The Musical Olympus Festival Returns to Carnegie

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Irina Nikitina, a noted concert pianist, founded the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg 16 years ago to showcase prize winning young musicians from around the world.  This year’s festival will bring five young International Music Competition winners, including Slovenian percussion duo Simon Klavžar and Jože Bogolin, pianist Ilya Maximov of Russia, violinist Solenne Paidassi of France and soprano Polina Pasztercsak of Hungary to Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m.

The festival always attracts a dazzling array of international cognoscenti, including honorary committee members Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado,
 Daniel Barenboim,
 Montserrat Caballé,
 Dmitri Hvorostovsky,
 Mariss Jansons and 
Yuri Temirkanov.

The festival, which is known as a “parade of winners,” showcases young musicians, who have recently won prizes at the most prestigious international music competitions.  This year’s performers are among the best and brightest in the world today, and many have performed with the most acclaimed orchestras, including the Berlin, London and New York Philharmonics. They are also winners of international competitions including, the International Percussion Duo Competition in Luxembourg, 2009, The Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland, 2009, The Gabala International Piano Competition in Azerbaijan, 2009 and The Long—Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris, 2010.

Musical Olympus, with support from the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and other sponsors, is proud to have the opportunity to present this festival annually. The Musical Olympus Foundation was established in St. Petersburg, Russia, and develops and implements a range of international cultural projects, including the Musical Olympus Festival, and an annual charitable ball in St. Petersburg. To purchase tickets online, visit


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