At the core of the International Tatarstan Youth Orchestra is the National Youth Orchestra of Tatarstan, which was founded in 2012 at the joint initiative of the cultural department of the City of Kazan and the chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Tatarstan, Alexander Sladkovsky. Its 88 members are between eight and 16 years old and are recruited from the 18 music schools in Kazan. In 2013 the youth orchestra celebrated its debut at the Rachmaninov Festival “White Lilac”; in 2014 it first performed at the Great Hall of the Kazan Concert House. That same year, the Tatar musicians won the first prize at the Mozart Competition in Prague; in 2015 they were also successful at the Orchestra Festival in Montecatini Terme in Tuscany. During its concert in Berlin, the International Tatarstan Youth Orchestra will be reinforced by several young German musicians, especially in the woodwind and brass sections. In preparation, it will hold a working period of several days in May 2019 with a final concert in Kazan.
The German actor Devid Striesow completed his training at Ernst Busch School of Acting in Berlin in 1999. After engagements and numerous performances at the theatres in Düsseldorf and Hamburg, which included an acclaimed performance in the role of Hamlet, the magazine Theater heute elected him Young Artist of the Year in 2004; shortly thereafter, he also won the Alfred Kerr Acting Prize. His television and cinema productions also won awards, e.g. the Prize of the German Film Critics for his role in the movie Bungalow and the German Film Prize. Moviegoers and television audiences know him from Ich bind ann mal weg (2015) and as the main detective in the Saarbrücken instalments of the ARD’s Tatort (2013-2018). He currently plays one of the leading roles in the ZDF’s mystery series Schwartz & Schwartz.
The conductor Mikhail Mosenkov, born in Yaroslavl in 1986, completed his piano studies at the Mussorgsky Academy in Tver and then studied conducting at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. Mosenkov has been invited as a guest conductor by many renowned Russian orchestras, for example in St. Petersburg, Ulyanovsk, Yaroslavl and Krasnoyarsk. Since 2014 Mosenkov has been one of the guest conductors of the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra and of the Tatarstan National Youth Orchestra, with which he has already performed in Prague, Paris, Dresden and Berlin. He has also been invited to the international festival “Artissimo –Tchaikovsky Non-Stop” in Jurmala (Latvia) and to the Concordia Festival, which Tatarstan holds in honour of its most famous composer, Sofia Gubaidulina.
The Russian pianist Alexandra Dovgan received her first piano lessons at the age of five. Today, the 11-year-old is a student at the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Her career has been marked by many awards: she won first prizes at the international internet competition “Villahermosa” (Mexico 2014), the All-Russian Music Talents Internet Competition (Moscow 2015), the International Television Competition “Nutcracker” (Moscow 2017) and the Grand Piano Competition for Young Pianists (Moscow 2018), among others. Alexandra Dovgan was also selected to perform at a gala concert at the Catherine Palace as part of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg in 2018. She first appeared in Berlin’s Philharmonie this past winter, when she performed for the opening of the series “Russian Season in Germany 2019”.
Symphony No. 25 in G Minor KV 183 (1773)
Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor BWV 1052 (1738)
Ballet Music for "Shurale" (1941, excerpts)
"Carmen Suite" after Georges Bizet for String Orchestra and Percussion Instruments (1967)
7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Dieter Rexroth at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission for ticket holders at 6:45 pm
Even in the 20th year of Young Euro Classic, there are still youth orchestras making their festival debut. This year, these include the International Tatarstan Youth Orchestra, which travels to Berlin from far-away Kazan on the outskirts of the Ural Mountains. The programme presented by the Russian musicians has two parts: before the interval, the Tatars want to prove that they too maintain the Central European musical tradition – by performing the early G-minor Symphony by Mozart and Bach’s Piano Concerto in D-minor. Here, the soloist Alexandra Dovgan gives reason for curiosity: the 11-year-old opened the “Russian Seasons 2019” at Berlin’s Philharmonie this winter. After the interval, the programme promises further fireworks: first there is ballet music by the Tatar composer Farid Yarullin, and then the famous Carmen Suite which the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin composed in 1967 for his wife, the prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, inspired by Bizet’s opera Carmen. Given that the score calls for 47 different percussion instruments, space on the Konzerthaus stage might get tight!