Press Acclaim

Acclaim for 2011 Abu Dhabi Festival

Russian Performers Shine at the Abu Dhabi Festival

"The legendary Russian romance “Dark Eyes”… was the triumphant finale of the closing concert of the Eighth Abu Dhabi Festival… by renowned Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky and soprano Yekaterina Syurina... The Russian National Orchestra [served] as the festival’s orchestra in residence, [giving] several performances during the course of the event."

St. Petersburg Times (April 2011) [more]

"The spectacular voices of Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and soprano Ekaterina Siurina delighted the audience with superb music provided by the Festival's orchestra-in-residence the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by the specialist in Italian opera, Maestro Nicola Luisotti. In a truly unmissable performance, the stars showcased a [INVALID]ion of opera's best-loved and well-known classics..."

Abu Dhabi City Guide (April 2011) [more]

"Grammy Award winner and piano virtuoso Yefim Bronfman and the Russian National Orchestra, Abu Dhabi Festival's orchestra-in-residence, treated Abu Dhabi to a masterful performance of some of the greatest classic music ever written...expertly conducted by Italian maestro, Nicola Luisotti.... Bronfman's commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gift created a perfect interplay between soloist and orchestra, superbly conducted by Luisotti.... An encore performance of Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor provided a stunning end to an amazing evening."

Abu Dhabi City Guide (April 2011) [more]

"Featuring a programme of ballet classics by some of the world's greatest ever choreographers,... the gala performance celebrated this genre at its very best. Maestro Valery Ovsyanikov...led the Russian National Orchestra through the stunning performance."

Eye of Dubai (April 2011) [more]

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace