The «Winter Nights on the Amstel» again was a great success!
The «Winter Nights on the Amstel» once more turned out to be a great success. In the first place, due to our great performers, both the young talents and the well-known musicians whose concerts were just incredible; due to friendly reactions of mass media; but most of all - because of you, our highly beloved audience. We were glad to welcome our old friends as well as the guests who visited the festival for the first time. Your enthusiastic feedback proves that the «Winter Nights on the Amstel» have become popular and have taken its firm position in the rich cultural life of the Netherlands.
Meanwhile we have already started with the preparations for the next edition and will be pleased to welcome you again at the «Winter Nights on the Amstel» 2017.
The composer is coming!
On Sunday, December 11th, the famous pianist Alexei Lubimov together with Dudok Kwartet performs compositions by three great minimalist composers. The name of the Dutch one, Simeon ten Holt, is well-known to anyone who appreciates modern music. Along with his works, compositions by two Russian minimalists, Vladimir Martynov and Pavel Karmanov will be played. The latter will come to the concert himself, which makes us feel proud and honoured! From the 90-s he has developed his own personal form of minimalism, part of which was using of audio-visual effects during the concerts. His music is regularly performed by such famous musicians as Yuri Bashmet and Boris Andrianov. Karmanov also composes a lot for feature films and documentaries, he is a true all-rounder!
Alexei Lubimov on TV this Sunday, Vrije Geluiden, NPO1
The festival is approaching, and attracts a lot of press and media attention. On Sunday, December 4th Alexei Lubimov takes part in the TV program Vrije Geluiden. We are very proud to have this famous pianist perform at the festival! During the concert on Sunday, December 11 at 20:15 Alexei Lubimov will present works of the famous Russian contemporary composers Vladimir Martynov and Pavel Karmanov, whose music is not heard in the Netherlands very often.
You can find more information about the programme of the concert and listen to the music of Vladimir Martynov and Pavel Karmanov by following the links below.
We invite you to come and enjoy this wonderful concert!
Dmitry Sinkovsky plays at the opening concertThis year, we are honoured to have Dmitry Sinkovsky, the most famous Russian baroque violinist, perform at the festival!This year, we are honoured to have Dmitry Sinkovsky, the most famous Russian baroque violinist, perform at the festival! On Saturday, December 10th he will play at the Opening concert of the festival together with other well-known performers of the early music, such as Jed Wents, Olga Pashchenko and Dmitry Sokolov. During this concert the public will enjoy the most remarkable musical masterpieces that sounded at the court of Catherine the Great. More information about the concert can be found via this link.
Announcement in "Oude Muziek" magazineThe last note of the 35-th edition of the Utrecht Early Music Festival has sounded. The Artist in residence this year was brilliant Olga Pashchenko. We are happy to announce that Olga will play at the Opening and the final concert of "Winteravonden aan de Amstel".In her interview to the “Oude Muziek” magazine she says:"I am looking forward to taking part in the festival "Winter Nights on the Amstel" in December. The theme of this year highlights the exhibition about the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Which means - a lot of early music. I will play Mozart four hands with Alexander Melnikov. But most importantly - I would like to profoundly penetrate the music I perform and understand it in-depth. This is how it brings value to my life."
Russian-Dutch cultural exchange of young talents
"Winter Nights on the Amstel" gives young talented musicians from Russia and the Netherlands a chance to exchange their musical experience. Facilitated by the festival management, 15-year-old Dutch violist Anuschka Pedano performed with great success in the International Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow. The concert was a part of the festival "Moscow meets friends" organised in May 2016 by the Vladimir Spivakov Fund.
The April issue of Discovery, one of the most readable Russian travel magazines, named our festival among ten of the most interesting events worth visiting during the stay in Amsterdam.
The main theme of the April issue was the Netherlands, with one of the articles reviewing ten most interesting events that take place in the country from January to December. It names “Winter Nights on the Amstel” one of brightest festivals in Amsterdam, among other famous cultural events such as the Carnival, the Tulip Festival and the National Mill Day. Happy and proud of the acknowledgement, we invite you to enjoy the wonderful music from the 10th to the 13th of December 2016 in the warm and welcoming ambiance of the Hermitage Amsterdam!
The Young Talents
We are very proud to announce that the laureates of the International Vladimir Spivakov Foundation are coming to our festival this year. The young musicians aged 12 – 14 will give 2 concerts. On Sunday December 20 at 13.30 Varvara Agaeva (12 years old, violin), Mikhail Krasnenker (14 years old, piano), Andrey Ryazanzev (12 years old, clarinet) and Andrey Varlamov (13 years old, oboe) will perform pieces by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and List.The following day, on Monday December 21 at 15.00, the young Russian virtuosi will perform together with the winners of the prestigious Dutch Competition for young musicians Prinses Christina Concours. A perfect concert for children (5 years and above), their parents and grandparents!Varvara Agaeva and Mikhail Krasnenker will also be broadcasted on radio. Don’t miss the program “Opium” on Friday December 18 on Radio 4 at 22.30!By clicking on the link below you can enjoy the talented violinist Varvara Agaeva playing the stunning scherzo “Tarantella” composed by Wieniawsky.
Severin von Eckardstein
Great news – along with the stars Natalia Gutman and Boris Berezovsky performing at the festival this year, we have invited the brilliant pianist Severin von Eckardstein. The music lovers in the Netherlands know him from the prestigious Meesterpianisten series in the Concertgebouw. On December 21, together with the violinist Franziska Hölscher and cellist Tatjana Vassiljeva he will perform the astounding piano trio in A minor op.50 by Tchaikovsky. Severin von Eckardstein will also play solo several of the great composer’s pieces, as well as Tchaikovsky’s famous lyrical songs together with soprano and the Artistic Director of the festival Anna Azernikova. For more information about this concert, please click on the following link.
Boris Berezovsky plays at the opening concert
The Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky will open the festival on December 19th. The Times described him as ‘a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power’. In the Netherlands, he first appeared in 2001, falling in for the famous Emanuel Ax in the Saturday Morning Matinee series at the Concertgebouw, and has been loved by the Dutch public ever since. His recording of the Rachmaninov sonatas was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” and his Ravel disc was recommended by Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason and BBC Music Magazine. He won a BBC Music Magazine Award – Instrumental Category for his Chopin/Godowsky recording. For more information about his concert on December 19th, please follow this link.
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Locatie: Hermitage, Amsterdam
Adres: Nieuwe Keizersgracht, 1
Stichting Winteravonden aan de Amstel
KvK Amsterdam nr. 58932097
IBAN: NL50 INGB 0006 1813 18
Adres: Meander 167, 1181 WN Amstelveen
Tel: +31 6 23861156
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