musicAeterna (Teodor Currentzis)
musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk. Its goal was to present Baroque and Classical works using authentic performance practices, but also set new accents in the realm of contemporary music. From the 2011/12 to the 2019/2020 season, the ensemble, as well as the musicAeterna Chorus, found a new home at the State Ballet and Opera Theater in Perm. Recent productions have included new interpretations of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann. The orchestra is sought-after internationally and gave concerts with Teodor Currentzis in Vienna, Amsterdam, London, Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. At the invitation of the Berlin Philharmonic, musicAeterna performed Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2014.
The orchestra also published numerous CD recordings, including an acclaimed Mozart/Da Ponte cycle. The Marriage of Figaro was awarded with the ECHO prize in 2014; followed by Cosi Fan Tutte in November 2014 and Don Giovanni in the autumn of 2016. In 2015, the orchestra released a recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, as well as Stravinsky’s Les Sacre du Printemps. In 2017, musicAeterna released Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 »Pathétique« and in 2018, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, which won the prestigous Edison Klassiek Award.
musicAeterna won the Russian Theater Guild’s prestigious Golden Mask award 17 times, more often than any other Russian orchestra before. In 2018, the New York Times also listed their recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 among the 25 best albums of the year 2018. In the same year, the musicAeterna Choir was honored with the International Opera Award as the Best Choir of the Year.
Highlights of musicAeterna’s European tour with Teodor Currentzis in the 2016/17 season were among others The Sound of Light, a program featuring the music of Rameau, that was performed at Septembre Musical Montreux, the Musikfest Bremen and in Vienna’s Konzerthaus. Furthermore, the orchestra presented Purcell’s The Indian Queen in a semi-staged production by Peter Sellars in the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, as well as at the Musikfest Bremen. In spring 2017 and autumn 2018, musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis came back to Europe featuring different concert programmes in Brussels, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Budapest, Milan and other cities.
In April 2019, Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna toured with Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, and in September 2019 with Mozart’s Da Ponte cycle successfully through Europe. In November 2019, they performed Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir and Philippe Hersant’s Tristia in Teodor Currentzis’ hometown Athens (Megaron).
In 2018, Teodor Currentzis expanded the musicAeterna family by founding musicAeterna byzantina. The new choir consists of the 16 best graduates of Byzantine music schools in Greece and is intended to help the public to (re)discover the treasures of the Byzantine musical culture, including the songs of the ancient Greek church. The choir is led by Antonios Koutroupis, a graduate of the vocal department of the State Conservatory Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg and honorary cantor of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George in Venice.
Since September 2019, musicAeterna persists as an independent, privately financed ensemble.
11th and 12th of November 2019 Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall – Alfred Schnittke: Concerto for Choir | Philippe Hersant: Tristia (musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir / Teodor Currentzis, conductor)