General provisions

Within the framework of the International Musical Academy (hereinafter – Academy) of the Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi will work a Vocal Department. Vocal Department is a number of educational events, containing master-classes, courses, lectures of outstanding professors and art people in musical society, concert performances.

The Academy is held by the Organizers with the aim of searching, supporting and educating gifted singers from all around the world, developing a culture of communication among the younger generation through joint creative work, regardless their social status, origin or intellectual level.

Organizers of the Academy

Holding of the Academy, preparations and organization is made by Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi (hereinafter WIAFS),

Artistic director – Yuri Bashmet,
Executive director – Dmitriy Grinchenko.

Artistic director of the Vocal Department - Dmitry Vdovin.

The Academy is held according to the regulation rules about the IV International Vocal Academy.

The Academy will be held from February 17 to February 24, 2019 in the city of Sochi.

Date of arrival in Sochi is February 17; departure of participants is February 24.

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Vocal Department at the Music Academy of the XII Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi

Dmitry Vdovin

Artistic Director of the Vocal Department. Artistic Director of The Bolshoi Theater’s Young Artists Program, Honored Doer of arts of Russia

Sergei Leiferkus

World-renowned Russian opera singer (baritone), People’s Artists of Russia, Winner of the USSR State prize, soloist of the biggest international opera houses

Sebastian F. Schwarz

Well known representative of European opera management. In the past: General Director of Glyndebourne Festival, deputy artistic director of Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Opera, co-founder and Artistic Director of the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti, regular jury member for major international voice competitions, founder and inaugural chairman of the jury of the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Cavaliere of the Order of the Star of Italy in recognition of his propagation and support of Italian artists and art (2015).

Lubov Orfenova

Vocal coach and pianist, accompanist who worked with the best conductors and directors of modern times (A. Pappano, V. Yurovsky, G. Rozhdestvensky, N. Järvi; F. Zambello, G. Vick, S. Winge) as well as with the most important festivals and international opera houses, coach of The Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Program, Honored Artist of Russia

Alessandro Amoretti

World renowned coach, pianist, accompanist of several prestigious international music organizations such as the Opéra national de Paris, Shanghai opera house, Glyndebourne festival, Bregenz festival, BBCProms, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Royal Opera in Stockholm and Copenhagen, the National Opera in Warsaw, The Bolshoi Theater of Russia

REGULATIONS IV International Musical Academy of Winter International Arts Festival in Sochi

The Academy is conducted in order to identify and support gifted children and creative youth of promising is an effective form of search and development of talented young musicians.

- Alexander Tchaikovsky, composer