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Odessa Classics 2016

Matthias Goerne


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Linus Roth



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Polina Osetinskaya



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Michael Guttman with Brussels Chamber Orchestra



After initial studies at the Royal Conservatory of his native Brussels, Michael Guttman graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was a pupil of Dorothy Delay, Felix Galimir and the Juilliard Quartet. Following the example of his mentor, the late Isaac Stern, he worked closely with Israeli composers including Noam Sheriff, a collaboration that resulted in an album with the London Philharmonic, celebrating three generations of music-making. Further ground-breaking recordings of 20th-century violin concertos with the LPO, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra have been broadcast by the BBC in 110 countries. Performing live as a soloist and recitalist, Michael Guttman appeared in major concert halls and at numerous international festivals on three continents. A well-known advocate of contemporary and cross-over music, he underwent creative partnerships with the American composers Lukas Foss, David Amram and Philip Glass (this resulting in the world-premiere of the “Double Concerto for violin and cello” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2012, and an invitation by Carnegie Hall to the “Spring Festival of American Orchestras” in 2014).



Michael Guttman is the Musical director of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, leader of the acclaimed Arriaga String Quartet and of the Michael Guttman Tango Quartet, as well as Music Director of “Pietrasanta in Concerto”, the internationally-renowned music festival in Tuscany. The Belgian Government honoured his efforts for contemporary Belgian music with the “Trophée Fuga”.


Page of Michael Guttman
in the IMG Artists


Olga Mykytenko






Hortus Musicus


Hortus Musicus chimes through the times
Such an age is phenomenal for a chamber ensemble and Hortus is the oldest constantly active early music group in Europe.




It is impossible to directly classify the ensemble. Although based on academic education, the group, created in 1972 under the leadership of Andres Mustonen, a fervent dissenter, immediately found their own music, which had been practiced very rarely in the then Soviet Union but also in the rest of Europe. It was the early music that corresponded to the energetic wish of the young people to discover something unprecedented.


During their long history, Hortus Musicus have passed through the entire musical history of Europe from the Gregorian choral to the great Baroque composers of the 18th century. A list of the repertoire of Hortus would be very long. It would be easier to say that there is no genre or period in European early music that has not appeared in the programmes of the ensemble throughout the 35 years.


The secret of the longevity of Hortus Musicus is hidden in their approach of uncompromised creativity, and the title ‘early music ensemble’ only concerns the musical material. The music itself is reborn with every rehearsal and presentation, the “old” music becoming “own” and “new”. It is natural that already in the very beginning a good understanding was established with many other musical dissenters in Estonia and Russia. For instance, the strikingly minimalist tintinnabuli-style works of Arvo Pärt were performed at the end of the 1970s exactly in cooperation with Hortus Musicus. Later on, composers like Giya Kantsheli, Aleksander Knaifel, Lepo Sumera, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigoryeva and several others have written and dedicated music for the ensemble.


The restless artistic nature and inexhaustible energy of Andres Mustonen, the charismatic leader and conductor of the ensemble, has as a natural course of events taken him in front of the great orchestras of Europe, this process continuing with increasing speed. As a fiery creative person he has managed to cross the line between academic and alternative (early music, jazz, rock, folk) ways of making music. A real musician knows no boundaries.


Since its early years, "HM" has been a praised and warmly welcome visitor to various music festivals in cities all over the world - Berlin, Munich, Paris, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Boston, Venice, Warsaw, Krakow, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Prague, Bratislava, Antwerpen, Bristol, Glasgow, Helsinki, Willach, Hetta, Malmö, Stockholm, Lockenhaus, Wien, Lintz, Innsbruck, St.Gallen, Herne, Würtzburg, Regensburg, Zaragoza, Utrecht, etc. In addition to the festivals, the ensemble performs on concert tours in practically all European countries, and has similarly been to America, Japan and Israel.


The group has published more than 20 records, all of which musically as wholesome as concert programs: "Gregorian Carols", "Early polyphony", "Daniel's Play", "Francesco Landini and Trecento", "Secular Music of the Middle Ages", "Venetian Canzons", "16th Century French Dances and Chansons", "Spanish Golden Age", "Music at the Baltic Sea",  "Chamber Music of Gustav Vasa", "G. Ph. Telemann's Parisian Quartets", the music of different 16th-17th century European courts on the record "Maypole".


The actions of "Hortus Musicus" have been displayed in three films: "Centuries in Stone and Music", "Jug on the Spring", "Garden of Music" and in several TV-programs.

The ensemble currently includes 10 musicians - 3 singers and 7 instrumentalists:
Andres Mustonen – violin, artistic leader
Olev Ainomäe - shawns, recorders, shalmey
Tõnis Kaumann - barytone
Imre Eenma – violone
Valter Jürgenson - trombones
Tõnis Kuurme - curtal, shawn, recorders, rauschpfeiff
Riho Ridbeck - bass, parcussion instruments
Ivo Sillamaa – harpsichord, organ
Anto Õnnis – tenor
Taavo Remmel - double basso

The activities of Hortus Musicus have always been accompanied by a thirst for harmony, love, beauty and life in any kind of music. Therefore, the repertoire of the ensemble has naturally expanded across times and countries.


