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Great Russian Masters

 



“Virtuoso” is the very first word that comes to mind when thinking about Russian music. From this nation of monumental beauty and majesty has flowed music that has dazzled the world for centuries.
As the PyeongChang Music Festival celebrates “Russian Masters” for its 2017 summer edition, audiences will be reminded of the haunting melodies of some of classical music’s favorite composers. And even while these melodies stay in the hearts of listeners, the breathtaking virtuosity demanded of the performers by favorite composers
will hold an equal part of the listener’s experience. Names from the pantheon of music immortals, such as Rachmaninoff, Heifetz, Horowitz, Milstein, Oistrakh, Piatigorsky, Rostropovich, Richter and Rubinstein come from Russia and are forever identified among the most astonishing artists to ever play the solo instruments beloved by music lovers over the last century.

But the uniquely Russian capacity to create beautiful melodies has always been the central part of the Russian music experience, music rising from the folk and church traditions, sometimes influenced by Europe and
its traditions but often tinged by the vastness of Russia itself. Artistic Directors Myung-Wha and Kyung-Wha Chung have gathered musicians from the music capitals of the world to present a mix of Russian classics as well as music from other traditions that will provide a series of concerts that can easily be called memorable.

One spectacular event will be the Korea premiere of Prokofiev’s opera, “The Love for Three Oranges,” in a concert version by the world-renowned Mariinsky Opera of St. Petersburg. In addition, there will be a special additional concert by the Mariinsky soloists, entirely devoted to Russian favorites.
The Festival will also present Russia’s senior chamber ensemble, the Borodin String Quartet, who will present authoritative performances of both string quartets and piano quintets. Favorite artist are scheduled to return like violinist Boris Brovtsyn, pianists Kevin Kenner and Norman Krieger, cellists Lluís Claret and Jian Wang and soprano Elizabeth de Trejo –– with new faces like pianist Stephen Kovacevich, violist Gareth Lubbe and cellist Lawrence Lesser making their Festival debuts.
Our associate artistic director, pianist Yeol Eum Son, leads a premiere group of young musicians including violinists Clara-Jumi Kang, Mayu Kishima and Zia Shin; cellists Seung Min Kang and Doo-Min Kim and pianists Da Sol Kim and Tae-Hyung Kim.

There will be three newly commissioned works by a Korean, American and French composers respectively.
Thus, once again, what will be guaranteed are performances filled with virtuosity and melody to inspire every listener by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Borodin, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff and
some of the greatest composers who ever lived. Whether singing or playing, in choral or chamber or
orchestral settings, the 2017 PyeongChang Music Festival will be an event long– remembered by audiences for reviving old favorites and introducing new vistas of that vast country that produced the Russian Masters.

Myung-Wha Chung & Kyung-Wha Chung, Artistic Directors