The Second International Festival of Medtner's Music took place in Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Vladimir in May under the artistic direction of Boris Berezovsky.

Featured artists
Boris Berezovsky, piano
Hamish Milne, piano
Yuri Martinov, piano
Ekaterina Derzhavina, piano
Yana Ivanilova, soprano
Vassily Savenko, bass-baritone

The State Symphony Orchestra New Russia (Yuri Bashmet) / Alexander Sladkovsky
Ural Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitri Liss
Vladimir Symphony orchestra / Artyom Markin

The opening concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire featured all three of Medtner's piano concertos: no.1 with Martinov as soloist, no.2 with Berezovsky and no.3 with Milne. The performances were recorded and subsequently broadcast by the BBC.

The festival continued with three concerts in Ekaterinburgh, three in Vladimir and a further three in Moscow which were broadcast live on the classical music station Radio Orfeo. The Moscow concerts were attended by Medtner's great-niece and only surviving relative, Elena Nikolaevna Ponsova.

Margarete Rolle comments "it was a most exhilarating experience to listen to wall-to-wall Medtner and very satisfying to see audiences giving standing ovations to the performers and hailing the music a great discovery."

There are plans to take the festival to the other cities in which Medtner lived: Berlin, Paris and London.

Thanks to Margarete Rolle for this report