Questa Musica

The ensemble was founded in 2008 by Philipp Chizhevsky and Maria Grilikhes. The Questa Musica chorus and orchestra consists of leading Moscow musicians: instrumentalists and choir conductors, many of whom are active in solo and pedagogical activities.

Artistic director and conductor — Philipp Chizhevsky.

The repertoire includes Russian and foreign classical music, works of the Renaissance, Baroque, as well as the 20th century music and works by contemporary composers.

Among the ensemble’s major projects: staging of Henry Purcell’s opera «Dido and Aeneas» (directed by A. Khasanov), staging of «The Story of a Soldier» by I. Stravinsky (director O. Glushkov), Russian premiere of G. F. Handel’s oratorio «Triumph of Time and Insensitivity» (staged by K. Bogomolov, Stanislavsky Music Theater), Russian premiere of S. Nevsky’s opera «Francis» (directed by V. Bocharov, Bolshoi Theater), performance of the oratorio «Messiah» by G. F. Handel, symphonies and «Requiem» by Mozart on historical instruments. Within the framework of the open stage project of the Department of Culture, together with Mark’s percussion ensemble, Stravinsky’s «Les Noces» was performed. The vocal ensemble Questa Musica together with the Azerbaijan Symphony Orchestra hosted the Azerbaijan and Russian premiere of L. Berio’s symphony for eight voices and a symphony orchestra. (Baku 2013 — V festival of contemporary music named after Kara Garayev. Moscow 2016 — V festival of contemporary music «Another space»)

The ensemble actively collaborates with contemporary composers. Within the framework of K. Serebrennikov’s project «Platform», Questa Musica together with the Dutch ensemble Vocaallab performed S. Nevsky’s opera «Autland» under the direction of conductor Titus Engel (Switzerland) and «Passion for Nikodim» by A. Manotskov. In 2015, the ensemble was invited by Boris Yukhananov, the artistic director and director of the Electrotheatre, to collaborate in the production of the opera series «Drillians», which includes six opera performances (composers: Dmitry Kurlyandsky, Boris Filanovsky, Alexey Syumak, Sergei Nevsky, Alexey Sysoev, Vladimir Rannev). Another collaboration with the Electrotheatre was the opera for violin and the scientist «Galileo» (the idea of creating the project belongs to the violinist E. Revich).

At the invitation of the Moscow Department of Culture, the Questa Musica choir and orchestra took part in the first Russian project «Music Night» (Moscow, 2013), with the Spanish singer Evgenia Burgoyne they performed at the 5th Baikal Christmas Festival in Buryatia (Ulan-Ude, 2014), presented the program «Russian Baroque» at the festival of baroque music in Austria (G. Linz, 2016), within the framework of the II International festival «Enlightener», the ensemble presented A. Schnittke’s monumental work «Concert for choir» on the verses of the Armenian poet and theologian G.Narekatsi. (2016. Karelia. Valaam Island). In June of 2017, the soloists of the Questa Musica ensemble took part in the production of Dmitry Kurlyandsky’s opera «Octavia. Trepanation». The world premiere of the performance «Octavia» by B. Yukhananov and D. Kurlyandsky took place in Amsterdam as part of the 70th Holland Festival. At the annual «December Nights of Sviatoslav Richter» International Music Festival, the chorus and instrumental ensemble Questa Musica, together with the brass ensemble of soloists London Baroque Brass (artistic director Mark Bennett), presented a program of English Music (Moscow, Pushkin Museum, 2019).

The Questa Musica choir and orchestra have performed the best examples of world musical culture, collaborating with leading concert halls and performers. Projects with the participation of Questa Musica have been repeatedly nominated for the Golden Mask theater award and noted by music critics of the Russian capital.

In 2019, the artistic director and conductor of the ensemble, Philipp Chizhevsky, was awarded the BRAVO music award and the Golden Mask theater award.