THE PAGANINI NIGHT
Famous compositions of Niccolo Paganini
Capricen, La Campanella, I Palpiti, Perpetuum mobile, Tarantella, Carnival of Venice
With the Paganini Award winner
Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg
Artistic Director and conductor: JURI GILBO
Mr. Berlinsky arrived on the International scene as the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. This victory led to his performance on Nicolo Paganini's own Guarneri del Gesú instrument, a privilege shared by only a handful of artists in history. Subsequent triumphs at the Montreal International Violin Competition (Grand Prize), the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, led to appearances with major orchestras in Europe, Russia, the Far East, North and South America.
Mr. Berlinsky has performed in such major venues as Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Munich Herkulessaal, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Bonn Beethoven Hall, Le Place des Arts in Montreal, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires among others.
Since coming to the United States in 1990 as the winner of the renowned Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Berlinsky has performed hundreds of concerts and given recitals in more than forty states throughout the USA. He has also performed in Australia, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Uruguay, Colombia and Peru.
His extensive performance schedule has taken him to the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Settimane Musicale in Stresa, Italy, Bratislava Festival, as well as appearances at the Ambassador Foundation in Pasadena, the Fiddle Fest at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y.
This season he performs with Russian National Orchestra at the Arts Square Festival in St. Petersburg, Prague Radio Symphony at the Budapest Spring Festival, Orchestra de Chambre Français in New York, Russian Chamber Philharmonic on European Tour, Directs and performs with “International Chambers Soloists” at the Fontana Arts Festival and San Francisco Conservatory. He gives recital in US, Korea, Italy, Mexico, and Russia.
Recent highlights include performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Montreal Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Quebec, Utah, Virginia, Kalamazoo, Miami, San Antonio, and West Virginia Symphonies, Seoul Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz, Weimar Staatskapelle, Berlin Staatskapelle, Gent Opera Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana, UNAM Symphony in Mexico City, I Musici de Montreal in Canada and the United States, South American tour with the Prague Chamber Orchestra,as well as appearances at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and festivals in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Costa Rica.
Born in Petersburg into a family of musicians, Mr. Berlinsky began studying the violin with his father. At a very early age he appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Moscow Philharmonic. His most important teacher in Russia was Mikhail Bezverkhny. He studied at the Music School for Gifted Children with Lev Ivaschenko, Boris Sergeev and Boris Gutnikov. Later he attended the Moscow Conservatory where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees studying under Victor Tretiakov, Evgeniya Chugaeva and Naum Latinsky. After graduation he was invited to work with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School.
Mr. Berlinsky's Pavane CD recital “Live at Waterloo” recorded in Belgium and his latest recording “Souvenir D’un Lieu Cher” on Helicon Records have won critical acclaim.
His playing was featured in Emmy‐Award documentary “Life on Jupiter” and “New York Canvas.”
Dmitri has been Artist Teacher and Professor at the College of Music at the Michigan State University. His students have won important international competitions such as the Tchaikovsky, Menuhin, Tibor Varga and William Byrd, and have assumed positions in orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In high demand as a teacher Mr. Berlinsky has taught and given Master Classes in Europe, Asia, Canada and in US at the Chautaqua Festival, Summit Music Festival in New York, International Academy of Music in Italy, Music in the Mountains Colorado, Schlern Festival, Instrumenta Verano in Mexico, University of South California in Los Angeles, Temple University in Philadelphia, Roosevelt University in Chicago, Western Michigan University, Weber University in Utah.
Mr. Berlinsky is the founder of the chamber orchestra “International Chamber Soloists.” They perform regularly and recently performed in Mexico, and also participated in the Costa Rica International Festival with the opening concert at the National Theatre in San Jose.
Mr. Berlinsky has been recipient of many awards including SONY, Juilliard, YCA and Bagby Foundation. For several years he played on famous “Yusupov” Stradivarius—the same instrument David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan played.
Throughout his career Mr. Berlinsky was fortunate to play exceptional violins by Stradivarius, Guarnery del Gesu, J.B. Guadagnini from Moscow Conservatory, Herbert Axelrod and Colburn Collections.
He is thankful to Rene Morel and Adam Crane for taking amazing care of his instruments. Presently he owns 1759 Carlos Ferdinand Landolfi violin with the generous help from Helene and Jerome Dreskin Fondation.
He was probably the first superstar in music history:
The violinist and composer Nicolo Paganini, born in Genoa in 1782, is still admired as one of the greatest virtuosos of all time.
A genius, non-conformist, eccentric, unruly and a vagabond, he left an irrefutable mark on the history of instrumental music.Taught the violin by his father as a child and tutored by the best teachers, Paganini was considered a prodigy. The ferocity with which he played , coupled with his elongated fingers and extraordinary flexibility, gave him a mysterious, almost mythical reputation. Franz Schubert, who experienced Paganini in Vienna in 1828, wrote that he had “heard an angel sing” in a concert Adagio Paganini".
