If you live in Moscow, if you visit Moscow, or even if you just dream about coming to Moscow one day, DON’T, leave without seeing Yuri Simonov conduct the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. It really doesn’t matter what they play (I guarantee it will all be sublime), but a chance to watch Simonov conduct is one you’ll never forget. He’s a true virtuoso and is so incredibly generous and funny.

I watched him conduct on Monday night. After a standing ovation, he delighted us with 4 incredible encores. Before he did, he announced to the audience, “respected guests, you’ve been sitting for such a long time and you must be so bored, but if you don’t object, I’ll pay one more piece”.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kacca at either the Moscow Conservatory or the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Here he is in action, albeit to a slightly different tune.



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