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Odessa Classics 2019




Daniel Hope: "Thrilled to announce a closer artistic relationship with the splendid Odessa Classics Festival from 2019. Alexey Botvinov and his team have done a wonderful job of building up this festival in a beautiful and historic city. And it is both extremely humbling and inspiring to think of many of my musical heroes and their role in Odessa‘s musical life: Pyotr Stolyarsky, David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein, Boris Goldstein, Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Zakhar Bron and many more. Looking forward to more music in Odessa!"



British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for more than twenty years. He is renowned for his musical versatility and creativity, and for his dedication to humanitarian causes. Hope performs as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. He was also the youngest ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its last six seasons. Raised in England and educated at Highgate School in London, Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron.

Called “adventurous and brilliant” by the New York Times, Hope was named “the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pré,” by the London Observer. A recent New York Times review summarized him as “a violinist of probing intellect and commanding style,” and continued: “In a business that likes tidy boxes drawn around its commodities, the British violinist Daniel Hope resists categorization. Mr. Hope, a compelling performer whose work involves standard repertory, new music, raga, and jazz, emphasizes thoughtful engagement over flamboyant display. In his most personal undertakings, he puts classical works within a broader context – not just among other styles and genres but amid history, literature, and drama – to emphasize music’s role as a mirror for struggle and aspiration.”

Hope has performed in all of the world’s most prestigious venues and with the greatest orchestras including the Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, as well as the major orchestras of Berlin, Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Dresden, Israel, London, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. He has performed at the world’s most important festivals, such as the BBC Proms and the Salzburg, Lucerne, Ravinia, Verbier and Tanglewood festivals.

Highlights of Hope’s 2011-12 season include appearances with the Los Angeles Philhamonic and Leonard Slatkin at the Hollywood Bowl, the Britten Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, his third appearance with the Oslo Phiharmonic Orchestra and recitals in New York, Washington, Aspen, and at Savannah Music Festival, where Hope has been Associate Artistic Director since 2003, and where he has recently renewed his contract until 2015. Hope is also the Artistic Director of the prestigious Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a summer Festival set in one of Germany’s most beautiful provinces and hosting over 120 concerts for more than 70,000 visitors. In addition to the festival’s many chamber and symphonic concerts, Hope arranged a special multi-genre concert to raise awareness of the world’s climate change crisis, supported by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Over the years Daniel Hope has commissioned and performed dozens of new works. In the summer of 2009, he gave the world- and UK-premiere performances of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s second violin concerto, Fiddler on the Shore – written for Hope and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – in Leipzig and at London’s BBC Proms. In 2011 he gave the world première performance of Bechara El-Khoury’s “War Concerto”, also written for him, with the NDR Symphony Orchestra – he will perform the piece again in Berlin with the Konzerthausorchester in June 2012, and with the Oslo Philharmonic in September 2012. Hope has enjoyed close contact with composers such as HK Gruber, Sofia Gubaidulina, György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He recorded Toru Takemitsu’s violin concerto, “Nostalgia”, with the composer. In 2008, Hope and Stewart Copeland, the former drummer of The Police, premiered Copeland’s Celeste for violin and percussion at the Savannah Music Festival.

In January 2012 Daniel Hope renewed his exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he has made eight acclaimed recordings to date. His latest release for DG is a celebration of the highly influential violinist and composer Joseph Joachim (1831- 1907) and is centred around the Bruch concerto, a work with which Joachim is closely associated. The Bruch was recorded in summer 2010 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. His previous release, Air. a baroque journey, looks at the history of the violin in the Baroque era. The CD pairs well-known works such as Pachelbel’s Canon, the folk tune “Greensleeves” and Bach’s sublime Air with rarely-heard compositions by Falconieri, Matteis, Geminiani and Westhoff, among others. Gramophone magazine called it “an exciting disc, with a heady, pied-piper power over the listener that comes from realizing that the bright sense of discovery once felt by these composers is being experienced just as much by their modern-day interpreters. You can’t ask for much more than that.” Hope’s 2007 recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the original version of the Mendelssohn Concerto and Octet was selected as one of the year’s best recordings by the New York Times.

Hope has earned numerous Grammy nominations, a Classical BRIT award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and six ECHO Klassik Prizes. Hope previously recorded for Warner Classics and Nimbus, playing Bach, Berg, Britten, Elgar, Finzi, Foulds, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Penderecki, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Tippett, Walton and Weill. His interpretation of Ravi Shankar’s compositions, on the CD East Meets West, met with worldwide acclaim, whilst his world première recording of the original version of the Berg Violin Concerto (coupled with the Britten Concerto) was voted the “best available version” in a 2010 Gramophone magazine poll.

