Virtuoso violinist Vadim Repin has returned to Siberia to take part in the first Trans-Siberian Art Festival, a series of music, art and film events across the Novosibirsk region. Russian-born Repin will join a number of internationally-recognised musicians and performers including Italian cellist Mario Brunello and the English Chamber Orchestra as well as Siberian musical stars such as cellist Stanislav Ovchinnikovk and violist Antonina Popras.
While Novosibirsk is often considered the musical and cultural hub of Siberia, the Trans-Siberian festival is a first for the region, and has been cited by Repin as “not limited to a single geographic or horizontal line of programming,” according to the festival’s website. Also a first for the festival was the world premiere of violin concerto Voices of Violin, composed by Russian composer Benjamin Yusupov and dedicated the Repin.
Repin, a Siberian-born violinist of Belgian descent was born in 1971. By the time he was a teenager, he was a regular on the international concert circuit and has since won numerous performance competitions and played with orchestras such the Berlin Philharmonic and London Sympathy Orchestra.
The festival will run until 12 April.