The NPR and World Opera Stars at the Zaryadye Concert Hall

January 14, 2020 | Zaryadye Concert Hall 
Asmik Grigoryan, soprano
Migran Agadzhanian, tenor
Conductor – Gintaras Rinkevičius

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will give its first concert in 2020 at the Moscow Zaryadye Concert Hall. Asmik Grigoryan (soprano) and Migran Agadzhanian (tenor), world opera stars, will appear on the stage with the collective which will be conducted by Gintaras Rinkevičius, the NPR's long-time artistic partner. The program of the night will feature fragments from well-known operas by Dvořák, Bellini, Verdi, Mascagni and Puccini, as well as orchestral miniatures by Lyadov and Massenet.


Hibla Gerzmava and Arsen Soghomonyan in the Closing Concert of the “Vladimir Spivakov Invites…” Festival

December 28, 2019 | Moscow International Performing Arts Center, Svetlanov Hall
The 10th Edition of the “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...” Moscow Festival
Closing Concert
Soloists: Hibla Gerzmava, soprano
Arsen Soghomonyan, tenor
Conductor – Valdimir Spivakov
Orchestral fragments, arias and duets from operas by Verdi (I vespri siciliani, Il trovatore, Un ballo in maschera, Attila, Otello, La forza del destino, Nabucco), Mascagni (Cavalleria rusticana), Leoncavallo (I pagliacci) and Catalani (La Wally)


Closing Vladimir Spivakov's Festival with a New Year's Eve opera gala  has turned out to be a good tradition. The maestro invariably invites top stars with whom joint performances are always the source of artistic satisfaction and great joy. Hibla Gerzmava, the diva of the Russian opera stage, and the charismatic tenor Arsen Soghomonyan will embellish the Festival's finale. The concert will feature arias, duets and orchestral fragments from operas by Giuseppe Verdi and Verismo composers. Read more...

“A Romance in Letters”: Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck

December 27, 2019 | Svetlanov Hall of the Performing Arts Center
“A Romance in Letters”
A Musical and Literary Composition based on P. I. Tchaikovsky's works and his correspondence with N. F. von Meck
Evgeny Mironov and Kseniya Rappoport, drama artists
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov


“A Romance in Letters” is one of the most loved and sought-after programs of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, first presented in 2012 as a charity project and performed since every year. The idea of the production was suggested and then implemented by Marina Brusnikina, famous director and teacher, artistic director of the Praktika Theater, Honored Artist of Russia.


Soloists of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (Covent Garden) will perform at the Vladimir Spivakov’s festival

December 23, 2019 | The Moscow Performing Arts Centre, Svetlanov Hall
10th Edition of the Moscow Musical Festival «Vladimir Spivakov Invites...”
Soloists: Aigul Akhmetshina, mezzo-soprano
Alan Pingarrón, tenor (Mexico)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Overtures and Arias from operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Saint-Saëns


Sparkling and virtuoso Bel Canto, expressive Verismo, exquisite and sensual French opera – they all will be featured in the concert of the 10th edition of the “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...” Moscow Festival on the eve of Catholic Christmas. Singers Aigul Akhmetshina and Alan Pingarrón, Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR will unite their talents and mastership to set a festive atmosphere so that the audience may enjoy the night.

The NPR’s Russian Tour: St. Petersburg, Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia continues its touring Russia as part of the All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons Project of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. From December 15 to December 18, the NPR will play in St. Petersburg, Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod (see Events). In the northern capital, Vladimir Spivakov's collective already performed in June 2011, fully approving the wonderful acoustics  of the new Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall. The NPR  will give there a concert on December 15 with soprano Anna Aglatova,  soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, three times the Golden Mask Prize nominee.

The program on the Mariinsky stage is aimed at a sophisticated audience: it features Ravel’s works - Shéhérazade (three oriental poems for voice with  orchestra to the words of Tristan Klingsor) and the famous choreographic poem Valse - as well as Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the philosophical Finale based on the children song Das himmlische Leben taken from the collection of German folk songs and ballads Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Vladimir Spivakov made Mahler's music part of the NPR's staple repertoire with the very first seasons as he regards it to be the measure of performing mastery of any music director and  orchestra.