His inexplicable genius could only be understood by even more inexplicable facts and until today Paganini demonic and witchcraft is said.By 1801, Niccolò Paganini, who was used to touring with his father by this time, went to Lucca to perform at the Festival of Santa Croce. His appearance was a rousing success, endearing himself to the town.
But he had a weakness for gambling, womanizing and alcohol, reportedly having a breakdown early in his career due to the latter. Post recovery he returned to Lucca, earning the favor of Napoleon's sister, Princess Elisa Baciocchi, and securing the position of court violinist.
He eventually grew restless and returned to the life of a virtuoso, touring Europe, amassing wealth by enchanting audiences with the ferocity or sensitivity of his playing—audiences were said to have burst into tears at his execution of tender passages.
One patron was purportedly so moved by a performance that he gave Paganini a coveted Guarnerius violin. Another vowed he had seen he had seen the devil helping Paganini with a particularly impassioned performance.
Paganini's reputation began to take on mythic proportions—he was often mobbed in the streets. His pure talent, showmanship and dedication to his craft was further augmented by possibly two physical syndromes: Marfan's and Ehlers-Danlos—one giving him particularly long limbs, especially fingers, the other giving him extraordinary flexibility. These certainly would have factored into his exceptional virtuosity, earning him nicknames such as "the Devil's Violinist" and "Rubber Man." But he also perpetuated the mythology with stunts like severing strings on a violin and playing a piece such as the Witches Dance on a sole string.
In 1827, Paganini was made a knight of the Golden Spur by Pope Leo XII.
Paganini's well-known compositions include:
24 Caprices for violin, which he never played himself, but produced solely for the "artisti" for study purposes - the Bible of modern violin playing.
12 sonatas for violin and guitar as well as various quatets for the small frame
Opus 6 to Opus 13 are works that Paganini composed for his own performances.
Paganini composed many other works, which brought him great fame and some which were published much later.
Including the famous Concerti 3-6 for violin and orchestra.
Plagued with illness later in life, Niccolò Paganini lost his voice in 1838. He moved to Nice, France, to recover, but died there on May 27, 1840.
The Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg was founded in 1990 by graduates of the renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory and is one of the country's most significant musical ambassadors.
To critical acclaim worldwide, the orchestra reflects the talent and famous standards of its homeland's musical education. The Russian trademarks of utmost expression, virtuosity and the famous Russian string sound have led to the orchestra's exceptional standards as one of the most sought-after chamber orchestras of Europe.
The orchestra regularly collaborates with world class artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Mischa Maisky, Vadim Repin, Edita Gruberova, Ute Lemper, Nikolai Tokarev, Martin Stadtfeld, Sergei Nakariakov, Gabor Boldoczki and Lilya Zilberstein.
Frequent concerts tours throughout Europe by the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St Petersburg have taken place to great acclaim from both critics and audiences alike. Tours have brought them to major European centres and renowned concert halls including: Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Real Madrid, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Bayreuth Opera House and Theatre de Luxembourg as well as to many well-known international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Istanbul Music Festival and Al Bustan Festival Beirut.
The orchestra remains in demand for its studio productions, having received the "Editor's Choice" award from Gramophone Magazine for their SONY production.
"One of the St Petersburger's strengths lies in its delicate Pianissimo, barely audible yet crystal clear. This immensely moving tone apparatus reacts with the sensitivity of a Seismograph."
"The music sounded as if played from within - the performance was communicated as if from the soul."
A frequent guest with orchestras around the globe, Juri GILBO is one of Russia’s foremost and distinguished conductors on the international scene.
He has been music director and principal conductor of the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg since 1998 and is credited with building this orchestra to the high standard it enjoys today.
Born in St. Petersburg, his studies took him to the well-known St. Petersburg State Conservatory and subsequently to the University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. He studied viola with the celebrated German violist Tabea Zimmermann and conducting with Luigi Sagrestano.
Gilbo made his conducting debut in 1997. Since then, his concerts have taken him to the USA, Europe, Latin America, Japan, China, Korea, Lebanon, Turkey and the UAE.
Juri Gilbo also regularly collaborates with renowned world class soloists. Standing ovations have celebrated him and his orchestra in sold-out halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Salzburg Festival House, the Munich Philharmonic Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Koningin Elisabeth Zaal Antwerp, Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Bayreuth Opera House and el Teatro National de Costa Rica.
"Juri Gilbo is undoubtedly a discovery and perhaps even the best, that the renowned St. Petersburger School has brought to the world in the last years! The concert was an unforgettable experience of pure music!"
"Juri Gilbo's trademark is an almost inaudible breathtaking pianissimo. Thus the stronger and louder is the well deserved thunderous standing ovation."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Finally there is a charismatic personality in front of the orchestra! Juri Gilbo captivates not only the public, but also the orchestra from the first tone and doesn't let up until the last moment! An evening of enormous artistry!"
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