The Directorate of the International Platonov Arts Festival presents one of the major musical events of this autumn – the performance of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia conducted by Vladimir Spivakov. The concert will be held on September 18th at the Opera and Ballet Theatre with the support of the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.
The renowned musical impresario Michel Glotz described the collective in the following way: "I was simply shocked by the artistic maturity of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. The beauty of sound, the smoothness of phrasing, the excellent mastery of the entire range of dynamic effects – from the finest pianissimo to spectacular fortissimo, intonation accuracy – all this is perfectly mastered."
The team includes the best representatives of the orchestral elite and talented young artists, and is headed by the world-famous violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov. In Voronezh, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will perform works by Mozart, Bellini, Arban, Verdi, Bassi and Gimenez. The soloists are concertmasters of the NPR- groups, laureates of international competitions – Kirill Soldatov (trumpet) and Andrey Mikhailovsky (clarinet).
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia was created in 2003 on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Over the years of its artistic activities, the NPR has become one of the leading symphony orchestras in Russia, having won the love of the public and the recognition of professionals both at home and abroad. Michel Plasson, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Okko Kamu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Alexander Lazarev, Tugan Sokhiev and Ken-David Masur are among the outstanding conductors of different generations, who collaborate with the ensemble. Placido Domingo, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko, Hibla Gerzmava, Ildar Abdrazakov, Renee Fleming, Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Vadim Repin, Alexander Gindin, David Garrett and other stars of the world opera stage and famous instrumentalists have participated in the concert programmes of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. The NPR successfully performed in the USA, Western Europe, Japan, China, the CIS and the Baltic countries.
Vladimir Spivakov, as a violinist, was mentored by the famous professor of the Moscow Conservatory Yuri Yankelevich, he studied conducting skills with Professor Israel Gusman in Russia, he took lessons from Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel in the USA. As a soloist, he performed with the best ensembles of the world, including the Philharmonic Orchestras of Moscow, Leningrad, Berlin, Vienna, London and New York, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Paris, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He collaborated with outstanding conductors of the 20th century: Evgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov, Kirill Kondrashin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel and others. Maestro plays truly precious instruments. Since 1997, Vladimir Spivakov has been playing the Stradivarius violin, and Leonard Bernstein gave him a conductor's baton as a sign of friendship and faith in the musician's future. Contemporary composers have repeatedly dedicated their works to Vladimir Spivakov. Among them are Alfred Schnittke, Rodion Shchedrin, Arvo Pärt, Isaac Schwartz, Vyacheslav Artyomov and many others. In 1979 he created the "Moscow Virtuosi" chamber orchestra, becoming its permanent artistic director, conductor and soloist, and in 2003 he became the head of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia founded by him. Since 1989 he has been the head of the International Music Festival in Colmar (France). Starting from 2001 in Moscow and from 2010 in the regions, the festival "Vladimir Spivakov invites ..." has been held every two years. In 2016, the musician organised the International Violin Competition in Ufa. He is the president of the International Violin Competition named after Yu. I. Yankelevich in Omsk. Vladimir Spivakov – People's Artist of the USSR, Armenia, Ukraine, North Ossetia-Alania, the Republic of Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, the Republic of Bashkortostan, Full Cavalier of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland. The maestro was awarded the State Prize of the USSR, the two highest awards of France – the Order of Arts and Letters (officer) and the Order of the Legion of Honor (officer), the Order of the Star of Italy (commander), the honorary badge of Bulgaria "Samara Cross" and others.
Tickets to the concert of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will be available from August 12th on the website platonovfest.com, at the ticket office of the Opera and Ballet Theatre (7 Lenin Square), as well as at the ticket office and on the website of the ticket operator and on the website kassir.ru. Seniors will be given a 20% discount when buying tickets at the ticket office (the discount does not apply to tickets in the first two, most expensive, price categories). Audience aged from 14 to 22 will be able to pay for the purchase with the Pushkin card.
The concert is held within the frames of the project "Great Musical Heritage of Russia. Tours of the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the cities of the Russian Federation", supported by the Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.