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June 3, 2013

Another AUTUMN to SPRING Concert SEASON has ended...

September 2012 to April 2013 saw Konstantin Volostnov performed more than FOURTY solo and ensemble concerts, TWENTY of which were each programmed to be completely different from any other, and so proved to be a RECORD for the Russian organ scene…

Of the TEN Moscow solo performances  FOUR were given at the House of Music; another FOUR, devoted to Bach, were performed at the Museum of Musical Culture; and, at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory there was the chance to hear Konstantin Volostnov play rarely performed works by Russian composers.

On one of the most important platforms in Europe, the Bamberg Symphony Hall (Germany)  Konstantin Volostnov made it his special feature to present music of Russian composers:  Glazunov and Tanejev.

“Organ PLUS in Tsaritsyno”, in this its second year, was re-designated as an International Festival and was again held under the artistic direction of  Konstantin Volostnov: the number of concerts was doubled and drew a RECORD audience. A similar success was accorded to the second and continuing ”Organ seasons at the Yauza Palace”.

The launch of the CD “Meditation Lyrique”, for  which Konstantin Volostnov specially chose organ music to reflect the sense of the title, was a highlight of the season.

Konstantin Volostnov’s active life as solo and ensemble performer also took him to many  other locations in Russia, including St.Petersburg, Astrakhan, Arkhangelsk, Kondopoga, Petrozavodsk, Volgograd, Kirov, Perm, Omsk..  Abroad he played in Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine  and …… all this he combined with his continuing teaching at the Moscow Conservatory and his role as jury member for the First National Competition of Organists  established by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

A very busy, demanding and gratifying season indeed!


In July, Konstantin Volostnov will be giving master classes in Spain. This will be followed by two concerts in England: one in London and one in Hythe, where at the fine historic Harrison organ (the last to be voiced by Arthur Harrison himself) he will  record his 8th CD, this time of  favourite great organ works.

The comming  2013/2014 season will  see Konstantin Volostnov at the world famous organ of Riga Dome Cathedral, an outstanding monument to Romantic organ building. There he will record, what is hoped will be, a truly iconic CD, under the well-known English record label, Priory Records. It will feature “expressive and mystical“ Russian organ music of the early 20th century.

At the Tchaikovsky Hall, Konstantin Volostnov will give a concert – a new and  special philharmonic project -  entitled “Music of the Cathedrals”: in the first  part of this he will present Bach, Buxtehude, Couperin, Mozart and, for the second part, the excellent “Masters of Singing”, directed by Lev Kontorovich, will join him in performing masterpieces of the organ and choral repertoire.  At the Museum of Musical Culture, Konstantin Volostnov will be continuing his Bach cycle and  at the International House of Music he will appear for  two performances.

For these, as well as  for many more planned exciting, memorable and innovative events, fans in Russia and abroad  would do well to look at this site regularly!!


Season 2012-2013. Photo report

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