Performance Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 8 PM

Mariinsky Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
To close out their focus on Tchaikovsky at Carnegie Hall, the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev have invited Daniil Trifonov to perform the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Trifonov is the most recent winner of the historic Tchaikovsky Competition, which turned Texan Van Cliburn into a star when he won the inaugural contest in 1958. Also on the program are works by composers who carried on Russia’s grand musical legacy into the 20th century: selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich’s First Symphony.


  • Mariinsky Orchestra
    Valery Gergiev, Music Director and Conductor
  • Daniil Trifonov, Piano
    Grand Prize Winner, XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition


  • PROKOFIEV Three Selections from Romeo and Juliet
    ··Friar Lawrence
    ··Montagues and Capulets
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1

  • Encores:
  • CHOPIN Grand Valse brillante in E-flat Major, Op. 18
  • LISZT Étude No. 3 in G-sharp Minor, "La Campanella" from Grandes études de Paganini
  • LIADOV Baba-Yaga
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from Eugene Onegin


  • Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the orchestra entered its “golden age” in the second half of the 19th century under the musical direction of Eduard Nápravník, whose leadership for more than a half-century (1863–1916) secured its reputation as one of the finest in Europe.

    Numerous internationally famed musicians have conducted the orchestra, among them Hans von Bülow, Felix Mottl, Felix Weingartner, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Otto Nikisch, Willem Mengelberg, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Erich Kleiber, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, and Arnold Schoenberg.

    Renamed the Kirov during the Soviet era, the orchestra continued to maintain its high artistic standards under the leadership of Yevgeny Mravinsky and Yuri Temirkanov. The leadership of Valery Gergiev has enabled the Mariinsky Theatre to forge important relationships for the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera to appear in the world’s greatest opera houses and theaters, among them the Metropolitan Opera; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; San Francisco Opera; Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; the Salzburg Festival; and La Scala in Milan.

    The success of the orchestra’s frequent tours has created the reputation of what one journalist referred to as “the world’s first global orchestra.” Since its US debut in 1992, the orchestra has made 15 tours of North America, including a 2006 celebration of the complete Shostakovich symphonies, a cycle of Prokofiev’s stage works in 2008, major works of Hector Berlioz in February and March 2010, and a centennial Mahler cycle at Carnegie Hall in October 2010. In addition to opening Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 season, this month the orchestra presents a cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies on both the East and West coasts and in Canada.

    In 2009 and 2010, the new Mariinsky Label released Shostakovich’s The Nose and symphonies nos. 1 and 15, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Rodion Shchedrin’s The Enchanted Wanderer, and Stravinsky’s Les noces and Oedipus Rex. Releases in 2011 include Shostakovich’s symphonies nos. 2 and 11, and nos. 3 and 10; Wagner’s Parsifal; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor; and a DVD/Blu-ray of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies nos. 4, 5, and 6, and Balanchine’s ballet Jewels.

    Valery Gergiev

    Valery Gergiev’s inspired leadership as artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has taken Mariinsky ensembles to 45 countries and has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution, now in its 229th season.

    At home in St. Petersburg, Maestro Gergiev’s leadership has resulted in the new and superb Mariinsky Concert Hall, which opened in November 2006, and the Mariinsky record label, which was launched in 2009. The new Mariinsky Theatre is scheduled to open in 2012; in 2015, the original and classic Mariinsky Theatre (currently celebrating its 151st anniversary) will be renovated to bring its staging facilities up to 21st-century standards.

    Presently principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the World Orchestra for Peace, Maestro Gergiev is also founder and artistic director of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons festivals in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel.

    Maestro Gergiev is the recipient of a Grammy Award, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, the Netherlands’s Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, Valencia’s Silver Medal, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize, and France’s Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur.

    In addition to recording for the Mariinsky and LSO Live labels, Maestro Gergiev has recorded extensively for Decca (Universal Classics), and appears on the Philips and Deutsche Grammophon labels.

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  • Daniil Trifonov

    Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1991, Daniil Trifonov has emerged as one of the brightest names among the new generation of pianists. During the 2010–2011 season, he won medals at three of the most prestigious competitions in the music world: the Chopin Competition in Warsaw (Bronze Medal), the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv (First Prize), and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (Gold Medal).

    Mr. Trifonov’s engagements during the 2011–2012 season include debuts with the London Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras under Valery Gergiev, the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, and the Warsaw Philharmonic with Antoni Wit, as well as collaborations with such conductors as Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir Neville Marriner, Pietari Inkinen, and Eivind Gullberg-Jensen. He also gives performances at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, and in venues throughout Italy, France, Israel, and Poland. Mr. Trifonov recently made his Japanese debut in Tokyo; gave recitals at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, the Moscow Easter Festival, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and the Brighton Festival in the UK; and performed a Chopin birthday concert in Warsaw conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki.

    Mr. Trifonov began his musical studies at age five at Moscow’s Gnesin School of Music. From 2006 to 2009, he also studied composition, and has continued to write piano, chamber, and orchestral music. He has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2009. That same year, he received a Guzik Foundation Career Grant, and subsequently toured the US and Italy.

    Mr. Trifonov has performed at such international music festivals as Rheingau (Germany), Crescendo (Russia), Arpeggione (Austria), the Round Top Festival Institute (Texas), Santo Stefano (Italy), and Festival Pianistico di Trieste (Italy). His first CD, featuring works by Chopin, was released on Decca in 2011, and he has made recordings for television in Russia, the US, and Italy.

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 (Allegro)
Mariinsky Orchestra; Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Audio Clips and Excerpts - Carnegie Hall's 2011-2012 Season

At a Glance

This program presents three Russian masterpieces in different genres. They are among the most popular works in their respective composers’ oeuvres, yet the Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky pieces faced nearly insurmountable obstacles in their early history. All three combine an immediately gratifying tunefulness with structural subtlety, and all three were immediately embraced in America. 
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