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Blog #51. Amsterdam

As I always say: there is not even one day without improvisation in my life. It gives a peculiar scent to every day. Especially when you are on tour. And today’s happening proves this. As you know I am in Amsterdam right now. Tomorrow we will give a start to a series of concerts with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and maestro Mariss Jansons. And suddenly I got a phone call from maestro Gergiev, who was curious about where I was at that very moment. And when he got my answer – Amsterdam, he was really pleased and said that he was in Rotterdam. He is to perform a concert there tomorrow with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (they collaborated for many years). Besides he has a great festival there. And I took part in it many times.

And in less than 30 minutes Valery Abissalovich was in Amsterdam. Now we are all in the capital of Netherlands, celebrating absolutely improvisational and at the same time legendary meeting of these two masters on Dutch territory. I couldn't help sharing this news with you! See you soon!

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In the evening I performed a concert with the famous Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a brilliant maestro Mariss Jansons, its chief conductor for many years already.

I was deeply impressed by the Royal Concertgebouw Hall, where we performed and of course by the orchestra, as it is one of the best orchestras in the world, with an long history, incredible sound and rich in tradition. We performed Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini by S. Rachmaninoff. I’ve had honour to work with Mariss Jansons for many years already, but it was the first time when I performed with him and the Concertgebouw orchestra. Now we are off to South America. I know that there are waves of protest on the streets. But we decided not cancel the tour and I really hope that classical music will help public there to be more optimistic and positive thinking and smooth the conflict.