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musicAeterna orchestra

The musicAeterna orchestra was founded by Teodor Currentzis in 2004 in Novosibirsk. At that time, Currentzis was the music director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre.

In that capacity, Teodor performed well-known musical works together with the theatre orchestra. He did, however, want to transcend the repertoire and performance traditions, so he gathered a collective of musicians willing to achieve a common goal: to give their absolute best to music, to fully express the beauty of a given composer’s works, and to explore every score in a way that no other orchestra had done before. The Novosibirsk musicAeterna ensemble made a successful debut in Europe and became well-known in the Russian cultural circles.

In 2011, Teodor Currentzis became the artistic director of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre. The ensemble was subsequently invited to join the theatre troupe. Funding was allocated by local authorities towards expanding the ensemble to a symphony orchestra. Thus, a new chapter began in musicAeterna’s history: the musicians were now fully engaged in premieres, recordings, tours and concerts.

In summer 2019, musicAeterna gained the status of an independent ensemble. Its creative laboratory is now located at Dom Radio in Saint Petersburg, and musicAeterna residencies are being set up in Moscow, Lucerne and other cultural capitals.

Today, the musicAeterna orchestra is a reputable ensemble with an impressive list of awards won and concerts performed at the world’s leading stages. At the same time, the musicians are still devoted to their ideals of serving music, maintaining immaculate performance quality, and showing sincere love towards every new score in their repertoire.

Concertmaster
Afanasy Chupin

Afanasiy Chupin was born in 1987 in a family of musicians from Omsk, Russia. He started learning to play the violin at the age of 3 and began performing with a symphony orchestra at 5. In 2002, with support from Lions Club, he performed his first solo concerts in Europe. In 2004, the 16-year-old Afanasiy Chupin was invited by Teodor Currentzis to join the newly formed musicAeterna ensemble as the orchestra’s concertmaster.

musicAeterna orchestra events

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Gabriel Fauré
Pavane, Op. 50 for Orchestra and Choir (1887-1888)

Jean Sibelius
Symphonic suite “Pelléas et Mélisande”, Op.46 (1905)

Gabriel Fauré
Requiem, op. 48

The musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir conducted by Teodor Currentzis
Soprano — Fanie Antonelou (Greece)
Baritone — Thomas Mole (Great Britain)

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Gabriel Fauré
Pavane, Op. 50 for Orchestra and Choir (1887-1888)

Jean Sibelius
Symphonic suite “Pelléas et Mélisande”, Op.46 (1905)

Gabriel Fauré
Requiem, op. 48

The musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir conducted by Teodor Currentzis
Soprano — Fanie Antonelou (Greece)
Baritone — Thomas Mole (Great Britain)

Video artwork — Mat Collishaw (the film screening is supported by Aksenov Family Foundation)

 

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Gabriel Fauré
Pavane, Op. 50 for Orchestra and Choir (1887-1888)

Jean Sibelius
Symphonic suite “Pelléas et Mélisande”, Op.46 (1905)

Gabriel Fauré
Requiem, op. 48

The musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir conducted by Teodor Currentzis
Soprano — Fanie Antonelou (Greece)
Baritone — Thomas Mole (Great Britain)

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

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Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998)
Requiem (1975) for soloists, mixed choir and instrumental ensemble,
Concerto for mixed chorus a capella set to verses by Grigor Narekatsi (1984–1985)

Gregor Mayrhofer (b. 1987)
Recycling Concerto (2021)

 

Percussion — Vivi Vassileva

musicAeterna orchestra and choir
conductors: Gregor Mayerhofer, Teodor Currentzis

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

Soprano — Birgitte Christensen
Alto — Paula Murrihy
Tenor — Mingjie Lei
Bass — Andrei Kymach

musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir
Conductor: Teodor Currentzis

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

Soprano — Birgitte Christensen
Alto — Paula Murrihy
Tenor — Mingjie Lei
Bass — Andrei Kymach

musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir
Conductor: Teodor Currentzis

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Alfred Schnittke (1934–1998)
Requiem (1975) for soloists, mixed choir and instrumental ensemble,
Concerto for mixed chorus a capella set to verses by Grigor Narekatsi (1984–1985)

Gregor Mayrhofer (b. 1987)
Recycling Concerto (2021)

 

Percussion — Vivi Vassileva

musicAeterna orchestra and choir
conductors: Gregor Mayerhofer, Teodor Currentzis

 

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

Soprano — Birgitte Christensen
Alto — Paula Murrihy
Tenor — Mingjie Lei
Bass — Andrei Kymach

musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir
Conductor: Teodor Currentzis

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No 9 in D Minor (1824)

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Jean-Philippe Rameau
The Sound of Light

musicAeterna
Teodor Currentzis, conducting
Sarah Blanch, soprano

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Jean-Philippe Rameau
The Sound of Light

musicAeterna
Teodor Currentzis, conducting
Sarah Blanch, soprano

 

 

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Paul Dessau
Guernica – Piano piece after Picasso

Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Piano Sonata ‘27. April 1945’

Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor op. 110 – ‘In memory of the victims of fascism and the war’

Alfred Schnittke
Requiem for solo voices, choir and chamber ensemble

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An event of Salzburg Festival

Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas – Opera in three acts on a libretto by Nahum Tate after Virgil’s epic poem Aeneis
(Concert Performance)

Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No. 14 in G minor for soprano, bass and chamber orchestra op. 135

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Opera “Tristan and Isolde” (concert performance), 1859