Saturday 23 February 2019 at 8.30pm



Three superb virtuosi will play three of the most commanding concertos composed by the master of the strings.
This is a rare opportunity to listen to these three concertos in one evening, and to the six concertos all together during this year’s festival. Each one of these outstanding violinists will bring a different flavour to his concerto, playing his own precious instrument.

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Niccolo Paganini

Violin Concerto No.2, Op.7
Violin Concerto No.5, in A minor
Violin Concerto No.4, in D minor


The Birmingham post wrote: “Gabriele Pieranunzi, the sweetest – toned violinist you could imagine…a rewarding and immaculately contoured reading nonetheless”.

For the precocious talent and the uncommon natural skills, Gabriele Pieranunzi has imposed himself at the attention of the public and musical critics as one of the most important Italian violinist of his generation.

Between the numerous statements in international competition which characterized his entrance on the musical stage stands out the awards at a very prestigious international competitions like N.Paganini ( Genua, 1988 -1990), Tibor Varga ( Sion) ,Ludwig Spohr ( Freiburg), R.Romanini ( Brescia) , R.Lipizer ( Gorizia), G. B. Viotti (Vercelli).

Graduating at 16 years old guided by A. Pelliccia in Conservatorio “G.Verdi” of Turin, he later improve his studies with S. Gheorghiu, Salvatore Accardo and Franco Gulli.

He performed with important conductors like Aldo Ceccato, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimi Fedoseyev, Lu Jia, Piero Bellugi, Mattias Bamert, U.Benedetti Michelangeli, Anton Nanut, Julian Kovatchev, Nicolas Cleobury, Gianandrea Noseda, Hansjorg Albrecht, and collaborated on the chamber music’s field with Boris Belkin, Alfons Kontarsky, Rocco Filippini,  Nelson Goerner, Alain Meunier,  Rainer Kussmaul, Alexander Ivaskhin, Bruno Giuranna, Bruno Canino, Franco Petracchi, Laura De Fusco.

Invited many times by the Municipality of Genoa to play on the famous Guarneri del Gesù “Il Cannone” violin belonged to N.Paganini. He is a regular guest of the most leading concert halls  like Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome,  Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, Herculeesaal of Munchen, Baden Baden Phillharmonie, Rtsi of Lugano, Festival Bemus of Belgrado, ,Filarmonica G.Enescu of Bucarest, Wigmore Hall of London,City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,Bournemouth  Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, Malmoe Symphony Orchestra,Opera City Hall of Tokyo, Festival Mozart of La Coruna, Teatro Coliseum of Buenos Aires, Teatro Regio of Turin, Settimane Musicali of Stresa, Verdi Symphony Orchestra, Milan.

From 2004, after the assignment given to well-known, he is the first violin of the orchestra of the Theatre of San Carlo of Naples.

He’s recently recorded The Kurt Weill’s concerto for violin and winds under the baton of Sir Jeffrey Tate and Mendelssohn Complete Piano Quartets for Decca – Universal label with the pianist Roberto Prosseda.

*He plays on a Ferdinando Gagliano  violin dating 1764, belonged to Gioconda De Vito and owned by the foundation “Il Canale” ONLUS.

Yury Revich, Violin

“Full-blooded authority, fleet-fingered dexterity, innate musicality and substantial accuracy…”
-The Strad-

In his twenties, violinist Yury Revich is already a multi-faceted artist of incredible depth and maturity. Winner of an ECHO Klassik 2016 “Newcomer of the Year” award, “Young Artist of the Year 2015” at the International Classical Music Awards and “Young Musician of the Year” by the Beethoven Center Vienna, he is one of the most expressive and versatile musicians of his generation.

Yury made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2009 and La Scala in 2013 and his concerts since then have included performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Zurich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow amongst many others while his recordings to date are featured on labels such as Sony Classical and Odradek as well as a recording with ARS records for which he won his ECHO Klassik Award.

An artist of immense diversity, Yury enjoys a wide range of musical interests. An avid interpreter of Baroque, he frequently collaborates with harpsichordist Olga Fillipova, and is a dedicated chamber musician collaborating with renowned artists such as Daniil Trifonov. During his studies at the Vienna Conservatory, Yury founded the quartet “Quatuor du Soleil” whose performances encompass music from the Baroque through to contemporary works. He also lives out his creativity in the film medium and has studied directing, acting and has already produced a short film of his own.

2015 saw the launch of Yury’s new international concert cycle in Vienna entitled “Friday Nights with Yury Revich” with artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Alexey Igudesman and many other celebrity appearances. Yury has also created his own “Kunst & Klassik kuratiert von Yury Revich” concert and art series at the Belvedere in Vienna.

In addition to performance, Yury is a passionate advocate for many charitable and philanthropic causes. He co-organized a concert in Vienna in 2011 for the victims of the Japanese tsunami, he also organized the First Austrian Gala Charity “All for Autism” in 2015 and the concert for the UNICEF Project “Water for school children in Syria” in 2017.

Born into a musical family, Yury started playing the violin at age 5. At the age of 7, he entered the Central Music Academy of the Moscow Conservatory as a student of Galina Turchaninova. Between 2005 and 2009, he studied under Viktor Pikaizen before moving to the Vienna Conservatory in 2009, where he currently studies with Pavel Vernikov. He is an Ambassador for the Amadeus Vienna International School and professor at the WOM academy in Santander, a unique organisation which aims to promote classical music as a basis for generating musical and cultural excellence throughout Spain.

Yury plays on a 1709 Stradivarius, generously loaned to him by the Goh Family Foundation.

