Russian artists who will perform at the festival include pianists Arcadi Volodos and Mikhail Pletnev, the Russian National Orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet, the Moscow Art Trio, and violinist Maxim Vengerov.
Russian composers to be presented include Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Taneyev, as well as contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina. Alongside Beethoven string quartets and symphonies, the festival will also commemorate the Mozart and Schumann anniversaries.
Orchestras scheduled to perform include the Philadelphia Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig with Riccardo Chailly, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the Bamberger Symphoniker with Jonathan Nott, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Paavo J‹rvi.
Operas to be presented include Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart i Saljeri, an opera in two scenes based on texts by Alexander Pushkin; Mozart's Il re pastore; and the world premiere of Vladimir Tarnopolski's Beyond the Shade, a multimedia opera with a libretto by Ralph G‹nther Mohnau.