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Monday, March 5, 2012

Mischa Maisky and Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra comes to Toronto May 3

Thursday, May 3 at Roy Thomson Hall

SHOW ONE PRESENTS GRAMMY-WINNING MOSCOW SOLOISTS

IN 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

YURI BASHMET, VIOLA & CONDUCTOR

MISCHA MAISKY’S LONG-AWAITED TORONTO RETURN AS SOLOIST

“... Bashmet is a string player of altogether uncanny powers.” – New York Times

“Romantic, lyrical delivery, a style of playing that is the absolute domain of Mischa Maisky” - The Strad

For 20 years, the Grammy Award-winning Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra has been in demand at the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. Show One Productions proudly presents the globe-trotting ensemble with its founder, Yuri Bashmet, as conductor and viola soloist Thursday, May 3, 2012, 8 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto. Joining them as guest soloist is acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky, in his first Toronto appearance since 1978.

Tickets, $55-115, are available from the Roy Thomson Hall box office, 416-872-4255, or via www.roythomson.com. More information is also available fromwww.showoneproductions.ca.

The Moscow Soloists perform Schubert’s Quartet in D minor (Death and the Maiden), as arranged by Mahler; and Brahms’ Quintet in B minor for Viola and Strings,arranged for small orchestra, with Maestro Bashmet as soloist. With Mischa Maisky as solo cellist, the orchestra performs Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C and Tchaikovsky’s Nocturne in D minor for Cello and Orchestra.

Yuri Bashmet (www.icartists.co.uk/artists/yuri-bashmet), the Moscow Soloists’ founder and conductor, is internationally ­renowned as a conductor and the preeminent viola player of the modern age. The London Times calls him “without doubt, one of the world’s greatest living musicians”, while Gramophone Magazine refers toBashmet's status as the most charismatic violist performing today.” Through his vibrant and active solo career – not to mention his strength of personality and high intelligence – Bashmet has given the viola a new prominence, and motivated such leading composers as Shostakovich, Schnittke and Gubaidulina to expand the viola repertoire and to dedicate works to him.

Latvian-born cellist Mischa Maisky (www.mischamaisky.com) established himself early on as truly a world-class musician and regular guest at most major international festivals. He has the distinction of being the only cellist in the world to have studied with both Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky, two of the world’s legendary cellists. Rostropovich lauded Mischa Maisky as “one of the most outstanding talents of the younger generation of cellists. His playing combines poetry and exquisite delicacy with great temperament and brilliant technique.” He is a favorite collaborator of an equally legendary artist, pianist Martha Argerich, and has also worked in long-standing partnerships with such outstanding artists as pianist Radu Lupu, violinist Gidon Kremer, and conductors Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Daniel Barenboim. As an exclusive Deutsche Gramophone artist, during the last 25 years he has made over 30 recordings with such orchestras as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, London Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Since its debut in May 1992 in Moscow, the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra (www.mariinsky.ru/en/company/priglashennye_kollektivy/moscow) has remained a remarkable ensemble that collaborates with top musicians. Strad magazine named its Shostakovich and Brahms CD “best recording of the year”. The CD was also nominated for a Grammy, as was the Moscow Soloists’ 2006 recording of chamber symphonies by Shostakovich, Georgy Sviridov and Mieczysław Weinberg. The orchestra’s Stravinsky/Prokofiev CD won it a Grammy in 2007. Audiences in over 40 countries on five continents have thrilled to the orchestra’s vivacious live and televised performances, in wide-ranging repertoire of classics, rarely-performed works from the past, and intriguing premieres.

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SHOW ONE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

THE MOSCOW SOLOISTS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

YURI BASHMET, CONDUCTOR & VIOLA SOLOIST

MISCHA MAISKY, CELLO SOLOIST

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 8 p.m. at Roy Thomson Hall

PROGRAM:

Schubert/Mahler: Quartet in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1

Tchaikovsky: Nocturne in D minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 19, No. 4

Brahms: Quintet in B minor for Viola and Strings, Op. 115

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