Beyond the concert stage, Hope has penned three best-selling books published in Germany, Russia, and Korea, titled Familienstücke (Family Album), a memoir, Wann darf ich klatschen?” (When do I applaud?) and Toi, toi, toi.

He has written scripts for collaborative performance pieces with the Oscar-winning actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, including “War and Pieces,” “Mozart Unplugged!” and “Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Someone Had to Do Something.” He also wrote “An Audience with Beethoven” for Mia Farrow, and “Forbidden Music,” featuring poetry and music written by prisoners at Theresienstadt. He has worked extensively as a presenter for both radio, film and television in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. His cutting-edge website features a video blog which he films and produces himself.

Yehudi Menuhin invited the 11-year-old Daniel Hope to join him playing Bartók duos on German television, launching a long artistic partnership consisting of over 60 concerts, including Lord Menuhin’s final concert appearance on March 7th 1999, in which he conducted Hope’s performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.

Hans Graf, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Michel Plasson, Mstislav Rostropovich and Christian Thielemann are among the many conductors with whom Daniel Hope has worked. Instrumental collaborators include Thomas Adès, Yuri Bashmet, Hélène Grimaud, Edgar Meyer, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Lynn Harrell, Zakir Hussain, Sebastian Knauer, Jaime Laredo, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Mischa Maisky, Mark O’Connor, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore, Menahem Pressler, STING, and Tabea Zimmermann.

Hope regularly directs chamber orchestras from the violin including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, L’Arte del Mondo and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Daniel Hope plays the 1742 "Ex-Lipinski" Guarneri del Gesù violin, put at his disposal by an anonymous family from Germany. He lives in Vienna.


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Michael Guttman is permanent guest and  programming consultant of ODESSA CLASSICS festival.

Michael Guttman is a violinist, conductor and music director of prominent festivals around the world, including Pietrasanta in Concerto, Crans Montana Classics in Switzerland, Le Printemps du Violon in Paris, and Made in Polin in Warsaw. He is also the music director of the Napa Valley Symphony and the Belgian Chamber Orchestra. His album recorded with the London Philharmonic orchestra of three violin concertos illustrating three generations of israeli composers (Ben Haim, Sheriff and Zehavi) received critical acclaim and received the prestigious Scopus Prize (2014) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his achievements in music. He was also nominated for a Grammy award for his Hindemith Album with the Philarmonia Orchestra.

He was the youngest violinist ever admitted to the Brussels Royal Conservatory at age 10. His debut at age 14, with Jean-Pierre Rampal, led to the meeting with his mentor Isaac Stern who recommended him for further studies at the Juilliard School in New York City where he studied with Dorothy Delay and The Juilliard Quartet. He studied with the legendary Russian violinist Boris Goldstein, and organized a violin competition in his tribute together with Professor Zakhar Bron in Bern, Switzerland in 2014.

As Belgium’s leading violinist, he was chosen to represent his country in 1992, during the Sevilla Universal Exhibition. Concerts at the Lincoln Center, Barbican Hall, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and in Asia were followed by invitations to prestigious festivals such as, Progetto Martha Argerich, Flanders Festival, Bashmet’s Elba Festival, Folles Journées in Nantes and Tokyo, and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. He premiered the Philip Glass Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the USA and the Hong Kong Philhamonic for Asia,both conducted by Jaap Van Zweden. He has toured with Martha Argerich, Nestor Marconi, Nigel Kennedy, Boris Berezovsky, Vadim Repin, Salvatore Accardo and Natalia Guttman among others.

After collaborating with composers and conductors such as Lukas Foss and Noam Sheriff, he developed his conducting career and in 2017, toured the most prestigious halls in Spain appearing with the legendary pianist Ivo Pogorelich. His encounter with Astor Piazzolla encouraged him to discover different styles of tango music, and in 2017 he created the first ever double concerto for violin and bandoneon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and J.P. Jofre, the famous Argentinian bandoneon player.

Michael Guttman plays on a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin once owned by the great Italian violinist and composer Giovanni Battista Viotti.



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Roby Lakatos

A long ago Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos was named "the king of the Gypsy violin". He is a representative of the famous Lakatos dynasty - Romany musicians, who have been considered the best violinists of the world in the genre of popular music for more than 150 years. Roby Lakatos himself is a recognized virtuoso, "the fastest-fingered fiddler  in the world" ("Daily Telegraph").

