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The Seasons: Initiation
Maltese Chapel - St. Petersburg, Sadovaya str., 26
Fragments of The Seasons by Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Akhunov, Requena, Glass, Tchaikovsky
Kuryokhin Re:SEASONS on VOLKOV Manifest
JaniKirik - St. Petersburg, Dekabristov str., 54
The Seasons in Atrium
Atrium of the General staff - St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya emb., 6-8
The Seasons of Vivaldi and other authors
Maltese Chapel - St. Petersburg, Sadovaya str., 26
 Pieces by Vivaldi, Glass, Piazzolla, S.Lavrova, V.Martynov, Requena, A.Korolyov, S.Akhunov dedicated to winter, snow and cold


9 november 2023 г.More
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"Inner Circle" the very new project is started
Chamber music performed by Divertissements members
3 october 2023 г.More
New album: Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner
Like the great German artist Albrecht Dürer’s famous woodcut with a fantastic and original rather than a bona fide image of a rhinoceros, our album offers an original approach to well-known and certainly recognizable works that now sound in a new, bright, and intriguing way.

About us

The Divertissement Chamber Orchestra was established in early 1990 thanks to enthusiasm of Professor Elena Komarova of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and her several students. A common school of music and loyalty to Petersburg’s chamber traditions enabled them to make a name from the start, first in their native city, and then outside it.

In a few years, the Divertissement CO developed a vast repertoire including not only Baroque epoch pieces, which are most often played by orchestras of a similar line-up, but also Romantic and today’s masterpieces.

Since 1998, the team has been headed by violinist Ilya Ioff.

Simultaneous with his coming to the Divertissement, CO the orchestra gained several new excellent musicians well-known in Russia. Nearly “quartet-like” flexibility and ensemble mobility enabled a noticeable expansion of the repertoire by including sophisticated scores of all epochs, from baroque to the 21st century. Russian music is important in the Divertissement’s repertoire. Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Schnittke… the team presents all these composers in its concert programs.

The Divertissement CO amply and successfully cooperates with today’s Russian composers. L.Desyatnikov, N.Khrushcheva, S.Akhunov, V.Martynov, P.Karmanov – this is by far not the full list of authors.

Not limited to Russian culture, the ensemble has become known in Russia as performer of most challenging masterpieces of Western European music of various epochs, from Baroque to today’s experimenting with electronics and performances.

The Divertissement CO has cooperated with such eminent musicians as Giya Kancheli, Natalia Gutman, Grigory Sokolov, Julian Milkis, etc.

The Divertissement CO tours in Russia, the Baltic States, Europe, the United States, and Japan. It has recorded several CDs on Melodia and FancyMusic labels.

Now The Divertissement CO belongs to “Peterburg-Concert” state agency.


Shostakovich and Schubert sound as if we are hearing them for the first time: precision of intonation, impeccable sense of style, nobility of sound.


There are lots of string orchestras… But what Ilya Ioff and the Divertissement do is just breathtaking!

WDR, Cologne

Divertimento plays modern academic music as if it is magic, understandable and necessary...


The most creative of the academic ones!

Alexandrinsky Theater, New Stage

The concerts of the collective, from my point of view, are the most lively and enlightening in the concert life of St. Petersburg today

St. Petersburg Musical Bulletin