The 4th International Georgy Teratsuyants Choir Festival
The musical event brought together over 600 choir singers from Russia and abroad, alongside hundreds of admirers and connoisseurs of choral art.
The festival is held in memory of Georgy Ervandovich Teratsuyants, who led the Academic Choir of PetrSU from 1962 till 2007. For 45 years Georgy Teratsuyants has been the irreplaceable artistic director and chief conductor of the choir, as well as a teacher, a mentor, and a spiritual leader.
At the opening ceremony, the participants and the guests of the Festival were welcomed by the Vice-Rector for Discipline and Social Work Vasily Katarov: “The Festival is becoming a good tradition of our university and the Republic. We are happy that the geography is expanding, and that the Festival is now supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia. All this is thanks in large part to the Academic Choir of PetrSU that celebrated its 55-year anniversary this year. I wish every choir and every singer to perform at their best! I wish you a hurricane of emotions, standing ovations, and new admirers! I declare the Festival open!”
For four days Petrozavodsk music halls have been hosting male, female and mixed choirs from Petrozavodsk, Vologda, Saint Petersburg, Moscow and other cities of Russia, as well as from Germany, Poland, Spain, and Taiwan.
The Festival featured a contest for the best performance of a work of a composer from the Northern Europe (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) and the Republic of Karelia. The winners of the contest were the chamber choir “Carpe diem” of the National Nuclear Research University (Moscow) and the female choir “Quellen” (Saint Petersburg).
The Festival ended with a gala concert that took place at the Music Theater of the Republic of Karelia. At the concert the combined choir performed with the Symphonic Orchestra of Karelian State Philharmonic.
Rector of Petrozavodsk State University Anatoly Victorovich Voronin welcomed the participants of the festival and noted: “Performances of master choir singers and musicians have drawn genuine interest and will help further strengthening of cooperation between choirs all over the world.”