Centred on the personality of its artistic director, the world renowned violist Yuri Bashmet, the festival “Sulle vie del Prosecco” develops on the beloved hills that characterise the Prosecco area, surrounding the North-eastern part of Italy that goes from Trieste to Vicenza,  in the very heart of Venice’s and Treviso’s provinces.

Yuri Bashmet holds a special place amongst today’s musicians, affirming the viola as a recognized soloist instrument for the first time ever. Composers throughout the world have embraced this phenomenon and have composed more than fifty new works for the viola, especially for him.

At the end of August, Yuri Bashmet, together with the musicians forming the extraordinary, Grammy Award winning Moscow Soloists chamber orchestra will perform three spectacular concerts in the most pleasant sites of the area, brimming with extraordinary emotional effects: the “Chiesa di Santi Martino e Rosa” in Conegliano, the “Da Ponte” Theatre in Vittorio Veneto, “Convento di San Francesco” in Conegliano.

This year the festival will present a world premiere by Russian composer Kuzma Bodrov, one of new generation the most sought after, Gloria, especially written for the festival and dedicated to the choir “Insieme Vocale City of Conegliano”, that will be performed in the opening concert together with sopranos Giovanna Donadini and Giuseppina Samogin

The festival enhances its yet traditional concern for young artists, featuring this year Paolo Tagliamento, the only Italian winner of the prestigious Lipizer prize in the international violin competition’s 34-years old history.

The performance of a piece written by American from Chinese origins, Academy Award winning composer Tan Dun for pipa and strings  by the Chinese  soloist Belle Shiu will certainly arouse great interest as it is a quite unique opportunity to listen to the pipe, a very popular  instrument in China, rarely heard in the West.

As for the concert in Vittorio Veneto, the leitmotive of the evening will Brahms chamber music’s beauty.

The program also features the unfrequently performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and orchestra, that will be interpreted by Opera di Roma’s (Rome Opera Theatre ) orchestra first solo parts.

Yuri Bashmet will perform both as conductor and as soloist on his splendid viola,  crafted in 1758 by luthier Paolo Testore in Milan.