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I Musici de Montreal and Sydney Symphony to perform

TONIGHT the I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra performs and next Tuesday, it's the Sydney Symphony with Vladimir Ashkenazy and 19-year-old piano sensation Behzod Abduraimov. Nie Xin reports. The I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra will perform tonight at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, with Russian cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy will make their China debut next Tuesday at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center. The performance will feature 19-year-old piano sensation Bezhod Abduraimov who won the 2009 London International Piano Competition.

The art center will give 50 free tickets to the I Musici concert to those who purchase recordings of the orchestra.

I Musici de Montreal

The program will feature Shostakovich's "Chamber Symphony," Mozart's "Divertimento in D Major," Tchaikovsky's "String Quartet No. 1 in D Major" and "Souvenir de Florence in D Minor."

Founded in 1983 by Turovsky, the I Musici is comprised of 15 musicians with a repertoire that extends from the baroque to the contemporary.

The orchestra is one of Canada's most important touring orchestras and stages more than 100 concerts each season around the world.

I Musici has an exclusive recording contract with Chandos Records of England and has released 43 CDs in more than 50 countries and regions.

It has received numerous awards for recordings.

Turovsky, who is also a noted cellist, was born in Moscow and entered the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Galina Kozolupova. In 1969 he won first prize in the USSR Cello Competition.

He immigrated to Montreal, establishing himself as a soloist and half of the Turovsky Duo with his wife Eleonora. He founded the Borodin Trio in 1977.

He has performed and recorded as a soloist and conductor around the world.

Sydney Symphony

Next Tuesday, the symphony will perform S. Rachmaninov's "Vocalise" and "Piano Concerto No. 2" and Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 5."

It will be their debut in China.

The orchestra was founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Corp and developed from a group of 24 musicians playing incidental and radio music into Australia's most distinguished symphony orchestra.

Now in its 77th year, the Sydney Symphony has featured the world's most illustrious musicians and conductors.

Vladimir Ashkenazy is a renowned conductor of Russian and Romantic works.

In the Shanghai program, pianist Behzod Abduraimov will perform "Piano Concert No. 2." Abduraimov gave an electrifying performance of Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 3" this year at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra - bringing the audience to their feet for a standing ovation. He was unanimously awarded the Grand Prize in the 2009 London International Piano Competition.

As a result he has been invited to perform with the Royal Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestras this season. He will make his London Philharmonic Orchestra and Wigmore Hall debuts next year and has been invited to record a solo CD on the Naxos label.

The Independent commented him that he was "almost levitating with excitement, combining unbridled joy with a hugely impressive technical control."

Abduraimov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1990 and began to play the piano when he was five. He debuted when he was eight with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan and has created a sensation, performing in Russia, the United States, Italy and elsewhere.

I Musici de Montreal

Date: Today, 7:30pm

Venue: Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd

Tickets: 60-380 yuan

Tel: 6854-1234

For free tickets with purchase of recording, contact Miss Zhuang (Tel: 3842-4800, ext 3122)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Date: October 20, 7:30pm

Venue: Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd

Tickets: 100-680 yuan

Tel: 6854-1234


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