In 2018, the 30th edition of the International Festival in Colmar pays tribute to the outstanding pianist and composer Evgeny Kissin. The Festival's Artistic Director Vladimir Spivakov, whose close friendship and cooperation with Evgeny Kissin counts several decades already, first invited the 20-year-old pianist to Colmar in 1992. At the Festival's present edition Evgeny will give several concerts. The Festival in Alsace opens with the pianist's recital on July 4, on July 9 Kissin will perform with the members of the Kopelman-Quartet and Vladimir Spivakov (works by Kissin and Shostakovich), and on July 13 he will play with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov. Moreover, on July 11 there will be a poetry evening of Evgeny Kissin, whose multifaceted talent reveals itself not only in piano playing and composing music.
On June 17, 2017, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia started a recording session of famous concert masterpieces to be released under the “Spivakov Sound” label. During eight days to follow there will be recorded works of Tchaikovsky (Piano Concerto No. 1), Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto No. 2, Symphony No. 2), Prokofiev (Piano Concerto No. 3), Wieniawski (Violin Concerto No. 2), Bruch (Violin Concerto No. 1), Saint-Saëns (Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso) and Sarasate (Gypsy Airs), conducted by Vladimir Spivakov. Soloists – Alexander Malofeev (piano) and Clara-Jumi Kang (violin).
In accordance with the established tradition the recording will be done with the participation of German sound engineer and producer Philipp Nedel, a Grammy and ECHO award winner, a constant partner of such recorded music companies as Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony Music and Onyx. In 2015-2017 Nedel and his company b-sharp took part in the NPR's release under Sony Music's label of an album of Edvard Grieg's music “A Wounded Heart” (it can be heard in the “Audio Section), as well as in the recordings of Taneyev's “John of Damascus” Cantata (see “Sacred Russia”), Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and “Eugene Onegin” and other music.
May 15, 2017 | The Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center
The Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Center
The Open Arts Festival "Chereshnevy Les"
Soloists: Alexander MALOFEEV, piano
Daniel LOZAKOVITJ, violin
Conductor – Vladimir SPIVAKOV
Rachmaninoff - Respighi. Four Etudes-Tableaux
Rachmaninoff. Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra in C minor, Op. 18
Bruch. Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra in C minor, Op. 26
Saint-Saëns. Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra in A minor, Op. 28
On May 10-11, 2017, the National Philharmoniic Orchestra of Russia will perform at the Concert Hall of the Omsk Philharmonic Society. It will be the 6th Edition of the "Vladimir Spivakov Invites ..." Festival in this town.. Pianists-virtuosi Alexander Malofeev and Andrey Korobeinikov will also take part in the concerts of the Festival whose programs this year are entirely devoted to Sergei Rachmaninoff's works: the Second and Third Piano Concertos, the Second Symphony, the Symphonic Dances and the Etudes-Tableaux orchestrated by Ottorino Respighi.
The "Vladimir Spivakov Invites ..." Festival was first held in 2001 in Moscow. In 2012, Omsk became another city (after Perm), which Maestro Spivakov chose for housing the eponymous regional festival. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia invariably participates in all Festival concerts. The concerts are held with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation as part of the "All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons" Program. This Program is a singular artistic project, which the Ministry of Culture and the Moscow Philharmonic Society have been successfully implementing since 2003. The Program is aimed at reviving concert activities throughout Russia and ensuring equal access to cultural values for inhabitants of various regions of the country. The top symphonic orchestras of Russia are involved into the Project. Read more...
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").