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Cyprien Katsaris © Jean Baptiste Millot
© Jean Baptiste Millot


Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5, 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. His first teacher was Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse.

A graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied piano with Aline van Barentzen and Monique de la Bruchollerie (piano First Prize, 1969), as well as chamber music with René Leroy and Jean Hubeau (First Prize, 1970), he won the International Young Interpreters Rostrum-UNESCO (Bratislava 1977), the First Prize in the International Cziffra Competition (Versailles 1974) and he was the only western- European prize-winner at the 1972 Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. He was also awarded the Albert Roussel Foundation Prize (Paris 1970) and the Alex de Vries Foundation Prize (Antwerp 1972).

He gave his first public concert in Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on May 8, 1966, as a “Knight” of the youth competition “The Kingdom of Music”; he performed the Hungarian Fantasy by Franz Liszt, with the Orchestre Symphonique d’Ile-de-France conducted by René-Pierre Chouteau.

His major international career includes performances with the world’s greatest orchestras, most notably The Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington D.C., Detroit Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residenz Orchestra Den Haag, Brabant Orchestra, The NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Milan RAI Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Oxford Philomusica, The Auckland Philharmonia and The City of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra whose inaugural concert’s and subsequent tour he was the featured soloist (1978). He has collaborated with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle, Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Antal Doráti, Ivan Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano, James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Rudolf Barshai, Sandor Végh, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Dmitri Kitajenko, Andrey Boreyko, Christopher Warren-Green, Zdenek Mácal, Xian Zhang, Paul Mann, Marios Papadopoulos … and Karl Münchinger, who on the festive occasion of his farewell concert in 1986, with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, personally invited Mr. Katsaris to perform the Haydn D major Concerto.

In addition to his activities as a soloist he founded the “Katsaris Piano Quintet”. This has received a very enthusiastic response from both the press and audiences in the Americas, Europe and Japan.

Mr. Katsaris has recorded extensively for Teldec (Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin, Warsaw 1985; Grand Prix du Disque Franz Liszt, Budapest 1984 and 1989; British Music Retailers Association’s Award 1986; Record of the Year 1984, Germany, for the 9th Symphony of Beethoven/Liszt), Sony Classical, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG-RCA, Decca, Pavane, and now on his own label, PIANO 21.

His discography consists of solo works by most of the greatest masters as well as works for piano and orchestra including Bach Concertos with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Brahm’s Concerto no. 2 with Eliahu Inbal conducting the Philharmonia (London), both Concertos of Mendelssohn with Kurt Masur and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (of which Mendelssohn had been music Director), and the complete Concertos by Mozart, recorded live and performed in Salzburg and Vienna with Yoon K. Lee and the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie.

In addition to the standard repertory, Cyprien Katsaris has recorded, as world premières, long lost works such as the Liszt/Tchaikovsky Concerto in the Hungarian style with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Beethoven’s own piano arrangement of his ballet The Creatures of Prometheus and Gustav Mahler’s original piano version of Das Lied von der Erde with Mezzo Brigitte Fassbaender and Tenor Thomas Moser.

In 1992, the Japanese NHK TV produced with Cyprien Katsaris a thirteen-program series on Frédéric Chopin which included masterclasses and his own performance. On October 17, 1999, the New York concertgoers offered him a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall for his recital dedicated to Frédéric Chopin, performed on the day of his 150th death Anniversary. This concert was recorded (audio and video) and has been issued on the PIANO 21 label. On January 27, 2006, the day of the 250th Anniversary of Mozart’s birth, he was the soloist at the inaugural concert of the Mozart Orchestra Mannheim founded and conducted by Thomas Fey. In March 2006 Cyprien Katsaris was the first pianist ever to give masterclasses in Franz Liszt’s house in Weimar since Liszt, who taught there for the very last time in 1886, the year of his death. In August 2008, he was invited to give two concerts on the occasion of the Beijing Olympic Games at the National Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to the world premier of a concerto for ten pianos and orchestra – China Jubilee – by the composer Cui Shiguang, he improvised on an ancient Greek melody, and on, inter alia, Chinese melodies, in tribute to the universality of the Olympic Games.

Two famous film directors, Claude Chabrol and Oscar-winner François Reichenbach, have made films of Mr. Katsaris in live concert performances.

