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Alexandra Conunova, our first "guest"

Winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2015) and the Joachim Competition in Hanover (2012), Alexandra Conunova is one of the great emerging talents of our time. Alexandra has established herself as a leading soloist and regularly performs with the world's leading orchestras all over the world.

Appointed "Master of Arts" by the President of the Republic of Moldova, her native country, she founded the charitable organization "ArtaVie" which aims to help disadvantaged families and children from her former school. She is fluent in seven languages and resides in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Alexandra will perform on Friday, September 6 with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, and the Glinka Choir, at the Stravinski Auditorium in Montreux. Back to the roots for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto since it is here, on the shores of Lake Geneva, that the work was composed. It will be associated with Scriabin's Symphony No. 1, a beautiful work that deserves to be better known in concert halls.

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"Reverse" the new sensation of the Russian circus

In Moscow, “Reverse” is the show that moves the audience. Between circus, hip-hop and acrobatics, it features about twenty young acrobats and dancers fighting against the world around them and against themselves. The show, for its only date in Switzerland, is co-produced by the Septembre Musical and the Saison culturelle de Montreux.

In this 70-minute show, no dialogue, just music perfectly adapted to the acrobatics of these outstanding dancers, discovered by the two directors Andrey Koltsov and Irina Drozhzhina. The show was also conceived in collaboration with Debra Brown who has choreographed several Cirque du Soleil productions such as "Alegria", "Saltimbanco" and "O" presented in a pool in Las Vegas. She has also collaborated with Madonna and Aerosmith on video clips and world tours. Her innovative work has been recognized in the United States and rewarded with the prestigious Emmy Awards. A know-how that can be found back in "Reverse". This intense and dynamic production reflects man's constant struggle with the outside world and within himself, a struggle illustrated through paintings punctuated by balancing feats symbolizing the spectrum of our emotions. Beyond this astonishing performance, "Reverse" delivers a philosophical message on human destiny.

"Reverse": Monday 9 September 2019, 20:00 at the Stravinski Auditorium, Montreux. Seated and numbered seats:
CHF 45.00/65.00/85.00/85.00/105.00 + single rate for children (-16 years) and students: CHF 10.00

74th edition of the Septembre Musical Festival under the sign of Russian culture

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

It is a great honour for me to present to you the program of the 74th edition of the Septembre Musical festival, which will be held from September 1 to 9 on the Riviera, in Switzerland.

In 2019, the Septembre Musical festival opens a window on the very rich Russian culture, both traditional and modern. Confirmed artists are programmed, among the best in Russia, such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, conductor Valery Gergiev, the Russian National Orchestra or pianist Nikolai Lugansky. The festival also chose to highlight young prodigies, such as the Glinka Choir, and real geniuses, such as the participants in the Nutcracker project or the break-dancers of the Reverse show.

Culture is a wonderful tool for understanding others. We look forward to exploring several aspects of it, with you, from September 1 to 9, 2019.

Mischa Damev
Director of Septembre Musical festival




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Mischa Damev succeeds Tobias Richter

He becomes the new Director of the Septembre Musical

To ensure the sustainability of the festival and to meet the new challenges ahead, the Foundation Board has appointed Mr Mischa Damev as Artistic Director. Born in Sofia in 1963 and of Franco-Bulgarian descent, Mischa Damev boasts a long international career as a concert pianist and conductor. He has conducted many prestigious ensembles in Switzerland and Europe. From 1990 to 1999, he was the Artistic Director of the Orpheum International Festival for Young Soloists in Zurich. Since 2007, he has been Head of Music at the Directorate of Cultural and Social Affairs of the Migros Cooperative Federation in Zurich and and Director of the Migros-Pour-Cent-Culturel-Classics. He will continue to hold this position alongside that of Artistic Director of the Septembre Musical Festival, which he will assume from Monday 10 September 2018.

Septembre Musical - A window on the world

Under Mischa Damev's leadership, the festival will undergo profound changes in the coming months, starting with its name. Now called "Septembre Musical - A Window on the World", the festival will highlight every year a country's cultural talents, be it in the field of music, dance or gastronomy: a sum of new experiences that the festival intends to offer its audience as from 2019 onwards. The first window opened by Mischa Damev for this 74th edition will offer a breathtaking view of Russia.

"With his solid international experience on both sides of the stage, both as an artist and artistic director, Mischa Damev’s appointment represents a promising continuation for the Septembre Musical Festival. It places the festival’s future in expert and experiences hands and gives it a new burst of energy. The Foundation Board is fully confident that Mr. Damev will be able to offer this essential event on the Swiss classical scene a well-deserved success. »

Laurent Maire
Chairman of the Septembre Musical Foundation Board




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Offer a Festival of concerts

Share your passion for music by offering a gift voucher for the Septembre Musical. The new edition of the festival will take place from 1 to 9 September 2019. You can already consult the programme here

Gift vouchers are available for the amount of your choice. Please note that they are only valid for purchasing tickets in our online shop.

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