Preview: From Russia With Love by Yuri Bashmet and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia (NUS Arts Festival 2018)
First established in 2012, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia already started off as a massive project, with 90 young musicians aged 10 to 22 years old from 40 Russian cities, sourced from a competition between classical music performers. Since then, the orchestra has produced countless professional musicians both renewing and preserving the cultural music of Russia, and has gone on to play at huge events, being the only symphonic orchestra to perform at the Fisht Olympic Stadium for all four ceremonies of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014, played at opening celebrations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, and has made tours of Vienna, Milan, Brussels, Geneva and Berlin to critical acclaim.
Now, they’ll be making their highly anticipated Asian debut with Singapore as their first stop this September at the University Cultural Centre at NUS. Led by internationally lauded violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet, From Russia with Love is produced by CultureLink Singapore and the Russian Concert Agency and held in conjunction with NUS Arts Festival 2018, and feature 100 young musicians as they present works from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, and the Asian Premiere of Kuzma Bodrov’s “Journey Through the Orchestra”.
From Russia With Love will also feature masterful soloist, violinist Tatiana Samouil from Russia, who recovered from a near fatal accident in 2014 stronger than ever, delivering the very best traditions of the Russian violin school. Also making an guest appearance will be local soloist, 11-year old violinist Chloe Chua, and will perform a Vivaldi double violin concerto with Tatiana. This performance will mark the young prodigy’s her first orchestral appearance after her first-prize win in the Junior Category at the Menuhin Competition in April this year, and already she has been praised as full of poise, stage confidence and musical maturity.
Prepare yourself for an evening of music that will prove the claim that Bashmet is one of the world’s greatest living musicians, as he leads these handpicked youths from across Russia in thrilling Singapore with a transcendent debut performance.
From Russia with Love plays at the NUS University Cultural Centre on 12th September. Tickets available from SISTIC