Memory and Hope


Memory and Hope

July 28, 9:15 p.m.
Firmafede Fortress, Sarzana


Alexander Boldachev (1990 – )

Rutka Laskier: from Krakow to Auschwitz.

Mieczysław Weinberg (1919 – 1996)
Concertino for cello and strings

Baruch Berliner (1942 – )
Jacob’s Dream

Alexander Boldachev, harp
Miriam Prandi – Boris Andrianov, cello
Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Strings
Gianluca Marcianò, director

Alexander Boldachev is a Swiss-Russian artist pushing the boundaries of how people identify the harp in the 21st century. Alexander creates unique adventures in his concerts with his innovative approach and refusal to conform to stereotypes. He has become a modern harp and music ambassador, focusing on the inclusion of all generations of the public. As a classically educated harpist (professor – Catherine Michel), composer, and conductor, Alexander has mastered various musical genres, including classical, crossover, rock covers, and neoclassical vibes. He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, such as the Bolshoi Theater, Carnegie Hall, and Theater Colon, as well as the Burning Man, FIFA World Cup Opening, and late-night shows with experimental programs. Alexander’s creativity extends beyond his live performances, as he is a prolific composer with a unique style that blends tradition with innovation. He has created original works and improvisations that showcase his passion for the harp and music, including film and theater scores, works with orchestra, e-music, and hundreds of arrangements and covers. Aside from his busy performing schedule, Alexander is passionate about sharing his knowledge and training methods with aspiring musicians worldwide. He was invited to work with the students at top institutions like Juilliard, Liszt, and Royal Academies of Music, Conservatories of Milan, Toronto, Beijing, Moscow, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires. With an open mind to collaborations and a readiness to work with diverse instruments, singers, and choreographers, Alexander continues to do innovative cultural research. His creativity also extends to organizing projects such as the Harp Festival Zürich and World Harp Day, which celebrate the beauty and diversity of his instrument. In addition to his artistry, Alexander is also known for his humanitarian work. He has taken a clear anti-war position and founded a society in Zürich called LYUDẎ: Cultural Solidarity to help refugees and arrange charity actions in Switzerland and worldwide.
Miriam Prandi, cello
Miriam Prandi, although belonging to the generation of young performers, thanks to a musical talent of rare communicativeness and uncommon versatility, stands out with her interpretations as an exceptional personality capable of tackling the solo, chamber repertoire not only as a cellist but also as a pianist. Ms. Prandi is the winner of the 2014 Rahn Musikpreis in Zürich, personally awarded by Chairman Sol Gabetta. Following her performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto at Zurich Tonhalle, she was praised by the Schweizer Musikzeitung for her “sincerity of expression which is surprising for her young age” and that “one gets the impression that the cellist lives only within her playing.” More recent highlights include celebrated debuts at the Milan’s Teatro alla Scala with Accademia della Scala Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev for the MITO Festival, At the Firenze Opera for Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, l’Auditorium Rai for Unione Musicale di Torino, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Tonhalle Zurich e in veste di solista ha collaborato con direttori come Neeme Järvi, Andris Poga, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Michele Mariotti, Gianluca Marcianò. A student of Natalia Gutman in Fiesole and Vienna, she completed as a scholarship holder of the Ambrosoli Foundation and the Lyra Foundation her Master’s degree studies in Soloism with Honors at the Bern Hochschule in the Class of Antonio Meneses and later perfected her studies under Ivan Monighetti. In addition to her activities as a solo cellist and pianist, Ms. Prandi is an avid chamber musician performing throughout Europe in such prestigious venues as Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Rheingau Music Festival, Konzerthaus Vienna, among others. 2016-2018 she has been member of the delian::quartett and has recorded the entire Bach ‘Art of Fugue’ at the Deutschlandfunk Köln for the label Oehms Classics. Miriam Prandi performs on a cello by Giovanni Grancino (Milan, 1712), a generous loan from Fondazione Pro Canale Onlus.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm. The kind audience is advised to arrive early to proceed to take their seats.