The St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra was founded on 1 November 1991. Today, the Orchestra enjoys recognition and love from audiences in Germany, Switzerland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Finland and other countries.
The Orchestra considers its principal mission to perform Russian music, particularly pieces that have been unjustly forgotten. It is working on a series of ambitious projects. Over several seasons, the St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra has performed virtually all Beethoven’s orchestral works. Since its inception, the St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra has become one of Russia’s leading orchestras, highly sought-after by performers and composers.
On 15 June, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, the Orchestra was conducted by its artistic director and principal conductor Alexey Chernushenko, People’s Artist of Russia. Clarinetist Julian Milkis (US), winner of many international competitions, and violinist Haik Kazazyan, winner of many international competitions including the Tchaikovsky International Competition, were the soloists.
On 16 June, the Orchestra was conducted by Maltese conductor Alexei Galea Cavallazzi, graduate of Oxford University and the Moscow State Conservatory. Solos were performed by cellist Alexander Rudin, Moscow Conservatory Professor, artistic director of the Musica Viva Academic Chamber Orchestra, People’s Performer of Russia, Winner of Russia’s State Prize in Literature and Arts, and by Vladimir Pogoretsky, concertmaster of the St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra.
The concerts featured the most popular and best loved works of Russian composers, as well as works by Maltese composers.