The Jubilee Concert and the Press Conference on the Occasion of the 20th Birthday of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia directed by Vladimir Spivakov is celebrating the 20th year of its artistic activities during the whole 2022/2023 season. On March 10, 2023, the Zaryadye Hall will host the festive night dedicated to the jubilee. Along with the maestro and his collective there will appear their permanent artistic partners such as stupendous pianist Denis Matsuev and Russian opera stars Anna Aglatova and Vasily Ladyuk. The concert program will be a pleasant surprise for music lovers.
The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia – the first large symphonic collective formed in Russia during the Post-Perestroika times was not only sponsored by the State but also established at its initiative. The NPR was to become the symbol of musical culture of the new Russia that would combine in its activities great music traditions and new achievements of contemporary ensembles and conductors whose names are highly appreciated in the whole world.

The orchestra got headed by the People's Artist of Russia, UNESCO Artist for Peace Vladimir Spivakov – outstanding violinist and conductor of worldwide fame. His unconditional authority in the world of music, enthusiasm of a great artist and personal qualities had all guaranteed the success of the new enterprise. 'Vladimir Spivakov is not merely a preeminent musician, but an Artist in the full sense of the word,' says pianist Evgeny Kissin. 'He always magnetizes the audience by his charm. Vladimir Teodorovich has the talent “to serve” not only the great music performed but also the most precious he has got; his erudition makes impression being combined with his wonderful gift of eloquence, emotionality and sense of humor. This is the secret of his enormous popularity even among those people who are quite far from classical music.'

During its active life, the NPR has managed to grow up into one of the top symphony orchestras in Russia, to win love of audiences and acclaim of professionals in its own country and abroad. Many illustrious conductors and soloists have worked with it. The renowned master Gennady Rozhdestvensky called the NPR “a highly professional collective, capable of playing the most difficult scores”, his notable Lithuanian colleague Saulius Sondeckis referred to it as a “phenomenal collective of consummate musicians united by Vladimir Spivakov's Renaissance personality.”

A high praise to the NPR came also from Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki: 'Vladimir Spivakov has gathered first-rate musicians. This is a fantastic orchestra!' American conductor James Conlon, who had worked with the collective many a time, said: 'I have always felt on the stage the warmth of the sound and the inborn musical expressivity of the NPR's musicians. This goes from their hearts.'

Opera diva Kiri Te Kanawa: 'From the numerous emotional impressions I have got in Moscow the strongest one has been the acquaintance with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. To work with such an admirable orchestra is a sheer delight.' French actress Fanny Ardant: 'Perhaps the dearest feature of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia is their passion and emotionally contagious playing which is such a rarity in our, rather dispassionate, world.'

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