Italian maestro Domenico Nordio performs in the Kazakh capital

NUR-SULTAN — The Kazakh capital hosted a concert by renowned Italian violinist Maestro Domenico Nordio with the Eurasian Student Symphony Orchestra of the National University of Arts of Kazakhstan at the Zhambyl Zhabayev Concert Hall on February 17.

As one of the most famous violinists of his generation, Nordio has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, at the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, at the Barbican Center in London and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and other locations. His international career began after winning the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli, the Thibaud Competition in Paris, the Sigall Competition in Vina del Mar and the Francescatti Competition in Marseille, the Eurovision Grand Prix.

The concert was initiated by the Italian Embassy in Kazakhstan as part of the Expert Hands program. According to the press release, a new format is designed to present certain excellences of culture and Made in Italy, highlighting the creative work of human hands. The initiatives tell of the union between genius, the quality of craftsmanship or workmanship and the originality of Italian artistic and creative expression.

The program includes a series of events and initiatives scheduled for 2022 to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Kazakhstan.

“Italy is not only an investor in Kazakhstan, Italy is a partner and cultural relations belong to this concept of partnership. This concert is the first event in a cycle called Expert Hands. We want to highlight the importance of the Italian masters at work. Italy has the ability and the genius to turn a fine artistic spirit into quality products,” said Italian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Marco Alberti.

The Ambassador noted that the concept of Expert Hands will focus on different sectors of Italian excellence. It includes culture, cuisine, fashion and crafts.

The concert presented a selection of works by Sergei Prokofiev, Mukan Tuleubayev, Felix Mendelssohn.

Before the concert, master luthier Alessandro Voltini spoke about the history of Cremonese violins and their unique characteristics, as well as the love for his workshop. The luthier art of Cremona has almost 500 years of history. He is famous all over the world for his constitution of stringed instruments.

The National University of Arts of Kazakhstan and the Violin Museum of Cremona also signed an agreement within the framework of the event. “Education is important. This agreement will help young Kazakh musicians to travel to Italy and immerse themselves in Italian musical culture. Music is an international environment, but it is above all a very young environment. We want the young generation to build the next 30 years of our diplomatic relations between our countries,” said Ambassador Alberti.

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