5–14 October 2018 Astana, Kazakhstan

Artists

Misha Katz

Misha Katz was born at Rostov on Don, in Russia. He started studying the cello in 1959 and in 1971 went to the Tchaikovsky Сonservatory in Moscow to study with Mstislav Rоstropovich, his master and teacher. In 1972 he studied conducting with his father, Leonid Katz, the outstanding Russian conductor and skilled and popular artist. In 1976 Misha Katz won the Grand Prix of the All the Russias Competition, a fitting reward for his outstanding virtuosity and talent. He obtained his doctorate at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 1979. In 1982 he studied conducting with the famous composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. After his arrival in France in 1985 he formed the “Shostakovich Trio”. The artist and his trio were invited to record by Sony Classical in 1994. He has been invited to take part in major international festivals, such as Monte Carlo, Bodensee, Palma de Majorca, Bregenz, Cervantino in Mexico City, Jerusalem, Santander, Harrogate, Sion, Cannes, Flanders, Luxembourg, Sansepolcro, Moravia and has been invited to play in the most prestigious concert halls in the world, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory Concert Hall, the Manoel Theatre in Malta, the Wigmore Hall in London, Ateneul Român in Bucharest, the Bolshoi Theater, Auditorium in Monte – Carlo, Herkulessal in Munich. In 1996 Misha Katz is appointed Permanent Conductor of the Belorussian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Minsk. In 1998 he is Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukrania.

Pavel Klinichev

Graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory as choirmaster (with Prof. Boris Tevlin) in 1998, and as symphony conductor in 2000 (with Prof. Mark Ermler) and continued his training as symphony conductor at the Moscow Conservatory post-graduate course. While still a fourth-year student, Pavel Klinichev joined the Bolshoi Young Artist Program. In 2001, after a symphony tour with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra in the United States, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre Gennady Rozhdestvensky offered Pavel Klinichev to become the staff conductor of the Theatre. Subsequently, more than forty works were performed at the Bolshoi Theatre, including the operas Prince Igor, The Snow Maiden, The Tsar's Bride, Nabucco, The Golden Cockerel, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, La Traviata, La Boheme, Tosca, Fiery Angel.

Kristjan Jarvi

From conductor to producer, composer, arranger. Kristjan Järvi embraces everything with an indomitable spirit of creative and innovative entrepreneurship. Kristjan Järvi has ‘earned a reputation as one of the canniest, and most innovative, programmers on the classical scene’ (Reuters). As a conductor, he directs the great classics from Wagner to Radiohead and is at home on the big international stages. Kristjan Järvi defies musical orthodoxy and pursues his pioneering ideas and concepts with four bands and orchestras: He is Music Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. Together with Gene Pritsker he co-founded the New York-based classical-hiphop- jazz group “Absolute Ensemble”. Järvi is founder-conductor and artistic director of the “Baltic Sea Philharmonic” and he is leader of the “Sunbeam Production” in-house band “Nordic Pulse”.

Boris Andrianov

Boris Andrianov is the Artistic Director of and the inspiration behind the new Star Generation project, which produces and manages concerts by talented young musicians in all cities and regions throughout Russia. For this project, in 2009 Boris Andrianov was awarded the Russian Federation Prize for Culture. In 2008 Moscow hosted the first-ever cello festival in Russia, VIVACELLO festival the Artistic Director of which is Boris Andrianov. Boris Andrianov was born in 1976 to a family of musicians. He graduated from the Moscow Gnessins’ School of Music, later studying at the Moscow State Conservatoire (class of Natalia Shakhovskaya) and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under the tutelage of David Geringas. In 1991 Boris Andrianov was allocated a grant by the New Names programme.

Nareh Arghamanyan

Highly acclaimed for her unique style, stunning virtuosity, colorful tone, charismatic stage presence, and described as a “ major, major , major talent…potential superstar” by Musical America Magazine, sensational pianist Nareh Arghamanyan has shaken the music world and aroused excitement and admiration from concert presenters, conductors, critics and audiences all over the globe. Laureate of more than 18 international competitions including Gina Bachauer in USA, Herbert von Karajan in Vienna, Piano Campus in France, Jose Roca in Spain, , Chopin Piano competition, Nareh’s major breakthrough came at the age of 18, when she won the 1st prize and all special Prizes at the Montreal International Musical Competition in 2008, thus, making a history as the youngest winner ever.

