4th International Festival: The
Those who took part in the Winter Festival of 19-25 February 2007 were:
the State Hermitage Orchestra, Polish guitarist Marcin Dilla, conductor
Eiske Fujino (Japan), Yamato Azumi (Japan), pianist Alexander Gindin (Russia),
jazz composer and performer Andrei Kondakov (Russia), as well as the participants
in the "Five Corners" project - Eric Alexander, saxophone, Alex
Sipyagin (USA), horn, Dmitry Kolesnik, contrabass and Eugene Jackson,
drums (USA). The festival program was closed by conductor Mats Liljefors
(Sweden) and the celebrated opera star Galina Gorchakova.
International Festival "Dedication
From 1 through 5 March 2007, a festival was held consisting of 7 exclusive
concerts in the Hermitage Theatre and in the halls of the State Hermitage
featuring stars of the classical music world. The festival was timed to
coincide with the anniversaries of famous composers and performers of
The Year of Rembrandt in
Between 25 October and 16 December 2006, the Hermitage Theatre was the
venue for a series of concerts dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the
birth of Rembrandt and telling us about the artist's life through his
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Music of the Greater Hermitage
During 2005 the Music of the Greater Hermitage has marked five
years of concerts in the Grand Courtyard of the Winter Palace.
On 29 June the Tchaikowsky Gala concert took place, with performances
by the Virtuosi of Moscow chamber orchestra and soloist Sergey Nakaryakov
under the direction of Saulius Sondeckis. The audience heard excerpts
from the symphonies and ballets of Piotr Ilych Tchaikowsky.
On 1 July Hector Berlioz' Requiem was performed by the Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Orchestra of the State Hermitage
under the direction of Valery Gergiev. The event was part of the Music
of the Greater Hermitage Festival and the 13th International
White Nights Festival.
7th Musical Festival of Young
Performers for St Petersburg
A Dialogue of Genres - Dialogue of Generations
On 5 March and 8 April 2005 concerts organized within the program of the
Hermitage Academy of Music were held in the Hermitage Theatre with the
participation of the State Hermitage Orchestra, the St Petersburg Big
Band of Sergey Gusyatinsky and the Tangomania dance center, together with
the Institute of Argentine Tango in St Petersburg
Second International Festival:
The Musical Hermitage
The Musical Hermitage consists of seven extraordinary evenings (14 - 20
February 2005). These concerts resemble Empress Catherine the Great's
receptions for select guests, when 300 invitees assembled in the Hermitage
Theatre or 200 gathered in the halls of the Hermitage. The festival is
compact, with 7 concerts being held in one week, and they have a rich
offering of stars as well as a remarkable diversity in the musical genres
being offered - from 18th century music to jazz, from operatic to symphonic
Internet meeting with Mikhail Borisovich
Piotrovsky in the Hermitage's CafeMax
On 6 December 2004 the third internet meeting with Director of the State
Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky took place in the Hermitage's CafeMax. Questions
posed by visitors to the site focused on Information Technologies in the
museum, the Hermitage in the 21st century, as well as the museum's digital
collection. The meeting took place in the framework of the project known
as Starchat.ru: CHAT with a Star. Other questions touched upon in the
course of the chat included the museum's branch locations, additions to
the Hermitage collections, the creation of a museum of modern art in St
Petersburg, and much else.
The "Grand Waltz" International
Music Festival in St Petersburg
During 2- 12 July 2004 a series of 11 concerts were held in St Petersburg
and its suburbs in a festival dedicated to the "waltz king,"
Johann Strauss. The venues were the Hermitage Theatre, the International
(Konstantinovsky) Palace of Congresses, the Great Palace in Peterhof,
the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo and the Rose Pavilion in Pavlovsk.
The number of concerts corresponds to Strauss's eleven summer seasons
performing in St Petersburg.
Internet meeting with Mikhail Borisovich
Piotrovsky in the Hermitage's CafeMax
On 26 April 2004 the second internet meeting with State Hermitage Director
Mikhail B. Piotrovsky took place in the museum's internet cafe CafeMax.
Questions from visitors to the website focused on Information Technology
in the museum, the Hermitage in the 21st century, and also the museum's
digital collection. The meeting took place within the framework of the
project called Starchat.ru: CHAT with a Star. Questions put forward by
participants in the meeting dealt with children in the Hermitage, the
Hermitage and the culture of the Orient, and also relations between the
Hermitage and other museums.
An Internet Meeting with Alexander
Sokurov in the Hermitage's CafeMax
On 5 April 2004 an internet meeting with the outstanding Russian film
director Alexander Sokurov took place in the Hermitage's CafeMax. The
cinema master answered questions about creativity and the place of the
artist in contemporary social life, the artistic calling and education,
cinema and 'life's truths' as well as much more. The meeting took place
in the framework of the project Starchat.ru: CH░┬ with a Star.
