival Stars of the White Nights in St. Petersburg. In May 2015 the Orchestra of the Russian-German Music Academy was founded; it has given regular concerts under the baton of Valery Gergiev over the course of the past six years, with performances in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Berlin. The working location and centre of the Academy is the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Maestro Valery Gergiev, artistic director and chief conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, has been the artistic director of the Music Academy since its founding in 2013.
String Sextet in D-minor "Souvenir de Florence", Op. 70 (1890)
“Game over” for two string quartets and Piano (2016, German Premiere)
Concerto in C-minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35 (1933)
Russian music and Russian artists are a must for the festival Young Euro Classic! As an alternative for the Chelyabinsk Symphony Orchestra, which cannot travel to Berlin due to the pandemic, the Russian-German Music Academy offers a concert combining two beloved works of the Russian repertoire with a German premiere: a work by Aleksander Khubeev, who has won prizes at many international festivals. Since 2012 the Russian-German Music Academy has brought together young Russian and German musicians in selected projects conceived to foster exchange and understanding between the two countries. At their Young Euro Classic concert, they begin with the string sextet Souvenir de Florence, in which Tchaikovsky added a little bit of Italian seasoning to a dish with a profoundly Russian character. After that, two string quartets and a piano combine for Khubeev’s Game Over, before the brilliant finale features the tempestuous First Piano Concerto by the 27-year-old Shostakovich, in which a solo trumpet adds a grain of salt to the musical concoction.