The one and only: Britten

May 11
1 h–1 h 15 min
Start of the Event: 5 pm
Place of the event: Prince Frederick Chamber (Postern) of the Klaipėda Castle Museum
Alexander Ramm (cello, Russia)
Programme: Benjamin Britten, Suites for solo cello

Benjamin Britten (1913‒1976)
Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72
Cello Suite No. 2, Op. 80
Cello Suite No. 3, op. 87
Alexander Ramm is perhaps one of the most gifted and sought-after cello players of his generation. His style combines virtuosity, deep insight into composer’s frame of mind, emotional intensity, clear bow articulation and artistic distinctiveness. Born in 1988 in Vladivostok, he was educated at Glière Children Music School in Kaliningrad, and then at the Moscow Chopin College of Performing Arts and Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory where he studied with Prof. Natalia Shakhovskaya (2012). He has also honed his skills with Frans Helmerson at Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin. He has earned a number of top prizes in prestigious competitions, including 2nd prize in the 3rd Beijing international music competition and 1st prize in the National Music Competition in Moscow (2010), 3rd prize in the Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki (2013) and Silver Medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2015).
Ramm is actively involved in all major projects of St. Petersburg House of Music and regularly takes part in projects promoting young talents presented by Moscow Philharmonic Society, including program “The Stars of the 21st Century” both in Moscow and around Russia. Alexander takes part in Moscow Easter Festival founded by Valery Gergiev as well.
Alongside his projects in Russia, the cellist has performed in England, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, Austria, Finland, South Africa, Japan, France and Bulgaria, and collaborated extensively with the world’s leading conductors, including Vladimir Spivakov, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Yurovsky, Mikhail Yurovsky, Alexander Sladkovsky and Valery Polyansky.
Ramm will treat the audience in Klaipėda to his performance of three Cello Suites by one of the greatest 20th-century British composers, Benjamin Britten. All three suites have been composed and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich – one of the greatest 20th-century cellists, to whom he was introduced after the British premiere of Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto in London, in 1961. Inspired by Rostropovich’s performance and fascinated by his radiant personality, he was cajoled into writing a series of new pieces for cello with Rostropovich in mind, including the Cello Symphony, Cello Sonata and three Cello Suites. The first suite was presented to the cellist as a Christmas gift in 1964, to be followed by two more over the next seven years. Of all the three only the last features a sequence of Russian folk song arrangements and variations culminating in the Russian Hymn for the Departed, the Kontakion, in the last movement.