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

With Lilya Zilberstein and the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn

After the successful Christmas concerts with the Dresden Philharmonic (the press spoke of a gorgeous orchestral sound and massive applause) Dimitri Kitaenko is scheduled to conduct the Beethoven Orchestra at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn on January 15. The orchestra plays under his baton Tchaikovsky's Romeo und Julia, a Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare, Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures from an Exhibition (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel) 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 still lived 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 Kitaenko called Prokofiev a "sunny composer", yet sunny means for the conductor not only pleasant sunshine, but also radiant illuminating power and kinetic energy...