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Dubrovnik – Chamber music among ancient walls

22 November 2011 No Comment

The famous violinist Julian Rachlin will once again this September be the host to his musician friends in Dubrovnik and for the 11th time in a row enrich the walls of the old town with the sounds of exqusitly preformed chamber music.

Julian Rachlin got the idea for the festival during his participation at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in 2000. The famous violinist was amazed by the atmosphere of the historical city core, the most beautiful music stage, and ever since then has brought numerous musicians to this pearl of the Adriatic. His guests were some of the most respected names in classical music world wide, such as the cellist Mischa Maiski or the violinit Janine Jensen, the pianist Itamar Golan and the hornist Radovan Vlatković. Rachlin and his friends perform for the Dubrovnik audience year after year, making this Festival a top musical experience in the friendly atmosphere.

Performing at this year`s festival will be a real parade of stars, not only musical but also from the world of film. After last year`s big success, John Malkovich should, with chosen musicians, perform the sequal to the funny and educational program under the name `Music Critic`. The most devoted Hollywood guest, Sir Roger Moore, will close the festival with a musical humoresque which is being thought up and directed by the great pianist Hyung-ki Joo. The famous British soprano Dame Felicity Lott will also join them in their research of the fun and humorous side of serious music.

Also performing will be top chamber musicians like Misha Maiski, Janine Jensen, Itamar Golan, Boris Andrianov and the Austrian baritone Florian Boesch. Arriving also at Rachlin`s invite will be the percussion virtuoso Martin Grubinger, balalaika virtuoso Alexey Arkhipovsky and the Artemis Quartet. Returning to Dubrovnik are the pianist Yefim Bronfman and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields orchestra.

On the 4th of September UNICEF will organize a charity football match between the participants of the Festival, led by Julian Rachlin and representatives of the media, with participation of famous sportsmen from Croatia and the world.

Julian Rachlin was born in Latvia in 1974, and immigrated with his musician parents to Austria in 1978. There he studied at the Vienna Academy of Music, and in 1988, almost over night, gaind international fame by winning the Eurovision award `Young Musician of the Year`.

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