Libertas in Dubrovnik
babelmed - 06/07/2005
For almost two months the city lives for its Festival. Children work as couriers and help build the sets in the streets during the morning. The special charm of the Libertas Festival is that everything happens in the natural athmosphere of the old city. In the confined spaces of the small city, it may not be possible to sell large numbers of tickets, but there is a very intimate exchange between artist and audience. The courtyard of the Rector’s Palace is perfect for chamber music, for example. The performers love the feedback and say it inspires them to greater heights. The St Laurence Fort makes a spectacular setting for Hamlet, and no one who witnessed it will forget the production Richard Eyre brought in 1988, with Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Since 56 years, numerous International stars of music have already taken part, like Karajan, Richter, Menuhin, Ojstrah, Ciccolini, Janigr, Yepes, Mehta, Kondrašin, Szeryng, Matačić, Rostropovič... and lately Montserrat Caballé, Stephen Kovachevic, Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Gridenko, France Clidat, Paula Agnew, Christopher Wilson, Eliot Fisk, Sabine Meyer, Denise Graves, Emma Kirkby, Antonio Meneses, Lucia Aliberti, Lazar Berman, Ramon Vargas, Russian Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Performances of renowned European and world’s names of drama (Brook, Nekrošius...), ballet and classic music made Dubrovnik Summer Festival become an event that exceeded the borders of Croatia and made it the most significant Croatian heritage exportation brand.
The Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Founded in 1979 by Vladimir Spivakov, one of the most famous violinists of our days, after his debut as conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. The afore mentioned debut was so successful that it made him select this group of high standard soloists from the most important posts in the greatest orchestras of the Soviet Union to create his own ensemble.
As soon as the Moscow Virtuosi were formed, the ensemble was called from all over the world. they have toured in Europe, America, Asia, performing in countries such as Great Britain, France, Germany, United States, Japan, etc.
Since 1989, the Moscow Virtuosi, with Vladimir Spivakov as conductor, regularly attend the Music Festival of Marbella (Spain), Rheingau Musik Festival in Wiesbaden (Germany), Scheslig Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Festpiele Wiltz Festival (Luxemburg) and Festival Internationale de Colmar (France) where they give not only concerts but also masterclasses.
Vladimir Spivakov, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, is a remarkable musician with a multifaceted career. He is a prominent violinist who has appeared both as recitalist and orchestral soloist in major music capitals throughout the world; a respected guest conductor with such renowned orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra; and the founder, conductor and violin soloist of the Moscow Virtuosi, which under his leadership has developed into one of the world's leading chamber ensembles. He is a musician of conscience whose many humanistic activities range from providing musical instruments to children to work on behalf of victims of war and natural disasters.
Vladimir Spivakov has appeared as a guest conductor with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the London Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the English and Scottish chamber orchestras, and the chamber orchestras of Dresden, Rome, and the Netherlands.
Mr. Spivakov has made more than 20 recordings for the BMG/RCA Red Seal label of works ranging from Bach, Haydn and Mozart to Shostakovich, Schnittke and Shchedrin. Also for RCA Red Seal, he has recorded concertos by Brahms, Prokofiev, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.
Mr. Spivakov has been decorated with Russia's highest prize, the National Cultural Heritage Award, and is Ambassador of the Arts for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has worked on behalf of victims of the Stalin regime and children who suffered from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. In May 1994 Mr. Spivakov established an international charity foundation that provides creative and financial support to talented young people and needy children from his homeland.
Mr. Spivakov is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including First Prize at the Montreal Competition, the Marguerite Long St. Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, the Nicolo Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Midori's career was launched when she performed the first movement of the Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta at Avery Fisher Hall in a series of concerts including a New Year's Eve Gala in December 1982. She was just eleven years old.
Kun Woo Paik
Born in Seoul, Kun Woo Paik (already performed at Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2000) gave his debut at the age of 10 with the Korean National Orchestra. At the age of 15 he moved to New York to study at the Julliard School and following wins at both the Naumburg and the Busoni Competitions he went on to give significant debuts at the Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall launching his international career.
His repertoire is extensive and incorporates a wide range of styles and genres. An artist with a quiet intellect which straddles the cultures of east and west, Mr Paik often successfully combines conventional repertoire with the more unusual, and has also been invited to give many significant musical debuts.
Kun Woo has made numerous recordings, and his recording of the complete Prokofiev Piano Concerti received both the Diapason d’Or and the Nouvelle Academie du Disque. He is currently an exclusive Decca Artists for whom he has made three recordings.
Kun Woo now lives in Paris and is the Artistic Director of the Emerald Coast Music Festival in Dinard France. He was made the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2000.
Vargas, Ramón - tenor
Ramón Vargas (already performed at Festival in 2002 and 2004) is one of the leading tenors of our time and one of the most sought-after worldwide. He has been working steadily in the biggest opera houses around the world: La Scala (La Traviata, Falstaff, Rigoletto), Vienna State Opera (Maria Stuarda, L'Elisir d'Amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Roberto Devereux, La Bohème), London Covent Garden (La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème), Paris Opéra-Bastille (Rigoletto, Traviata), New York MET (Rigoletto, Barbiere di Siviglia, Cenerentola, L'Elisir d'Amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Bohème) San Francisco Opera (Un Ballo in Maschera, Lucia di Lammermoor), Buenos Aires Teatro Colón (La Favorita), the Arena of Verona (Barbiere, Rigoletto), Madrid Teatro Real (Werther), and others.