“…without doubt, one of the world’s greatest living musicians.”
The Times (UK) on Yuri Bashmet

“Tatiana Samouil celebrates music with incredible intensity and virtuosity.”
La Libre (Belgium) on Tatiana Samouil

“Most captivating… she played as if she was telling stories.”
2018 Menuhin Competition Jury on Chloe Chua

Kuzma Bodrov | Journey Through the Orchestra (Asian Premiere)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Antonio Vivaldi | Concerto for 2 Violins in A Minor, Op. 522
Dmitri Shostakovich | Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia led by the eminent violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet comes to Singapore in its debut Asian tour!

Formed in 2012, the Orchestra has performed throughout Russia including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and at the concert halls of Berlin, Brussels, Geneva and Vienna to critical acclaim. With 90 young musicians handpicked from auditions held in cities across Russia, the Orchestra is set to thrill audiences with its heart-stirring performance.

The special moments worth coming for:

— Hear the ‘strong-willed, passionate and inspired playing’ (Kultura) of Tatiana Samouil who embodies the best traditions of the Russian violin school.

— See the poise, confidence, and musical maturity of our very own Chloe Chua beyond her tender 11 years, as she shares the stage with Tatiana in Vivaldi’s double violin concerto – her first orchestral performance after her stunning win at the 2018 Menuhin Competition.

— Be the first in Asia to experience Journey Through the Orchestra and enjoy this wondrous epic work full of charm and surprise by the Kyrgyzstan-born composer Kuzma Bodrov.

— Feel the emotion, meditation, humour and grandeur of the most beloved works by the two greats of Russian classical music: Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.

— Meet the remarkable future makers of classical music from Russia and Singapore in a celebration of 50 years of friendship between both countries.

Find out more about the artists


Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia
The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia was established in 2012. From the beginning, the orchestra included 90 young musicians from 10 to 22 years old from 40 Russian cities. The orchestra was created through an all-Russian competition of classical music performers, unique in its idea and scale, without analogy in Russian history. Thus far, the Orchestra has produced a huge number of professional musicians who constantly renew and preserve the cultural traditions of Russia. In February 2014, the Orchestra enjoyed the great honour of being the only symphonic orchestra to perform at the Fisht Olympic Stadium for all four ceremonies of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

Conductor – Yuri Bashmet
Described by The Times as ‘without doubt, one of the world’s greatest living musicians’, Yuri Bashmet brings an enquiring and perceptive mind to life beyond classical music. A pre-eminent viola player of the modern age, he has motivated the leading composers of our time to expand the repertoire with significant new music.  He is Artistic Director of the December Nights Festival, Moscow, Principal Conductor of the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra, and is the founder/director of Moscow Soloists.  He also appears throughout the world in the dual role of conductor/soloist.

Composer (Journey Through The Orchestra) – Kuzma Bodrov
Kuzma Bodrov (Osh, Kirgistan 1980) graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory as a composer in the class of professor A. Tchaikovsky.  He currently teaches in the Conservatory and is an assistant to A. Tchaikovsky.  He is a member of the Dmitry Krimov laboratory and from 2012 is a guest professor at the Centro Superior Katarina Gurska of Madrid.  He teaches in the High Courses for stage directors in Moscow.  Since 2011, he has been the resident composer for the WYD Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, where he composed several works for HH Benedict XVI. He is a laureate for Russian and international competitions: D. Shotakovich (Saint-Petersburg, I Prize), S. Prokofiev (Saint Petersburg 2012, I Prize) amongst others. To date, his music has been presented in Russia, Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand and has been performed with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra Svetlanov, the Academic State Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra “Moscow Soloists”, amongst others.

Soloist (Violin) – Tatiana Samouil
Tatiana Samouil is in constant demand as a soloist, recording artist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She has won prizes at seven of the most prestigious international violin competitions, most notably the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow (2002), the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2001), the Michael Hill International Competition in New Zealand (2001) and the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki (2000). She has also released nearly 20 CDs. Her recording of works by Eugène Ysaÿe with the Liège Philharmonic under the baton of Jean-Jacques Kantorow was accorded the Diapason d’Or, the highest award of the French Music Magazine Diapason.

Soloist (Violin) – Chloe Chua
Chloe Chua, an 11-year-old violinist from Singapore is a shining star especially after her winning of the 1st Prize in the Junior Division of the Menuhin Competition held in Geneva in 2018. She was selected through audition and admitted into the Gifted Young Violinists course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), School of Young Talents (SYT) when she was 4 years old. Since 2012, she has been under the tutelage of SYT String Programme Leader Mr Yin Ke. With her talents and hard work, she was awarded opportunities to participate in masterclasses and music festivals such as the New Virtuosi Queenswoods Mastercourse held in UK, and also Singapore Violin Festivals. She has also achieved outstanding results in other competitions, both locally and internationally. These awards mainly include: Singapore Biennial National Piano and Violin Competition Junior Category 3rd Prize (2015), Thailand 4th International Strings Competition, Junior Category Grand Winner (2016) and the Junior Category 1st Prize in the 24th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition, held in Italy 2017, 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians Violin Group A 3rd Prize (2017), Singapore Biennial National Piano and Violin Competition Junior Category 1st Prize (2017). Chloe aims to be a soloist performing on the international stage in the future.

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Concert Details
12 Sep 2018, Wed
University Cultural Centre (UCC) Hall, National University of Singapore


Approx 125 min including intermission

Ticketing Details

Tickets available from SISTIC
$45 (Cat 1), $25 (Cat 2), $15 (Cat 3)
Excludes SISTIC booking fees

Early Bird till 31 July 2018

15% off individual Cat 1 and 2 tickets
20% off all categories with group booking of minimum 4 tickets

Concessions from 1 August 2018 onwards

15% off Cat 1 and 2 tickets for students, NSFs and senior citizens 60 years and above
20% off all categories with group booking of minimum 10 tickets
20% off Cat 1 and 2 tickets for Friends of CultureLink with promo code


This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.


Produced by: CultureLink Singapore and Russian Concert Agency
General tour partner: Novatek
Supported by: NUS Centre For The Arts, Ministry of Culture Russia Federation and Foundation Presidential Grants
In conjunction with: NUS Arts Festival 2018