“A stunning film. Without question it is a must-see for musicians and non-musicians alike. With humor and insight Forte takes you on a fantastic journey of the beauty that can be produced with dedication and perseverance. It will make you re-evaluate the meaning of success and inspire you to pursue your passions personally and professionally. And if you can, watch it with your children!” David Gill, Consul General of Germany in New York
Primavera Consulting, in association with Constella Productions, is producing Forte, a David Donnelly documentary, slated for international release in 2019. Forte is the story of three women who are challenging industry norms by making their own rules in a genre steeped in tradition.
A young Norwegian soloist champions a rare, self-discovered composition and risks a promising career to bring it to life. An Argentinian composer gets the opportunity of a lifetime and discovers whether she is ready for it. A cultural entrepreneur and mother of three struggles to balance her family and creative career. These stories are told in the rich context of many voices representing the classical music field, offering a unique window into a world that is often perceived as insular and mysterious.
What these bold, game-changing individuals have in common is: strength.
Forte illuminates the somewhat enigmatic world of classical music in a way that allows the general audience to connect with the people who create, perform, present, develop and keep the music alive. Ultimately, the film aims to break down misconceptions and to use human narratives to inspire an interest in the art form, building on the worldwide success of David Donnelly’s previous feature-length documentary Maestro about Paavo Järvi.
Following the presentation at this year’s IMZ/ European Film Market in Berlin, Forte has attracted international distribution and has been invited to screen at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the League of American Orchestras’ national conference in Nashville, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony and University of Richmond (Virginia). The film has been licensed by NRK (Norwegian state television network) for prime time broadcasts starting in September 2019.
Through this international exposure Forte is set to make an important contribution to the global dialogue on the empowerment of women.
Primavera Consulting is proud to partner with the legendary New York Philharmonic and China’s preeminent Maestro Long Yu in organizing this high-profile celebration of the Chinese cultural heritage and the strong artistic and business relations between China and the United States. The program, presented at the sold-out David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, featured the first-ever international performance of a unique farmers’ chorus that came from the mountains of the Yunnan Province to sing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Yunnan folk songs. The performance of Make Our Garden Grow from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, was a special gift to the New York audience and a tribute to the iconic music director of the New York Philharmonic. Other stars of this gala concert included the piano prodigy Serena Wang, six American opera singers, and two national ping-pong champions, who performed the American premiere of Andy Akiho’s Ricochet. The funds raised at the gala dinner following the concert go towards the New York Philharmonic’s educational programs.
The annual Guitar Virtuosi festival is presented by the Moscow Philharmonic Society, in association with Primavera Consulting, on the legendary stage of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall under the artistic direction of Artyom Dervoed. It is among the most prestigious and significant guitar forums in the world. Its mission is to promote the instrument, and it is achieved not only through innovative programming that brings together the most celebrated performers, but also through world premieres of specially commissioned repertoire as well as through chamber music concerts, master classes, and lectures. All festival performances are streamed online, increasing its global audience to tens of thousands. The festival stars include the Assad Brothers, Anielo Desiderio, Zoran Dukić, Pavel Steidl, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and others. The Evgeny Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra of Russia (GASO) is the festival’s orchestra-in-residence since 2016.
In 2017, Dmitry Sitkovetsky premiered a new multimedia production, inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”. This ground-breaking work combines music from a variety of the composer’s works, original poetry, theatre, contemporary and street dance, live video and animation.
Two sold-out performances at the legendary Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow featured Russia’s celebrity TV host Vladimir Pozner and rock star Andrey Makarevich.
A French-language version of this production is coming to one of the world’s most prestigious music showcases, the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), in 2019. Additional performances are planned across Europe and North America.
Shortly after its founding, Primavera Consulting was invited by the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the UN to produce a special televised concert, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the founding of the United Nations, and the end of Nazism. This historic event took place at the General Assembly and brought together nearly 200 performers representing all the major Allied powers, including the Russian-born UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov, who played John William’s Schindler’s List suite. The program also featured music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Zou Ye.
"The music we played in this concert is about memories and new beginnings," said Long Yu. "The War was a great tragedy, as well as a victory over evil, which must be remembered, while the birth of the UN from out of the wreckage of that war was a new beginning for the world."