IX International String music Festival L’arte del Arco in Kazan


The IX International String-Bow music Festival L’arte del Arco was held on March 15-21, 2021 in Kazan, organized by the Kazan Chamber Orchestra La Primavera and its artistic director and principal conductor Rustem Abyazov.

The festival took place on the stages of three cities in the Republic of Tatarstan (Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny and Nizhnekamsk), where the La Primavera orchestra met such outstanding Russian musicians as cellist Boris Andrianov, violinists Gaik Kazazyan and Graf Murzha, and others.

Invited musicians brought for Kazan residents such works of the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich as: “Waltz-Scherzo” from the ballet “The Bright Stream”, “Soviet Dance” and “Tango” from the ballet “Golden Age”. Soloists gave free master classes for young musicians.

“The meeting of young performers with famous musicians is a huge impetus for the further professional development of children,” maestro Rustem Abyazov shared.

In addition to national musicians, the festival was attended by a Mexican violin soloist Alfredo Reyes Logunova. He was supported by the orchestra with a performance of Rustem Abyazov’s Rondo in C Major and Adagio in E Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as Niccolo Paganini’s famous virtuoso Campanella.

A special gift for the audience was a contemporary work “Jazz Rococo” by Alexander Rosenblat, which was adapted for cello and chamber orchestra especially for this musical evening by the legendary cellist Fyodor Amosov. According to him, he is honored to play the premiere of his version of cover in Kazan.

The composer-in-residence at this year’s festival was the famous American-Maltese composer, a native of Kiev Alexey Shor. Shor’s compositions will be performed at all festival concerts. Most of them are for the first time in Tatarstan.

As a reminder, the L’arte del arco International String and String Art Festival takes place in Kazan for the ninth consecutive year. It became good traditions of the festival to open new names of bright and talented performers, to present premieres of musical works, to organize free master classes from the distinguished guests of the festival.