Violinist Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Arts Festival in Novosibirsk suffered a last-minute no show in April, when conductor Valery Gergiev was delayed in New York. Rather than cancel the concert, artistic director Repin decided to conduct and play Shostakovich's Violin Concerto no.1 himself – the first time such an undertaking has occurred.

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