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Grigori Frid‘s 100th Birthday

The instrumental music of Grigori Frid, who died in 2012, will remain at the centre of focus of the Hamburg International Chamber Music Festival until 4 October 2015. The musical world will commemorate the 100th birthday of this great Russian composer on 22 September 2015; his mono-opera “The Diary of Anne Frank“ is performed all over the world. Another jubilee in this connection was also celebrated at the Hamburg Chamber Music Festival directed by the pianist Elisaveta Blumina. The Moscow Youth Music Club was initiated by Grigori Frid fifty years ago. With his events and guests, this institution became a kind of spiritual centre of Russian musical life and a meeting place also for composers who did not conform politically. Today, this Club (known as Frid's Moscow Musical Club) is directed by the Russian composer Alexander Wustin, one of Frid‘s closest associates.

Grigori Frid was born in St. Petersburg in 1915 as the son of a literary journalist father and a pianist mother. Many members of the Frid family were persecuted and killed under Stalins dictatorship. Frids father was banished to Siberia. Frid began studying composition at the Moscow Conservatory in 1935. He himself then taught music theory at this institution from 1936 to 1939. After the war, he returned to the Conservatory and taught composition there from 1947 to 1961. With the founding of the Moscow Youth Music Club, he came into close contact with the composer generation of Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke and Edison Denisov. Grigori Frid was named Merited Artist in 1986 and won the Moscow Prize in 1996.

Frid‘s most important works include the two mono-operas “The Diary of Anne Frank“ and “Letters of Van Gogh“ as well as chamber and orchestral works such as “Phaedra“ for viola, two violins, violoncello and piano, the Concert Fantasy for violin and orchestra and the Concerto for viola and chamber orchestra.

 

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