Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto with Maria Ioudenitch and Tchaikovsky's Last Symphony


Friday | 4/12/2024
7:30 pm Start of Concert

The concert introduction in the event hall of the Central Library (1st floor) begins one hour before the concert.
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Floor Plan
59 | 49 | 42 | 36 | 27 | 20 €
9 € for students
29 € for Dresden-Pass

About the Concert

It is not at all rare for composers to write a work that they suspect will be their last. But seldom do we hear a sense of foreboding and farewell pain as clearly as in Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. He did not give it the epithet "Pathétique" himself, however, but rather his brother Modest. It is indeed pathetic. Even more: the Sixth is tragic, dramatic, gripping, ominous. And it is Tchaikovsky's swan song: Nine days after the premiere, he died of cholera under circumstances that remain unexplained to this day.
Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto is also a kind of symphony. Or rather: a symphony with an obbligato first violin. The violin has no rest, it is incessantly in action, talking to individual instruments, to the whole orchestra and of course to the listeners. The great violinist David Oistrakh, for whom Shostakovich created the concerto, asked him to at least catch his breath after the great solo in the fourth movement. Shostakovich granted his wish. Nevertheless, it is an enormously demanding work - just the right thing for Maria Ioudenitch, who loves challenges for her instrument and - as she will prove - also masters them with aplomb.


Dmitri Shostakovich
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathétique"


Stanislav Kochanovsky
Maria Ioudenitch
1. Violine
Dresdner Philharmonie


Stanislav Kochanovsky


Stanislav Kochanovsky attended the Glinka Choir School in his native St. Petersburg before graduating with honours from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.

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Maria Ioudenitch

Born in Russia, violinist Maria Ioudenitch immigrated with her musical family to the U.S. at the age of two and grew up in Kansas City. In 2021,  she received first prizes in the Ysaÿe International Music Competition, the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition and the Joseph Joachim International Competition. She also received numerous special prizes at these competitions, including Joachim’s Chamber Music Award, the prize for Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work, the Henle Urtext Prize, and a recording deal with Warner Classics.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

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