Yesterday at the MECMA: Violin Concerto with Nikita Boriso-Glebsky

Yesterday the MECMA welcomed noted violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky as soloist to its daytime concert, under the baton of conductor Felix Korobov, with masterclasses and lessons continuing throughout the day. 

As part of the EUFSC and SAMIT’s efforts to promote high quality musical education, this year’s edition of InClassica is also incorporating the inaugural edition of the Middle East Classical Music Academy (MECMA), taking place from the 4th to the 23rd of September. This educational initiative features three weeks of lectures, discussions and masterclasses in the schools of piano, wind, and strings, led by a roster of international professors and music pedagogues consisting of some of the most illustrious names active today. In addition, the MECMA is also presenting a series of daytime concerts featuring soloists, orchestras, and prodigies from all around the world, with select Academy students being offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of joining these artists in live performance on stage.


Yesterday at MECMA


Violin masterclass • Igor Petrushevski
Piano masterclass • Stepan Simonian
Cello Masterclass • Alexander Ramm

Quotes from Professors:

Alexander Ramm
- “I have a lot of experience in conducting masterclasses, and every time I don't know a student, I am very worried. But today I had an amazing, very talented student from Armenia. She is eager for knowledge, plays wonderfully, she quickly reacts to all my suggestions and it was very pleasant for me to teach her. It is a great pleasure for a teacher when you say something to a student, and they immediately do it right. It is heard that she has good teachers, that she loves what she does very much. She reacts very quickly, despite her young age. I am very inspired by this lesson. The time flew by unnoticed and I left the classes in such enthusiasm.”

- “I like that musicians of different ages and from different countries study here. I also traveled a lot to masterclasses in my time. You need to take the best from each new teacher. I admire the organisers, because the scale of the masterclasses and concerts is unprecedented, everything is clearly on schedule, everything is fine.”

Daytime concert: Piano Concerto

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (violin)
- “Today we presented two great works.We have met with Felix Korobov more than once, we feel each other well. I really like the practice of performing two concerts. Two completely different compositions performed one after the other, it resembles a small marathon. Even when working on familiar works that you have performed many times, something new is always revealed.”

- “I have great respect for this format of the Academy, that the participants not only study with professors, but also play in concerts. Going on stage in the learning process is a very important element, because it's one thing when you study in the classroom with a teacher, another thing that you work at home, bring to perfection and a completely separate process is to be able to bring to the stage what you have worked at home and in the classroom. Often, the lack of an opportunity to go on stage is the main disadvantage in the learning process. Here at the Academy, students have the opportunity to pass all three stages at once, this is very important. The opportunity to communicate with the orchestra, with the conductor, is one of the most valuable components in the pedagogical process.”


Felix Korobov (conductor)
- “Today, four soloists performed together with the Kaliningrad Orchestra in one concert. We cooperate a lot with Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, he is an absolutely fantastic musician from a new generation. A person of boundless inner culture of owning an instrument, very sensual, playing with it is always a great pleasure. During the concert, a real exchange of energy, creativity, and information takes place with him. We have known Nikolai Managadze for a long time, but for the first time we had the opportunity to go on stage together, he is a wonderful virtuoso violinist. Two students of the Academy also performed in the concert. A wonderful violinist from Korea, she has a great future, she is very promising. And the student from Mexico is very subtle, sincere. In Mozart's concert he showed his heart and his reverent attitude to music. This is a good experience for them, because a lot of music training is transferred in the process of joint activity, ‘from bow to bow’, when a student sees how a professional works and grabs it on the fly."

- “The Academy and the InClassica festival itself are a wonderful experience for all of us. The atmosphere here in Dubai is absolutely fantastic. I want to compliment the organisers — the European Foundation for Cultural Support and Konstantin Ishkhanov personally. Wonderful artists have gathered here, a very high-quality interesting musical cross-section of teachers, children, soloists. An absolutely fantastic festival, I am delighted with what is happening here. During the pandemic, which has not yet ended, this is such a celebration of music, a great victory and joy for all of us.”

Kaliningrad Symphony Orchestra

Academy students selected to participate in the concert:

Carlos Gandara (violin)
Yejin Kim (violin)

Students’ Programme:

W.A. Mozart - Concerto No 5, 1 mvt
F. Mendelssohn - Concerto in E Minor, 1 mvt (3rd mvt)


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