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On 19 December, 2020, in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, as part of the philharmonic subscription No.79 “Pavel Kogan conducts”, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pavel Kogan will present a luxurious unforgettable program compiled from Karl Maria von Weber’s most popular compositions. “The World – the Composer creates in it!” - so outlined the field of activity of an artist K. M. Weber - an outstanding German musician: composer, critic, performer, writer, publicist, public figure of the beginning of the XIX century. Indeed, we find in his musical and dramatic works Czech, French, Spanish, Oriental subjects, in instrumental compositions - stylistic signs of gypsy, Chinese, Norwegian, Russian, Hungarian folklore. But the main thing of his life was the national German opera. Works by Edward Grieg - Norwegian composer, pianist, conductor, public figure. Grieg, whose creative work is generally attributed to musical romanticism, was significantly influenced by Norwegian folk culture, as well as Richard Strauss - one of the largest creators in German culture of the late XIX - first half of the XX century. The author of large-scale program symphonies and operas, a follower of the traditions of Liszt and Wagner, he draws a line under the era of European musical romanticism and opens the curtain of expressionism and neoclassicism.
The conductor of the concert is the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the orchestra, People's Artist and laureate of the State Prize of Russia Pavel Kogan, whose contribution to art was awarded the most prestigious international awards. In 2019, the maestro celebrated the 30th anniversary of the headship of MSSO. Under his leadership, a well-known performing style of the collective was formed, in which an extremely wide repertoire is combined with a sophisticated depth of interpretation and virtuosity of performance.
The soloist is Dmitry Shishkin, Russian pianist. Dmitry began to study music even before the age of three, at the age of six he became a laureate of the competition for young pianists in Chelyabinsk, in 2004 he won "Тhe Nutcracker" competition for young pianists. He graduated from the Gnessin School (class of Mikhail Khokhlov), then the Moscow Conservatory (2015) (class of Eliso Virsaladze). Laureate of many international competitions, including the 3rd prize at the Busoni Competition (2013) and the 6th prize at the Chopin Competition (2015). In 2018, he won the International Performers Competition in Geneva, sharing 1st place with the Frenchman Theo Fouchenneret. In 2019, he became the laureate of the XVI International Competition. P. I. Tchaikovsky (2nd prize).