Andres MUSTONEN is a highly individual Estonian-born violinist and conductor. With everything he does, he expresses his original outlook and musical cognition, be it conducting symphonies by Mahler and Shostakovich or the Vienna classics. His activities as conductor follow the curves of the music history. The core of his repertoire is made of oratorios, passions and dramatic symphonic works. He is strikingly active in performing compositions by his contemporary composers with whom he feels a profound creative relation, like Gubaidulina, Penderecki, Kancheli, Silvestrov, Knaifel, Tüür, Pärt, and Terterjan.


With passion and dedication has Mustonen moved in music and felt its waves carrying him high. He got his musical education at Tallinn Academy of Music, but his progress is music has been anything but academic and conventional. As a young schoolboy, he was fanatically dealing with the avant-garde music, composing and creating happenings. Then, in the 70s, he turned his interest to the sources of the European Christian tradition, and as a student founded his consort Hortus Musicus. Since then, he has been the artistic leader of this extraordinary group which now performs without frontiers, both in terms of space and time, as its repertoire ranges from Indian, Arab and Jewish traditional music to the most contemporary compositions.


In addition to this, Mustonen likes playing chamber music with his friends and fellows, and has recently created his Art Jazz Quartet. He travels widely from neighbouring Latvia, Russia and Finland to far-away Brazil, Mexico and Israel, and all over Europe to perform with local orchestras, with Hortus Musicus, or as a soloist.



Hortus Musicus



Chamber Orchestra of Odessa Philharmonic Society

Philharmonic chamber orchestra Odessa


The Chamber Orchestra of Odessa Philharmonic Society was organised in 1995. Its founder was German conductor Thomas Mandl. A year later, in 1996, and at the moment the orchestra headed by Honored Artist of Ukraine Igor Shavruk, who is the artistic director and principal conductor.

Orchestra concerts are regularly held in the Philharmonic Hall and other city concert stages. Each concert season Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra gives about 50 concerts with variety of thematic and educational programs for children, Baroque music, classicism, romanticism, music of the 20th century, the modern domestic and foreign composers.

The Orchestra's Repertoire is constantly growing, having mainly composed of more than one hundred works of various musical eras and styles, including works by Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Britten, Stravinsky, Webern, Shostakovich, Honegger, Barber; Ukrainian composers M. Skorik, E. Stankovic, V. Silvestrov. Under the direction of Igor Shavruk Orchestra first performed a number of works by composers of Odessa: J. Freidlin, A. Krasotov, A. Tomlionova, A. Rovenko , G. Uspensky, K. Tsepkolenko and others.

Among the orchestra guest conductor's were such famous conductors as Allin Vlasenko (Kiev), Vladimir Runchak (Kiev), Bernhard Wulff (Germany), Mario Beretta (Switzerland), Boris Bloch (Germany). Soloists with the orchestra were well-known musicians, world-class violinists Maxim Fedotov, Michael Guttman, pianists Alexey Botvinov, Dina Yoffe, Boris Bloch, Yuri Kuznetsov, as well as many others.

Every year, the orchestra participates in the "Two Days and Two Nights" International Festival of New Music. From 2015 the orchestra participates in new International Music Festival ODESSA CLASSICS. Orchestra toured in Ukraine in many cities, as well as in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Moldova.

In 2015, the Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 20-year anniversary.



The Program of

2-nd International music festival «ODESSA CLASSICS»

(June 8th-12th, 2016)



June 8, 19:00
Grand Hall of the Odessa Philharmonic

Grand opening

Belgium Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Michael Guttman (Belgium). Linus Roth (violin, Germany). In the program - Mozart, Turina, Vivaldi.


June 9, 19:00
GrandHall of the Odessa Philharmonic

Polina Osetinskaya (piano, Russia). Solo recital. Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Liszt


June 10, 21:00
Open-air concert near Vorontsov Colonnade

Gala-concert of the festival with the participation of the Belgium Chamber Orchestra (musical director Michael Guttman) and the Chamber Orchestra of the Odessa Philharmonic (conductor Igor Shavruk). Soloists – Alexey Botvinov (piano), Olga Mikitenko (soprano, Ukraine) and Alexander Schultz (tenor, Germany). In the programme - popular classical music, opera hits, tangos, film music.


June 11, 19:00
Grand Hall of the Odessa Philharmonic

Matthias Goerne (baritone, Germany), Chamber Orchestra of the Odessa Philharmonic, conductor Igor Shavruk. The programme includes opera works by Richard Wagner: Konig Marke Aria from "Tristan and Isolde", the Dutchman's Aria from "The Flying Dutchman," Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire" from "The Valkyrie". Overtures from "Rienzi", "Tannhauser", "Lohengrin"; "Ride of the Valkyries".


June 12, 19:00
Grand Hall of the Odessa Philharmonic

The ensemble HORTUS MUSICUS, conductor and soloist - Andres Mustonen (violin, Estonia). "East meets West" project.





June 6, 15:00
Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art

Opening of the "String Theory" personal exhibition by Igor Gusev.





June 9, 17:00
Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art

Ergiyev Duo (violin and accordion) and Eugene Demenok (prose).


June 10, 17:00
Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art

Eugene Kostritsky (violin) and Boris Khersonsky (poetry).


June 11, 17:00
Odessa State Literature Museum

Sergey Terentyev (piano) and Elena Borishpolets (poetry).


June 12, 14:00
Odessa State Literature Museum

Valeriy Hait
Literary concert
"Seven notes of humor"


June 12, 17:00
Odessa State Literature Museum

In Memory of Anatoliy Shevchenko.

Daniil Buchka and Dima Pechkin (guitar), Vlada Illyinskaya (poetry).