Cultural Programme

In 2015 guests of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum plunged into the festive atmosphere of the anniversary.

Welcome reception

Date: May 27, 2015

Time: from 20:00 to 23:00

Welcome reception started with an opening concert of Denis Matsuev and Hibla Gerzmava who performed in The Bolshoi Zal (Grand Hall) of Philarmonia. After the concert guests were invited for a cocktail at Grand Hotel Europe.

Venue: The D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philarmonia (2 Mikhailovskaya street) and Grand Hotel Europe (1/7 Mikhalovskaya street)


The guests of the Forum saw the “Both classics and jazz” programme, a special project of D. Matsuev defined as a “surprise tribute.” In accordance with the creative concept of a surprise, the music pieces intended for performance were kept in secret.

Unexpected symphonic adaptations of well-known songs, modern jazz rhythms, synthesis of various musical styles and fantastic show — once the musicians appear on the stage and strike the first chords, a whole range of classical masterpieces unfolds in a virtuosic improvisation.

Performers. The name of Denis Matsuev, People’s Artist of Russia, holder of the D. Shostakovich Award, is inseparably associated with the traditions of the Russian legendary performing school, innovative artistic concepts and unexpected interpretations of classical compositions. Denis Matsuev is a permanent guest of the main world concert halls, a participant of the most famous musical festivals. D. Matsuev’s partners on the stage are the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, symphonic orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, LA, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. Denis Matsuev is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, professor of the Moscow State University, head of the Public Council of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, president of the New Names Charitable Foundation.

The Abkhazian and Russian soprano Hibla Gerzmava is a star of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, the Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Operas in Vienna, Paris, Rome and Bavaria. In 1994 she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition Grand Prix, becoming the first vocalist who received the Grand Prize in the history of the Competition. Hibla performed with the most outstanding musicians and conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Marco Armiliato, Ádám Fischer, Jiří Bělohlávek, Vladimir Spivakov, Valery Gergiev, Alexander Rudin, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vasily Sinaysky, Evgeny Brazhnik, etc.

Hibla and Denis met on the one stage not for the first time: in 2014 they had took part in the Closing Ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi. Denis Matsuev has performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, while Hibla Gerzmava has sung the Olympic Valse song that was performed alongside the Children’s Chorus of Russia, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Date: May 28, 2015

Time: from 20:30 to 00:00

The second day of the Forum finished with a special evening prepared by Partners to celebrate the event’s jubilee. Participants were invited to visit the most famous dining street in the city. In dozens bars and restaurants all delegates will enjoy a series of unique themed receptions prepared by legal consultants who have an extensive practice in Eastern Europe.

Please take a look how Legal Drink finished the second day of the Forum last year.

Venue: Rubinsteina street


Gala dinner

Date: May 29, 2015

Time: from 20:00 to 23:30

The Forum ended with a gala dinner inspired by the 1920s. One of the oldest factories in Russia, “Arsenal”, was chosen as a venue for the dinner.

Founded in 1711 by the order issued by Peter the Great as “cannon foundries”, in the 20th century the factory became one of the major military-industrial plants of the USSR.

The “Arsenal” history determined the concept of the solemn gala dinner, “Forum in Petrograd”. The former 5000 m2 manufacturing workshop were filled with attributes of the NEP culture and the Russian avant-garde.

Venue: Plant "Arsenal" (30, Mineralnaya st.)