Odessa - the pearl of the the Black Sea – hosted 7 editions of the "Odessa Classics“ Music Festival every June from 2015 to 2021.
Odessa Classics is established as a top level European festival with world stars of classical music such as Daniel Hope, Eugeny Kissin, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, Misha Maisky, Thomas Hampson, Sebastian Knauer, Roby Lakatos, Matthias Goerne, Lucas Debargue, Zakhar Bron, Michael Guttman, Cyprien Katsaris, Antonio Meneses, Stefan Vladar, Zurich-, Berlin- and Brussels- Chamber Orchestras, ensembles “NICO” , “AIR”, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and many others.
Concerts took place not only in the concert hall of the Odessa Philharmony but also in one of the most wonderful Opera Houses in the world, and amazing open air concerts on the famous Potemkin‘s stairs, gathered more than 10 000 spectators.
Odessa itself is a beautiful, historic city with a strong Mediterranean charisma and extremely friendly, open-hearted people.
But the war changed everything and in 2022 it was impossible to hold the festival in Ukraine. “Odessa Classics’ managed to find new homes in Europe: 4 concerts were organised in Tallinn, Estonia (31 Mai - 3 June); 5 concerts in Thessaloniki, Greece (9-13 June); 7 concerts in Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Germany (5 July - 23 August); and the final Gala-concert took place in Vilnius, Lithuania (14 October).
Alexey Botvinov, Founder and President of Odessa Classics, is an internationally renowned pianist who has made a name for himself with his interpretation of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" and is an expert interpreter of the music of Rachmaninoff.