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A Little Magic Violin in Venice

Little Magic Violin in Venice. 13 years old Russian violinist Dmitry Smirnov will play at the auditorium of San Servolo island on 28th April in a free entrance concert sponsored by the Venice Province and the Fondazione musicale Santa Cecilia di Portogruaro. Smirnov, born in Saint Petersburg on 26 august 1994, started music studies at 4 and is considered one of the best promises. He has already won several international competitions, including the first edition of Piccolo Violino Magico in 2006. The concert at Auditorium San Servolo will begin at 5.30 PM. The free entrance coupons will be released from 23 to 27 aprile at U.R.P. della Provincia di Venezia:
- U.R.P. Venezia, Ca' Corner S. Marco 2662 - 30124 Venezia, tel. 0412501556
- U.R.P. Mestre, Centro Servizi Via Forte Marghera, 191 - 30172 Mestre, tel. 0412501259
- at the reception of S. Servolo Auditorium until seats are available, even one hour before the concert.

Smirnov will be accompanied at piano by young Italian talent Francesca Sperandeo

Programme:
Francesco Maria Veracini (1690 - 1768), Sonata in Mi min. per violino e pianoforte
Dmitrij Šostakovič (1906 -1975), Preludi op.34 n. 10, 15, 16, 24 trascrizione di Dmitrij Ziganov (1968) per violino e pianoforte
Nathan Mironovich Milstein (1903 – 1992), Paganiniana
Jules Massenet (1842 -1912), Méditation dall'opera Thaiuml
Pablo de Sarasate, (1844 -1908),  Zapateado op.23 n. 2

The PIccolo Violino Magico International Competition for Very Young Violinists and Orchestra, is held in Portogruaro. In 2006 the winner Smirnov was awarded a free masterclass at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole and a scholarship worth 5.000 euro. Starting his violin studies at 4, Smirnov has been also awarded the Special Prize of the Jury, which consists in a one year renting of a Giuseppe Gagliano (1782) violin, thanks to the Fondazione Pro Canale Onlus in Milan.

Smirnov has been granted by Maxim Vengerov, considered the most significative violinist of his generation, who came to Italy just to attend the Final Stage of the Competition, invited by the Artistic Director Pavel Vernikov. At the end of the bestowal, Vengerov played the second violin in the Bach’s Concert in D minor, while Smirnov played the first violin, accompanied by the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, conducted by Lev Markiz.

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