Concert by Kirill Richter, Chronos
Richter studied nuclear physics and fashion design only to realize that his passion is music. Having taught himself to play piano and compose in childhood, Richter, already a graduate of National Research Nuclear University and British Higher School of Art and Design, passed all the necessary exams in musical disciplines and gave his first big concert in the famous Column Hall of the House of the Unions in Moscow, receiving standing ovations.
Now Richter is, at thirty years old, Russia’s most prominent figure of the neoclassical music scene. His compositions are often described as “expressive minimalism”, however the composer believes this to be only partly true. “Although my music doesn’t have that much in common with minimalism (because the melody almost always dominates) the expressive component is very important for me… I believe that people yearn for expressive instrumental music. Something energetic, maybe even frenzied. Personally, I want music that is full of contrast, energy and movement”, he says.
The pianist and composer has performed at Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival, the Great Escape Festival in the UK and Classical:NEXT Festival in the Netherlands. Last year Kirill debuted at the famous Royal Albert Hall and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.
Richter comes to Tel Aviv after releasing the album Chronos, a studio version of his pieces for piano, violin and cello. Richter is experimenting with unconventional violin techniques and alternative sound production. The album is the result of several years of work reflects the composer’s relationship with time — it’s about history, human destiny and time as someone you can talk to.
In Tel Aviv, Kirill Richter will be joined by the Revolution Orchestra, a well-known Israeli ensemble led by composer Zohar Sharon and conductor Roy Oppenheim.
Mart festival is a multi-genre festival in Tel Aviv that showcases the diverse and exciting landscape of contemporary Russian culture. The festival’s founder, Mart project, which promotes the contemporary Russian culture in London, New York and Tel Aviv, has brought together in one program all the most important things in the Russian-speaking culture today.
Theatre, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, music, film screenings, parties, and lectures — in the spring of 2020 Tel Aviv will be at the heart of contemporary Russian culture.