Double dose of musical class at Bulgaria Hall

Sascha Goetzel

On 25 February, pianist Sergei Redkin and conductor Sascha Goetzel are set to perform at Bulgaria Hall in Sofia. The evening's programme will include Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the chamber orchestra piece Sinfonietta Op. 23 by Alexander Zemlinsky. At the conductor's podium will be Sofia Philharmonic's principal guest conductor Sascha Goetzel.

Russian pianist Sergei Redkin started playing the piano at the age of five. At six, he began studying piano and composition at the Music Lyceum of Krasnoyarsk, his home town, and later continued his education at the Special Music School of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

Between 2012 and 2015 he won some of the most prestigious music awards in his country and internationally. In 2016 the great Russian conductor Valery Gergiev invited him to perform as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra for a series of concerts in Paris, New York, Mexico, Madrid, Budapest and Munich.

During the 2018/2019 season, Redkin performed with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Lucerne Summer Festival. Around that time, he embarked on his first major international tours in Japan, the UK, Switzerland, France, etc. In the summer of 2020, at the invitation of the Sofia Philharmonic, Redkin gave his Bulgarian fans an unforgettable evening, together with his wife Victoria Vassilenko. Sergei Redkin is Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.

Maestro Sascha Goetzel is principal guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic. Born in Vienna, Goetzel was five when he got his first violin lessons from his father. At the age of 11 he began studying conducting under the tutelage of Prof Richard Oesterreicher. At 19, he was already playing with the Vienna State Opera. He has been the artistic director and principal conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008, in his tenure he has raised the ensemble to even higher artistic standards and garnered it international recognition with an appearance at the Salzburg Music Festival (2010), a stellar debut at BBC Proms (2014) and a major European tour (2017). Countless international reviews highlight his charisma and stylistic consistency across a repertoire ranging from pre-classical to contemporary music, as well as his ability to elicit masterful ensemble performances. He is the permanent conductor of Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the music director of the Attergau Orchestra and the principal guest conductor of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, and Kuopio Symphony.

Sascha Goetzel is also an extremely experienced and highly acclaimed opera conductor. Following his grand success with Le Nozze di Figaro in 2014, he was invited by the Vienna State Opera to conduct Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier, La Boheme, Die Zauberfloete, and Die Fledermaus in the coming seasons until 2018. He has worked with singers such as Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Anna Netrebko, Renee Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade, etc.

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