Antoine Villéger – Road to Spasskaya

Road to Spasskaya (tower) written by Antoine Villéger (15 y. o.) had it’s world premiere on March 20, 2022 with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra (conductor Dmitry Vasilyev). The magnificent piece, full of Slavic soul and written with outstanding finesse, shows us wonderful orchestral abilities of the young composer.

This piece was written following Antoine’s visit to the Military Music Festival of the Spasskaya Tower in Moscow. In his score he has phrased the impressions of a trip to this major festival of music and cultures.

We invite you to discover this beautiful interpretation of the Omsk Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Vasiliev.   

Link to the complete concert  

Antoine Villéger and Dmitry Vasiliev

Dmitry Vasiliev is artistic director and principal conductor of the Siberian Symphony Orchestra since 2005. You can read his biography here :

Svetlana Ponomarëva – Concert pianist

Concert pianist Svetlana PonomarevaSvetlana Ponomarëva was born in the Siberian city of Omsk, Russia. She went from playing with her fingers on the table at age three to being accepted, with the highest mark, to study in the prestigious Gnessins Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Svetlana studied in the classes of Professor Alexander Satz and Professor Alexander Alexandrov.
She was a finalist at the Young Concert Artist Competition in New York in 1993 and reached the semi-finals at the 1996 Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition, Canada.

In 2004 Svetlana made her New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since released eight CDs.

Svetlana has performed as a soloist, with orchestras and chamber ensembles, in Russia, Germany, Canada and the U.S.A. She has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Sergey Skripka, Oleg Burakov, Yuri Nikolayevsky, Dmitry Vasiliev, Russian State Prize Winner Vladimir Rylov, Valery Khalilov and Sergei Durygin.

In 2007 she published a book by Svetlana Gordeevtseva “Touching a Mystery” about articulation in clavier music by J.S. Bach and gave presentations in Vancouver and in Omsk (Russia).

In 2016-2017 Svetlana was invited to perform at the the Spasskaya Tower Festival in Moscow Kremlin.

During 2020-2021, together with her son Antoine Villéger – composer and pianist – she participated in various International online competitions in Russia, Europe (Italy, Spain, UK, Luxembourg) and Turkey earning numerous prize-winning places, as well as eight Grand-Prix, in Piano (solo and ensemble), Composition and Acting Skills nominations.

In 2021 Svetlana participated in the International Scientific Conference in Moscow with her presentation “The Art of Interpretation: Artistic Analysis of Piano Concerto #2 (op. 16 in G Minor) by Sergey Prokofiev”, for the composer’s 130th Anniversary.