World of Chamber OperaInternational
In 23 January, 2003, in the Hermitage Theater the World of Chamber Opera
Project of the Hermitage Music Academy Foundation presented the premiere
of Giovanni Paisiello's opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The opera
was written by the Italian composer in St. Petersburg in 1782 when he
was the court conductor of Catherine II, and staged at the Hermitage Theater.
An Internet Meeting with Mikhail
Borisovich Piotrovsky in the Hermitage's CafeMax
On 8 December 2003 an internet meeting with Director of the State Hermitage
Mikhail Piotrovsky took place in the Hermitage's CafeMax. Questions from
visitors to the site dealt with Information Technologies in the museum,
the Hermitage in the 21st century, and also the museum's digital collection.
The meeting took place in the framework of the project Starchat.ru: CHAT
with a Star.
The State Hermitage as Honorary
Guest of the VII Salon Devoted to the Problems of Preserving Cultural
Heritage (VII Salone dei beni e delle attività culturali)
During 27 - 30 November 2003 the State Hermitage was an honorary guest
of the VII Salon Devoted to Cultural Heritage and Activity in the Sphere
of Cultural Development, which was held in Venice (VII Salone dei beni
e delle attività culturali). With sponsorship support from Villagio
Globale International, and also thanks to the personal efforts of Salon
director Maurizio Cecconi, the Hermitage had its own stand, which was
devoted to such subjects as IT, celebration of the 300th anniversary of
the founding of St Petersburg, and also to joint Russian-Italian projects
for the restoration of museum rooms and works of art.
3rd International Music Festival
"Greater Hermitage Music"
On 21-25 July, 2003, the Hermitage hosted the concert program "Carnival
in Northern Venice" of the 3rd International Music Festival "Greater
Hermitage Music", presented by the Hermitage Music Academy Foundation
and Radio Hermitage.
The Music of the Great Hermitage
international cultural project
In July 2002 the rooms of the Hermitage played host to the Music of the
Great Hermitage international cultural project, the successor to the 2001
TUBA MIRUM project. The new project was a component of the wide-reaching
long-term programme for the reconstruction and development of the museum
entitled The Great Hermitage.
The international cultural project
Between 12 and 29 July 2001 the State Hermitage was the setting for a
new international cultural project Tuba Mirum (Trumpet of the Eternal),
organized by the museum in conjunction with the Hermitage Music Academy
Foundation and the Odeon Producing Centre.
Louise Bourgeois's Spiders
in the Hermitage
"In the autumn and winter of 2001 an immense spider created by Louise
Bourgeois took up residence in the courtyard of the Winter Palace. To
everyone's amazement the sculpture by one of the most controversial of
contemporary artists fitted in exceptionally well among the trees of the
palace garden against a background of Baroque columns and scrolls. This
once again reflected the nature of the Hermitage where long-established
tradition is fond of combining the most varied styles and eras, archaists
and innovators, be it in the architecture of the buildings or in the make-up
of the collections and exhibitions. The tactful combination of enduring
traditions and unobtrusive innovation lies behind all the Hermitage's
activities", Director Mikhail Piotrovsky wrote in his report on the
activities of the State Hermitage for 2001.
The "Russian Ark" project
of the State Hermitage and Alexander Sokurov
On 23 December 2001 the State Hermitage became the setting
for the shooting in a unique manner of a feature film. It began at 1.50
p.m. at the Hermitage Theatre gate with a command from the director Alexander
Sokurov. For ninety minutes the camera ran without stopping, moving from
the modest rooms of Peter the Great, to the stage and auditorium of the
Hermitage Theatre and on to the magnificent halls of the New and Small
Hermitages, the Hanging Garden, the Apollo, St George and Armorial Halls,
the Malachite Room, the Nicholas Hall and many other state rooms of the
Winter Palace, finally being switched off at the exit through the Jordan
Entrance. This uninterrupted panorama of the Hermitage rooms presented
three centuries of Russian history, from the foundation of St Petersburg
to the present day.
The Information Stands
In 1997 a system called Your Electronic Guide was developed
within the framework of the Hermitage-IBM joint project. It included special
software and a set of hardware made up in the form of information stands.
The aim that the project participants set themselves was to compensate
for the deficit of information within the museum and to install virtual
guides that would help individual visitors find their way about the museum.
The Hermitage Music Academy
In February 1994 the Hermitage announced that the St Petersburg Camerata
had become the official orchestra of the State Hermitage and thus obtained
the highly distinctive status of orchestra to one of the world's largest
museums. This event made possible the conception of the Hermitage Music