We are delighted to announce a project with the brilliant Dutch violinist Maria Milstein – “Hidden Gems of Russian Romantic Music”. This international exchange program is initiated by Stichting Bevordering Jong Talent in collaboration with the Sweelinck Academy of the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Moscow Gnessin Special School of Music. Young talents (children aged 13-16) from Russia and the Netherlands will join each other on stage to perform works of the rarely programmed Russian Romantic composers that the Dutch audience is less familiar with.

The program “Hidden Gems of Russian Romantic Music” is created by Maria Milstein, an internationally acclaimed violinist, who holds a teaching position at the Conservatory of Amsterdam; and supported by Mikhail Khokhlov, a famous Russian conductor, who has been the director of the Moscow Gnessin Special School of Music for the last 30 years. The project aims to offer the Dutch audience a deeper insight into Russian Romantic music and get them acquainted with the composers who are rarely performed in the Netherlands. But then in a very unusual form – by means of an international collaboration between the young talents (children 13-16 years old), 3 from the famous Moscow Gnessin Special School of Music, and 3 from the Sweelinck Academy, the preparatory school for the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Based on her deep knowledge and musical experience, Maria Milstein put together a unique program featuring the works of Glinka, Glière, Cui, Rubinstein, Alyabyev. The concerts have a special interactive format. To reach out to younger audiences, Maria will present each piece on stage. She will tell the public about the composers, introduce the pieces and make short interviews with the musicians.
Within the framework of this project, four concerts will take place: on October 24th in the Bethlehemkerk Amsterdam-Noord, on October 25th in Vondelkerk Amsterdam, on October 26th in the Conservatory of Amsterdam and on October 27th in the museum Hermitage Amsterdam.
The participants are:
SOKOLOVSKIY ARTEMIY, 15 y.o. – piano (RU)
KRIVOROTOVA ELENA, 13 y.o. – fluit (RU)
MASLOVA SOFIA, 15 y.o. – viola (RU)
MARA MOSTERS, 15 y.o. – violine (NL)
ISAAK LOTTMAN, 16 y.o. – cello (NL)
TEA BORSTELL, 16 y.o. – contrabas (DE-NL)