Guests of Yaroslavl become also the best chamber ensembles of Europe – “I Virtuosi Italiani” and “Camerata Salzburg”, Hungarian chamber orchestra named after F. Liszt, chamber orchestra “Trondheim Soloists” (Norway), Estonian ensemble “Hortus Musicus”. After the invitation of Yuri Bashmet and Russian Concert Agency it was the first time String sextet of Vienna Philharmonic, Soloists ensemble of Berlin Philharmonic orchestra, French collective “Les Percussions de Strasbourg”, Italian baroque ensemble “Soqquadro Italiano”, British collective of wind instruments “London brass” performed in Russia. In Yaroslavl Russian spectators could firstly make acquaintance with the art of the best flutists of the world Sir James Galway, moreover, in this city an outstanding Chinese composer, Shostakovich award winner and “Oscar” winner Tan Dun has also firstly performed.
Legends of musical performing art of XX-XXI centuries have acted on Yaroslavl festival (Natalia Gutman, Victor Tretyakov, Vasiliy Lobanov, Paul Badura-Skoda, Elizaveta Leonskaya) and outstanding musicians of the new generation (Denis Matsuev, Olli Mustoonen, Vadim Repin, Alexander Rudin), Grand Prix winners of prestige international competitions (Kristof Barati, Massimo Quarta, Agata Shimchevska, Alexander Ramm, Vadim Kholodenko, Philipp Kopachevsky), famous Russian actors (Oleg Menshikov, Konstantin Khabensky, Evgeniy Stychkin). And that list is not full at all.