Vladimir Spivakov Will Close the Christmas Festival with the Moscow Premiere of Requiem by Karl Jenkins

27 January, 2019 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC
IX Moscow Christmas Festival of Sacred Music
Festival Closing Concert
Academic Grand Choir «Masters of Choral Singing»
(Lev Kontorovich, artistic director)
Soloists: Anna Aglatova, soprano
Ilona Nokelainen, harp
Vadim Kuznetsov, treble
Sergei Zhuravel, flute
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Jenkins. Requiem for soloists, choir and orchestra

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Will Play Great Piano Concertos with the NPR

January 17, 2019 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No. 33: Great Piano Concertos
Soloist – Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano (France)
Conductor – Mihhail Gerts (Estonia)
R. Strauss. “Don Juan”, Symphonic Poem, Op. 20 (1889)
Bartok. Concerto No.3 for piano and orchestra in E Major, BB 127 (1945)
Dvořák. Concerto for piano and orchestra in G minor, Op. 33 (1876)



An Offering to Evgeny Svetlanov (to his 90th birth anniversary)

December 22, 2018 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No.19: National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia
To Evgeny Svetlanov's 90th birth anniversary
Soloist – Alexander Ramm, cello
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Tchaikovsky. “Romeo and Juliet”, Overture-Fantasy
Tchaikovsky. Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra, Op. 33
Lyadov. “The Enchanted Lake”
Scriabin. “The Poem of Extasy”, Op. 54

Concert to the 100th Birthday Anniversary of Solzhenitsyn

December 16, 2018 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC
To the 100th Birthday Anniversary of A. I. Solzhenitsyn
The Academic Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing”
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor - Lev Kontorovich
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia
Soloist – Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano (USA)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Falik. “A Prayer for Russia” to the text by A. Solzhenitsyn
Beethoven. Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra in B-flat major, Op.19
Shostakovich. Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47



Ken-David Masur will conduct the NPR’s three concerts

Early in December the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will give three concerts under the baton of its permanent artistic partner Ken-David Masur, the principal guest conductor of the  Munich Symphony Orchestra and the assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony. 

The first musical encounter on December 5 will be part of the NPR's Philharmonic Subscription Series at the S.V. Rachmaninoff Concert Hall in Mitchurin Avenue and will include works by Austrian composers. The 9 December concert at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall is a tribute to Leonard Bernstein whose 100th Birthday Anniversary is widely celebrated in 2018. The Suite from his immortal "West-Side Story" will be played. On December 10 the programme will be repeated at the Zaryadye Concert Hall which will be the NPR's debut  at this venue. Along with Bernistein's Suite there will be performed masterpieces by Poulenc and Scriabin (see below).

The concerts will also feature bright young pianists Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolayev (the winner of the A.N.Scriabin International Competition and an awardee of international competitions in the USA, Norway and Australia) and Timofei Vladimirov (the winner of the Vladimir Kraynev International Pianists Competition, an awardee of the Astana Piano Passion contest and others).


The NPR’s European Tour: Peace Concert in Verdun and 23 More Concerts

From October 27 to November 22, 2018, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will tour Europe. The tour route, encompassing 24 concerts in different cities, runs through Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Orchestra's performances will take place at such famous houses as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, the deSingel in Antwerp, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf and others (see Events).

Internationally renowned artists such as pianists Hayou Zhang, Nikolai Tokarev, Lucas Debargue, Ivan Bessonov (a winner of the Junior Eurovision), violinists Sergei Dogadin and Valery Sokolov, conductor Mihhail Gerts have been invited to take part in the concerts most of which will be conducted by Vladimir Spivakov.

The main event of the European tour is to be the performance of the NPR under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov in the famous Verdun Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Verdun) at the Saar Music Festival on November 11. The musical night, called the “Peace Concert” (Friedenskonzert), is dedicated to the centenary of the end of World War 1 and the signing of the Compiègne Armistice between the Allies and Germany. The concert will be attended by prominent European political figures and heads of states (the French authorities have already sent invitations to the Celebrations to 80 leaders). Notably, Vladimir Putin’s visit to Verdun is foreseen.

The concert program has a symbolic meaning: two famous Requiems, a “German” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a “French” by Camille Saint-Saëns, will be performed to emphasize the unity of the European Countries and to commemorate the millions of casualties of one of the largest armed conflicts in the history of mankind. In particular, the German and the French Armies lost about half a million people in the so-called “Verdun Meatgrinder”, one of the bloodiest operations of the First World War, so the place chosen to celebrate peace is essential.

The memorial concert will also feature the joined choir of the Radio Saarbrücken and the Saar Festival and a multinational quartet of soloists singing in the best European theatres: Sofia Fomina (soprano, Russia), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano, Germany), Ian Storey (tenor, United Kingdom) and Wolfgang Schöne (bass, Germany). The German-French ARTE Group will provide international broadcasting of the concert.

The Peace Concert is held under the auspices of French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission, Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, Saar Minister-President Tobias Hans, German Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Peter Altmeier, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, supported by Walloon Minister of Agriculture and Tourism René Kollen.

A Dark Fairy Tale, a Nostalgic Symphony and a Concerto by the “Russian Brahms” on the NPR’s Program

October 17, 2018 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No. 19 «National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia»
Soloist – Philipp Kopachevsky, piano
Conductor – Stanislav Kochanovsky
Myaskovsky. Silence, a Symphonic Fable, Op. 9
Medtner. Concerto No.1 for piano and orchestra in C Minor, Op. 33
Rachmaninoff. Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op.44



Čapek’s Poštarska Bajka Will Be Heard with the Orchestra

September 29/30, 2018 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subsription Series No. 186(А): Fairy Tales with the Orchestra. Favorites. Weekend Afternoon Symphony Concerts for Children 
Karel Čapek. “Poštarska bajka”
Daniil Spivakovsky, spoken word
Conductor – Anton Torbeev
Production and video designer – Natalia Barabash
Lighting Designer – Marat Mullin
On the program: Dvořák, Smetana, Janáček