Moscow Chamber Orchestra "Musica Viva"

Main programme
17 September 2023Sunday
Philharmonic hall


Arcangelo Corelli. Concerto grosso, op. 6

Francesco Geminiani. Concerto grosso "La Folia"

Paul Hindemith. Five Pieces for String Orchestra, op. 44

Benjamin Britten. Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra (1937), op. 10

The history of the orchestra dates back to 1978, when violinist and conductor Viktor Kornachev founded an ensemble of 9 young enthusiasts, recent graduates of Moscow musical universities. In 1988, the ensemble, which by that time had grown into an orchestra, was headed by Alexander Rudin, who came up with the name "Musica Viva" (translated from Latin as "live music"). Under his leadership, the orchestra reached a high level of performance, becoming one of the leading orchestras in Russia.

"Musica Viva" is a regular participant of international music festivals, including the famous La folle journee (Nantes, France) and its Yekaterinburg equivalent – the festival Crazy Days. The orchestra has toured in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Japan, Latvia, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Finland, Turkey, India, and Taiwan. It tours to the regions of Russia annually.