Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy to tour Russia

The Sydney Symphony is celebrating the musical partnership it has formed with Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, starting with concerts of Sibelius in February, culminating with a tour to Russia in November.

“2013 will be my fifth season as Principal Conductor. It’s another milestone in a long relationship that goes back to my first ABC tour in 1969,” says Ashkenazy.

A highlight of the year will be the orchestra’s tour of Russia, with performances in Moscow and St Petersburg.

“The Sydney Symphony is a wonderful group of people – an orchestra of which Australia can be very proud,” says Ashkenazy. “I am greatly looking forward to taking the orchestra to my place of birth and showcasing their talents to the world.”

The Orchestra will perform at the St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall on Friday 22 November and in Moscow at the Moscow Conservatory on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November. The tour will start with a performance on Wednesday 20 November at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of touring Russia this year with Ashkenazy,” says Sydney Symphony Managing Director Rory Jeffes. “The orchestra has never performed in Russia so to tour the country with Ashkenazy at the helm, well it simply doesn’t get much better,” adds Jeffes.

“When the Sydney Symphony invited me to conduct a Sibelius festival here in 2004, I already had fond memories of visiting Sydney and performing for Australian audiences. But the festival turned out to be a momentous event: for us on stage and for the audience. I don’t think I’d heard Sibelius played better, anywhere.

“The Sibelius festival led eventually to my role with the orchestra as Principal Conductor, a collaboration in which I have felt enormously privileged,” says Ashkenazy.

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