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“Mozart Effect”: in Vicenza the violins of Sonig Tchakerian and Giovanni Andrea Zanon inaugurate the Settimane Musicali at the Teatro Olimpico
Accompanied by the Filarmonia Veneta Regional Orchestra, great virtuosos of different generations compared
Organized by: Associazione Settimane Musicali al Teatro Olimpico
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Musical Weeks Association at the Olympic Theater Presents

“ XXXIII Musical Weeks at the Olympic Theater ”
With the inaugural concert entitled “Mozart effect” kick off on Sunday May 26, 2024 the XXXIII Musical Weeks at the Olympic Theater of Vicenza: Does listening to Mozart really make you smarter? According to a controversial scientific theory, listening to classical music can improve memory and learning, this is the "Mozart Effect" - there are no certainties, but it is worth discovering it in this extraordinary evening which offers a truly intriguing comparison between great virtuosos of the violin of different generations. They will go up on the stage of the oldest covered theater in the world that exists today Sonig Tchakerian, famous Italian violinist of Armenian origins and artistic director of the Festival, e Giovanni Andrea Zanon, twenty-six year old virtuoso from Castelfranco Veneto; accompanying them will beRegional Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta.

The program presents two very famous concerts for violin and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the double concert of Johann Sebastian Bach. The structure of the lineup is intriguing, which in the first part of the evening sees each of the two soloists as protagonists in a concert of Mozart: Sonig Tchakerian will execute the Concerto KV 216 in G major "Straßburg” for violin and orchestra which includes some of the most evocative melodic pages of the Salzburg composer, and will also offer the opportunity to listen to the extraordinary cadenzas written especially for her by Giovanni Sollima; for its part, Giovanni Andrea Zanon will respond with the Concerto KV 219 in A major "Turkish style” for violin and orchestra, the most famous of the composer's violin concertos which closes with the Rondo, a great symphonic piece in which Mozart indulges in some bizarreness by welcoming episodes of Turkish flavour.

In the second part of the program Sonig Tchakerian is Giovanni Andrea Zanon they will be engaged together in Concerto BWV 1043 in D minor for two violins and strings by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is Bach's best-known and most popular work, of great difficulty and incomparable musicality: the violins dialogue in tight counterpoint, a game of exchange between the two soloists who then intertwine with the orchestra creating wonderful sound architectures.

“Mozart Effect”: in Vicenza the violins of Sonig Tchakerian and Giovanni Andrea Zanon inaugurate the Settimane Musicali at the Teatro Olimpico

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Sonig Tchakerian
Violinist of Armenian origins, he spent his childhood in Aleppo, where he began playing the violin with his father, a passionate musician. In Italy he studied with great masters as diverse as Guglielmo, Accardo, Gulli and Milstein. Winner of international prizes at the Paganini in Genoa, the ARD in Munich and the Gui in Florence, she has played with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, the Verdi in Milan, I Pomeriggi Musicali, San Carlo in Naples , Arena di Verona, Solisti Veneti, Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, with conductors such as Bellugi, Gatti, Janigro, Oren, Rustoni, Scimone, Tchakarov. The discography includes Mozart's Concertos (Universal Classics & Jazz), Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (Decca), the 0p Sonatas. 23, 24 and 47 by Beethoven (Deutsche Grammophon Beethoven Collection), the Capricci op. 1 by Paganini (Arts), Barber's Concerto and Bernstein's Serenade (Amadeus), Seasons and Mid Seasons by Vivaldi (Decca), Haydn's Concertos (Arts), Concerto n. 5 by Vieuxtemps and the Rondo capriccioso by Saint-Saens (Audiophile Sound), the complete for violin and piano by Ravel (AS Disc), the complete trios by Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert. At the Settimane Musicali at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, a festival of which he has been artistic director since 2019, he creates intense and courageous experiences with classical music, dance, electronics, jazz, poetry, prose, sacred texts, first performances, meetings to rediscover his Armenian origins. Ambrosini, Bacalov, Boccadoro, Campogrande, Dall'Ongaro, Mansurian, Mosca, Perocco, Sollima wrote for her. He is a violin teacher at the Higher Education courses of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Giovanni Andrea Zanon
Giovanni Andrea Zanon began studying the violin at the age of 2. Admitted to the C. Pollini conservatory of Padua in 2002, at the age of four, he was the youngest admitted in the history of Italian state musical institutions. He graduated from the B. Marcello Conservatory of Venice with honors and honorable mention at the age of 15. During his musical activity he has performed in some of the most prestigious halls in the world. He recently represented Italy by playing at the Beijing National Stadium for the closing ceremony of the 2022 Olympics, broadcast worldwide. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with important conductors, including Fabio Luisi, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Theodor Guschlbauer, Donato Renzetti, Marco Armiliato, Andrea Battistoni, Omer Meir Wellber and Jader Bignamini. He receives numerous mentions and awards including, at the age of six, that of the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the Golden Lion from the Veneto Region for artistic merits achieved abroad and the nomination of Standard Bearer of the Republic by President Sergio Mattarella . Since October 2021 he has been appointed Artistic Director of the musical activities of the Guido d'Arezzo Foundation. He plays the A. Stradivari “Marèchal Berthier” violin, Cremona 1716, from the Pro Canale Foundation in Milan.

Regional Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta
Founded in 1980 with the name of Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, it was for years the undisputed protagonist of the concert and opera seasons of the Teatro Comunale of Treviso, the Teatro Sociale of Rovigo and the Operafestival of Bassano del Grappa, as well as being the main collaborator of the International Workshop-Laboratory for young singers and musicians under the exceptional guidance of Maestro Peter Maag. In addition to continuing its activity at the main Italian theatres, the ORV has participated in numerous festivals and has been present on the billboards of prestigious international musical institutions. There are many opera productions in which he has taken part, having now under his belt countless performances held in opera houses, traditional theaters and Italian and foreign festivals. In addition to collaborations with important artists from the operatic and symphonic world, the ORV has been approaching jazz, light and pop music for over 10 years, sharing the stage with international artists. The 2022 and 2023 seasons saw notable protagonists including L. Armellini, G. Sollima, A. Carbonare, MS Pietrodarchi, A. Allegrini, S. Tchakerian, D. Rossi, A. Mun. Since 2023 he has collaborated as a resident orchestra for the Settimane Musicali at the Teatro Olimpico in V icenza.


Sonig Tchakerian violin
Giovanni Andrea Zanon violin
Regional Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta


Mozart effect

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto KV 216 in G Major Straßburg for violin and orchestra
Allegro, Adagio, Rondo. Cheerful
Sonig Tchakerian violin

Concerto KV 219 in A major Turkish style for violin and orchestra
Allegro Aperto, Adagio, Rondo. Minuet time
Giovanni Andrea Zanon violin

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto BWV 1043 in D minor for two violins and strings
Lively, Largo but not so much, Allegro
Sonig Tchakerian, Giovanni Andrea Zanon violins

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