Ray Chen

Ray Chen is a violinist who redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century. With a media presence that enhances and inspires the classical audience, reaching out to millions through his unprecedented online following, Ray Chen's remarkable musicianship transmits to a global audience that is reflected in his engagements with the foremost orchestras and concert halls around the world. Initially coming to attention via the Yehudi Menuhin (2008) and Queen Elizabeth (2009) Competitions, of which he was First Prize winner, he has built a profile in Europe, Asia, and the USA as well as his native Australia both live and on disc. Signed in 2017 to Decca Classics, the summer of 2017 has seen the recording of the first album of this partnership with the London Philharmonic as a succession to his previous three critically acclaimed albums on SONY, the first of which (“Virtuoso”) received an ECHO Klassik Award. Profiled as “one to watch” by the Strad and Gramophone magazines, his profile has grown to encompass his featuring in the Forbes list of 30 most influential Asians under 30, appearing in major online TV series “Mozart in the Jungle”, a multi-year partnership with Giorgio Armani (who designed the cover of his Mozart album with Christoph Eschenbach) and performing at major media events such as France’s Bastille Day (live to 800,000 people), the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm (telecast across Europe), and the BBC Proms.

Meruert Karmenova

She was born in 1993 in Pavlodar. She started studying violin at the Base Music School named after Tchaikovsky. From 2004-2012 she studied at the Moscow secondary special school (college) named after Gnesiny. In 2012 she entered the Moscow State Conservatory named after PI Tchaikovsky. In 2017 she graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the direction of Tatiana Berkul. Now she is a graduate student of the Mosсow. In March 2018, Meruert was selected in Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel in Brussels to professor Augustine Dumay.

Nicola Peretto

Nicola Peretto, described by " Vandoren Paris" as one of the brightest classical saxophonists of the new generation, was born in 1992 in Aosta (Italy). He won 7 prizes during important international competitions as soloist, among others: -1st Prize of “Adolphe Sax" International Competition in l’Hay-les-Roses (Paris, 2016) -3st Prize of "Josip Nochta" International Competition (2017, Zagreb) -1st Prize of International Music Competition "Marco Fiorindo" in 2018, (Nichelino, Italy) -1st Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of the compulsory work in the final ("Verdiana" by Alexey Shor) at the "Classic Winds International Competition" in 2018 (Hamburg, Germany).

Vasily Stepanov

Vasily Stepanov was born in Kazan. He has graduated from Kazan Music College (class of professor Oksana Bistrova). Then, during four years he was studying in the class of People’s artist of USSR Natalia Schakhovskaya. Currently he is a fifth-year student of Moscow State Conservatory (class of Boris Adrianov). Since young age Vasiliy has an active solo concert activity. He has performed with such famous conductors as: Alexander Sladkovskiy, Eduard Gratch, Theodore Curentzis, Gillian Galant, Rustem Abyazov, Alexey Vorontzov. He also has performed on master classes with Sergey Roldugin, David Geringas, Martti Rousy, Nils Ulner.

Anna Ulaieva

The Ukrainian pianist Anna Ulaieva was born in Russia and lives in Austria now. She received her first violin and piano lessons at the age of five. At the age of eleven, Anna decided to focus on the piano as her primary instrument and was instructed by Prof. Nina Naiditch at the M. V. Lysenko Music School for talented children in Kiev in Ukraine. Afterwards, she studied piano at the “Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music” in Kiev under the guidance of Yuri Kot. Her extraordinary talents were honored with her reception in the program “New Names of Ukraine”. From 2009, she has been studying at the University of Music and Arts in Graz, Austria under Prof. Milana Chernyavska and graduated with honor in 2017.

Eurasian Symphony Orchestra

Eurasian Symphony Orchestra was established in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Kazakh National Academy of Music. The idea of creation belonged to People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, professor, rector of Kazakh National University of Arts Aiman Mussakhajayeva. The young team quickly gained recognition and already has an extensive concert program. In the period from 2008 to 2010, the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra begins its tour with a series of international tours "Vienna-Prague-Budapest", where it is directed by Saulius Sondeckis and "Vienna-Rome-Paris-Moscow", where the head of the orchestra was Fuat Mansurov. In May 2010, on the eve of the 65th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, at the invitation of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kazakhstan, the Eurasian Symphony Orchestra performed in Zelenograd, Kryukovo on the Dubosekovo exit of the Volokolamsk highway. People's Artist of Russia F. Mansurov and Honored Worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mukhitdinov conducted the orchestra.

State Orchestra Academy of Soloists

State Orchestra "Academy of Soloists" is a leading musical group of the Republic of Kazakhstan, created in 1991 on the initiative of the world-famous violinist, Artistic Director of the orchestra, the People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Hero of Labour of Kazakhstan, winner of State awards, winner of International Competitions, Professor, rector of the Kazakh National University of Arts Ayman Mussakhajayeva. The principal conductor of the orchestra is the Honored worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakhytzhan Mussakhajayeva. The Academy of Soloists is composed of highly professional musicians – winners of international competitions, possessing brilliant virtuoso technique, rich palette of sound, sense of the ensemble, developing the best world traditions of performing music, promoting the modern musical art of Kazakhstan at a high international level.