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Artistic Director and chief conductor of the Kostroma gubernski Symphony orchestra GERSTEIN PAVEL YAKOVLEVICH was born on the 7th of November, 1968 in Perm, in the family of musicians (his father was a famous choral conductor Yakov Pavlovich Gershtein). In 1987 he graduated from the Perm musical College, in 1994 - the Nizhny Novgorod state Conservatory of M. I. Glinka (class of the Professor V.А. Kurzhavski), in 1998 graduated from the Novosibirsk state Conservatory of M.I. Glinka majoring in the Opera and Symphony conducting (class of the Artistic Director and chief conductor of the Novosibirsk academic Symphony orchestra of the USSR, National artist, Professor A. M. Katz). He studied in the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory specializing in «operatic singing» (class of the Honored artist of Russia V. А. Busigin, and Professor А. М. Sedov). Since 1994 Pavel Gerstein was a teacher, and from 1998 became a senior teacher of orchestral, choral conducting and choral class of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory of M. I. Glinka.

Along with the «Festival orchestra» which was established by him in Nizhny Novgorod, Pavel Gershtein acted as a guest conductor with the chamber orchestras: the Khabarovsk Philharmonic, «Nizhny Novgorod Soloists», State orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, the Ekaterinburg «Bach orchestra; Symphony orchestras of Academic Philharmonics: Novosibirsk, on the Caucasian mineral waters (, Kislovodsk), Krasnoyarsk, Volgograd Academic Symphony orchestra, the Symphony orchestra of the students of the Berne Conservatory (Switzerland) and others

In 1999, Pavel Yakovlevich Gershtein was invited as the Artistic Director and Chief conductor of the Kostroma Symphony orchestra. Since that time, Kostroma ensemble has received the status of a professional orchestra, carried out regular concert activities, has gained recognition both in Kostroma and abroad. The orchestra performs at the festival «December evenings in memory of S. Richter» in the city of Sarov, twice performed at the festival «Moscow stars» (Moscow), participated in Russian-Swiss music festival (artistic Directors - Pavel Gershtein and Freddie Zaugg), concerts were held in different cities of Russia.

In the 2003 season the Kostroma orchestra of P. Gershtein held thirty concerts in cities in Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia.

Well-known soloists and laureates of international contests perform regularly with the Kostroma orchestra. National and honored artists of Russia such as Graf Murzha, Alexander Knyazev, Irina Bochkova, Karen Kornienko, Rem Urasin, Margarita Alaverdian, Alexander trostiansky, Vladimir Mishchuk, Mikhail Petukhov, Sergey Tarasov, «Tenors of the XXI century», as well as foreign artists: Mark Drobinsky and Philippe Villa (France), Mikhail Simonyan and Alexey Podkorytov (USA), Matthias Maurer (concertmaster of the Royal orchestra of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), Freddie Zaugg (Switzerland) and others.

In 2005 the orchestra and its conductor Pavel Gershtein received an invitation from Valery Gergiev and took part in the IV Moscow international Easter festival. With the orchestra performed the soloists of the Mariinsky theatre, Yekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano), Andrei Ilyushnikov (tenor), and also Alexander Knyazev (cello).

In the season of 2005-2006, a CD was recorded and released in Moscow, Kostroma Symphony orchestra «the Masterpieces of the Armenian music» (sound director Pyotr Kondrashin), which included works by Edward Mirzoyan and Stepan Shakaryan which received the highest rating as from the composers and from the Minister of Armenian culture Hasmik Poghosyan.

In December 2005 Pavel Gershtein made a series of concerts with the Bonn philharmonic chamber orchestra at the famous «Bethoven hall» (Bonn).

Season 2006 in Kostroma was highlighted by the major Festival of Armenian culture and art in honor of the year of Armenia in Russia proclaimed by the President of Russia. The major artists of Armenia performed with the orchestra during this festival. Within the festival the orchestra and conductor toured in Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Moscow and Yerevan (with the invitation of Minister of Armenian culture A. Poghosyan). Pavel Gershtein was invited to conduct the National Symphony orchestra of Armenia.

on September 28, 2006 in the Concert hall named after P.I. Tchaikovsky, Pavel Gershtein premiered the program of the national artist of Russia and Ukraine Alexander Morozov «I love and I am loved...» dedicated to the 70-th anniversary of the poet Nikolai Rubtsov. People's artists of Russia: Alexandra Strelchenko, Renat Ibragimov, Nadezhda Babkina, soloists of the Bolshoi theatre of Russia and other famous musicians performed with the orchestra during this concert. Pavel Gershtein conducted the Central Symphony orchestra of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation.

