29 April —10 May 2019


Opening Concert
Bach-Tchaikovsky Concertante

State Orchestra Academy of Soloists (Kazakhstan)

Gianluca Marciano conductor

Haik Kazazyan violin

Katya Tsukanova violin




Gianluca Marcianò


Italian conductor Gianluca Marcianò has been increasingly in demand since his operatic debut with Croatian National Opera in 2007. Praised in the Sunday Times for his “unfailingly theatrical and idiomatic conducting”, Marcianò has strong ties with the opera houses in Oviedo, Minsk, Tbilisi and Yerevan, and within the UK, English National Opera, Grange Park Opera, Longborough Opera and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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    Marcianò is currently Principal Conductor of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Serbia. He is also Artistic Director of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, where he has conducted works including Cherubini's Médée, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Berlioz' La Mort de Cléopâtre. He is also founder and Artistic Director of the Festival Suoni dal Golfo in Lerici and Principal Guest Conductor of the National Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus.

    Other recent engagements include Turandot and Nabucco for Ópera de Oviedo; La traviata, Madama Butterfly and La bohème for the Lithuanian National Opera; Tosca for Grange Park Opera; Nabucco for the Chelsea Opera Group; Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in Tokyo; Pagliacci in Moscow and Ernani and La traviata for Lithuanian National Opera.

Haik Kazazyan


Violinist Haik Kazazyan has performed with orchestras such as Orchestra of The Mariinsky Theater, Orchestre National de France, Scottish Royal National Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yu. Simonov, Moscow Symphony Orchestra named after E. Svetlanov, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra under P. Kogan, Prague Philharmonic orchestra, Dublin National Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Katowice Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, ‘Musica Viva’ Orchestra, S.Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara Symphony Orchestras and many others.


Johann Sebastian Bach

(1685 – 1750)

Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043


P.I. Tchaikovsky


Sérénade mélancolique, Op 26

Allegro ma non tanto in G major

Serenade for strings op 48

Katya Tsukanova


Katya was born in London to Russian parents in 2002. She started learning violin and piano at the age of 5. At the age of 9, Katya was accepted to the Royal College of Music (RCM) Junior Department.

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    Since 2012, Katya has trained with Professor Zakhar Bron, and has performed in his class concerts in Russia, Japan, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

    Katya first performed in a public concert at the age of 5. In 2012, Katya won first place in her age group in the Golden Strings of America International String Competition (part of American Fine Arts Festival), and, along with other first place winners, she was offered an opportunity to perform at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York. Subsequently, Katya performed in Moscow with the leading Russian string orchestra Moscow Virtuozi (directed by Vladimir Spivakov) and with Orchestra of St John’s in London.

    Katya performed in April 2017 with the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli, at the historic Shota Rustaveli Theatre in Tbilisi (Georgia); and again with the same orchestra in December of 2017 (when Katya performed maestro Giya Kancheli’s piece Instead of a Tango, for the first time in a new interpretation with the orchestra, as her encore). In September 2017, she performed with Orchestra Excellence conducted by Gianluca Marciano in Lerici, Italy, at the first international music Festival Suoni dal Golfo.

    Most recently, in March 2018, Katya performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Serge Smbatyan, at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan (Armenia); and in August 2018, she was invited back to Suoni dal Golfo Music and Poetry Festival in Lerici (Italy), to perform J.S. Bach Concerto for two violins BWV 1043, with Karen Shakhgaldyan, conducted by Gianluca Marciano, as “the young musician of the festival”.

    Katya is passionate about sharing her love of music and regularly performs in outreach concerts in East London schools, for children who otherwise are unlikely to have an opportunity to listen to live classical music.

    Katya studies at Wycombe Abbey School in the UK, where she has been awarded a Music Scholarship.

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