For the first time in its history, the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic hosts a festival entirely dedicated to the personality and work of Nikolay Myaskovsky (1881-1950). Despite his great creative heritage, the composer, cared for and shunned by the Soviet regime, is one of the least known, understood and recognized figures of Russian music of the 20th century. The Festival has a form of dialogues - with the epoch, fate, counterparts – shedding light on the humble personality of Nikolay Yakovlevich Myaskovsky, whom his contemporaries called "the artistic conscience of music."
Raised on the ideals of Russian Romanticism, Myaskovsky worked in the realities of the Soviet era. He was a close friend of Sergei Prokofiev, and in the opinion of Dmitry Shostakovich, was the greatest symphonist of the twentieth century. A professor at the Moscow Conservatory, five times winner of the highest national award of the time, the State Stalin Prize, a member of several art councils, one of the founders of the Contemporary Music Association, he promoted the work of his colleagues and advocated for them, himself remaining among the ‘politically unreliable’ figures.
Myaskovsky Dialogues is an attempt to have a greater focus on Myskovsky and his legacy and get closer to the objective, true and multi-dimensional portrait of one of the most prominent composers of the 20th century. The Festival will take place during the 85th season of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic, which performing history includes a number of memorable pages associated with the name of Nikolay Myaskovsky.