September 30, 2006 in Moscow in the Rachmaninoff hall took place an original concert by Kostroma Symphony orchestra called the «Rendezvous in the style of jazz», where along with the music of J. Gershwin, D. Shostakovich, S. Shakaryan also took place a world premiere of the Concerto for violin and piano with the orchestra of the famous Azerbaijan jazz pianist and composer Nikolay Kapustin (soloists: Graf Murzha and Alexander Vershinin) which have received the recognition of the composer himself.

22 -23 October in Kostroma took place a concert and recording of a musical disc «Radiance» (Music by people's artist of Russia Alexander Morozov on the poems of Ivan Pereverzin, Director of the Russian literary Fund, and the preface to the CD by the National artist of Russia Ilya Glazunov).

Season 2006-2007 continued whith a number of interesting concerts in Kostroma and abroad.

Most notable was the project with the «Tenors of the XXI century», presented to the music fans first in Zhukovsky (Moscow region), then at the closing of the season in Kostroma. In Kostroma performed the soloists of the GABTA theatres «San Carlo» and « Communale» Maxim Paster, Alexander Zakharov, Roman Muravitsky, Leonid Boshtein, soloists of the Novaya Opera theatre of Е. Kolobov Alexander Skvarko and Alexander Bogdanov, a soloist of the concert Agency «Tenors of XXI century» Edward Semyonov, soloist of the theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich - Danchenko and the theatre of «La Scala» Mikhail Urusov. According to the head of the project - the winner of the Fund prize of Irina Arkhipova - Dmitry Sbirtsev, “Such sensitive musicians who are able to quickly and enthusiastically coordinate all of the creative ideas of the soloists into one, as P.Y. Gershtein did – are very few!”

11 - 12 January 2008 in Germany P. Y. Gershtein conducted two new year's concerts of the symphonic orchestra «Junge Philarmonie Cologne» in the cities of Donauwörth and ?bach - Palenberg. Soloists - winners of international contests: Evgeny Livshits (xylophone), Germany and Daniel Oistrakh (violin), Germany performed with the orchestra.

The 2007-2008 concert season started with the arrival of the winner of the XIII International competition of P.I. Tchaikovsky, cellist Alexander Buzlov. Concert with Kostroma Symphony orchestra became his first performance with the status of the winner of the Competition.

Particularly noteworthy is the creative friendship between Pavel Gershtein and the outstanding musician of our time Alexander Knyazev. In 2007-2008 season Knyazev and Gershtein held four joint projects, performed almost all of the major concertos for cello and orchestra, and held the evening of chamber music in Kostroma, joined by the pianist Boris Berezovsky. Creative cooperation of these artists will continue with the Kostroma symphony orchestra.

During this season the orchestra was presented twice at an international level. In December, together with the Polish cultural center in Moscow, under the patronage of the Embassy of Poland in Russia, Kostroma hosted a concert called the «Pearls of the Polish romanticism». Rare works of Polish symphonic music of the XIX century was presented to the audience’s attention. Honored artist of Russia Graf Murzha (violin) took the part of the soloist. In May took place the international project «the Romanovs. The musical chronicles of the Russian court». It went under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Russia and the Institute of Italian culture in Russia.

In 2007, Pavel Gershtein was the representative of the Charity Fund of Vladimir Spivakov in Kostroma. At the end of this season for the first time was held a joint project of the Fund and the Kostroma Symphony orchestra. Scholarship recipients of the Fund of Vladimir Spivakov, Elizabeth Bushueva (harp) and David Ардуханян (violin) had the chance to perform with the Kostroma symphony orchestra.

The tenth 2008-2009 season was marked by several interesting projects. The performance of the largest work of Schwarz - Concerto for orchestra "the Yellow star", in October, the orchestra together with the Agency "Tenors of the XXI century" took part in a charity concert "Thank you, human!" dedicated to the 20-year anniversary of the earthquake in Armenia and the day of the elderly.

Listeners were also presented with a few programs of Russian-Polish music project, co-organized by the Polish cultural centre in Moscow, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw and the Polish Embassy in Russia.

In February Kostroma Symphony orchestra took part in the III Regional festival of arts "Play Bach", and a sensation of the anniversary season of the Kostroma Symphony orchestra became the concerts featuring international stars of the Russian piano art: Elena Rozanova (Paris), Alexander Ghindin (Moscow) and Yulianna Avdeeva (Zurich). Their performance featured the pearls of piano repertoire: works of Rachmaninov and Brahms.

In the 2009-2010 season, on stage with the orchestra came out the best representatives of the Russian piano school: Pavel Nersessian, Ruvim Ostrovsky and Oleg Polyansky. In October-November 2009 took place the festival “Kostroma Symphonic", dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Kostroma region and the 10th anniversary of the Kostroma Symphony orchestra under the conduction of Pavel Gershtein.

