Valery Gergiev, conductor
Kristóf Baráti, violin
DEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
STRAVINSKY: Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY: The Firebird (complete)
Musical fireworks abound as the Mariinsky Orchestra returns under the baton of its Grammy Award-winning music director Valery Gergiev. Christened “Russia’s musical crown jewel” by the New York Times, the Mariinsky Orchestra was founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia.
Valery Gergiev’s inspired leadership of the Mariinsky Theatre has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution and has demonstrated his merit as one of Russia’s most potent cultural figures. A recipient of numerous awards, Gergiev also serves as Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and the World Orchestra of Peace, Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and the Moscow Easter Festival, and Chair of the Organizational Committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.