Posted November 28, 2012

Posted November 28, 2012

What a difference 37 years makes!

To mark his 60th birthday on November 30, Maestro Bychkov will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in three concerts which include his personal trifecta of composers. The composers are: Tchaikovsky in a nod to Bychkov’s Russian homeland, Mozart to honor Vienna and Wagner the composer who has been pivotal in Bychkov’s career.

From the article in Die Presse, Bychkov states:

“Vienna was the first western city where I landed after I emigrated from St. Petersburg, with $ 100 in luggage because more was not allowed. I still remember, I was on 5 March 1975 and spent ten days in the city before I continue traveling to Italy, where I waited six months for my American visa. During my stay in Vienna, I explored the city on foot. How I came by chance a few days later to the State Opera.
There announced a poster is a presentation of the new “Lohengrin” production, conducted by Zubin Mehta at. I looked to the people who flocked to the theater. The lights went out, the doors closed, the show began, and I walked away. 30 years later, a new Lohengrin was on the program, I was there again, this time on the podium. A story that shows how things can change, and dreams come true. “

You can read the full article on the following link and that link can be cut and pasted to for a rough translation:…