Bjarke Mogensen Plays Danish Accordion Music in Russia
Lauded Danish Accordionist Bjarke Mogensen will perform in St. Petersburg and Vyborg
In September, DCI presents Danish accordion music in Russia, when Bjarke Mogensen performs two concerts. In St. Petersburg he will play together with the local musicians of the Avantgarde-Quartet, at the Sheremetev Palace, in Vyborg he will perform solo, at the Alvar Aalto Library. The talented musicians from Denmark and Russia will present a diverse program, including works by modern Danish composers.
Bjarke Mogensen’s repertoire spans from transcriptions of works by classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, Scarlatti, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov to a large program of original pieces by Sofia Gubaidulina, Poul Ruders, Per Nørgård and many others. Through his curiosity and pioneering work with his instrument, Bjarke has inspired the creation of more than 50 new works – solo pieces, chamber music, and concerts for the accordion and symphony orchestra. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, together with Vladimir Spivakov’s Moscow Virtuosi, and with many prominent international symphony orchestras.
In 2016 Bjarke Mogensen received the Danish Music Critics Artist Prize. Bjarke studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and today he teaches accordion and chamber music at the same place.
The Avantgarde-Quartet was created in 2009 by musicians of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia’s Symphony Orchestra, winners of international contests of chamber music. The quartet’s repertoire consists of classical music by Russian and international composers of the 20th century and works by new composers. The musicians perform at St. Petersburg’s prominent concert stages, including the Philharmonia’s Small Hall, State Hermitage, House of Composers and participate in the new music festivals “Petersburg Music Spring,” “Sound Ways,” and “Contemporary Past.”
The Avantgarde-Quartet consists of Mikhail Krutik, violin, Viktoriya Velkova, violin, Dmitriy Chernyshenko, viola, and Elena Grigorieva, cello.
Time and place
Alvar Aalto Library
Sheremetev Palace – Museum of Music
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