Since 2002, Jeffery Meyer has been the Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia one of St. Petersburg’s most innovative and progressive ensembles. He is also the Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College School of Music.
The Troika International Festival 2012, organized and executed by Meyer and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, is the first of its kind in St. Petersburg. The event is presenting a four day collaborative journey with three of the world’s cultural tours de force, and bringing together musicians and composers from China, the United States and Russia.
The festival will introduce four of China’s premiere performers on traditional Chinese instruments (pipa, zheng, sheng, erhu). They will be playing not only traditional Chinese music, but also new music written by some of China’s most important living composers, Ye Xiaogang, Chen Yi, Qin Wenchen, Tang Jianping, Guo Wenjing, Jia Guoping, three of whom will be in attendance at the festival.
Representing the United States, in addition to Artistic Director Jeffery Meyer, will be New York City’s Margaret Kampmeier (piano), as well as composers Ed Harsh and Laura Kaminsky, also from New York City. Harsh, who is the President of New Music USA, will present a talk entitled 'New Voices in New York' at the Rimsky-Korsakov conservatory. The final festival concert will feature Pulitzer-prize winning American composer Melinda Wagner, as well as a world premiere by the young American composer Christopher Stark, whose music has been described as 'fetching and colorful' by The New York Times.
Listeners will experience a wide range of Russian works, from the rarely performed early 20th century composer Nikolai Roslavets, to a world premiere by the up-and-coming Timofey Buzina, whose works have been praised by The New York Times as 'exuberantly pulsating.' Listeners will also hear Schnittke’s powerful Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular masterpiece the Serenade for Strings.
The Troika International Festival 2012 is a celebration of both the unique cultural identity of three nations and the new frontiers created through international collaboration.
The concert program and other information is available on the Festival Website.