Dimitrij Kitajenko (Dmitry, Dmitri, Dimitri, Kitayenko, Kitaenko)

Two concerts in Zagreb

On November 14 and 15 Dimitri Kitaenko is scheduled to conduct the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lisinski Concert Hall in the Croatian capital. The orchestra whose artistic adviser he is, plays under his baton Georges Bizet's Carmen Suite arranged by Rodion Shchedrin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol op. 34 as well as Sergei Prokofiev's Concerto No 3 for piano and orchestra with the Russian pianist Lilya Zilberstein as soloist.

Prokofiev premiered this concerto in 1921 in Chicago, but the first sketches go back to 1917 when the composer lived still in Russia. He finished the composition after his emigration, in Great Britain. The themes came from his 'data bank', an exercise book in which he continuously noted his ideas. One theme of the Andantino was already fixed in his notebook in 1913. In an interview Kitajenko called Prokofiev a "sunny composer", but, as one could read in the magazine "Pizzicato",  sunny means for the conductor not only pleasant sunshine, but also radiant illuminating power and kinetic energy...