The NPR Will Perform in Spain to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ibermúsica Seasons

From November 4 to 7, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will give three concerts in Spain: at the Auditorio de la Diputación in Alicante and the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. The programs will feature works by Massenet, Paganini, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky (see below); María Dueñas (violin, Spain) and Ivan Bessonov (piano), two rising stars of the world music, are also invited to participate in the tour.

The NPR's concerts in Madrid are part of the Ibermúsica monumental concert series which proposes performances of outstanding contemporary musicians and the world's best orchestras every year. In the 2019/20 season, the Ibermúsica Series, founded by the legendary impresario Alfonso Aijon (“a great large-hearted man” as Vladimir Spivakov says about him), celebrates its 50th anniversary. It was at Mr Aijon's invitation that the first Spanish tour of the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra took place shortly after the ensemble had been officially formed in 1979. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia performed for the first time in Spain within the framework of the Ibermúsica Series in March 2010: the concerts directed by Vladimir Spivakov were held in Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza. For European music lovers, the name Ibermúsica implies highest mastership and solid international reputation, and serves as a guarantee of quality and interesting approach to the repertoire.

María Dueñas, a 17-year-old violinist from Spain, is a pupil of the famous professor Boris Kushnir, with whom she studies in Vienna and Graz. Maria conquered Vladimir Spivakov with her brilliant performance at the Yuri Yankelevich Competition in Omsk, and then winning the Vladimir Spivakov Competition in Ufa. Both international jury teams recognized her outright dominance, adding new awards to her impressive list of past achievements. Prior to the Russian competitions,  María Dueñas had won contests in China, Italy, Belgium and Poland, while at the Kronberg Academy she was awarded the prestigious Landgrave of Hesse Prize and scholarships from the international organization Jeunesses Musicales in Madrid.

Ivan Bessonov is the winner of the Grand Prix of the F. Chopin International Youth Competition (St. Petersburg) and some other contests, such as the A. Rubinstein Competition (St. Petersburg), Astana Piano Passion (Astana), “Young Talents of Russia”. In 2015, he made his debut as a composer, writing the music for the documentary film “Varicella” by Viktor Kosakovsky, premiered at the International Film Festival “Message to Man” in St. Petersburg. In 2018, he became the winner of the Blue Bird contest on the Russia-1 TV channel and the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh. He took part in the European tour of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia in Autumn 2018.

4 November. 2019 – Auditorio de la Diputación, Alicante
6 November, 2019 – Auditorio Nacional, Madrid
Soloist – María Dueñas, violin (Spain)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Massenet. Navarraise from "Le Cid"
Paganini. Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra in D major, Op. 6
Tchaikovsky. Siutes from ballets «Swan Lake» and «Nutcracker»
Programme Notes

7 November, 2019 – Auditorio Nacional, Madrid
Soloist – Ivan Bessonov, piano
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Tchaikovsky. "Romeo and Juliet", overture-fantasy
Rachmaninoff. Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra in C minor, Op. 18
Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Programme Notes


George Li and María Dueñas at the festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites”

October 4, 2019 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
The 10th Edition of Moscow Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...”
Soloists:  George Li, piano (USA)
                María Dueñas, violin (Spain)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Grieg. Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34
Grieg. Concerto for piano and orchestra in A Minor, Op. 16
Saint-Saens. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra, Op. 28
Chausson. Poème  for violin and orchestra, Op. 35
Ravel. “Tsigane”, Rhapsody for violin and orchestra



World Music Day with Matthias Goerne and Manfred Honeck

October 1, 2019 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No.10:  Vocal Evenings
Soloist – Matthias Goerne, bass-baritone (Germany)
Conductor – Manfred Honeck (Austria – the USA)
Beethoven. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Wagner. Introduction to the opera “Tristan and Isolde”
             King Mark's Monologue from Act II of the opera “Tristan and Isolde”

             Isolde's Death Scene from the opera “Tristan and Isolde”
            The Dutchman's Monologue from the opera “The Flying Dutchman”
            The Ride of the Valkyries from the opera “The Valkyrie”
            Wotan's Farewell  and Magic Fire from the opera “The Valkyrie”

Jazz Night at Vladimir Spivakov’s Festival

October 4, 2019 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Centre
The 10th Edition of Moscow Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...”
Soloists: Anton Davidyants, bass guitar
Vadim Eilenkrig, trumpet
The Eilenkrig Crew
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Rosenblatt. Concerto for bass guitar and orchestra (Moscow premiere)
Vadim Eilenkrig”s Project. “Symphonic Kind Of Blue. To the 60th Anniversary of Miles Davis's Album” (Premiere)



Orenburg and Ufa Editions of the “Vladimir Spivakov Invites…” Festival

September is traditionally the month of the regional editions of the “Vladimir Spivakov invites ...” Festival. In September 2019, the Maestro and his orchestra will be hosted in Orenburg and Ufa. The concerts will feature young stars of the music art including the winners of international competitions María Dueñas (violin, Spain), Ivan Bessonov (piano), Aigul Akhmetshina (mezzo-soprano), a member of the ROH Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden, and Yaroslav Abaimov (tenor), soloist of the E. Kolobov “Novaya Opera” Theatre in Moscow. Maestro Vladimir Spivakov himself will be on the conductor podium all five evenings (see Events). The NPR’s Russian tour is part of the All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons Project of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

The NPR concert on September 14 will open the 76th concert season of the Orenburg Regional Philharmonic Society. Under Vladimir Spivakov's baton there will be performed works by Mozart and Mendelssohn (soloist - María Dueñas). The program of the second concert on September 15 is fully devoted to Beethoven's music (soloist - Ivan Bessonov). These two programs will be also presented in Ufa.

The Ufa fourth edition of the “Vladimir Spivakov invites ...” Festival (September 17-19) will be held at the Bashkortostan State Concert Hall, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia once again being the star of the concerts. Vladimir Spivakov will also present appealing young soloists to the Bashkir public, some of whom are already known to Ufa music lovers: María Dueñas, Spanish violinist well remembered there for her brilliant victory at the Vladimir Spivakov Competition in 2018, and Aigul Akhmetshina, a native of Bashkortostan, glorifying her country with her successes in the Russian capital and in Europe, becoming a member of the ROH Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. The Ufa Festival edition will open with an opera gala, featuring popular fragments from Italian and French operas.

The NPR starts the new season at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

September 10, 2019 | The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No. 43: Great Instrumental Concertos
Soloists: Boris Berezovsky, Dmitry Masleev, piano
Conductors: Arsenty Tkachenko*, Alexander Humala (Belarus)**
Mendelssohn. Overture “The Hebrides (or Fingal's Cave)” *
Mendelssohn. Concerto No. 2 for two pianos and orchestra in E Major *
Shostakovich. Concertino for two pianos, Op. 94
Vaughan-Williams. Concerto  for two pianos and orchestra **
Walton. “Spitfire” Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra **