Sergei Prokofiev

When Sergei Prokofiev died in Moscow on March 5, 1953 - the same day as Josef Stalin - he left behind an extensive body of work, of which his musical fairy tale "Peter and the Wolf", his first symphony, subtitled "Symphonie Classique", and his ballet...  more

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Opus 25, "Symphonie classique"

Why would a young composer, known as an "enfant terrible" of Russian music give his first symphony the sub-title "Classic"? "When it began to take on palpable forms, I called it the `Classic Symphony´: firstly because it´s simpler, secondly out of a...


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

With his symphonies, operas, concerti and chamber music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (born on January 27, 1756 in Salzburg) is today the most-performed composer of all times. While still a child, he was already an international celebrity: trotted out by...  more

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A major K. 219


Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner's (born on May 22th 1813 in Leipzig) music dramas had an extremely polarizing effect on his contemporaries. While half the public was completely drawn into the emotional power of his works, the other half found his music and his...  more

"Parsifal": 3rd act


Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more

Daniel Lozakovich, violin

Daniel Lozakovich was born in April 2001 and began playing the violin in 2007, making his concerto debut with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov two years later. Daniel has already performed as a soloist throughout Europe...  more

Katharina Ritschel, Kundry

Katharina Ritschel, geboren 1990, erhielt während ihrer Schulzeit Unterricht in den Fächern Klavier und Violine, nahm erfolgreich an Klavierwettbewerben teil und spielte ein Klavierkonzert. 2009 nahm sie an der Musikhochschule München ein...  more

Sergei Semishkur, Parsifal

Sergey Semishkur was born in Kirov, Russia and was graduated from the Nizhny-Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory with degrees in choral conducting and voice. He has been a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre since 2007 where his wide range of operatic...  more

Albert Dohmen, Amfortas

Albert Dohmen can look back on a long international career, the first highlight of which was his depiction of Wozzeck at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras under the direction of Claudio...  more

René Pape, Gurnemanz

René Pape, one of the leading international basses, received his musical education in his native city of Dresden. He made his debut while still a student in 1988 at the Berlin State Opera and has been a member of this company ever since. There, René...  more

Philharmonischer Chor München, musical production: Andreas Herrmann

The Philharmonic Chorus of Munich is one of the leading large scale concert choruses in Germany and partner chorus of the Munich Philharmonic. Its repertoire ranges throughout the choral music of every period, from early polyphonic works all the way...  more

Knabenstimmen der Augsburger Domsingknaben, musical production: Reinhard Kammler