Art as a Present: Musical Olympus Festival in New York

Musical Olympus Festival in New York

On March, 4, 2012 a sixth presentation concert of the Musical Olympus Festival took place in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York

The parade of the winners consisted of the participants of Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg: Stilian Kirov (Bulgaria, conductor), Third Prize and Orchestra Prize, The Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition, Athens (Greece), 2010; Alexej Gorlatch (Ukraine, piano), First Prize, The ARD International Music Competition, Munich (Germany), 2011; Christoph Croise (Switzerland, cello), Grand Prix, “The IBLA Foundation Grand Prize” Competition, Ragusa, Sicily (Italy), 2010; Ashu (USA, saxophone), First Prize, “The International Salon de Virtuosi Career”, New York (USA), 2008, Mario Chang (Guatemala, tenor), First Prize, The Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition, Barcelona (Spain), 2011. These musicians became the heroes of the concert.

This year the musicians have performed together with the Musical Olympus Festival Orchestra.

The concert was held under the auspices of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”.

The New York audience welcomed the young musicians with a standing ovation. “Apart from their talent and mastery, our musicians possess positive energy that they generously share with their listeners,.That is why people leave their concerts elated with emotions”, says Irina Nikitina, president of Musical Olympus Foundation.

Mario Chang

Traditionally at the concerts of Musical Olympus Festival the audience chooses the best musician, who is awarded with the Audience Award - an Easter egg made by artist-jeweler Vladimir Mikhailov. This year the award was given to tenor Mario Chang, who performed E la solita storia del pastore from “L'arlesiana” (F. Cilea), Non ti Scordar di Me (E.De Curtis), Che gelida manina from “La Bohème” (G. Puccini) and, as an encore, “La donna e mobile” (G. Verdi).

Musical Olympus New York


International Musical Olympus Festival Concert

Alexej Gorlatch, piano

Ashu, saxophone

Christoph Croise, cello

Mario Chang, tenor

Stilian Kirov, conductor


MOZART Overture to “Le Nozze di Figaro” (1786)

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15 (1797)

I. Allegro con brio

II. Largo

III. Rondo. Allegro scherzando

TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33 (1876)

IBERT Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Eleven Instruments (1936)

I. Allegro con moto

II. Larghetto – Animato molto

PIAZZOLLA Two Tangos (Arr. for Saxophone and String Orchestra by Ashu)

CILEA E la solita storia del pastore from “L'arlesiana”

CURTIS Non ti Scordar di Me (1936)

PUCCINI Che gelida manina from “La Boheme” (1896)