Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Overture to Die Zauberflöte
Joseph Haydn. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major (Flugelhorn version)
Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 7, Op. 92
"He plays the trumpet the way the rest of us breathe – if we are lucky," the San Francisco Chronicle wrote after the US appearance of the virtuouso trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov. Dubbed "the Paganini of the trumpet", "the Caruso of the trumpet" and other laudatory names, Sergei Nakariakov has been playing the trumpet since childhood. As a matter of fact, his first musical instrument was the piano. However, after suffering a spinal injury and doctors' advice against sitting, the young prodigy tried the trumpet and has never regretted it. "I just like it," the musician smilingly admits. He didn't have to wait long for success: at the age of ten, Sergei Nakariakov started to appear with orchestras at major venues of the former Soviet Union. When a year later he got a diploma at a brass competition for adults it became clear that his own country is too small for the talented boy. His family moved to Israel to enable Sergei pursue international career.
At present Sergei Nakariakov ranks as one of the world's five most influential trumpeters and is sought after in the foremost concert venues around the globe. Partnering the greatest international symphony orchestras, he has appeared at Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, New York Lincoln Center, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, Théâtre des Champs Élysées Paris, to name a few. The trumpeter continues to get great reviews: "Nakariakov's control of tone and dynamics – he can be loud but never shrill – and supple phrasing are marvellous, and he makes the music he plays hauntingly eloquent." (The Sunday Times)
The orchestra will perform tonight under the baton of the famous Estonian conductor Paul Mägi, who is artistic director and principal conductor of the Theatre Vanemuine, Estonia, professor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Drama and Royal College of Music, Stockholm, and was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2013.