July 16, at 7.30 pm Pärnu Concert Hall
FINAL CONCERT OF THE NEEME JÄRVI SUMMER ACADEMY
“100 YEARS SINCE THE DEATH OF ANTONIN DVORAK”
St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra
Marko Martin, piano (Estonia)
Baiba Skride, violin (Latvia)
Four best conductors of the Neeme Järvi Summer Academy
(8. september 1841 – 1. mai 1904)
Concert Overture “Carnival”, Op. 92 (1892)
Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 33 (1876)
Finale. Allegro con fuoco
Two Slavonic Dances
op 72, nr 2, Allegretto grazioso, e-moll (1886/1887)
op 46, nr 8, Presto, g-moll (1878/1878)
Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53 (1879)
Allegro ma non troppo
Adagio ma non troppo
Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
Marko Martin (b. 1975), one of the most successful young Estonian pianists today, is currently teacher at the Estonian Music Academy. He continued his piano studies which started in Estonia (Estonian Music Academy, piano class of Prof. Peep Lassmann) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 1996–2000 (Prof. Joan Havill), where he received both his BA as well as Concert Recital Diploma / Premiere Prix, but also at numerous master courses (incl. Leon Fleisher, Sequeira Costa, Dmitry Bashkirov and Murray Perahia). Martin has participated and won prizes in more than 20 pianists’ contests, incl. 4th prize in the Gina Bachauer Competition in Salt Lake City (USA, 1998) and the 2nd prize in the Esther Honens Piano Competition (Calgary, Canada, 2000).
After his debut in Tallinn in 1992, Marko Martin has given recitals and performed with orchestras in Europe as well as North America. He debuted in London in 1999 with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Nicholas Kok and with solo recital in 2002 in Wigmore Hall. Martin has performed at the festivals such as “The Piano Stars” (Liepaja), Gstaad (1997) and “Piano 1998” (Tallinn). His favorite composers are Brahms and Liszt, his wide-ranging repertoire (incl. ca 20 concerti) incorporates next to classics also Estonian authors. Martin has recorded performances at BBC, CBC, Estonian Radio and 2 CD albums with the works of Schubert and Liszt (Abbas 1998 and Arktes 2002). He is also an active ensemble member, playing duos with his wife, violinist Sigrid Kuulmann, oboist Kalev Kuljus (Nordic-Baltic concert series “Upbeat”, 2002), trumpet player Indrek Vau and many other Estonian as well as foreign musicians, incl. Daedalus Quartet (USA) and Jacques Thibaud (Germany).
Baiba Skride, first-prize winner of the 2001 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels was born into a noted Latvian musical family in Riga in 1981. She received her first violin lessons in Riga at the age of four and in 1995 transferring as a young student to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock, where she has continued her studies with Prof. Petru Munteanu. She also attended master classes with Ruggiero Ricci and Lewis Kaplan.
In June 2001, at the closing concert of the competition in Brussels, Baiba Skride collaborated with Lorin Maazel and the Orchestre National de Belgique performing Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto. During the 2001/02 season she performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra of the Hague, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, and under the direction of Herbert Blomstedt, performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the Hong Kong Arts Festival with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. She also made her Russian debut with the St. Petersburg Camerata Orchestra at the St. Petersburg Festival.
The 2002/03 season recently saw Ms. Skride make her US debut with the St. Louis Symphony and Gilbert Varga on the podium. She returns to North America for festival concerts in July 2003, including the Festival de Lanaudiére, and made her West Coast debut in 2003/04 season. This season Ms. Skride also makes her Berlin debut with the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester as part of their “Debut im Deutschlandradio” series. She performs with the Gothenburg Symphony/Hans Graf, the Russian National Orchestra/Paavo Berglund, Orchestre National de Belgique/Mikko Franck, the Latvian National Orchestra/Olari Elts, the Philharmonia Orchestra Prague/Jiri Belohlavek and the Orchestre National de Montpellier. In Fall 2002 Ms. Skride will embark on a tour of Spain with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi and their Music Director, Gilbert Varga.
