The Verbier Festival celebrates the life and work of composer-in-residence, Rodion Shchedrin, this summer, in the year of his 90th birthday.
Shchedrin first visited Verbier 25 years ago in 1997, when Maxim Vengerov and Antonio Pappano performed his new Violin Concerto. He has since then been an annual guest at the Festival with his late wife Maya Plissetskaya, and has over the years composed many new works from his modest chalet lent to him by one of the Friends of the Festival.
The 2022 Festival opens with a Concert for Peace calling for solidarity, and inclusion of musicians of all nations. Rodion Shchedrin’s Second Piano Concerto is at the heart of the programme, performed by Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova, alumna of the Verbier Festival Academy (2012 and 2017) with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
Gianandrea Noseda will then for the second concert conduct the Verbier Festival Orchestra for a performance of Shchedrin’s ‘Beethovens Heiligenstädter Testament – Symphonic Fragment for Orchestra’. And for the third symphonic concert this summer, Maestro Noseda will conduct Shchedrin’s “Dialogues with Shostakovich”.
In one of the iconic Rencontres Inédites chamber concerts Daniel Lozakovich, Mischa Maisky and Mikhaïl Pletnev will perform Shchedrin’s mischievous ‘Three Funny Pieces’.