Sberbank and Okko starting to cooperate with Moscow Philharmonic Society

Mar 24, 2020

March 24, 2020, Moscow — The Art Online project created by Sberbank and its ecosystem member Okko, a multimedia service, introduces a new partner, Moscow Philharmonic Society. Recordings from Russia's largest music venue will be added to the collection of performances, concerts, and virtual tours from leading Russian theaters and museums. The content is available for free to Okko subscribers.

On March 20, the Moscow Philharmonic Society began broadcasting solo and chamber concerts without an audience at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The project, called Home Seasons, was born out of a common desire to keep giving concerts in an act of solidarity, love for music and audience. Keeping the usual ritual, musicians go on stage at 7:00 pm, while the audience can dive into the atmosphere of the concert hall at home.

A concert given by Denis Matsuev, an outstanding Russian pianist and People's Artist of Russia, which took place at the Philharmonic Hall on March 20, was the first to become available on Okko multimedia service as part of the joint Art Online project. Matsuev performed Tchaikovsky's piano cycle the Seasons, as well as jazz improvisations together with Andrey Ivanov on double bass and Alexander Zinger on drums.

On March 24, the venue will stream a concert by Boris Berezovsky, a Russian virtuoso pianist. The musician will play the famous Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin and The Island of Joy by Debussy. Varvara Myagkova (piano) and young pianist Karina Ter-Gazaryan, a student of Boris Berezovsky, will also participate in the concert.

On March 25, Okko subscribers will see a concert by the chamber ensemble Soloists of Moscow conducted by Yury Bashmet. The musicians will perform some classical works by Bach and Tchaikovsky, as well as a piece by the contemporary Russian composer Kuzma Bodrov, the author of the Sobibor soundtracks.

All concerts of the Moscow Philharmonic Society's Home Season will be available on the Okko online cinema. The concert series will run until April 10. In addition to the above-mentioned musicians, the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Alexey Utkin, the State Chamber Orchestra Moscow Virtuosos, pianists Nikolai Lugansky, Dmitry Masleev, Lukas Genyushas, Andrey Gugnin, Philip Kopachevsky, Maxim Emelianychev and Alexey Melnikov, violinists Nikita Borisoglebsky and Pavel Milyukov, cellists Alexander Buzlov, Boris Andrianov and Alexander Ramm, guitarist Artem Dervoed, clarinetist Valentin Uryupin will also participate in the project.

Sberbank and Okko collect multimedia content in the new free media library for a wide variety of audiences: adults, children, lovers of classical music and rock, drama and pop-music, for everyone who has decided to use the self-isolation time for self-education and wants to be closer to art. The collection will be regularly updated with concerts, performances, virtual tours, and other art-related video content.  

Tatyana Zavyalova, Senior Vice President, Sberbank 

“Forced self-isolation enables us to spend more time with relatives, as well as with art. Together with the major Russian platforms, Sberbank and Okko give their audience Art Online right here and right now. One of the centerpieces of this collection will definitely be concerts by the Moscow Philharmonic Society.”

Alexey Shalashov, CEO, Moscow Philharmonic Society,

“Music is something intimate that is born right here and right now. When you are in a concert hall, you expect to witness a miracle. Online concerts let people be close to these magical moments.”

Yana Bardintseva, CEO, Okko

“Live music is a special world. We are glad that Okko users can now become closer to the high art, despite art events being canceled. Bright concerts and theater plays are available with Okko online cinema for all subscribers absolutely for free.”