Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое озеро/Lebedinoye ozero), Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the most popular of all ballets. The scenario, initially in two acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales[a] and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger(Václav Reisinger). The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March [O.S. 20 February] 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
SWAN LAKE, OP. 20; THE
Zubaida Azezi is a third-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. She has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, Columbus State Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Also an avid orchestral musician, she has been a member of Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, East Texas Symphony and Columbus Symphony.
Ms. Azezi holds a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor of music degree from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Woodruff Scholarship. She has participated in a number of summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, L’orchestre de la francophonie Canadienne, Bowdoin International Music Festival and National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Ms. Azezi is passionate about music education. In 2014, with support from the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Ministry of Culture of Xinjiang, she founded the very first string orchestra for youth in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.
Born in Urumqi, China, Ms. Azezi started playing the violin at age six. In 2001 she moved to Canada with her family and began studying with Arkady Yanivker. Her primary teachers include Huang Xiaozhi, Sergiu Schwartz and Emannual Borok.