Cyprien Katsaris is mentioned in the following works: The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Music (MGG); Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians; Harenberg Klaviermusikführer: 600 Werke von Barock bis zur Gegenwart; David Dubal, The Art of the Piano: Its Performers, Literature and Recordings.

Mr. Katsaris has been a member of the jury of the following International Competitions: Chopin (Warsaw 1990), Liszt (Utrecht 1996), Vendôme Prize (Paris 2000), Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud – Ville de Paris (2001), Beethoven (Bonn 2005), Giorgos Thymis (Thessaloniki 2011) and Scriabin (Moscow 2012).

He has also conducted masterclasses at the Mannes College of Music, in New York City, the University of Toronto, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Arts Academy in Mexico, The Academy of Performing Arts in Hong-Kong, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In addition he was appointed Artistic Director of the Echternach International Festival (Luxembourg) from 1977 to 2007.

Mr. Katsaris’ work has been honoured and recognized by the following awards: “Artist of UNESCO for Peace” (1997), “Commandeur de l’Ordre de Mérite du Grand- Duché de Luxembourg” (2009) and “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” (France 2000). He also received the “Médaille Vermeil de la Ville de Paris” (2001) and the “Nemitsas Prize” (Cyprus, 2011). He is a member of ADAP, the Association of Artists for Peace and Honorary President of “Lisztomanias International”.

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Jing Zhao


Jing Zhao, the leading Chinese cellist of her generation, won the 1rst prize of the prestigious ARD international competition in Munich in 2005 and went on to receive the 2009 Exxon Mobil Music award in Japan. The Great Seiji Ozawa chose her as soloist, together with the violinist Vadim Repin, the pianist Lang Lang and the Singer Kathleen Battle, for the opening new-year concert of the China National Center for the Performing Arts . He had already been instrumental in helping her move to Berlin where she studied at the Karajan Academy, as well as studying privately with Yo-Yo Ma and Maestro Rostropovich.

She has performed with noted conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Mazel, Ricardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Myung-whun Chung, Muhai Chang, Mikhael Pletnev, Yuri Bashmet, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Jean Fournet and Eliahu Inbal among others. Orchestras that have invited her include the NHK Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Beijing Symphony, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra,Berliner Symphony Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, the KBS Philharmonic in Seoul, the NDR Symphony orchestra, the Philharmonica della Scala, the Sydney Symphony and the Singapore Symphony.

While in Berlin, Jing Zhao became a very sought after chamber music partner, collaborating with artists such Emmanuel Pahud, Guy Braustein , Daishin Kashimoto, Paul Meyer, Boris Berezovsky, Eric le sage, Antoine Tamestit, Konstantin Lifschitz and Trevor Pinnock. She toured in Asia with Myung -whun Chung, where they were invited to perform together with H I H Crown Prince Nahurito of Japan.

Festivals where she performs include the celebrated Jerusalem festival, Zagreb international festival, Zagreb chamber music festival,Roland’s Ecke in Bonn WH, Bad Kissingen, Istanbul international festival, Argerich’s Beppu festival, Folles Journees, Pietrasanta in Concerto.

Jing Zhao has recorded 5 cd’s for Victor entertainment in Japan. In 2017 she has recorded two CD's with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring a Russian album with the Shostakovich cello concerto, a Chinese album and two Tan Dun's Cello Concertos in London with Maestro Tan Dun conducting. Jing Zhao plays on a Montagnana Cello (1738) on generous loan from a private Foundation.





“When I compose music, I don't focus on the everyday collisions of life. I want to see it as a bird in flight, from a height, from an angle.”

Giya Kancheli, Georgia’s most distinguished living composer, was born in Tbilisi in 1935 and has lived in Western Europe since 1991. A sense of exile, a longing for a time and place irrecoverably lost are recurring preoccupations in his music. His long, highly productive collaboration with ECM dates back to 1992, when Mourned by the Wind (Vom Winde Beweint), an immense elegy sung by solo viola with symphony orchestra, was released. Since then, a string of recordings has followed, revealing different aspects of his oeuvre, which has become a cornerstone of ECM’s New Series. US conductor Dennis Russell Davies has long been a champion of Kancheli’s music; he conducted not only that first 1993 recording but also Trauerfarbenes Land, Caris Mere, Abii ne viderem and Diplipito.

After studying piano and composition at Tbilisi conservatory, Kancheli followed a familiar path for composers in the Soviet era who resisted joining the Soviet musical establishment: he wrote for stage and film, which allowed him a degree of freedom as these genres largely existed below the official censors’ radar. This aspect of his career is captured in Themes from the Songbook (2010).

Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin has called Kancheli “an ascetic with the temperament of a maximalist – a restrained Vesuvius”. Many of his works unfold quietly with a slow, measured pulse, punctuated by violent outbursts which are indeed volcanic in their suddenness and force.

The music of leave-taking, lamentation, and commemoration also feature prominently in Kancheli’s work, not least in the Life without Christmas cycle. And in Lament, a breathtaking and emotionally fraught violin line performed by Gidon Kremer (another of the composer’s regular collaborators) dominates one of his most moving compositions, which is dedicated to the memory of departed comrade, Luigi Nono. Reviews of that work capture a quality typical of Kancheli’s sound-world when they speak of a vast, brooding stillness, where patience is “rewarded by moments of great, piercing beauty”.



Pietro De Maria


After receiving the Critics' Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1990), Pietro De Maria won First Prize in other prestigious international piano competitions, such as the Dino Ciani - Teatro La Scala in Milan (1990), the Géza Anda in Zurich (1994), and the Mendelssohn Award in Hamburg (1997).

An active concert pianist, he has played as soloist with the best known orchestras, with conductors of the stature of Roberto Abbado, Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Ton Koopman, Michele Mariotti, Ingo Metzmacher, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Kwamé Ryan, Yutaka Sado and Sándor Végh.

Born in Venice in 1967, De Maria studied piano with Giorgio Vianello and Gino Gorini. Revealing a precocious talent, he won First Prize at the Alfred Cortot International Piano Competition in Milan at the age of 13. He graduated from the Conservatory of Venice and continued his studies with Maria Tipo at the Conservatory of Geneva, where he obtained the Premier Prix de Virtuosité with the highest honours in 1988.

His repertory ranges from Bach to Ligeti and he is the first Italian pianist to have played Chopin’s complete piano works in six public concerts. More recently, he has been focusing on Bach, presenting both books of The Well-Tempered Clavier as well as the Goldberg Variations in his concerts.

He has recorded Chopin’s complete piano works, The Well-Tempered Clavier and the Goldberg Variations for Decca, receiving important acknowledgments from international publications of prestige such as Diapason, International Piano, MusicWeb-International and Pianiste.

De Maria has also recorded three Sonatas by Clementi for Naxos, a live recital at the Miami International Piano Festival for VAI Audio, Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with Enrico Dindo for Decca and a CD with selected piano works by Fano for Brilliant Classics.

Pietro De Maria is Academic of Santa Cecilia and teaches at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. He is a member of the Scuola di Maria Tipo teaching team organized by the Academy of Music in Pinerolo.

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Polina Osetinskaya began to play the piano at the age of five, while at the age of six she gave her first recital at the Vilnius Philharmonic and at the age of eight she made her debut with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under Saulius Sondeckis.


Graduated from the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire and the St Petersburg Conservatoire itself (class of Marina Wolf). Trained at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire under Vera Gornostaeva.


Has appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic (Honoured Ensemble of Russia), the State Academic Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, the New Russia orchestra and the European Sinfonietta among other ensembles. Osetinskaya's stage partners have included the conductors Saulius Sondeckis, Laurent Petitgirard, Vassily Sinaisky, Andrey Boreyko, Gerd Albrecht, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Thomas Sanderling, Tugan Sokhiev and Alexander Sladkovsky.


Has appeared at the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire and the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Vienna's Musikverein, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, various venues in Warsaw, San Francisco and Brussels as well as at the festivals December Evenings, Crescendo, Stars of the White Nights and Mainly Mozart among others.


Recipient of the Little Triumph award. In 2008 she wrote her autobiography Farewell, Sadness! which became a bestseller. Frequently performs music by composers of the post-avant-garde movement, among them Valentin Silvestrov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Vladimir Martynov, Georgs Pelēcis and Pavel Karmanov.


Engagements for the 2017–2018 season include a tour to Israel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheba), concerts at the St Petersburg State Philharmonic and the Moscow State Philharmonic and appearances in Limassol, Tobolsk, Ryazan and Obninsk among other cities.


The pianist's records have been released on the Sony Music, Naxos, Bel Air and Quartz labels. 


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With a unique, branded sound, a virtuosic technical ease and a musical imagination that has captivated critics and audiences alike around the world, Julian Milkis carries the rare honor of being the only student of the clarinet legend Benny Goodman. Mr. Milkis’ unique interpretations and artistry have earned him an international stature of a dazzling soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and jazz clarinetist, with performances at principal venues of virtually every continent, including the Far East, Europe and the Americas.   

His numerous solo appearances include The Toronto Symphony, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Gosorkestr), St. Petersburg Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, L’Orchestre Colonne, L’Orchestre Symphonique Francaise, KBS Symphony of Seoul, Korea are only some of the symphony orchestras that featured Julian Milkis as their soloist on some of the world’s most prominent stages in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Great Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic of Russia, Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall in Toronto, National Concert Hall in Taipei, and others.

Aside from being an established solo artist, Julian Milkis is a sought-after chamber musician, having collaborated with some of today’s leading artists including Yuri Bashmet, Misha Maisky, Alexander Rudin, Polina Osetinskaya, the Borodin String Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet, to name a few. A multifaceted musician, Mr. Milkis is one of the leading voices for his instrument in the field of Jazz. His treasured collaboration with the jazz pianist Dick Hyman - Benny Goodman’s old bandmate, who has transcribed a number of King of Swing's classics for Julian, and recently dedicated Ragtime Concerto for him – provides a rare and genuine insight into the golden era of Jazz.

With an extensive amount of music written for him, including a number of concertos, Julian Milkis has had the honor of working with iconic music personalities, such as Giya Kancheli and Olivier Messiaen. Mr. Milkis has recorded for Russian Melodiya, Warner Classics’ Lontano, the French Suoni e Colori, Sony’s Russian division CEAUX, Russian Seasons, and Brilliant Classics.

Julian Milkis performs exclusively on Yamaha Clarinets and Rico reeds. His busy performing  schedule during the next few seasons will feature concert tours with the Siberian Virtuosi in the United States, South American tour with Sinfonia Toronto, and returning to the Chamber Music Festival at the Rancho La Puerta in Mexico, where he holds a position of the Founder, as well as a Music Director. For several decades, Julian has been a great advocate of the Canadian music. Numerous public performances and recordings around the world have been sponsored and supported by the Canada Council.

Recently, Julian Milkis became the recipient of the very prestigious title of the Knight of Honour of Maltese Order, St. John Grand Priory.



Zurcher Kammerorchester

Founded in 1945 by Edmond de Stoutz, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra is now one of the leading ensembles of its kind. Under the direction of Edmond de Stoutz and later Howard Griffiths and Muhai Tang, the orchestra won international recognition. In the years of the world-acclaimed Principal Conductor Sir Roger Norrington, from 2011 to 2015, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra did much to establish and enhance its excellent reputation. Since the 2016/17 season the orchestra is led by Music Director Daniel Hope.


Regular invitations to international festivals, performances in Europe's leading centres of music, concert tours on almost all continents and numerous critically acclaimed CD releases testify to the worldwide renown of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. In 2017 two of the orchestra's CDreleases were honoured with an Echo Classic Award in the Classics Without Borders category.


The repertoire is broadly based, extending from the Baroque (in historically informed performance on gut strings and with Baroque bows) through the Classical and Romantic eras to the present day. The orchestra is also notable for its work with musicians from other fields such as jazz, folk music and popular entertainment. The concerts for children of all ages, outreach work with children and young people and encouragement of young instrumentalists are in every way as important to the Zurich Chamber Orchestra as its close and continuing collaboration with world-renowned soloists.


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Mischa Maisky

has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky.  
Rostropovich has lauded Mischa Maisky as "... one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique."  

Born in Latvia, educated in Russia, after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Tokyo, along with the rest of the major music centres.

He considers himself as a citizen of the world: „I’m playing an Italian cello, with French and German bows, Austrian and German strings, my 6 children were born in 4 different countries, my second wife is half Sri Lankan – half Italian, I’m driving a Japanese car, wear a Swiss watch and I feel at home everywhere where people appreciate and enjoy classical music.“

As an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist for more than 30 years he made well over 35 recordings with such orchestras as Vienna, Israel and Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony,  Orchestre de Paris, Orpheus und Chamber Orchestra of Europe and others.
His latest recording „Adagietto“ released in August 2018 is a very personal album recorded with his pianist daughter Lily and features bonus live recordings with Martha Argerich, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and his violinist son Sascha Maisky. Included is a multi-track arrangement of Mahler’s Adagietto from his 5th Symphony with Mischa playing all parts (except the part for harp), a project the cellist has dreamt of for many years.

