St Petersburg has long been home to great galleries, poets, artists, writers, composers, instrumentalists, singers and dancers, making it the cultural capital of Russia for the past 250 years. In the last decade and a half, however, the performing arts scene has exploded, and in terms of live performance of classical music, St Petersburg today offers as much, if not more, than London, Berlin or New York. As a result, St Petersburg is a music lover’s paradise.

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