The Ryazan First Edition of the “Vladimir Spivakov Invites” Festival

On March 18-20, Ryazan will host the Vladimir Spivakov Invites” Festival for the first time (see Events). The music forum is sponsored by the Ryazan Region's government and is connected with the festivities on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the Ryazan Philharmonic Society. The history of the Russian editions of the Vladimir Spivakov Festival goes back to 2001 when the maestro organized the music feast in Moscow with the participation of world stars and rising artists to take place once in two years. In the course of time, the project has extended its boundaries beyond Moscow and went to many other Russian towns from Murmansk to Omsk. Now Ryazan is continuing this trend.

The official birthday of the Ryazan Philharmonic Society is March 4, 1939. Now it is an actively developing organization with a long history and new daring prospects. Its concert hall in Ryazan has presented best Russian performers and collectives to its audience. The NPR has also played on this stage many a time.


Masterpieces of Austro-German Music

March 16, 2024 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription series No. 24: «National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia»
Soloists: Ekaterina Mechetina, piano
Konstantin Emelyanov, piano
Conductor – Arsenty Tkachenko
Schubert. Overture in D major, D. 12
Mozart. Concerto No. 10 for two pianos and orchestra in E-flat major, KV 365 (316A)
R. Strauss. Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40



Vladimir Spivakov Will Present Masterpieces of French and Russian Music

October 27, 2023 | Zaryadye Concert Hall
XII Moscow Music Festival «Vladimir Spivakov Invites…»
Soloists: Ekaterina Mechetina, piano
Philipp Kopachevsky, piano
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Fauré. Pavane, Op. 50
Debussy. Clair de Lune (orch. by André Caplet)
Poulenc. Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, FP 61
Scriabin. Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Le Divin Poème), Op. 43



XII Moscow Musical Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites…”

The 12th edition of the Moscow Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...” will take place from October 6 to December 16, 2023, on the stages of the Moscow Performing Arts Center and the Zaryadye Hall. The forum, organized by the outstanding violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov, has become a bright example of a successful project having its own style, priorities and constantly growing audience. “To me the most important is not so much the number of festival concerts as the occasion to show in Moscow the things I love myself, something new, of various genres and styles, unique and prodigious.”

As usually, the main part of the programs will be presented by Vladimir Spivakov with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and two – with the “Moscow Virtuosi” State Chamber Orchestra. Among the soloists, there will appear soprano Hibla Gerzmava, pianists Ekaterina Mechetina, Philipp Kopachevsky and Shio Okui, soprano Ekaterina Morozova, mezzo-soprano Julia Mennibaeva, baritone Igor Golovatenko and others.

The Festival will open with one of the most loved NPR's programs “A Corner in France”, admired both in the capital and in many other Russian towns. Vladimir Spivakov has always been known as a connoisseur of the French culture, and now he will again entertain music fans with exquisite interpretations of masterpieces by Georges Bizet (as arranged by Rodion Schedrin), Gabriel Fauré, Jacques Ibert and Maurice Ravel.

Famed orchestral miniatures by Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy will continue the French theme at the Zaryadye Hall on October 27. Francis Poulenc's witty virtuosic opus will be also performed – Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in which the soloists will be Ekaterina Mechetina, a Merited Artist of the Russian Federation, and Philipp Kopachevsky, an award-winner of many international competitions. The apex of the night will be Alexander Scriabin's Third Symphony (The Divine Poem) – a grandiose work reflecting the author's philosophic and religious pursuences.

Spivakov will conduct the “Moscow Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra on two festival nights. The program on October 15 at the Zaryadye Hall will feature Sergei Rachmaninoff's Romances arranged for a voice and orchestra by Alexei Strelnikov for the 100th anniversary of the great Russian classic. The soloist there will be soprano Albina Tonkikh, an artist of The Bolshoi's Youth Program. The concert will also include pieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók and Luigi Boccherini. On November 17 (Zaryadye Hall), Vladimir Spivakov will not only direct the “Moscow Virtuosi” but also play the violin in the duet with Alexei Lundin, the Orchestra's concertmaster: they will perform the Double Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach. The “Moscow Virtuosi” will also perform works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, Luigi Boccherini, Arnold Schoenberg and Franz Schubert (as orchestrated by Gustaw Mahler).

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will get on with the concert on November 22 (Zaryadye Hall) performing two seminal masterpieces of the Romanticism era: Fryderyk Chopin's First Piano Concerto and Franz Schubert's Fourth Symphony (“Tragic”) called by Igor Stravinsky the most breathtaking of the author's symphonic achievements. The piano part in the Concerto will be played by young Shio Okui, an award-winner of many important international competitions, on scholarship with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.

The Festival marathon will end with two opera galas featuring stars of the world opera. On December 2, the headliners of the program will be The Bolshoi's singers Ekaterina Morozova and Igor Golovatenko and the Novaya Opera Theater's soloist Julia Mennibaeva, who will sing gems of opera classics – arias and ensembles from famous operas by Italian, Russian and French composers. The closing concert of the festival on December 16 at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center will be embellished by the participation of the Russian opera diva Hibla Gerzmava. While being one of the best Bel Canto singers, she has expanded her repertoire with most difficult dramatic soprano parts, also those in Verdi's operas. She will enchant the music lovers with her unparalleled voice, phenomenal artistic temperament and highest mastership, embodying most different Verdian heroines.


Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR Will Visit Five Russian Towns

From February 21 to March 1, 2023, Vladimir Spivakov and the NPR will tour Russia, giving seven concerts in five towns. The first two days the Moscow musicians will be hosted by the Bashkortostan State Concert Hall in Ufa. Then the maestro and his orchestra will go for a concert to Salavat (the Neftekhimic House of Culture). Ufa is one of the few Russian cities where the “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...” Festival takes place on a regular basis with the NPR as an active participant, while to Salavat the NPR will come now after a six-year interval.

