Moscow, 25 January 2010 Press release

Musical start to the New Year in Moscow

The Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow organises performances

Moscow, 25 January 2010 – Within the framework of a music focus week at the beginning of the year, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow organised two concerts, which attracted an audience of some 2,000 music lovers.

On 20 January, Haydn, Mozart and Philip Pesendorfer’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra were performed by the large Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Martin Kerschbaum in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. The concert, which was sold out primarily because of Pesendorfer’s composition, was an excellent example of a successful combination of classical and contemporary music. A member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Austria’s Philip Pesendorfer has worked with a number of outstanding musicians - such as Beat Furrer, Diana Ross, Michael Bolton, Gilbert Becaud, Patricia Kaas, Richard Dorfmeister and Joe Zawinul - in the course of his career. Composer Philip Pesendorfer and the conductor Martin Kerschbaum collaborate regularly.

On 22 January, Jacques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann was screened in a film adaptation involving an orchestral performance in the Great Hall of the Moscow Philharmonic. Last autumn the Austrian Cultural Forum launched a pilot programme accompanying silent film with live music by presenting Hitchcock’s silent film Blackmail, accompanied with music provided by the Pago Libre Jazz Band. The successful performances in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod encouraged a continuation of the programme. It was possible to persuade the Moscow Philharmonic to become a partner in the event, using Moscow’s largest concert hall as a venue. The State Academic Symphony Orchestra and soloists of Moscow’s music theatres performed the opera in the form of a concert at the Philharmonic’s Great Tchaikovsky Hall, while extracts from the 1916 Austrian silent film version of The Tales of Hoffmann by Richard Oswald were projected onto the screen. The copy of the film was made available by the Austrian Film Archives.


Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow
Direktor Mag. Simon Mraz
Starokonjuschennij Per. 1
119034 Moskau
Tel.: +7 495 7806066