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Olivier Charlier plays Bach in Minsk despite storm warning

Olivier Charlier is in Minsk again. The famous French virtuoso, together with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Anisimov, gave a concert in the Belarus capital. He performed the melodies of the Belarusian composer.

In addition to musical talent, spectators also enjoyed a rarity - the violin of the Frenchman turns exactly 270 years in 2017. Even Paganini played on the violins of Carlo Bergonzi.

There are only 50 such violins in the world.

Olivier Charlier calls the violin the queen of the orchestra.

Monsieur Charlier does not give interviews on the day of concerts. Before the concert, he played in the heart of the Belarusian capital. As a tourist he walks in the city for the first time despite the fact that this is his third visit.

Anastasia Benedisyuk, CTV correspondent:
Is this your everyday image? Do you always have a violin in your hands, even if you just walk getting acquainted with a city?

Olivier Charlier, musician (France):
Yes, it's already kind of part of me. I always take it with me. Besides, today I learned that this is the musical center of Minsk. Therefore this is not a coincidence. You have concerts here, jazz evenings. It's great when the music goes beyond a concert hall.

Olivier Charlier:
This is my true friend. We go on stage like a duet. I completely trust it.

Minsk did hear this music. Olivier Charlier played on the street, despite the fact that a storm warning was issued on that day in Minsk.

Знаменитый скрипач Оливье Шарлье сыграл Баха в Верхнем городе во время штормового предупреждения

Olivier Charlier:
I will perform Bach. This composition is associated with Belarus like no other. It's very melodic. It's music that really unites music lovers around the world.

Olivier gave his first concert at 10 years old. He played with the most famous orchestras of Paris, London, Montreal, Tokyo, and Berlin. And with Belarusian Symphonic Orchestra too.

Olivier Charlier:
Despite the linguistic barrier, we speak a common language - the language of music. Thank you for showing me the historical part of Minsk.

And I also should say thank you for Chagall, whom everyone in France likes very much. And I especially like him, because he so often portrayed violinists.

Anastasia Benedysyuk:
The tandem of the French violinist and Belarusian orchestra from maestro Anisimov specially for the International Day of Music. Today the holiday, originally invented in France, is celebrated all over the world.

By the way, this year Franco-Belarusian diplomatic relations turn 25.

There were no empty seats in the big hall of the Philharmonic. "Nostalgia" from Belarus' Smolsky, and then the concert dedicated to Luigi Nono and Mahler's symphony. With this performance, the Philharmonic finished the symphonic season.

Olivier Charlier plays Bach in Minsk despite storm warning