Sergej Krylov, Violin

Effervescent musicianship, intense lyricism and beguiling tonal beauty belong to the qualities that have secured Sergej Krylov’s place among today’s most renowned performers. The Russian-born violinist directs breath-taking virtuosity to reveal profound expressive insights into the works in his strikingly broad repertoire.

«Sergej Krylov transfixed the house, fiddling with the kind of effortless lyricism, liquid flow and mercurial tones that distinguish the best violinists» observed THE TIMES, following this year performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko.

A regular guest with several major institutions and world’s leading orchestras, Sergej Krylov has appeared with, among others, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic orchestras, Russian National Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, DSO Berlin, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Budapest Festival Orchestra, NHK Symphony Tokyo, Staatskapelle Dresden.

Among the prominent personalities with whom he has worked, Krylov’s friendship with Mstislav Rostropovich stands among the most important influences on his artistic life. Over the past decade he has collaborated with many leading conductors, from Mikhail Pletnev, Dmitri Kitajenko, Vasily Petrenko, Valery Gergiev, Andrey Boreyko and Vladimir Jurowski to Fabio Luisi, Roberto Abbado, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitry Liss, Yuri Bashmet and Michał Nesterowicz.

Recent and forthcoming highlights of Sergej Krylov’s 2018/19 season include performances of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra/M. Pletnev and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/M. Alsop, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/S. Kochanovsky and Qatar Philharmonic/D. Kitajenko, Paganini’s Concerto n. 1 with the St Petersburg Philharmonic/C. Dutoit and Charlotte Symphony/R. Abbado next to concerts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Zagreb and Belgrade Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the Ural Philharmonic/Dmitry Liss and many others.

As Music Director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra since 2008, Sergej Krylov loves assuming the dual role of soloist and conductor in a wide repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. Major engagements in 2018-19 include an important event at MUPA concert hall in Budapest, live recorded for TV and radio broadcast along with concerts in Italy, Poland, France and Lithuania.

Sergej Krylov devotes much time to chamber music projects, playing in partnership with pianists Denis Matsuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Boris Berezovsky, Itamar Golan, Michail Lifits and in larger chamber groups with artists such as Elena Bashkirova, Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Rysanov, Alexander Kniazev.

Born into a family of musicians in Moscow in 1970, Sergej Krylov began studying the violin at the age of five and completed his training at the Moscow Central School of Music. His international breakthrough came with first prize-winning success at the International Violin Competition “Rodolfo Lipizer”, the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the Fritz Kreisler Competition.

In addition to early recordings for Melodiya and EMI, Krylov’s discography includes two recent releases on Deutsche Grammophon: the first, a recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in the role of soloist and conductor with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the second, an album devoted to Paganini’s 24 Capricci. Both albums attracted critical plaudits. Last season Sergej Krylov premiered Ezio Bosso’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice, recorded live under the composer’s direction and released by SONY Classical. He recently recorded the Violin Concerto Metamorphosen under Krzysztof Penderecki’s direction as part of a landmark project to record the Polish composer’s complete works.

  • 4th appearance at Al Bustan International Festival of Music and The Performing Arts.

Gianluca Marcianò, conductor

Young Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò is Artistic Director at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut.  Previous posts have included the Tbilisi State Opera & Ballet Theatre in Georgia where he conducted La Forza del Destino, Cavalleria Rusticana, Nabucco, Attila, Il Trovatore, Mitridate, Re di Pontoand Aida, as well as concerts with Andrea Bocelli in Georgia.

Highlights within the 2015/16 season include a return to the Opera de Oviedo in October to conduct a new production of Nabucco by director Emilio Sagi, which tours to Gijon and Pamplona. In December, Marcianò will conduct Verdi’s Ernani at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Much of Marcianò’s operatic work in the UK has centred on English National Opera with Jonathan Miller’s production of La Bohème and Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly as well as Grange Park Opera where he has conducted productions of Eugene Onegin, Samson et Dalila, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, I Puritani, Queen of Spades and La traviata as well as a gala concert with Simon Keenlyside and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  He has also conducted at Longborough Festival Opera (Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte and La traviata) and the Chelsea Opera Group (Manon Lescaut, La traviata, La Favorite and Alzira).

Marcianò also had strong ties with the opera houses in Zagreb, Minsk, Sassari and Prague. During his time in Zagreb as the main conductor, he conducted Nabucco, La traviata, Turandot, Carmen, La Cenerentola and Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In Minsk, he has performed Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La traviata, and at the Teatro Verdi in Sassari, La Pietra del Paragone, Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and the Italian premiere of Debussy’s La Damoiselle Elue. In 2011 he conducted La traviata at the Prague State Opera.

On the concert platform, Marcianò has worked with instrumentalists such as Gautier Capuçon, Arabella Steinbacher, Anna Tifu, Alexandra Soumm, Steven Isserlis, Boris Andrianov, Maria Joao Pires, David Geringas, Khatia Buniatishvili, Sergei Krylov, Nina Kotova, Giovanni Sollima, Sergei Nakariakov and Denis Kozhukin. His recent work includes concerts with the George Enescu Philharmonic and the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he performed Mahler’s Symphony No.1 in 2011. He has a close relationship with the English Chamber Orchestra, opening their 2011/12 London season in a programme including Mozart’s Symphony No.39 and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 at the Cadogan Hall. Other notable orchestras which Marcianò has conducted include the Moscow City Russian Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the English National Opera, the Oviedo Filarmonia, the Sarajevo Philarmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, The World Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra.

  • 9th appearance at Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Performing Arts