Benjamin Yusupov, Israel Maxim Rysanov, UK

Main program
5 June 2016Sunday
Opera and Ballet Theatre
Voronezh Youth Symphony Orchestra
Artistic director and chief conductor - Yuri Androsov

I branch:
Benjamin Yusupov – Viola Tango Rock Concerto
soloist – Maxim Rysanov, conductor – Benjamin Yusupov
II branch:
Benjamin Yusupov – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (first performance in Russia!)
soloist – Benjamin Yusupov, conductor– Maxim Rysanov

Supported by the Embassy of Israel in Russia

It is for the first time that Platonov Arts Festival invites not only soloists, but also a composer to its music programme. The author will present his own works.  One of the world’s most sought after composers Benjamin Yusupov will play his Piano Concerto-Intimo for the first time in Russia. The festival audience will also hear the performance of the famous Viola-Tango-Rock Concerto, which was written ten years ago for Maxim Vengerov. In Voronezh, however, the composition will be played by one of the world’s best young violists Maxim Rysanov.

Benjamin Yusupov isa Russian-Israeli composer, pianistandconductor.

His extensive catalogue, which is published exclusively by Sikorski Music Publishers (Hamburg), has been performed extensively by a wide range of renowned artists and orchestra across the globe including the London Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Iceland Symphony Orchestra.  He collaborates with such outstanding artists as Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Alexander Kniazev, Maxim Rysanov, Sergei Nakariakov and others.

Benjamin Yusupov has conducted orchestras at venues of the former USSR, Europe and America, such as Berlin Philharmonie Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Prinzregententheater Munich,  Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall (London) and KKL Luzern.

Among his honors are the Association Prize of the USSR Composers Union, the Israeli Prime Minister Prize, the Landau Award for the Performing Arts and many other accolades.

Piano Concerto-Intimo was composed in 2005 in the tradition of romanticism. Its world premiere took place in 2007, when the author performed the concerto with Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, conducted by Golo Berg. Since then, the concerto has been performed only several times, and not even once in Russia.

In 2005, Yusupov’s Viola Tango Rock Concerto - written specially for the violinist Maxim Vengerov – enjoyed a triumphant world premiere in Hannover. During the performance Vengerov plays the viola, improvises rock on an electric violin and  dances tango with his Brazilian partner Christiane Palha. According to Vengerov, Yusupov’s concerto is “the greatest concerto ever written for the viola”. In Voronezh, the composition will be performed by Maxim Rysanov.  

Maxim Rysanov, who will be conducting in the second part of the concert, studied viola and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His previous conducting engagements include the Basel Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Camerata, Kiev Soloists, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra CHAARTS, Southbank Sinfonia, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra and many others.

In the current 2015-2016 season, Maxim Rysanov is making his conducting debut with the Spanish Radio Orchestra (Madrid), La Verdi Orchestra (Milan), Scottish Ensemble, London Mozart Players and the Danubia Orchestra as well as returning to conduct the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and Riga Sinfonietta.