On September 11–18, 2014 Ekaterinburg hosted the Third Symphonic Forum of Russia. Greetings to the Forum participants were sent by V.I. Tolstoy, an advisor to the RF President, V.R. Medinsky, RF Minister of Culture, Ye.V. Kuivashev, Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region.
On September 11, the Forum started with the ceremonial reception in the official residence of the Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region.
The Symphonic Forum included 10 concerts; the audience was offered 9 new symphonic programs. The concerts of the orchestras – participants of the Forum took place both in the Grand Hall of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic (Ekaterinburg) and in the city philharmonic halls (Alapayevsk and Zarechny).
About 6,000 people visited the concert events that were held under the all-Russian project. About 750 people, including performers, conductors, heads of groups and executives of concert organizations, musical critics and representatives of mass media took part in the Forum.
The Forum opened a new season of the Virtual Concert Hall. All concerts of the Forum were broadcast online with the help of the Virtual Concert Hall, the artistic and production complex of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic. The audience of the virtual concerts totaled more than 500 people – members of the Philharmonic assemblies in towns and cities of the Sverdlovsk Region (Achit, Kamyshlov, Kuznetsovo, Krasnoufimsk, Verkhoturye, Tugulym, Turinsk, Serov, Kachkanar, Tabory). The concerts were also broadcast live in cities of Russia, Germany, Greece, Canada, Kazakhstan, USA, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Japan.
The concert programs featured:
- Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra; Artistic director and chief conductor: People’s Artist of Russia Dmitry Liss;
- Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra; invited conductor Eliahu Inbal (Israel);
- MusicAeterna Orchestra of the Tchaikovsky Perm Opera and Ballet Theater; Artistic director and chief conductor – Teodor Currentzis;
- Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra; Artistic director and chief conductor – Honored Artist of Russia Alexander Polyanichko;
- Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic; Artistic director and chief conductor – People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Skulsky;
- Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra; Artistic director and chief conductor – Enkhbaatar Baatarjav (Enkhe);
- Yaroslavl Academic Governor’s Symphony Orchestra; Artistic director and chief conductor – People’s Artist of Russia Murad Annamamedov;
- Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra; Artistic director and chief conductor – Vladimir Yurovsky.
During the Third Symphonic Forum of Russia the audience was offered concert programs, which included both classical compositions (Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Balakirev, Kalinnikov, Lyadov, Frank, Debussy, Mahler, Rachmaninov) and compositions of contemporary Russian and foreign composers of the 20th and 21st centuries (Shostakovich, Myaskovsky, Terteryan, Svetlanov, Artemyev).
One of the events of the business program of the Forum was a seminar of the Union of the Concert Organizations of Russia (September 11–13). Ekaterinburg became a meeting point for 52 representatives of concert organizations, performance groups, agencies, professional associations, publishing houses representing 21 regions of Russia as well as for colleagues from neighboring countries and beyond (Ukraine, Moldova, Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Czech Republic, Finland, Austria, Germany). The seminar participants discussed the following topics: Implementation of the State Cultural Policy in Concert Activities, Analysis of Activities of Symphony Orchestras, Finding Solutions to Staffing of Symphony Orchestras; they also took part in round table discussions – Legal Issues Regarding Using Music Score Materials. The Relationship between Orchestras, Publishing Houses and Composers; Russian and European Experience of Working with Music Score Materials; and the Orchestra in the Urban Space: Hands-On Experience of European and Russian Symphony Groups.
On September 13, Alapayevsk hosted the visiting session – The Orchestra and its Role in Development of Cultural Space in Towns of Russia – which included the visit to the Tchaikovsky Museum Estate. S.V. Shangin, Mayor of Alapayevsk, and G.I. Kanakhina, Head of the City Duma, joined the participants of the session.
Two original projects dedicated to the outstanding musicians – Avet Terteryan (Terteryan’s Time) and Yevgeny Svetlanov (Offering to Svetlanov) were implemented during the Forum; in addition to concerts, their programs included a film festival, an exhibition, a literary soiree, panel discussions, meet-the-artist events, and a presentation of the new edition of the book “Conversations with Avet Terteryan”, which was written by the son of the composer – Ruben Terteryan.
The organizers of the Forum are: the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Culture of the Sverdlovsk Region, the Union of Concert Organizations of Russia (UCOR), the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic. The project – Symphonic Forum of Russia in Ekaterinburg – was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, the State Film Foundation of Russia, the Svetlanov International Charity Foundation.
The Forum events attracted interest of federal media (Orpheus Radio, Culture Radio, Colta.ru portal, Music Review, Musical Life, Musical Journal, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Vedomosti, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Igraem s Nachala, St. Petersburg Times, etc.) and gained wide coverage by mass media of the Sverdlovsk Region.
The First Symphonic Forum of Russian in Ekaterinburg was held in 2010, having become a testing event for the new collaborative mechanism for participants of the symphonic industry. Within a short period of time, the following groups shared the “site”: Tchaikovsky Academic Grand Symphony Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan, Omsk Academic Symphony Orchestra, Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra; and conductors Dmitri Kitaenko (Switzerland), Vladimir Fedoseyev (Moscow), Alexander Sladkovsky (Kazan), Dmitry Vasiliev (Omsk), Dmitry Liss and Enkhe (Ekaterinburg). The audience highly praised the mastery of the guests and appreciated the possibility to listen to orchestras from different regions of Russia.
During the Forum, more than 4,000 people visited the events that took place under the all-Russian project. About 500 people, including performers, conductors, heads of groups and executives of concert organizations, composers and musical critics, took part in the Forum. In addition to the concerts, the program of the Forum included the all-Russian round-table discussion – Russian Orchestras: Today and Tomorrow, the workshop – Producing Symphony Orchestras in the Current Context, the Second Open Competition of Composers for composing symphonic music for children – Peter and the Wolf – 2010, the annual meeting of the Association of Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of Russia. The main events gained coverage by the Orpheus Radio and Culture TV channel.
The second symphonic “summit” took place in 2012, setting the regular pace of the event. Original programs were presented by the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra (Yuri Bashmet), the Belgorod Symphony Orchestra (Rashit Nigamatullin), the Volgograd Academic Symphony Orchestra (Eduard Serov), the Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra (Mark Kadin), the Symphony Orchestra of the Karelia State Philharmonic (Marius Stravinsky) and performers of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic – the Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra (Enkhe) and the Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra (Andrey Boreiko, Dmitry Liss, Enkhe).
The Forum programs were attended by 7,000 people; more than 630 people took part in the event. The concerts were held not only in the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic, but also in the halls of its branches in Zarechny, Asbest, Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Revda and Kamensk-Uralsky. The Symphony Orchestra of the Belgorod Philharmonic had performances in Chelyabinsk and gave the Charity Concert for students of the Yeltsin Ural Federal University.
During the Forum, the judging panel summarized the results of the Third All-Russian Open Competition of Composers for composing symphonic music for children – Peter and the Wolf – 2010; leading Russian composers and conductors took part in the work of the judging panel. The program also included the seminar of the Union of Concert Organizations of Russia – Orchestra Management – a Formula for Success of the Orchestra, the all-Russian round-table discussion – The Orchestra and New Music: Side-by-Side or Concurrently?, the all-Russian meeting of executives of symphony groups – The Symphony Orchestra in Present-Day Russia: Pressing Problems.