The annual event has gathered 34 of 2013's international music competition prize winners, from 18 different countries, for a week-long spectacular - across some of the great stages of Russia.
CANADIAN VC 'YOUNG ARTIST' NIKKI CHOOI, IN SOUNDCHECK TODAY FOR THIS EVENING'S PERFORMANCE - WITH JORMA PANULA INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION PRIZE WINNER, MAESTRO TOBIAS WOLKMANN
Nikki, the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition 1st prize winner, will perform Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 this evening with Maestro Tobias Wolkmann and the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra – at the famed State Academic Cappella.
Fedor, the 2013 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition 1st prize winner, will perform Saint-Saens' 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso' and Waxman's 'Carmen Fantasy' on Friday 30th, with conductor Lorenzo Viotti and the Taurida International Symphony Orchestra.
Other 2013 prize winners to appear this week, include: Montreal International Violin Competition 1st prize winner Marc Bouchkov, ARDS International Competition prize winner Bomsori Kim, Khachaturian International Cello Competition 1st prize winner Andrew Ionita - and Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition 1st prize winner Maia Cabeza.
The festival will also host a world premiere on May 23rd - with Samuele Telari, winner of the Italian International Young Musicians Competition Prize, to perform a concerto for accordion and orchestra by Italian composer Enrico Blatti.