NPR began its first tour in China

On the 29th of September the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia began its first tour in the People's Republic of China. Vladimir Spivakov's Orchestra will give five concerts in Beijing (the National Centre for the Performing Arts), Shanghai (the Oriental Art Centre), Xindao and Wuxi. The main programme includes works of Russisn classics, such as Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto and Fifth Symphony and Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances". Alexander Malofeev, a 15-years-old pianist, the winner of several contests (the First International Grand Piano Competition in Moscow, the Astana Piano Passion in Kazakhstan, the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, the 9th International Rachmaninoff Competition for Young Pianists in Novgorod and others) has been invited as the soloist. Since 2016 Alexander has joined the group of artistic partners of Maestro Spivakov and the NPR and has taken part in several Moscow and regional performances of the Orchestra. On September 30, Vladimir Spivakov will give the podium to his famous Chinese colleague Li Biao. This world-known conductor started his musical career as a renowned percussionist (pupil of Professor Valentin Snegirev at the Moscow Conservatory) and then went on to conducting in 2011. Since that time he has got a wide international recognition and is at present the Principal Guest Conductor of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater Orchestra. He is the professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing from 2003 and Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin from 2006. Under the baton of the Chinese Maestro the audience will hear Glinka's Overture to "Ruslan and Ludmila" as well as Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto with Alexander Malofeev as the soloist and Dvořák's Ninth Symphony ("From the New World").

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