Belgrade Philharmonic concert features acclaimed conductor, violin virtuoso, and engaging program


The Belgrade Philharmonic presents two young stars: conductor Marzena Diakun and violin virtuoso Sergey Khachatryan, at Kolarac Hall on Friday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m. The exciting tandem and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a lavish program with works by Debussy, Bruch, and Strauss.

The Belgrade Philharmonic is continuing to present authentic and award-winning musicians that are highly sought-after on the world’s concert scene and whom the domestic audience will now have the opportunity to hear for the very first time. With special focus on female conductors, the orchestra will be performing with a young Polish conductor with an impressive career. Marzena Diakun will present herself with a popular, diverse and interpretively demanding concert program centered on the performance of Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan.

A winner of the Jean Sibelius and Queen Elizabeth competitions, Khachatryan will play one of the favorite masterpieces of music written for the violin: the emotionally charged and technically demanding Violin Concerto No. 1 by Max Bruch. It is not only his interpretation that will be exciting to hear, but also the instrument on which Sergey plays: the Guarneri Del Gesù Ysaÿe from 1740, on loan to him from the Nippon Music Foundation.

On Friday, the audience can expect an attractive program conducted by Marzena Diakun – from the overflowing colors of Debussy’s musical impressionism in Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, to Strauss’s rich depiction of nature in his symphonic poem From Italy. Numerous lovers of Italian beauty will travel together with the Belgrade Philharmonic through this composition, which brings the atmosphere of the summer landscape of Rome bathed in the sun from the Villa d’Este in Tivoli and the joyful sounds of Naples and the popular Funiculì funiculà.