In Ivanovo and Nizhny Novgorod, where the concerts will be held  within the framework of the All-Russian Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites ...”,  the maestro and the NPR will be joined by mezzo-soprano Polina Shamaeva, winner of the Big Opera TV Show, soloist of the E. Kolobov Novaya Opera Moscow Theater and the Hungarian State Opera House. In the first part of the concert, the singer will shine in arias from operas by Bizet and Saint-Saëns  (the full program is below), and in the second one, Vladimir Spivakov will treat music aficionados with Tchaikovsky's masterpieces: fragments from the ballets “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard Will Play Again with the NPR

December 13, 2019 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No. 37: Great Piano Concertos
Soloist – Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano (France)
Conductor – Konstantin Khvatynets
Mozart. Adagio & Fuga in С minor, KV 546
Mozart. Concerto No. 25 for piano and orchestra in C major, KV 503
Kodaly. "Dances from Galanta"
Bartok. Concert No. 2 for piano and orchestra, BB 101


Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the outstanding French musician, famous as “the main intellectual among modern pianists”, who has brought to light and promoted numerous works of the twentieth century and who has also proved to be a stunning and defiant interpreter of the musical mainstream, will perform in Moscow in December. Aimard will give a recital in the Tchaikovsky Hall, and in a day he will appear at the same venue with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia.


The NPR Opens the Beethoven-250 Subscription Series

December 8, 2019 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Center
Beethoven-250 Subscription Series
Soloist – Saleem Ashkar, piano (Israel)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Beethoven. Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra in C minor, Op.37
Beethoven. Concerto No. 4 for piano and orchestra in G Major, Op.58


The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia starts the Beethoven Subscription Series dedicated to the 250th birthday anniversary of the composer. The attention of Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR to the works of the last Viennese classic, however, is not only due to the jubilee date - his compositions comprise a significant part of the maestro’s and the collective’s permanent repertoire. Though Beethoven is one of the most performed composers in history, his legacy cannot be called fully explored, and nowadays musicians do not discard attempts to revise the scores of the musical colossus. Read more...

The NPR Is Going to the Baltic Countries for the Third Time

November 30, 2019 – Tallinn, "Estonia" National Opera
December 2, 2019 – Riga, Latvian National Opera
December 3, 2019 – Vilnius, Compensa Concert Hall
Soloist – Alexander Romanovsky, piano
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Rachmaninoff. Concerto No.3 for piano and orchestra in D minor, Op. 30
Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op.64

Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will give three concerts in the capitals of the Baltic Countries. The performances of the Russian collective will start on November 30 in Tallinn in the famous hall of the “Estonia” National Opera, go on at the Latvian National Opera in Riga, also a venue of a glorious and long history, on December 2, and end on December 3 at the new Compensa Concert Hall, opened in 2014, in Vilnius. The program of all three musical nights will feature Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony.


The NPR Will Perform at the Opening of the “Moscow Meets Friends” Festival

November 25, 2019 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Centre
16th Edition of the “Moscow Meets Friends” Festival
Opening Ceremony
Ryan Martin Bradshaw, piano (Austria - Slovakia)
Polina Tkhai, cello
Himari Yoshimura, violin (Japan)
Dmitry Pinchuk, saxophone
Art Studios and Children Ensembles
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Concert Host – Vladislav Fliarkovsky
Mozart. Concerto No. 21 for piano and orchestra in C major, KV 467, Mvt 2
Tchaikovsky. Trepak from the ballet “The Nutcracker”; Nocturne for cello and orchestra
Paganini Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra in D major, Op. 6, Mvt 1
Bizet. Overture to the opera “Carmen”
Borne. Fantaisie brillante sur “Carmen” for saxophone and orchestra
Chaplin. “City Lights” (fragments)



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