On 28.09 the conference-concert “I love you, creation of Pierre” dedicated to the 320th anniversary of Saint Petersburg took place at the Russian House in Brussels.
Maestro Andrei Chevtchouk, conductor and choir director, who has worked for over twenty years in France, Belgium, Germany and other European countries, as well as in Russia as a conductor of orchestras and theater and festival choirs, artistic director of festivals and choirs, presented to the public the beautiful “capital of the North”, which since its creation attracted many architects who contributed to its beauty. Particular attention was paid to the musical history of St Petersburg, with its numerous theaters, which have influenced musical life in Europe since the 18th century, but also to the links between European and Russian composers and performers.
The audience has applauded opera masterpieces: aria of Prince Igor, aria of Gremin, aria of Varyag guest, as well as romances by Russian composers, majestically performed by baritone René Laryea, soloist of the Brusels Opera La Monnaie, accompanied by Maestro Andrei Chevtchouk on the piano. Young cellist from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Antoine TROUVE performed in duet with maestro Lensky’s aria arranged for cello and piano, as well as Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, where the cello replaced the human voice with great virtuosity.
And of course, at the end, the audience has got a special surprise from the Maestro – a premiere of his composition, a song dedicated to his native St. Petersburg, performed with fugue by Réné Laryea.