Malta International Music Festival


26 April — 10 May 2020

Valletta • Floriana

Enchanting Voice & Cello

La Primavera Kazan Chamber Orchestra

Rustem Abyazovconductor(Tatarstan/Russia)

Tatiana Lisnicsoprano(Moldova/Malta)

Boris Andrianovcello(Russia)

St Paul's Pro-Cathedral

Rustem Abyazov


The creator, permanent artistic director and chief conductor of the Kazan chamber orchestra La Primavera. He graduated the Moscow State Conservatoire, the specialty was "violin" (the class of Prof. Irina Bochkova), and also the Kazan State Conservatoire, the specialty was "composition". In 1983-86 he was the soloist of the Tatar State Philharmonia, in 1986-96 he worked as a Director and an artistic director of the special music school-lyceum of the Kazan State Conservatoire. In 1989 Rustem Abyazov founded a chamber orchestra La Primavera, which within the shortest period became one of the most exciting musical groups of Russia.

He is an honored artist of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Russian Federation, a national artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, a laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Tatarstan in the field of literature and art, named after Gabdulla Tukay. In 2002 the Russian national newspaper "Musical review" named Rustem Abyazov the "Conductor of the Year".

Rustem Abyazov performs much as a violinist. He plays in various ensembles. He has toured in Russia and abroad – Hungary, Germany, Sweden, France, Greece, Tunisia, Spain, China, Turkey, Switzerland, the UK, South Korea, Israel and others.

He is a member of music festivals, including "Stars of  White Nights" (Saint Petersburg), "Europe - Asia" (Kazan), "Christmas musical meetings in North Palmyra", "Moscow Autumn", the Music festival at the Royal Palace (Sweden) Les Classiques de Villars (Switzerland), the Music festival "Hibla Gerzmava invites" (Abkhazia) and others.

Rustem Abyazov combines successfully performing activities and a composer’s gift. Many of his works have gained popularity, and are often performed in concerts, recorded for radio and television. He pays much attention to update and expand the repertoire of string orchestras.

Comments in mass media

"Rustem Abyazov’s solo of the violin was truly wonderful. Mr. Abyazov performed passionately, with inspiration, creating a subtle magic canvas. The sound was clear and amazingly transparent".
"Evening Kazan" (Kazan)

"Abyazov took a full advantage of the sound of his powerful instrument and impressed with an amazing variety of tones: a warm, resonant sound in low registers opposed gentle, crystal clear sounds of tops".
Giessener Allgemeine (Germany)

"The concert fantasy on Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess", performed at the end of the program, showed Rustem Abyazov as a magician, whose instrument mastered all kinds of violin technique".
Giessener Anzelger (Germany)

"... Under inspirational management of the active, accurate in details conductor Abyazov, we heard a nice, very subtle, often a bit sentimental, but fresh, pleasantly tinged music - with an abundance of sound colors, rhythmic vitality and changeable dynamics ...".
Hallandsposten (Sweden)

"The festival, named after Abyazov, once again demonstrated the highest rating of the musician in the creative life of the republic: four nights in a row, his concerts-portraits - in fact, gathered full house. Rustem Abyazov and his orchestra have their listeners, many of which, owing to him, have become frequenters of the concert halls. So today, the musician can afford many things, including holding successfully the festival, named after him."
"Musical Review" (Moscow)

Boris Andrianov


Boris Andrianov is the Artistic Director of and the inspiration behind the new Star Generation project, which produces and manages concerts by talented young musicians in all cities and regions throughout Russia. For this project, in 2009 Boris Andrianov was awarded the Russian Federation Prize for Culture. In 2008 Moscow hosted the first-ever cello festival in Russia, VIVACELLO festival the Artistic Director of which is Boris Andrianov. Boris Andrianov was born in 1976 to a family of musicians. He graduated from the Moscow Gnessins’ School of Music, later studying at the Moscow State Conservatoire (class of Natalia Shakhovskaya) and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under the tutelage of David Geringas. In 1991 Boris Andrianov was allocated a grant by the New Names programme.

Boris Andrianov has been a prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Youth Competition, the International Shostakovich Competition Classica Nova in Hannover (together with Alexei Goribol, 1st prize, 1997), the VI International Mstislav Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris (1997), the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition (3rd prize and Bronze Medal, 1998), the International Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb (1st prize and special awards, 2000) and the International Isang Yun Competition in South Korea (2003).

