November 24, 2020 | Zaryadye Concert Hall
Soloist – Alexei Volodin, piano
Conductor – Konstantin Khvatynets
Mozart. Concerto No. 20 for piano and orchestra in D minor, KV 466
Kodály. Dances of Galánta
Rachmaninoff. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra, Op. 43
On November 24, the acclaimed pianist Alexei Volodin will play with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia at the Zaryadye Great Hall. He will replace the previously announced Ekaterina Mechetina, who unfortunately got ill.
Alexey Volodin is one of the best students of Eliso Virsaladze, the renowned professor of the Moscow Conservatory, an awardee of international competitions in Sydney, Santander and Cagliari and the First-Prize Winner of the prestigious Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. He appears in famous concert halls worldwide with highest level orchestras and eminent conductors and is in demand by major music festivals. He is an exclusive artist of Steinway & Sons. With the NPR, Alexey Volodin will perform much loved works by Rachmaninoff and Mozart who are among the pianist's favorite composers.
Konstantin Khvatynets, a member of the first recruitment of the NPR's conductor-trainee group, student of Gennady Rozhdestvensky (who awarded Konstantin a special diploma for his best graduate), is now the chief conductor and musical director of the Moscow Operetta Theater, conductor of the N.I. Sats Musical Theatre, working with leading Moscow orchestras and theatres. Along with the Piano Concertos, Konstantin Khvatynets will direct the equally popular symphonic masterpiece by the Hungarian classic Zoltán Kodály "Dances of Galánta" (Galántai táncok) inspired by the composer's recollections of his childhood in the small town of Galanta (now on the territory of modern Slovakia), where he had heard street gypsy musicians many a time.