Captivating, soul-stirring performances of classical and contemporary music. The Metamorphose String Orchestra of Minsk, founded in 2015 by conductor Pavel Lyubomudrov, has been taking the Belarusian music scene by storm with a series of critically acclaimed concerts – and now has its eye on Europe.

Exquisitely blending creativity, tradition and musicianship, the Orchestra’s performances exude a deep love and understanding of music. With an everexpanding repertoire that spans from Baroque to original arrangements of popular music and contemporary Belarusian composers, the Orchestra proves true to its
name: experimentation is in its DNA.

Conductor Pavel Lyubomudrov, a graduate of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory and a pupil of Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation Alexandr Vasilevich Alekseev, has filled the Orchestra’s ranks with some of the country’s
finest musicians. Alumni of the St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk Conservatoires have joined him on his artistic journey, sharing stages with renowned soloists such as cellists Mikael Samsonov (Germany) and Antonio Mostacci (Italy), violinists Lisa Jacobs (Netherlands), Dmitry Smirnov and Andrey Baranov (Switzerland), oboist Juan Manuel
García-Cano (Spain), flutist Maria Fedotova, harpist Sofia Kiprskaya and pianist Stanislav Soloviev (Russia).

In 2017, the Orchestra made its debut with Italian label Halidon, thus becoming the first Belarusian Orchestra to be featured on YouTube’s leading channel for classical music, HalidonMusic (1.7 million subscribers). With over 2 million total streams on Spotify alone, the Orchestra has been handpicked by the streaming service’s editorial team to appear on playlists such as “Classical New Releases”, and their online presence is steadily increasing.

Deeply committed to bringing the greatest music to the widest possible audience, in 2020 the Orchestra will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth by performing the composer’s complete symphonies, and releasing further recordings in partnership with Halidon. “Music changes lives”, is the firm belief of Pavel Lyubomudrov. “By taking people into a region beyond words, it helps them connect with themselves – and others – on the highest, purest emotional level”.

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To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Orchestra will perform the composer’s complete symphonies in a series of concerts to be held throughout 2020

January 7, Belarusian State Philharmonic, Minsk
Beethoven, Symphonies No. 4 and 8

March 3, Gala Concert at the Belarusian State Philharmonic, Minsk
With special guests: Mikael Samsonov, cello;
Andrey Shinkevich, double bass; Sofia Kiprskaya, harp
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 “Heroic”
Vivaldi, Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV 531
Rodrigo, Concerto “Aranjuez”, Piazzolla, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Arr. for Cello)


February 14, Central House of Officers (Concert Hall), Minsk
With special guest Mikael Samsonov, cello
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet (Overture-Fantasia)
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso for Cello and Orchestra

March 14, Belarusian State Philharmonic, Minsk
Denis Linnik, piano and Dmitry Smirnov, violin
Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Nielsen, Violin Concerto

April 29, Central House of Officers (Concert Hall), Minsk
Mussorgsky, Pictures from an Exhibition
Rimskij-Korsakov, Scheherazade
Lyadov, The Enchanted Lake
Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture

June 7, Concert Hall “Verhni Goard”
Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence
Schubert, Death and the Maiden

October 8, Trade Union Palace (Concert Hall), Minsk
Yaroslav Makarich, guitar
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez
Mozart, Divertimento in B-flat major, KV. 137
Tchaikovsky, Andante Cantabile
Janacek, Suite for Strings

October 22, Belarusian State Philharmonic, Minsk
With special guest Mikael Samsonov, cello
Piazzolla, Grand Tango
Bloch, From Jewish Life: Prayer
Saint-Saëns, Introduction and Rondò Capriccioso
Saint-Saëns, The Carnival of the Animals: The Swan
Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major
J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 3: II. Air on the G string

November 24 and 26, Belarusian State Philharmonic, Minsk
With special guest Stanislav Soloviev, piano
J.S. Bach, Complete Keyboard Concertos (BWV 1052-1058)

September 25, Trade Union Palace (Concert Hall), Minsk
Mozart, Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence

November 6, Concert Hall “Verhni Goard”
Andrey Baranov, violin
Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Tchaikovsky, Valse Scherzo Op. 23
Saint-Saëns, Introduction and Rondò capriccioso
Tchaikovsky, Souvenir d’un lieu cher: Meditation, Op. 42 No. 1

November 10, Concert Hall “Verhni Goard”
Antonio Mostacci and Aleksey Bagrintsev, cellos
Mozart, “Salzburg Symphonies” (K. 136 & 138)
Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major
Diego Conti, Menesk (Première)
Sollima, Violoncelles, vibrez!
Britten, Simple Symphony

November 24, Concert Hall “Verhni Goard”
Stanislav Soloviev, piano
Bach, Harpsichord Concerto No. 7, BWV 1058
Haydn, Keyboard Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIII:11
Haydn, Symphony No. 45 “Farewell”: I. Allegro assai

December 27, Concert Hall “Verhni Goard”
Lisa Jacobs, violin
Ysaye, Rêve d’Enfant
Dvořák, Romance in F minor, Op. 11
Wieniawski, Fantasia on Themes from ‘Faust’, Op. 20

R E P E R T O I R E  A L S O  I N C L U D E S:
J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos No. 3 & 6
Barber, Adagio for Strings
Bartok, Divertimento for String Orchestra
Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
Bizet, Carmen Suite No. 1
Bruch, Serenade on Swedish Melodies & Kol Nidrei
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Guitar concerto No. 1
Eshpay, Concert for Flute
Fauré, Pavane, Op. 50
Haydn, Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major
Cello Concerto No. 1 & 2
The Seven Last Words of Christ
Grieg, Holberg Suite
Janacek, Serenade for String Orchestra
Mozart, Oboe Concerto in C major
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain
Pictures at an Exibition
Nielsen, Violin Concerto
Paganini, Variations on a Theme by Rossini
Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor

R E P E R T O I R E  A L S O  I N C L U D E S:
Piazzolla, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Oblivion & Libertango
Popper, Dance of the Elves
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet (Suite 1 & 2)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Spanish Capriccio
Rachmaninoff, Vocalise
Salieri, Concerto for Flute and Oboe
Sarasate, Andalusian Romance & Gypsy Airs
Shostakovich, Chamber Symphony Op. 110
Sibelius, Valse Triste, Romance Op. 42 & Andante Festivo
Tartini, Devil’s Trill (Arr. for Strings and Violin Solo)
Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite
Romeo and Juliet (Overture-Fantasia)
Pezzo Capriccioso for Cello
Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Lute Concerto in D major
Music from the films: Pirates of the Caribbean,
The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, James Bond,
Africa, Dirty Dancing, Romeo and Juliet, Mission and more.