The NPR and Vladimir Spivakov Will Perform in Tashkent

On the 26th of April the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will appear in Tashkent: the concert will take place at the Palace of International Forums “Uzbekistan”. The NPR will be led by its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spivakov.

The night will be another clear evidence of the effective collaboration of Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation:  on the stage there will meet brilliant musicians, the soloists of top Moscow Opera Houses  Anna Aglatova (soprano) and  Vasily Ladyuk (baritone) and a special guest People's Artist of Uzbekistan Ramiz Usmanov (tenor).

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The NPR express deep condolences to the families and friends of those killed during the terrible attack in the St. Petersburg Metro

Vladimir Spivakov, the Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Georgy Ageev, the Orchestra's Director, and all Orchestra members express deep condolences to the families and friends of those killed during the terrible attack in the St. Petersburg Metro on the 3rd of April, 2017. "Petersburg is my most beloved city, " - says Vladimir Spivakov. - "As Anna Akhmatova wrote 'It was my blessed cradle that dark city on the rampant river.' My mother survived through the Siege of Leningrad, I grew up and became a musician here. It is not merely a city, it is a museum, a temple, a city of great culture and eternal traditions. Today we are mourning together with the city, its inhabitants, with everyone who lost families and friends. From all our hearts we wish a soon recovery to those wounded."

The NPR Has Awarded Special Prizes to the Participants of the Vladimir Krainev Competition

The 2nd Vladimir Krainev Piano Competition is over. The Awarding Ceremony took place in the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center. The winners of the Competition are Jang Hung Choe, a pianist from the DPRK, in the Junior Group, and Russian Timofey Vladimirov, a pupil of the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory (the class of Mira Marchenko), in the Senior Group. After the official part of the Ceremony the winners appeared with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov. Jang Hung Choe played the solo part in the Fourth Piano Concerto by Beethoven, while Timofey Vladimirov - in the Second Concerto by Shostakovich. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia also established own prizes for the finalists of the Vladimir Krainev Competition. They were awarded to Timofey Vladimirov, Alexandra Dovgan (the Prize of Promise), Elizaveta Klyuchereva and Dmitry Yudin, who were invited to play in the NPR's future concerts and tours under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov. Alexandra Dovgan also received a special prize from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation - an invitation to take part in the Foundation's "Moscow Meets Friends" Jubilee Festival which will be held in 2018. Opening the Awarding Ceremony, Vladimir Spivakov said notably: "There is one function of human memory that unites us all and that is particularly close and dear to all of us. It is the memory of the heart. It is related to both sad and joyful events. I would speak about the joyful ones. We all remember how a child – a boy or a girl – on its still shaky legs makes the first step in life – a step into life.And the competition named after my friend Vladimir Krainev is like a first step into the great world, and this step will never be forgotten. This competition is very important for Moscow, and not only for it. No scandals mar it – everything is honest and clear. Unfortunately, one cannot say this of many competitions. I have been myself the president or a member of the jury, sitting side by side with outstanding musicians, such as Yehudi Menuhin, and I know what a contest is from the inside. I am aware what underwater currents, incomprehensible intrigues and puzzles occur within the jury. Sometimes jury members forget that truth is always audible and visible. As Leo Tolstoy remarked, 'it is just like grass that would grow through stone slabs'. Thus these children obtained a wonderful pass to life – clear, honest and noble. Strictly speaking, Vladimir Krainev was such an artist. "

The Second Vladimir Krainev International Piano Competition

The Second Vladimir Krainev International Piano Competition is coming to its close at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center. The President of the Jury is the Artistic Director of the Competition pianist Alexander Romanovsky. The other Jury members are Thomas Yaksic Beckdorf (Chile), Lilya Zilberstein (Germany – Austria), Boris Bekhterev (Italy), Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Rena Cherechevskaya (France), Stanislav Ioudenitch (the USA), Aleksandre Moutouzkine (the USA), Igor Tchetuyev (Germany) and Mikhail Khokhlov. The Competition Finals will take place on March 30 and 31 at the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Center. The finalists of the Junior (March 30) and the Senior (March 31) Groups will play Piano Concertos with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Alexander Soloviev. The Awards Ceremony and the Gala Concert of the Winners will take place on the 1st of April, Vladimir Krainev's birthday, at the Svetlanov Hall with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia with Vladimir Spivakov on the podium. All the performances will be broadcast live at the Competition Site. The detailed program is given below: Read more...