Maisky’s recordings have enjoyed world-wide critical acclaim and have been awarded five times the prestigious Record Academy Prize in Tokyo, three times Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque in Paris and Diapason d’Or of the Year as well as the coveted Grammy nominations.  

One of the highlights in his career was the year 2000 - it was mainly devoted to a world-wide Bach tour which included over 100 concerts! In order to express his deep admiration for this great composer, Mischa Maisky has recorded Bach's Solo Suites three times and there is a new Video recording with Unitel/NHK planned in September 2018.

Another highlight was certainly his trio performance in Carnegie Hall with Itzhak Perlman and Evgeny Kissin in December 2015.

Truly a world-class musician and regular guest in most major International Festivals he collaborated with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev and Gustavo Dudamel and his partnerships have included artists as Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Nelson Freire, Evgeny Kissin, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Peter Serkin, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen to name just a few.

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Lily Maisky

Lily Maisky was born in Paris, moving to Brussels soon after. She began playing the piano at the age of four, with Lyl Tiempo, also studying with Hagit Kerbel, Ilana Davids and Alan Weiss. Lily was a pupil at the “Purcell School of Music” from 2001 till 2005 where she also studied jazz piano. She has received master classes and musical advice from renowned artists including Martha Argerich, Dmitri Bashkirov, Joseph Kalichstein, Pavel Gililov and Vitalij Margulis to name a few.

Concert appearances have taken her throughout Europe as well as the Far East, and she has been invited to many of the great festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the Edinburgh Festival, Miyazaki Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bergamo-Brescia, the Beijing Piano Festival, the Franz Liszt festival in Austria, Julian Rachlin and Friends in Dubrovnik, Rencontres de Bel Air in France, Gstaad Festival, the Schlesswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Berlin Festival as well as the English Chamber Orchestra Music Cruise. Lily has performed concertos under the batons of maestros Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Sanderling, Gerd Albrecht, Daniel Raiskin, Alberto Veronesi and Charles Olivieri Munroe, amongst others. She has also performed solo and ensemble works in such prestigious venues as the Royal Festival Hall in London, Vienna’s Concerthaus, Munich’s Prinzregentheatre, Hamburg’s Leiszhalle, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Venezia's La Fenice, Bonn's BeethovenHalle, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Rome's Teatro Olimpico, Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg Philarmonie, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul’s Performing Arts Center, Athens Megaron and Buckingham Palace among many others.

Lily features on several Deutsche Grammophon and EMI recording releases, and has been frequently broadcasted on European and Asian radio and television. Her latest release is for Avanti Classics with Grammy Award winning Violinist Philippe Quint. She has a predilection for chamber music and forms a regular duo with Mischa Maisky, as well as the Maisky trio with her brother. She has also performed with such artists as Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Dora Schwarzberg, Renaud Capuçon, Chantal Juillet, Sergey Krylov, Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, Gérard Caussé as well as Alissa Margulis, Hrachya Avanesyan, Geza Hosszu-Legocky, Boris Andrianov, Isztvan Vardai, Alexander Mogilevsky, Orfeo Mandozzi, Alena Baeva, Boris Brovstyn and the Szymanowski Quartet.

"Lily Maisky establishes her credentials as an exceptional pianist" BBC Music
"Lily Maisky played with grace, vigour and composure proving how well rounded a musician she is." Musical Criticism, Edinburgh International Festival
"As an experienced, sensitive but independent young pianist, Lily Maisky presented herself in Munich’s Prinzregententheatre as highly talented." Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sascha Maisky

Sascha Maisky was born in Brussels and began his violinistic studies at the age of three. His early professors include Leonid Kerbel, Leon Souroujon, Igor Oistrakh and Evgueny Grach. Having completed his studies in England with honors, Sascha moved to Vienna where his Professor was Boris Kuschnir.

Sascha performs regularly in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie, Köln Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zürich, and Musikverein Wien, as well as at the Verbier and Lugano Festivals alongside artists such as Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen and Yuri Bashmet. Sascha has also performs in Trio with his father Mischa and sister Lily, often performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.






