Mstislav Rostropovich Fes­ti­val opens in Baku

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The 9th In­ter­na­tional Mstislav Rostropovich Fes­ti­val has solemnly opened in Baku. The fes­ti­val is co-or­ga­nized by Azer­bai­jan`s Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism, Mstislav Rostropovich Foun­da­tion and the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion in ac­cor­dance with the Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent's ex­ec­u­tive order on cel­e­bra­tion of the 90th an­niver­sary of the world-renowned cel­list.

Prom­i­nent art and pub­lic fig­ures, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of diplo­matic mis­sions at­tended the open­ing cer­e­mony, Trend Life re­ported.

Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Abul­faz Garayev, addressing the event, said that the fes­ti­val, which is tra­di­tion­ally held with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of world-famous mu­si­cians, con­duc­tors and en­sem­bles, is an im­por­tant event in the cul­tural life of the coun­try.

The el­dest daugh­ter of the mae­stro, fes­ti­val's artis­tic di­rec­tor Olga Rostropovich ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev, First Vice-Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan, Pres­i­dent of Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion Mehriban Aliyeva and the Cul­ture and Tourism Min­istry for their sup­port in or­ga­niz­ing the fes­ti­val.

"Baku is one of my fa­vorite cities. Ev­ery time I come here, I fall in love with this city. The fes­ti­vals, ded­i­cated to the 90th an­niver­sary of Mstislav Rostropovich have been held in Rus­sia, USA, France, and to­day this sig­nif­i­cant event kicks off in Azer­bai­jan. The legacy of Mstislav Rostropovich unites hearts, peo­ple and coun­tries", said Olga Rostropovich.

Fur­ther, Azer­bai­jan’s State Sym­phony Orches­tra, con­ducted by Peo­ple's Artist Rauf Ab­dul­layev per­formed on the stage.

Peo­ple's artist of Azer­bai­jan Mu­rad Adi­geza­lzade and lau­re­ate of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, vi­o­lin­ist Umida Ab­basova thrilled spec­ta­tors with beau­ti­ful mu­sic pieces.

"Con­certo for pi­ano and orches­tra No. 1" by Py­otr Tchaikovsky, "Force of Des­tiny" by Giuseppe Verdi, "Sym­phony No. 3" by Khayyam Mirza­zade, sym­phonic poem "Pines of Rome" by Ot­torino Re­spighi sounded on the Baku stage.

Ac­claimed mu­si­cians and en­sem­bles from Rus­sia, Aus­tria, and Ger­many, in­clud­ing the Saint Peters­burg Aca­demic Sym­phony Orches­tra, con­ducted by of Yuri Temirkanov, Staatskapelle Dresden Orches­tra, Cham­ber Orches­tra Vi­enna – Ber­lin as well as Rainer Ho­neck, Omer Meir Well­ber, Keith Arm­strong and oth­ers pleased spec­ta­tors with their amaz­ing per­for­mances.

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