The concerts on February 25-26 will be given in the Great Concert Hall of the Orenburg Philharmonic Society. The tour will go on with a performance at the Concert Hall of the Samara Philharmonic Society on February 28 and will end on March 1 in Ulyanovsk at the Great Hall of the Lenin Memorial.

The tour program features works by Georges Bizet - Rodion Shchedrin, Gabriel Fauré, Jacques Ibert, Maurice Ravel, Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Aram Khachaturian and Sergei Rachmaninoff (see Events). The concerts will be shared by the NPR with the 12-year-old pianist and composer Roman Sher, student of the Gnessins Moscow Music School, already winner of the Nutcracker Television Competition and the Sergei Rachmaninoff Competition, holder of seven special awards of the Vladimir Krainev Moscow Piano Competition, and Ekaterina Mechetina, a Merited Artist of Russia, winner of many international competitions, assistant professor in the Moscow Conservatory and concerting pianist.

The tour will be held within the framework of the All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons Project of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

The NPR will open its new season with a world premiere

September, 30 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
«Romantic Concerti: A Territory of Discoveries» Subscription Series No. 33
Ekaterina Mechetina, piano
Nikita Borisoglebsky, violin
Sergey Antonov, cello
(to the Trio's 10th Anniversary)
Conductor – Philipp Chizhevsky
Beethoven. Concerto for piano, violin, cello and orchestra in C major, Op. 56
Beethoven. "Egmont" Overture
Kuzma Bodrov. Triple Concerto (World premiere)



The NPR is Closing its Season in Perm

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will take part in the VIII All-Russian Festival "Vladimir Spivakov Invites ..." in the Perm Region. The Orchestra's concerts under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov will be held  on May 23-27, 2017,  at the Great Hall of the Perm  Philharmonic Society  and at the Center for Creativity and Leisure in Polazna. The Festival in Perm Krai has been held every year since 2010 with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Youth Policy and Mass Communications of Perm Krai and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation as part of the  "All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons" Project.
Vladimir Spivakov: "Our repeated visits convinced us that Perm is an advanced city that owns a remarkable philharmonic society. Not  every region or oblast centre can boast of such  philharmonic activities.  And the audience there is  grateful, well-prepared and  intelligent, subtly following the nuances of a performance ... ".
The All-Russian Festival "Vladimir Spivakov Invites ..." has become a landmark event in the musical life of the Kama region. Among the participants of this year's Festival  there are titled musicians and rising stars: the violinist from Germany Clara-Jumi Kang, who became a sensation of the 15th Tchaikovsky International  Competition in Moscow; Roman Borisov, a 14-year-old pianist from Novosibirsk, a prize-winner  of the First Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition and more than ten other contests, an awardee of Denis Matsuev's scholarship;  Ekaterina Mechetina, a famous Russian pianist; Anna Aglatova, a soloist of the Bolshoi; Ksenia Nesterenko and Tigran Ohanian, the finalists of the "The Grand Opera" TV Project ; and  famous jazz trumpeter Vadim Eilenkrig. All the concerts  of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will be conducted by its  Artistic Director  Vladimir Spivakov.
In order to make the music culture accessible to  most diverse social strata of the population, the Perm Philharmonic Society organizes online broadcasts of the Festival concerts within the framework of the Virtual Hall Project.


NPR subscription series at the Moscow Philharmonic Society

The Moscow Philharmonic Society has started ticket sales for the 2017/2018 Concert Season. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia participates annually in various projects of the Philharmonic Society and also carries out its own subscriptions series under the Society's auspices. In the new season the NPR will present two subscription series at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Nos. 16-17), the second of which includes matinee concerts for family visits with programmes addressed to the widest audience possible. In addition, the NPR annually takes part in the Philharmonic Society's assorted concert cycles at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Rachmaninoff Concert Hall in the "Philharmonia-2" Complex. They include popular subscriptions series devoted to masterpieces of the world musical art, such as «Romantic Сoncerti» (No. 33, No. 97), «Great Piano Concerts» (No. 6, No. 30), «Musical Peaks» (No. 59), and others. Among the participants of these series there are the NPR's Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spivakov, the "Novaya Opera" Chief Conductor Jan Latham-Koenig, Chinese maestro Li Biao, young conductors (including the NPR's trainee group members) rapidly gaining popularity and professional repute – Stanislaw Kochanovsky, Konstantin Khvatynets, Alexander Solovyev, Alexey Vereshchagin, Philipp Chizhevsky. Among the soloists there are world-famous pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Boris Berezovsky, new stars of the Russian performing arts Ekaterina Mechetina, Nikita Borisoglebsky, Sergey Antonov (the partnership of these three musicians counts 10 years, and they will celebrate the anniversary by playing Beethoven's Triple Concerto), Alexander Buzlov, Alexander Ramm, Dmitry Shishkin, Philipp Kopachevsky, Aylen Pritchin, Lukas Geniušas, as well as the winners of the last season television project "Grand Opera" Ksenya Nesterenko and Tigran Ohanyan. Season tickets can be purchased at the box-offices of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and online. Read more...

The NPR subscription series at the Moscow Philharmonic Society

The Moscow Philharmonic Society has started sales for the subscription series of Season 2016/2017. Every year the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia actively collaborates with the Philharmonic Society, one of the oldest concert organizations of Russia. Year by year the Philharmonic Society has been extending its capacity, and its cooperation with the NPR has been widened, becoming more productive. The Orchestra participates in various Philharmonic projects and also arranges its own subscription series under the auspices of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, which is a measure of prestige and high reputation for any creative entity. Read more...