MOSCOW STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Soloist DANIIL MILKIS (violin, Russia)
Conductor PAVEL KOGAN (Russia)
EMMANUEL CHABRIER – Rhapsody for orchestra “España”
CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS – “Havanaise” for violin and orchestra, Op. 83
MAURICE RAVEL - “Tzigane” Concert Rhapsody for violin and orchestra
GEORGES BIZET - L'Arlésienne Suite No.1
CHARLES GOUNOD - “Faust” - Ballet Music
MAURICE RAVE - La valse, un poème choréographique pour orchestre (a choreographic poem)
DANIEL MILKIS (violin), Russia
Grandson of legendary violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, nephew of famous conductor Pavel Kogan, Daniel Milkis was born in 1993.
He started to play the violin at the age of 6. In 2011 he graduated with honours from the Central music school of Moscow and began the education in the Moscow conservatory in the class of prof. Glezarova. In the summer of 2011 he studied course with eminent violinist, prof. Boris Belkin in the Accademia Musicale Chigiana (Sienna, Italy).
The debut of the young musician took place in 2000 in the New York City. To date, he regularly performs with recital and orchestral concerts in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and others Russian cities, as well as in Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Italy, France, Canada and USA.
Daniel’s playing style is based on natural musicality, expression, beauty of sound and sense of style. These qualities complete his artistic individuality, and highlight him out among peers.
He’s hobbies include conducting, literature and art history of arts.
PAVEL KOGAN (conductor), Russia
Maestro Pavel Kogan’s career has spanned over 40 years and five continents and has led him to becoming one of the most respected and widely known Russian conductors of our time. In 2011 the Maestro’ name went into the list of ten greatest conductors of the XX century, made by an authoritative British Classical TV channel.
He was born into a distinguished musical family – his parents are legendary violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels and his uncle is the inimitable pianist Emil Gilels. From an early age Maestro Kogan’s artistic development was divided between conducting and violin. He was granted special permission to study both disciplines at the same time which was an extreme rarity in the Soviet Union.
In 1970 eighteen-year-old Pavel Kogan, a violin pupil of Yuri Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory, won 1st prize in the Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki. Thereafter he appeared regularly as a violinist in concerts around the world. In 2010 a panel of judges has been elected to decide on the best conqueror in the competition’s 45-years history for the Helsingin Salomat newspaper. And by unanimous resolution of the jury Maestro Kogan was named the absolute winner.
As a conducting pupil of Ilya Musin and Leo Ginsburg, in 1972 the young Maestro gave his debut with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra and subsequently focused more on conducting. In the years that followed he conducted the leading Soviet orchestras both at home and on tour abroad at the invitation of Mravinsky, Kondrashin, Svetlanov and Rozhdestvensky.
In 1988, as a conductor of the Bolshoi Opera, Kogan opened the season with a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata. That same year he became the head of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1989 Pavel Kogan has been the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the eminent Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (MSSO), building it into one of Russia’s most widely known and highly acclaimed orchestras.
From 1998-2005 he served as principal guest conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Kogan appeared with many prominent orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, USSR State Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de France, Houston Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Pavel Kogan has recorded countless works with the MSSO and other ensembles, which became a major contribution to the world’s musical culture. Many of his albums have garnered great acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Gramophone called Kogan’s Rachmaninoff cycle (Symphonies 1, 2, 3, Symphonic Dances, “Isle of the Dead,” “Vocalize & Scherzo”) “…sparkly, strongly communicative Rachmaninoff... vibrant, soulful and involving.”
Maestro Kogan was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his performance of the complete symphonies and vocal cycles of Gustav Mahler. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Arts and recipient of the “Order of Merit” of Russia and of the title “Peoples’ Artist of Russia” among other Russian and overseas awards.
MOSCOW STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Pavel Kogan, Music Director & Chief Conductor
The MSSO was founded in 1943 by the Kremlin and is one of the five oldest concert orchestras in Russia.
Leo Steinberg, the Peoples Artist of USSR and conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, became the MSSO first Chief Conductor, a post he held until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by a series of distinguished Soviet musical giants that has included Nicolay Anosov (1945 – 1950), Leo Ginsburg (1950 – 1954), Mikhail Terian (1954 – 1960), Veronica Dudarova (1960 – 1989). Owing to the collaboration with such figures the orchestra became one of most prominent national symphonic ensembles, but in the first place it was known by the performances of Russian and Soviet classical music, involving many premieres of Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Glier.
The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra becomes renowned around the globe under the leadership of Pavel Kogan. In 1989 Maestro was engaged as Music Director and Chief Conductor and immediately enriched the orchestra repertoire by the works of European and American musical literature.
A landmark of the MSSO has been to present the grandiose monographic cycles of complete symphonic works of the greatest composers: Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, R. Strauss, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Bruckner, Sibelius, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel. The orchestra wide-ranging programs balance great orchestral, operatic, and choral classics with equally significant music of the 21st century, lots of many forgotten and neglected pieces.
It plays some 100 concerts annually. Along with the series in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra performs in the Great Hall of the Saint-Petersburg D.D. Shostakovich Philharmonic Society and at the stages of the other Russian cities, as well as on tours abroad. The MSSO constantly appears in 59 countries, holding the major musical centers of the world, such as USA, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, Austria, Italy, Germany, France, South Korea, Australia, China and Switzerland.
The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra also has a long and distinguished recording history with DVD and CD studio and live recordings, TV and radio broadcast. In 1990 the “Pioneer” made a live recording of Tchaikovsky’ piano and violin concertos, performed by the MSSO and Maestro Kogan (soloists – Aleksey Sultanov, Maxim Vengerov). In the beginning of 90th the Russian television released the documentary “Travels with the orchestra” about the MSSO and Pavel Kogan tour in Europe and Saint-Petersburg. Widely known and enjoy wide popularity the Rachmaninov cycle, released by “Alto” – the MSSO and P. Kogan interpretations of the composer’s all symphonies and “Symphonic Dances” has led the lists of all present versions.
Also the MSSO takes a legitimate pride in its cooperation with eminent conductors and soloists especially with Evgeny Svetlanov, Kirill Kondrashin, Aleksandr Orlov, Natan Rahlin, Samuil Samosud, Valery Gergiev, David Oistrakh, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Vladimir Sofronitsky, Sergei Lemeshev, Ivan Kozlovsky, Svyatoslav Knushevitskyi, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran and Angela Georgiu.
The partnership with Pavel Kogan has earned the orchestra reputation of the ensemble, which sets standards of artistic excellence, imaginative programming, and community engagement, having a broad and loyal constituency around the world. From one concert to another this outstanding duo justifies its status. The MSSO never stops at what has been accomplished and permanently strives for summit of glory.
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AN EVENING WITH THE KING’S SINGERS
THE BEAUTY AND DEPTH OF MUSIC BY JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
BOBBY MCFERRIN AND HIS BAND
FOR THE DAY OF MOURNING AND HOPE