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH Bernard Arnault will play piano with NPR

March 22, 2017 | Svetlanov Hall ic the MIPAC «Masterpieces for All Times» Subscription Series No. 1 Albina SHAGIMURATOVA, soprano Hélène Mercier, Frederic ARNAULT, Bernard ARNAULT, piano (France) Conductor – Vladimir SPIVAKOV Mozart. "La clemenza di Tito": Overture Mozart. Concerto No. 7 for three pianos and orchestra in F Major, KV 242 Bellini. Overture and Norma's Cavatina from the opera “Norma” Bellini. Amina's Aria from the opera "Somnambula" Verdi. Prelude to Act III of the opera "La Traviata" Rossini. Overture and Rosina's Cavatina from the opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia" Puccini. Intermezzo from "Manon Lescaut" Rossini. Semiramide's Cavatina from the opera "Semiramide" Verdi. Overture from "Les vêpres siciliennes" Read more...

“Holy Russia” – the first CD in the new series

Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia are glad to present the release of the first disc from the series of albums of Russian music recorded on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the Orchestra. All recordings have been made at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center in 2015-2016 and will be released under Maestro Spivakov's own label Spivakov Sound. German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel and his b-sharp studio participate commonly in the recording making. The recently released album entitled "Holy Russia" includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff ("We praise Thee" from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, "The Bells" Poem on the text by Edgar Poe in the Russian translation of Konstantin Balmont) and Sergei Taneev (Cantata "St. John of Damascus" on the verses by Alexey K. Tolstoy), sung by Hibla Gerzmava (soprano), Dmitry Korchak (tenor), Vasily Ladyuk (baritone), the Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing" (Artistic Director - Lev Kontorovich) and the Choir of the V. Popov Academy of Choral Arts (Chief Conductor - Alexei Petrov). Conductor - Vladimir Spivakov. The contents of the disc can be found in the "Audio" Section (see the "Multimedia" Menu) on our website. In addition, Vladimir Spivakov will present the same program "live" at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on April 24, 2018, as part of the "Musical Peaks" Subscription Series No.59 of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. The CD series will be continued by releases of already recorded music: • Rachmaninoff. All Piano Concertos and "Symphonic Dances" (3 Cds). Soloist - Alexander RomanovskyTchaikovsky. Symphony No. 4 and "Italian Capriccio" • Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 5 and “Romeo and Juliet” • Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 6 • Tchaikovsky. "Eugene Onegin". Soloists: Hibla Gerzmava (Tatyana), Vasily Ladyuk (Onegin), Dmitry Korchak (Lensky), Yulia Mazurova (Olga), Ekaterina Morozova (Larina), Polina Shamaeva (Nanny), Nikolay Didenko (Gremin), Valery Gilmanov (Zaretsky), Maxim Ostroukhov (Triquet). The Academic Grand Choir "Masters of Choral Singing". In June 2017, Vladimir Spivakov will continue to work with the Orchestra on new recordings of Russian and West European music with the participation of brilliant soloists - rising stars of performing arts. Names and programs will be announced later.

«Wolferl’s Airy Hopes»

March 19, 2017 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC 13.00 «Two Centuries. Two Geniuses» Subscription Series «Wolferl's Airy Hopes» Musical and Literary Arrangement based on Mozart's letters The project concept and production by Ludmila and Alexander LEONTYEVS Andrey MEZHULIS, Tatiana RODIONOVA, reciting Alexandra SAULSKAYA-SHULIATYEVA, mezzo Zoya ABOLITZ, piano Fedor STROGANOV, harpsichord/organ Vadim Sudakov Moscow State Capella National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia Artistic Director and Principal Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov Conductor – Vladimir SIMKIN BUY TICKET Read more...

Composers-antipodes Mendelssohn and Wagner in the NPR’s programme

February 28, 2017 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC “Masterpieces for All Times” Subscription Series No.2 Soloist – Alexander Ghindin, piano Conductor – Mihhail Gerts (Estonia) Mendelssohn . ”Ruy Blas”, Overture, Op. 95, Mendelssohn. “The Hebrides” (Fingal's Cave), Overture, Op. 26 Mendelssohn. Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra in G minor, Op. 25 Wagner. Overtures to operas ”Tannhäueser”, ”Lohengrin”, ”Der fliegende Holländer”, “Die Meistersinger” BUY TICKET Read more...