He performs with symphony and chamber orchestras, among them are Mariinsky Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Kammerorchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic and t Kammerorchester Wien. He has also performed with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Vedernikov, Vasily Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, Roman Kofman and others. Boris Andrianov has frequently appeared under renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, performing his Concerto Grosso for three cellos and orchestra. Boris Andrianov performs a vast amount of chamber music; His chamber partners include Yuri Bashmet, Leif Ove Andsnes, Menahem Pressler, Akiko Suwanai, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Ghindin, Maxim Rysanov, Boris Brovtsyn and many others.

Boris Andrianov performs concerts at Russia’s finest venues as well as at prestigious concert halls in The Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the USA, Slovakia, Italy, France, South Africa, South Korea, India and China among other countries. In September 2006, Boris Andrianov performed concerts in Grozny (Chechnya). These were the first classical music concerts in the republic since the start of the Chechen War.

Andrianov has participated in many international festivals, such as the Swedish Royal Festival, the Ludwigsburg Music Festival, Dubrovnik Music Festival, Crescendo Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Homecoming Festival, Davos Music Festival and many others.

In 2003, Delos Records released an album by Boris Andrianov recorded together with leading Russian guitarist Dimitri Illarionov; this recording was in the preliminary list of nominations for a Grammy award. In September 2007 Boris Andrianov’s CD, recorded with pianist Rem Urasin, became Gramophone magazine’s “Choice of the Month” CD.

In 2014-2015 Boris released 4 new CD's! One of them is with the Grammy Award Winner, Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov, another CD is with J.S. Bach Three Gamba Sonates in transcription for cello and bayan with famous Russian bayan player Yuri Medyanik. Two other CD's, with Dimitry Illarionov (4 folk suites) and with Rem Urasin (original transcriptions of Shostakovich and Rachmaninov music) were released in Paris and London.

Since 2005, Andrianov has played the “Domenico Montagnana” cello from the Russian State Collection of Unique Musical Instruments. Since 2009 he is a professor of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Tatiana Lisnic


Tatiana Lisnic was born in Cobalea, Moldavia. After finishing the Music-School in Chisinau, she received her diploma at the Music-Academy “G. Dima” in Cluj, Romania and continued her studies with Alida Ferrarini in Italy. Tatiana Lisnic made 1998 her stage-debut at the Opera House in Cluj as Nedda (“Pagliacci”), followed by Ilia (“Idomeneo). First with the Herbert von Karajan – Scholarship, then as member of the ensemble and starting with 2003 as permanent guest, she sung at the Vienna State Opera: Adina (“L’elisir d’amore”), Susanna (NP “Le nozze di Figaro”, with R. Muti), Lauretta (“Gianni Schicchi”) and Nanett’ (NP “Falstaff”, with F. Luisi).

Under the baton of famous conductors, Tatiana Lisnic appears on the most important opera stages: Scala di Milano and Ravenna Festival (2002 – “Le nozze di Figaro” – R. Muti), Teatro Comunale di Firenze (2001 - “Don Pasquale”), Teatro La Fenice Venezia (2006 – “Die Zauberflöte/Pamina), Opéra National La Monnaie Bruxelles (2002 - “La Bohème”/Mimi – A. Pappano and 2003 -“Don Giovanni”/Zerlina), Opéra National de Paris Bastille (2009 – “L’elisir d’amore”, 2010 “Le nozze di Figaro”, 2015 – “Don Giovanni”/Donna Anna), Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg (2003 - “La Traviata”, 2007 – “Lucia di Lammermoor”), Opéra de Toulon (2012 – “Carmen”/Micaela), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2004 - “Don Pasquale”), Deutsche Oper Berlin (2005 - “Don Pasquale), Staatsoper Berlin (2014 – “Faust”), Hamburgische Staatsoper (2010- “L’elisir d’amore”, 2011 and 2012 – “Flavius Bertaridus”. 2013 – “Faust”), Oper Frankfurt (2006 – “La Bohème”, 2009 – “Les pêcheurs de perles”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “La Traviata”, 2010 – “Le nozze di Figaro”./Susanna), Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia (2008 – “Le nozze di Figaro”/Susanna), Japan Opera Foundation Tokyo (2010- “L’elisir d’amore”), Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla (2010 – “La Bohème”/Musetta), Angers Nantes Opéra (2011 – “L’elisir d’amore”), Aalto Theater Essen (2011 – “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”), Teatro Bellini Catania (2012 – “Carmen”/Micaela), Seoul (2013- “Turandot”/Liù), Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg (2013 – “L’elisir d’amore”), Theater St. Gallen (2013 – “Don Giovanni”/Donna Anna), San Diego Opera (2014 – “L’elisir d’amore”/Adina).

