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Meet the artistic director of the Nuits Musicales du Suquet: Misha Katz

The Nuits Musicales du Suquet has picked the remarkable talents of Russian born musician Misha Katz for the coveted position of artistic director of the musical festival in Cannes. The Nuits Musicales du Suquet has picked the remarkable talents of Russian born musician Misha Katz for the coveted position of artistic director of the musical festival in Cannes, which is to be held from 19th to 23rd July.

It is no wonder that Katz’s gifted skills in music have finally made it on the infamous stage of Cannes. The composer’s musically-driven childhood featured an early interest for music through his father’s influence, Leonid Katz, and the practice of the cello at the age of five. He then pursued music studies in 1971 at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow where he obtained his doctorate.

After moving to France in 1985, he formed the Shostakovich Trio. Ten years later, the group was invited to record a series of works with Sony Classical, which propelled his career to stellar heights. 

Katz has been invited to take part in major international festivals and perform in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide. In 1996, Misha Katz became the Permanent Conductor of the Belorussian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Minsk. He has also personally appeared before numerous French leaders such as Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande.

For those special nights of music in Cannes, Katz’s line-up will feature: a gala evening with the Orchestre Regional de Cannes (19th July); 12-year old pianist prodigy Dmitry Ishkhanov (20th July); and Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Classical artists Fauré Piano Quartet (20th July). David Castro-Balbi’s South American origins and Ekaterina Chernozub’s piano artistry will be the main duo performance of the summer (22nd July) followed by pianist Mikhaïl Rudy and 'Les couleurs de Chagall' (23rd July) and an exceptional appearance by recent graduates of the Conservatory of the Alpes-Maritimes and Monaco (23rd July). 

 

Claire Davis