Between 10-20 November 2019, the 11th International Cello Festival VIVACELLO will gather some of the best British cellists of different generations as part of the UK - Russia Year of Music.
On 12-13 November, the festival will feature Guy Johnston, one of the most prominent British cellists, who tours around the world and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2000, when he was 19, he won the BBC Young Musician competition, and two years later he was awarded the Classic Brit Award as Young Classical Performer of the Year. On 13 November, Guy Johnson will perform at the "Cello Concerto with Character" together with Sasha Filipenko and Boris Andrianov.
Another concert will be held on 16 November with the cellist Shirley Smart. She is a performer and composer with a brilliant academic background who uses jazz improvisation and Middle Eastern music elements, turning the cello into a stunningly versatile instrument.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson will perform on November 17. An extraordinary artist who breaks stereotypes about this instrument, Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a performer and composer, whose music organically interweaves the academic and the contemporary; she also uses vocals while performing, to great effect. Ayanna is the only non-American who won at Amateur Night Live at the legendary Harlem's Apollo Theatre in New York.
The festival closing on 20 November will feature Raphael Wallfisch, student of the great Gregor Piatigorsky and winner of the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition, whose career includes collaborations with outstanding contemporary composers and many iconic audio recordings. Along with Raphael Wallfisch, young Laura van der Heijden will perform at the festival’s closing concert. She won BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 at the age of 15, which overnight made her a favourite of the nation and paved the way to an international career. Today, Laura van der Heijden performs with the world's best orchestras and has released a solo album of Russian cello music. Raphael Wallfisch and Laura van der Heijden will perform together with Tchaikovsky state academic Grand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Justin Brown (UK).
Tickets are available on the official website.
VIVACELLO is the only Russian festival of cello music, which was first held in Moscow in 2008. The concept author and the all-time artistic director is Boris Andrianov: laureate of international competitions and Honoured Artist of Russia, who invites the best cellists from around the world to the festival.