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Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra — Middle East Classical Music Academy

The first concert of the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra was performed on March the 14th in 1988.  The program of the first concert included Symphony № 40 by W.A.  Mozart, “The Unfinished Symphony” by F. Schubert, “Waltz-fantasy” by M. Glinka and the Overture to the opera “The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini. The Founder of the Orchestra is the composer and conductor Arkadiy  Feldman, who is an artistic leader and the main conductor. He was rewarded the honorary title “The honoured Art worker” for his achievements in the creative activities and propaganda of the musical art.

During all the time orchestra prepared a range of programs, which showed a wide possibility of the musicians, devotion to the artistic ideals. The systematic performances in front of  audience, participation of the well-known musicians in some programs, special programes for children and young people determined the wide repertoire aspirations, it’s level of performance. Among the bright interpretations the most famous are Symphony № 6 and Fantasy “ Francesca da Rimini” by P. Tchaykovski, “Scheherazada” and “Spanish Capriccio” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Symphony № 5 by L. V. Beethoven. Symphonies by  J. Brahms, A. Dvorak, S. Frank. The orchestra performed all the symphony plays of M. Glinka and A. Lyadov, it often performs some symphony fragments from  Wagner’s operas.

Performances of symphonies № 5, 6, and 7 by D. Shostakovich, symphony “Iyeremia” were a considerable step forward in the creative biography of the orchestra. The collective originally read the scores of symphony plays of the Kaliningrad composers T. Terehova, E. Storodgeva, A. Feldman and also the German composer Z. Mattus, who was born in the East Prussia.

A creative friendship connects the orchestra and it’s conductor with the Saratov composer A. Brening: his symphony poems were played in the programs, he created symphony № 9 “From the History of the Cathedral” specially for the Kaliningrad Orchestra.

Remarkable soloists played with the Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Feldman. They are Antony Hewitt (the piano) – laureate of the international competitions in London, Washington, Munich, Claudio Bohorquez (violoncello) – laureate of the international competitions in Germany, Prague, the P. I. Tchaikovski’s  competition in Moscow, Paris and Holland, Eric Shuman (the violin) – laureate of the international competitions in Novosibirsk and Poland, Irina Osipova (the piano) – laureate of the S. V. Rachmaninov’s international competitions in Moscow, the Long-Thiboud Compettitions  in Paris, Honoured Artist of Russia J. Skvortsov (bassoon),  laureates of the international Tchaikovsky competition Hayk Kazazyan, Boris Andrianov, Alexander Ramm, laureate of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, USA Ekaterina Mechetina and other solosts.

The Kaliningrad symphony orchestra always takes part in international festivals in Kaliningrad and abroad, various charity actions,  performances in the Kaliningrad Drama Theatre, concerts i ballets in Yantar-Hall in Svetlogorsk.

The Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra often goes on tour to the countries of Europe: Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain. Together with the chorus from Germany, chorus from America, Amy Wagar (soprano) – soloist from Metropolitan-Opera, Elizabeth Ann Sadilek (flute) – professor of the Iowa State (the USA) cantata “Veni Creator Spiritus” by the American composer Jeffrey Prater was played in the cultural program of  the international exhibition “EXPO – 2000” in Hannover, the orchestra took part in the premiere of the oratorio "Night" by the American composer Leib Glantz, based on the book of the Nobel Prize laureate in literature Elie Wiesel, held in 2019 in Kaliningrad and in 2020 at the Kuppel Hall in Hanover.

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