Valery Gergiev – conductor
Behzod Abduraimov – soloist, piano
The Mariinsky orchestra
L. van Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
S. Prokofiev: Piano concerto No 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
D. Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op. 47
The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in Russia. It has had the honour of giving the premiere performances of operas and ballets by Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Khachaturian and Asafyev. Its musical director since 1988 has been Valery Gergiev, who has greatly expanded its repertoire, which now includes all the symphonies by the great symphonists Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Prokofiev, Sibelius and Shostakovich, among other works. Valery Gergiev is one of today’s most charismatic conductors, with ties to the world’s most prestigious orchestras and opera houses, where he is a regular guest. Between 1995 and 2008 he was principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (and remains an honorary conductor). From 2007 to 2015 he was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2015 he has been principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. For the concluding evening of the 65th Ljubljana Festival, the orchestra is joined by a rising star of the piano firmament: Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov.