Artistic Director Yuri Bashmet

The best Moscow concert venues, a variety of genres

The festival is supported by the Moscow City Government

“Moscow is my favourite city. For many years I was wondering how we have been travelling around Russia, doing festivals, but ignoring Moscow -that’s unfair. The programme turned out to be very intense and somewhat unexpected, even for us. Because there is always a great desire and sense in a project like this to bring together something new, interesting and beloved. A festival is not just a succession of concerts, it is always the luxury of human creative communication of both artists and audience”

– Yuri Bashmet


The Winter International Arts Festival under the artistic direction of the People’s Artist of the USSR, maestro Yuri Bashmet is precisely the kind of arts phenomenon that has been missing in Moscow for so long. Starting on the Maestro’s birthday, 24 January, for three weeks the festival invites the audience to make an impressive journey through the best concert halls and theatres of the capital, and enjoy a kaleidoscope of stars and genres. World premieres, classical music, plays, jazz, literary and musical acts with famous theatre and film actors, and unique concert evenings performed by famous Russian and foreign musicians – all this is always waiting for the audience at the Winter International Arts Festival in Moscow.

The festival events cover all of the capital’s favourite music and theatre venues: the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Great Hall of the Conservatory, the Zaryadye Concert Hall, the Moscow International House of Music, the Gorky Moscow Art Theatre, the Sovremennik Theatre and the Bashmet Centre.

Even the first experience of holding the festival in Moscow in 2020 showed that such a festival is vital for the capital city. That is why, despite the difficult epidemiological situation, it was decided to hold the festival annually in 2021.

“It is a great joy to talk about the festival as an annual event, that in 2022 there will be a third, which means – the festival lives and grows. We have stayed very much true to the tradition with which we built the first festival. It has established itself as a festival of the arts – that is the most important and interesting thing for me today,” said Yuri Bashmet with conviction.

The Moscow Government has given and continues to give tremendous support to the festival.

“This festival will adorn the cultural life of Moscow, will be the opening of the winter season and, I am sure, will please us for many more years to come,” said Sergei Sobyanin.

Maxim Vengerov, Patricia Kopachinskaja, Istvan Vardai, Niko Kuk, Ksenia Bashmet, Igor Butman, Sergey Garmash, Konstantin Khabensky, Evgeny Mironov, Elizaveta Boyarsky, Mikhail Porechenkov as well as three of Maestro Bashmet’s ensembles – Moscow Soloists, Chamber Ensemble, “Novaya Rossia” State Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia – set the tone for the highest quality performances from the very first notes.

The festival in Moscow is also the birth of world premieres – not only musical compositions, but above all musical performances that are specially commissioned by the festival in Moscow and then brought to life at other venues around the world. Such productions have already been the choral opera The Tale of Boris and Gleb and the musical A Date in Moscow, which have won the love of audiences across the country.

The festival always stands out with a concert on the maestro’s birthday.

The festival also includes master classes as part of the programme “Yuri Bashmet for Young Talents in Russia”, a special project together with the European Association of Festivals and chamber music concerts at the Bashmet Centre.