Mariinsky Theater Orchestra of Saint Petersburg and Valery Gergiev
R. Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
E. Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
P. I. Čajkovski: Symphony 4°4
The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest in Russia. It was founded in 1783, during the reign of the Catharine the Great and was named from its beginnings until the Russian Revolution the Russian Imperial Opera Orchestra. In 1935, it was renamed by Stalin into the Kirov Orchestra (and Ballet), and in 1992, finally regained its old name – Mariinsky. In 1978 the orchestra was joined by the then young and talented conductor Valery Gergiev, who became artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1996. With his arrival the theatre substantially extended its opera repertoire, whereas the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, led by the charismatic Gergiev, began to perform many other great concert works as well, such as Mahler’s and Beethoven’s Symphonies, Mozart’s Requiem and Symphonies, also including into its repertoire the works of contemporary composers. In 2008, the world music critics ranked the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra among the twenty best orchestras in the world. Dmitry Mayboroda, who was born in Moscow, in 1993, has already won the International Competition for Young Pianists in St Petersburg at the age of eleven. In 2006, he won the third prize at the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. He also gained special attention at the Festival in Ravinia with his excellent interpretation of the series of compositions by Sergei Rachmaninov.