Victor and Lilian Hochhauser
Victor and Lilian Hochhauser have both been closely associated with Russian artists for over fifty years and their influence on the cultural life of Britain has been considerable.
Not only have they regularly brought the Bolshoi and Mariinsky (formerly Kirov) opera and ballet companies to London since the early 60s, they have also promoted a galaxy of musicians including the Borodin Quartet, Emil Gilels, David and Igor Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya and all the leading Russian orchestras, as well as composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky and Moise Weinberg.
Other legendary Russian artists that the Hochhausers have been responsible for introducing to the West are
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
- Rudolf Barshai
- Arvid Jansons
- Leonid Kogan
- Kyril Kondrashin
- Natalia Makarova
- Léonide Massine
- Evgeny Mravinsky
- Rudolf Nureyev
- Maya Plisetskaya
- Viktoria Postnikova
- Gennady Rozhdestvensky
- Maxim Shostakovich
- Evgeny Svetlanov
...as well as several famous Russian orchestras including
- The Leningrad Philharmonic
- The Moscow Chamber Orchestra
- The Moscow Philharmonic
- The Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
- The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
- The Russian State Orchestra
They arranged the first UK performances of the following pieces, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich:
- Symphonies Nos 4,8,13,14 and 15
- the complete cycle of his fifteen quartets
- his two violin and two cello concertos
- and his Seven Romances on verses by Alexander Blok
In 1972, they organised 32 concerts across the country in a Festival of Russian Music and Musicians, with Dmitri Shostakovich as guest of honour.
Victor and Lilian Hochhauser also introduced to the UK many spectacular ethnic dance companies, including
- Ballet Folklórico de México
- The Black Sea Navy Ensemble
- Mazowsze Company from Poland
- The Moiseyev Dance Company
- The Red Army Ensemble
- Virsky Ukranian Folk DanceCompany
In 1961 they brought the Kirov Ballet to the Royal Opera House for its first tour to the West, followed by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1963. Since then, these two magnificent companies have been regular UK visitors. Since 1991, they have arranged more than 1,500 performances of Moscow City Ballet in theatres all over the British Isles.
After the 2007 UK Bolshoi tour, Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards gave the Bolshoi Ballet the Best Foreign Dance Company award, Natalia Osipova received the Richard Sherrington Best Female Dancer award and Ivan Vasiliev received the Spotlight award.
In 2011, Lilian and Victor Hochhauser presented the Mariinsky Ballet at the Royal Opera House and a second tour of the extraordinary Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China, performing Swan Lake at the London Coliseum and in the provinces. They also arranged for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to appear at the BBC Proms. The IPO's resident conductor Zubin Mehta was joined by soloist Gil Shaham. Sir Peter Wright's The Nutcracker ended a very busy year!
More hugely successful ballet seasons followed, all at the Royal Opera House. 2013 and 2016 saw the return of the brilliant Bolshoi Ballet and in 2014 and 2017 it was the turn of the magnificent Mariinsky Ballet. The Bolshoi Ballet thrilled us yet again with their sparkling repertoire in 2019. Regretfully, the 2020 season featuring the National Ballet of Canada's performances of Rudolf Nureyev's The Sleeping Beauty had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Victor and Lilian Hochhauser also enjoyed a long history of presenting great international stars such as Marian Anderson, Anton Dolin, Margot Fonteyn, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Sylvie Guillem, Alicia Markova, Josef Krips, Mario Lanza, Joan Sutherland and major international companies such as the Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China, Paco Peña and his Flamenco Dance Company, La Scala Milan, the National Ballet of China, San Francisco Ballet and the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.
Victor Hochhauser was awarded a CBE for his contribution to the Arts in 1993. Lilian Hochhauser was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1991 and in 2018 she received a CBE for Services to the Arts and Cultural Relations.
Victor Hochhauser sadly passed away at the age of 95, on
22 March 2019.