This orchestra has highly ambitious goals: in 2018 the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra was founded with the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Presidential Scholarship Fund, and during its first year alone, the young orchestra gave 40 concerts throughout the country, from St. Petersburg to Omsk, Perm and Irkutsk. It has also participated in the festival “Stars of the White Nights” at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, in the Rachmaninov Days and a gala celebrating the opening of the 7th International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg. The RNYSO is organized as a music academy which includes intense tuition and additional master courses; the musicians, all of whom are below 30 years of age, are selected through auditions in almost 30 Russian cities. Apart from the intense orchestral training the orchestra provides, its special focus is on reaching young audiences. To this end, it gives concerts at the country’s universities, but also organizes projects in which both outstanding young conductors and winners of the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition are introduced to a broad audience.
The Russian conductor Valentin Uryupin began his musical career as a highly successful clarinettist, winning the ARD Music Competition in Munich, among other coveted awards. Born in Ukraine in 1985, he received conducting lessons from Gennady Rozhdestvensky during his time at the Moscow Conservatory. From 2011 onwards he worked closely with Teodor Currentzis at his orchestra MusicAeterna in Perm. In 2017 Uryupin won the First Prize at the Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt; ever since, he has conducted many renowned Russian orchestras, but also in Helsinki, Dublin, Athens, Madrid, Tokyo and Singapore. During the 2018/19 season the conductor made his debut with the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin and was also invited as a guest conductor at the opera houses in Stuttgart and Frankfurt. At the moment, Valentin Uryupin is chief conductor of the Rostov Symphony Orchestra; he continues to perform as a clarinettist – occasionally doubling as soloist and conductor.
Sergei Dogadin, now 31, began playing the violin when he was six, making his debut with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic at the age of only 14. In the meantime, he has made an international name for himself by winning numerous international competitions, including the Joseph Joachim Competition in Hanover in 2015 and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2019. Dogadin has performed with all the major Russian orchestras under conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Termirkanov and Vasily Petrenko. Further invitations this season have taken him to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. A passionate chamber musician, the violinist regularly performs with musicians such as Daniil Trifonov, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Denis Matsuev, David Geringas and Elisabeth Leonskaja. He plays a violin built by Domenico Montagnana in 1721, on loan to him by the Rin Collection in Singapore.
Overture to “Ruslan and Lyudmila” (1842)
Violin Concerto in D-major Op. 35 (1878)
Symphonic Dances Op. 45 (1940)
7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Daniela Becker at the Werner-Otto-Saal
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Russian sounds rife with Russian passion: it is hard to imagine a concert with a more deeply Russian flavour than the performance of the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, which makes its debut at Young Euro Classic at Berlin’s Konzerthaus. The orchestra was only founded in 2018 at the initiative of the Moscow Ministry of Culture, aiming to introduce the best young talents of the Russian conservatories with the high art of perfect orchestral playing. Given such an agglomeration of talent, the programme is appropriately demanding, starting with the brilliant overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka, which might be called the Russian national opera. The second part is taken up by Sergei Rachmaninov’s last work, the Symphonic Dances in which he takes a nostalgic look at his own life in a late romantic style. In the middle, there is room for Tchaikovsky’s breath-taking Violin Concerto – surely played in a brilliant fashion by Sergey Dogadin, winner of the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.