World premiere of a new composition – a rare phenomenon in the concert life of our region. In the 2010-2011 season brilliant flutist from Germany, winner of International competitions Alexander Groth together with the orchestra of P. Gershtein for the first time performed two Concert Allegros of a Russian composer, flutist and conductor Vladimir Tsybin.

In November 2010 Kostroma witnessed the World premiere of the Concerto for violin and orchestra famous jazz pianist and composer N. Kapustin (soloist - Graf mourja) and the Russian premiere of the Overture for string orchestra and piano modern Armenian composer S. Shakaryan.

A new stage of fruitful cooperation of the Kostroma Symphony orchestra and the International Charitable Fund of Vladimir Spivakov was a joint concert in Kostroma, held in December 2010.

From the 5th to 11th of July the Kostroma Symphony orchestra held the “Summer music courses in Europe - 2011" (AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe - 2011), which is the most significant project of the world-famous American fine arts festival (American Festival of Fine Arts).

At the end of January in the 2011-2012 season in our city, opened the I Festival of vocal art "Kostroma Opera", which was part of the Romanovsky festival-2012. Festival opened with a Kostroma premiere of Donizetti's Opera "Rita or the Battered husband." A bright page in the life of the ensemble was a concert with the participation of great clarinetists: laureate of 20 international competitions, Valentin Uryupin and his teacher – The honored artist of Russia Yevgeny Petrov. 

From the 4th to the 9th of July 2012 on the basis of the Kostroma Symphony orchestra for the second time already took place the "Summer music courses in Europe" (AFAF Summer Music Courses in Europe).

February 18, 2013took place a concert-presentation of the Regional state institution of culture "the Kostroma Symphony orchestra under the conduction of Pavel Gershtein".

April 17, 2013 at the Philharmonic hall was hosted a concert titled "Sherling''s Family Show". Guests of the Kostroma Symphony orchestra were musicians from the family of Yuri Sherling.

May 22, 2013 in Moscow in the Great hall of the presidential Administration of the Russian Federation hosted a concert of the X International festival "Moscow meets friends", which is the most significant project of the International Charitable Fund of Vladimir Spivakov. The concert was attended by the Kostroma Symphony orchestra under the conduction of Pavel Gershtein.

The beginning of the concert season of 2013-2014 in Kostroma was marked by the III International music festival "Kostroma Symphonic", where, without exaggeration, you could hear the best musicians of our time. This year on the festival posters were listed the names of cellist Alexander Kniazev, violinist Andrey Chistiakov, art critic Mikhail Kazinik, soloists of the Moscow theatre "New Opera": Elvira Khokhlova, Margarita Nekrasova, Alexander Kiselev, Sergey Polyakov... the host of the festival - the Kostroma Symphony orchestra. For three weeks it did not fail to surprise the Kostroma citizens and guests of our city with original interpretations of symphonic canvases of classical composers, as well as presented world premieres of the works of the most interesting musicians of our day. Vocal art was also not left without attention. Two of the festival concerts were dedicated to the best pages of Opera classics.

The music forum began on October 14, 2013 with the evening of world premieres. It must be said that, the Kostroma Symphony orchestra from the first day of its existence, pays special attention to contemporary music, carefully reading their new scores. Many composers of modern times trust the ensemble with the first performances of their works, relying on the professionalism of the musicians and the depth of interpretation of the composer’s intention. The audience that evening was offered a dance poem for clarinet and orchestra "Breath of life" Swiss composer Michel Rochat specially written for the festival, and the Cello Concerto of a domestic legendary musician Alexey Rybnikov. Both compositions were performed by musicians, based on which they were created. This conductor Pavel Gershtein, Swiss clarinetist Freddie Zaugg and the honored artist of Russia, cellist Alexander Kniazev.

One of the major successes of the festival "Kostroma Symphonic" was a joint project of the orchestra of Pavel Gershtein and Mikhail Kazinik - critic, which is well known and loved in Kostroma. Joint concerts took place on the 28th, 29th and the30th of October 2013.

A bright page in the life of the ensemble was the performance in one of the best halls in the world, chief academic stage of Russia - the Great hall of the Conservatory of P. I. Tchaikovsky in the grand international musical project "new year's Royal tournament" held in January 2014.

The name of Pavel Yakovlevich Gershtein was included in the book published in Russia, an encyclopedia called «Best people of Russia».

Artistic Director of the Moscow choral theatre, the Honored worker of arts of Russia, Professor Boris Pevzner wrote about Pavel Yakovlevich Gershtein that: «the real Musician, artist-performer seeking his own path, often a harsh path in art, brilliantly answering the most extraordinary requirements of modern performing arts, the Maestro has managed to create the orchestra into an authority and made an artistic name for himself, worthy only of deep respect»