Near her operatic appearances, she develops a rich concert activity in Austria, Germany, France, Spain, under the baton of J. Lopez-Cobos, R. Muti, M. Viotti etc.

Her recordings include a CD with “Gianni Schicchi”/Lauretta para Naxos with A. Rahbari and a DVD with “Le nozze di Figaro”/Susanna for TDK with R. Muti.

La Primavera

Kazan Chamber Orchestra

«If Kazan did not have such an orchestra, it would have to be invented», said one of the guests of the capital of Tatarstan. Kazan Chamber Orchestra La Primavera appeared in 1989, out of enthusiasm of  Rustem Abyazov - the conductor and musicians. A small group of students from the conservatory and a young director of a special musical school gave their first concerts at Kazan University. And quite soon the new group became very famous all over Kazan. Today La Primavera orchestra is one of the best creative ensembles in Russia. Its repertoire includes more than 2000 works by Western European, Russian and Tatar composers from baroque to jazz.

Musicians from Tatarstan are participants of Russian and international festivals, including: Les Classiques de Villars (Switzerland), Musik vid Siljan (Sweden), Musik vid Dellen (Sweden), "Stars of White Nights", "Khibla Gerzmava invites...”, "Europe-Asia", Academy of music "New Itinerants", "Christmas Musical Meetings in North Palmyra", "Youth Academies of Russia", "Siberia-Europe", La Folle Journée - "Mad Days" (Ekaterinburg) and many others.

La Primavera gave concerts in the Great Hall of the Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Moscow International House of Music, the Glinka Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and the Organ Hall of the Perm Philharmonia. The orchestra performed in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Tunisia, Greece, Israel, China, Turkey, and South Korea, always getting a warm welcome from the public and approval of music critics. In 2018 the orchestra took the Trans-Siberian train trip, giving 13 concerts in the cities of Transsib.

La Primavera gives its own international festivals in Kazan. These are: «Abyazov-Festival» dedicated to synthesis of different cultures; and L'arte del arco («Art of the bow»), which annually introduces public to the work of best contemporary performers of string and bowed instruments.

The participants of these festivals have been Gilles Apap, Stefan Milenkovic, Nikita Borisoglebskiy, Robi Lakatos, Dmitriy Makhtin, Lakshminarayana Subramaniam, Hugo Ticciati, Boris Andrianov, Denis Shapovalov, Monika Leskovar, Jan Krigovskiy, Nicolas Dautricourt, Glinka State Quartet (Russia), Rastrelli-Quartet (Russia-Germany), Graf Murzha, Misha Pyatigorskiy’s jazz trio. Also the orchestra performed with Khibla Gerzmava, Misha Mayskiy, Alena Baeva, Albina Shagimuratova and others.

«La Primavera is one of the best orchestras not only in Russia. I am always amazed by the way they work, by their professionalism and quality of their sound», says the Italian violinist - Domenico Nordio. «Brilliant musicians», - says Gilles Apap. «I have never seen such a large and diverse repertoire for a chamber orchestra. Besides, everything is clear, everything works, everything is always in place», - comments Mark Drobinskiy - the cellist. «One has been admiring the orchestra for many years. The orchestra has a huge repertoire, it is able “to fit” into any soloist, in any musical style», - the Russian radio station «Orpheus» reports in the review. «Every day of the festival L'arte del arco music sounded at the highest level, undoubtedly it would enrich the best stages of the world», - writes the newspaper «Musical Review». 

The orchestra actively gives charity concerts to help children's funds. Every year the orchestra organizes a program for talented students from children's musical schools to support young musicians, the name of the program is «Stars from Tomorrow». It actively promotes the work of contemporary composers.

Rustem Abyazov is a founder, permanent art director and chief conductor of the orchestra, an honored artist of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan, a national artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, a laureate of the State prize named after G. Tukay, «Conductor of the Year» according to the All-Russian newspaper «Musical Review» (2002), and an honorary citizen of Kazan.


B. Bartok


C. Debussy

Beau soir*

F. Poulenc

Les Chemins de l'Amour*

S. Rachmaninoff

Do not sing, my beauty, to me*

L. Arditi

Il Bacio*

R. Strauss


*Soloist – Tatiana Lisnic soprano


Musical Pilgrimage

Soloist – Boris Andrianov cello

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