"The Seasons" Moscow Chamber Orchestra Tour to Ryazan, Tambov and Voronezh Regions

04 May 2016

Between 23-28 April 2016, the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation organised the “The Seasons” Moscow Chamber Orchestra’s (MCO) tour to the Ryazan, Tambov and Voronezh regions as part of the “Class from a Maestro” project.

Charity concerts and master-classes were hosted In Ryazan, Tambov and Voronezh by famous performers who visited pupils of art and music schools, as well as students from colleges in the Ryazan, Tambov and Voronezh regions.

Nine young performers took part in concerts. They were pupils of music schools, art schools and colleges from Ryazan, Voronezh, Tambov and Lipetsk, who had been selected during master classes organised by the Foundation in February this year. The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation invited these young musicians to go on their first tour as members of a professional orchestra.

Vladislav Bulakhov, Meritorious Artist of Russia and the director and conductor of “The Seasons” MCO, noted that the young participants of the tour successfully passed the test. “The children we performed with were the most organised individuals and revealed themselves to the maximum on the stage,” he said.

“It is important to open the way for young musicians, giving them a chance to continue studying music. Our mission is to help children receive the maximum opportunities to try their hand performing with an orchestra, to understand how to work within an orchestra team”, said Vladislav Bulakhov, pointing out the importance of the experience.

The following master classes held during the tour were classes given by Meritorious Artist of Russia, Vladislav Bulakhov, Meritorious Artist of Russia and professor of Moscow Conservatory, Alexander Trostiansky (violin), the principal performer of the Moskoncert Philharmonic Association and winner of national and international competitions, Natalia Bogdanova (piano), and finally the principal performer of the “Gallery of Actual Music” ensemble, Edyta Fil (flute).

During the master classes, the best performers in the piano nomination were selected for participation in the 13th International Competition for Young Musicians as part of the federal target programme, “Culture of Russia (2012-18)”.

In addition, another selection process was held to allow more young musicians to participate in future tours of “The Seasons” MCO.

“This concert and the educational project is very important, because it brings together concerts of young performers and accomplished musicians. The experience is further consolidated through methodical work, open lessons and conversations with teachers. This is very valuable as an exchange of experience, and the creative workshops bring a lot of benefits to the children,” described the tour Natalia Bogdanova.

The Class from a Maestro cultural and educational project, which was the framework for organising the tour of “The Seasons” MCO, was launched in 2015. Its objectives are to support classical music education, to help young promising talents and to popularize musical art in Russia.

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