On April 17, in Valletta, European capital of culture, the Armenian State Symphonic Orchestra, led by conductor Sergey Smbatyan, performed in a concert dedicated to the works of Gia Kancelli. The concert was held on the occasion of the Malta International Music Festival which was basically a series of incredible cultural events and concerts.
Gia Kancheli is a Georgian classical musician whose music is usually described as “having the sweetest melodies that vanish in the air….aesthetic piano and devilish fortissimo.”
Kancheli was visiting Malta for the first time in his life. During a pre-concert press conference, Maestro Kancheli noted that he is glad for the regular cooperation with the Armenian State Symphonic Orchestra, adding that he has written 6 symphonies on the Armenian land. And as you might remember, last year a festival dedicated to his music was held in Yerevan.
The incredible violist Georgi Zagareli and the amazing Italian violinist Andrea Cortesi were performing Giya Kancheli’s music together with the Armenian State Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Sergey Smbatyan.
According to Andrea Cortesi, it was difficult for him at the very beginning to even imagine that he would be able to play Kancheli’s music. He confesses that it took him some time to understand the uniqueness of Kancheli’s work. And then he realized that he wants to perform Kancheli’s music regularly. So, from here they have started a cooperation.
Georgi Zagareli was especially glad to perform with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. He said during an interview that the ASSO musicians have got that energy which is so typical of young performers and that this energy is being transmitted to both the soloist and the listeners.
The program of the concert included different works by Kancheli namely “Chiaroscuro” (for Violin and Chamber Orchestra), “Letters to Friends” (for Viola and Chamber Orchestra), “Instead of a Tango” (for Violin, Viola, Piano and String Orchestra). Note that this last piece was a world premiere.
We can only restate that this was an amazing concert and an incredible experience of performing with world-class musicians.