As part of the festivities surrounding the 2017 edition of Eurovision taking place in Kiev, Dimitri Naidith gave on May 14, 2017 an open-air concert with the Kiev Kamerata Orchestra under the direction of Valeriy Matuhin, entitled “Symphonic Improvisations, programme for Symphony Orchestra and Improvising Piano.”
Built on an original idea by Dimitri Naïditch, this concert is the result of a long reflection on the different aspects of the relationship between a soloist and a symphony orchestra. The idea is to highlight the particular dialogue that takes place between the orchestra, always respectful of the written score, and a soloist who gives free rein to improvisation.
This dialogue gives substance to an unexpected journey through classical masterpieces whose excerpts are linked in sequences like varying landscapes that are articulated to each other. Each of these “moments of work”, a kind of vortex in the heart of the work that draws air, invites the piano to the whirlwind of an improvisation that, by multiplying the variations, releases all its creative energy and casts a new light on it.
Then the soloist announces, in the progression of his improvisation, the return of the orchestral moment that reconnects with the body of the work. Through the subtle play of timbres, dynamics and responses, a singular story is created, rich in encounters that are sometimes surprising, sometimes exhilarating, but always cheerful. Finally, the intensity of the dialogue leads naturally to its climax where the orchestra and the soloist eventually meet for magnificent fireworks to conclude.