In recital Ms. Skride has performed in her hometown Riga, Hamburg, Rostock, Strasbourg, and Helsinki and in Salzburg at the Salzburg Palace Concerts series. In recital, with her regular partner, her sister, Lauma Skride, she will perform in Paris, Bamberg, Beijing and Tokyo amongst many other venues.
Prior to her success in Brussels, Baiba Skride had already been awarded prizes at the International Competition for Violin at Kloster Schöntal (Germany) in 1995, the “Jeunesses Musicales” International Violin Competition in Bucharest, Romania, in 1997, and the “Lipizer” International Competition in Gorizia, Italy, in 2000. Baiba Skride plays the Stradivarius “Huggins” violin (1708), which the Nippon Music Foundation has generously loaned to her.
St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra
St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1931, when radio was experiencing its boom, as the Leningrad Radio Orchestra. Many conductors such as N. Rabinovich, K. Eliasberg, S. Yeltsin, E. Mravinsky, I. Mousin, A. Pazovsky, B. Khaikin, G. Unger, J. Barbirolli, O. Fried, G. Sebastian have worked with the Orchestra. The war period the Orchestra was the only one to stay and perform in the besieges city of Leningrad. Its activities culminated in the performance of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony on the 9th of August 1942. After WW II, although the orchestra still worked for the radio, its live concert appearances became more and more frequent, so it was quite natural that it became part of the Leningrad Philharmonic Society. The Great Philharmonic Hall has been its main venue ever since. During this period, the Orchestra was headed by N. Rabinovich (1953–1960) and A. Jansons (1961–1968).
A new period in the Orchestra’s life started in 1968 when young Yuri Temirkanov was appointed its Chief Conductor. He enlarged the repertoire and introduced new interpretation of classical music. The orchestra started touring abroad: first Scandinavian countries, then Europe, Japan and the USA. Its high artistic level was noted by critics. “Leningrad deserves two great orchestras, and it does have them”, - newspapers wrote.
Many Russian and Western conductors such as E. Svetlanov, G. Rozhdestvensky, D. Kitaenko, A. Lazarev, F. Mansurov, P. Kletzki, L. Maazel, M. Sargent, K. Masur, K. Österreicher, P. Argento, L. Segerstam, Y.-P. Tortelier etc., performed with the orchestra.
The Orchestra participated in the Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten and Krzysztof Penderecki recitals, when the great XX century composers visited Leningrad.
Many outstanding soloists willingly performed with the Orchestra because of its reputation as a sensitive accompanist. Such outstanding instrumentalists as S. Richter, E. Gilels, D. Oistrakh, L. Kogan, V. Cliburn, I. Stern, A. Fischer, Y. Menuhin, P. Fournier, L. Marshall were among them.
In 1977, when Temirkanov left the Orchestra for the Mariinsky Theatre, the post of Chief Conductor was assumed by Alexander Dmitriev – Rabinovich’s pupil, a worthy inheritor of the Leningrad/St. Petersburg conducting school traditions. The programs they prepared together included compositions that had never been performed in St. Petersburg before – Handel’s oratorio “The Power of Music”, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande”, Zemlinsky’s “Undine” and many others. In 1985 the Orchestra received the honorary title of Academic for its great contribution to the national performing arts.
Since its conception the Orchestra has been an active advocate of modern music. Its programs constantly include works by R. Shchedrin, A. Petrov, S. Slonimsky, B. Tishchenko, G. Ustvolskaya, Y. Falik and many others.
The Orchestra successfully tours abroad and participates in the international festivals held in St. Petersburg including Arts Square, The Stars of White Nights, Musical, Spring, Christmas Meeting in Palmire of the North, Musical Olympus etc.
The Orchestra participated in the 2nd International Rostropovich Cellists’ Congress and appeared in the gala concert dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Yuri Temirkanov.