Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphonic Orchestra "Gubernatorsky" to perform in Japan within the Russian Seasons project

Tours of the Orchestra are taking place in the threshold of the Cultural Exchange Year for Russia and Japan, which purpose is to strengthen cultural and social connections between the countries and to develop their common cultural space.

 The delegation of the Ulyanovsk region headed by the Governor Sergey Morozov will stay in Tokyo with a working visit from 23 to 25 November. It is planned that the head of the region will hold a number of business meetings.

“A tour of the Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphonic Orchestra "Gubernatorsky" is a significant event for our region. It opens new opportunities for a friendly cultural dialogue between the people. The project supports and promotes Russian academic symphonic art in countries of East Asia; it shows the population of this region the outstanding achievements of the Russian culture”, - the Director of the Lenin Memorial Lidiya Larina noted.

“The orchestra received an invitation from Aspen Incorporated Associations, the largest concert agency of East Asia. The tour's programme includes six concerts of the Russian symphonic music, which take place both in large cities of Japan and in its remote prefectures. Performances of the Ulyanovsk State Academic Symphonic Orchestra "Gubernatorsky" are organized within the international large-scale cultural project "Russian Seasons", which started in Japan in 2017. This orchestra is the only provincial one that was invited “, - the Minister of Art and Cultural Policy Olga Mezina commented.

Invited soloists from Japan will also participate in the event. The list includes the winner of international competitions Kana Hirano (piano) and the winner of international competitions Mayuko Kamio (violin). Mayuko Kamio is a student of the famous professor Zakhar Bron. She won several most prestigious international competitions among which is XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition.

The programme includes the main types of orchestral works written by the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. These music pieces were among his best compositions and included a symphony, concerts and suites from ballets. The Violin Concert and the First Piano Concert of the Russian composer take place with participation of Japanese soloists. This gives the chance to strengthen creative links and cultural contacts between musicians from different countries.

“People of different nationalities understand Tchaikovsky's art; his music is known around the world and it belongs to the whole mankind. However, it is Japan that really loves and understands music of the great Russian composer. Centuries-old cultural traditions of this country and this special emotional sensitivity of Japanese increase the interest in Tchaikovsky's work”, -commented Oleg Zverev, the principal conductor of the Ulyanovsk Symphonic Orchestra.

The Ulyanovsk region headed by the Governor Sergey Morozov has been actively developing cultural cooperation with Japan for several years. For example, international Goncharov conferences, which are held at the premises of the Museum of I.A.Goncharov, are attended by Japanese researchers of the writer's works. A joint festival "Japanese Spring on Volga" took place from 20 to 28 May. It included a photo exhibition "World Heritage: Japan", which was presented in the Museum of Art, a festival of Japanese martial arts "Japanese Traditions on the Bank of the Great Volga River" and a Russian-Japanese youth programme "From Volga to Fuji". It is planned to hold a festival of Japanese culture "Days of Japan in Ulyanovsk" from 26 to 29 April 2018. The event will cover several spheres: visual arts, music, technology and education, cinema, tourism, food, sport, literature and language, theater.