5th International music festival
Odessa Classics


Main program

World premiere of the film
about Giya Kancheli

Extra series

Special exhibitions






June 1
Odessa Opera House

Cyprien Katsaris (piano)
Odessa Opera House Orchestra, conductor - Igor Shavruk

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37







June 2
Odessa Philharmonic

Roby Lakatos and ensemble

Lakatos Roby (violin)
Lisztes Jeno (cimbalom)
Csikos Vilmos (double bass)
Balog Laszlo (guitar)
Boni Laszlo (2nd violin)
Lakatos Robert Szakcsi (piano)

“The Best of Lakatos” program




June 3
Odessa Philharmonic

Music of Giya Kancheli

Polina Osetinskaya (piano)
Alexey Botvinov (piano)
Julian Milkis (clarinet)
Odessa Philharmonic chamber orchestra, conductor - Igor Shavruk

"Little Daneliada"
"Valse Boston" for piano and orchestra
"Miniatures" for clarinet and piano



June 4
Odessa Philharmonic

Pietro De Maria (piano)

Frédéric Chopin

3 Mazurkas
Ballade No.4
Nocturne No.2, Op.27
Scherzo No.2

Sergei Rachmaninov

9 Etudes-Tableaux, Op.39



June 5
Odessa Philharmonic

Michael Guttman (violin)
Ivo De Greef (piano)
Lysandre Donoso (bandoneon)
Ariel Eberstein (double bass)

The "Tango sensations" project by Michael Guttman


"Romántica" - FELIX LIPESKER arr. Federico-Grela
"Mala Junta" arr. by FELIX LIPESKER
"Lo Que vendra" - ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
"Contrabajeando" - ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
"Orlando Goñi Alfredo Gobbi" arr. ISMAEL SPITALNIK
"Patético Jorge Caldara" arr. ISMAEL SPITALNIK
"El Abrojito" - LUIS BERNSTEIN




June 6
Odessa Opera House

Zürcher Kammerorchester
Daniel Hope (violin)
Alexey Botvinov (piano)

Vivaldi: Concerto for 4 Violins B-Minor, RV 580
Mozart: Divertimento D-Major, KV 136
Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D-Minor. Daniel Hope and Willi Zimmerman (violin)
Mozart: Divertimento F-Major, KV 138
Schulhoff: Concerto Doppio for violin, piano and strings. Daniel Hope (violin), Alexey Botvinov (piano)





June 7
Open air at Potemkin Stairs

Zürcher Kammerorchester
Daniel Hope (violin)
Alexey Botvinov (piano)




Music of Grieg, Vivaldi, Rachmaninov, Gershwin






June 8
Odessa Philharmonic

Zürcher Kammerorchester
Jing Zhao (cello)
Alexey Botvinov (piano)


J. S. Bach - Concerto for piano and orchestra in D minor, BWV1052 (solo Alexey Botvinov)
Mendelssohn - String Symphony No.10 in B minor, MWV N 10
Boccherini - Concerto for cello and orchestra N2 in D Major G.479  (solo Jing Zhao)
Boccherini - Concerto for cello and orchestra N3 in G Major G.480  (solo Jing Zhao)
Mozart - Serenade No.13 for strings in G major, K.525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"





June 9
Odessa Philharmonic


The final performance of the Odessa Classics 2019

Maisky Trio

Misha Maisky (cello)
Lily Maisky (piano)
Sascha Maisky (violin)

Mischa Maisky (cello) and Lily Maisky (piano)


    1. Prelude, op.23/10
    2. How everyone loves thee, op.14/6
    3. How my heart aches, op.21/12
    4. Sing not to me, beautiful maiden, op.4/4
    5. How fair this spot, op.21/7
    6. Vocalise, op. 34/14
    7. Twilight, op.21/3
    8. Melodie, op.3/3
    9. Elegie, op.3/1

Maisky Trio:

Mischa Maisky (cello), Lily Maisky (piano), Sascha Maisky (violin)

TCHAIKOVSKY  Trio “In memory of a great artist”



World premiere of the film about Giya Kancheli


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 June 2
Jewish Cultural Center "Beit Grand"
(77/79 Nezhins'ka St.)

World premiere of the film about Giya Kancheli
"The silence between the notes"
by Olga Antimoni (Canada)





Special Festival's exhibitions


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May 31 – June 14
( 15 Pushkinskaya St.)




"Laboratory of Orpheus"
by Arsen Savadov

Curators of the exhibition are
Anatoliy Dymchuk and Ekaterina Miheytseva


The opening is on Thursday, May 31, at 15:00

May 30 – June 30
(5 Leontovycha St.)




"Music of the Spheres"
by Alexander Roitburd and Oleg Sokolov

Curators of the exhibition are
Felix Kokhrikht and Semen Kantor


The opening is on Wednesday, May 30, at 19:00