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.


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.


The Closing of the 11th Edition of Vladimir Spivakov’s Moscow Festival

December 27, 2021 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center
The 11th Edition of the Moscow Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites”
The Festival's closing concert
Soloist – Nikolai Lugansky, piano
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Brahms. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
R. Strauss. Suite of waltzes from the opera "Der Rosenkavalier"
Polkas by the Strauss Family



The 5th Edition of the All-Russia Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites” in Ufa

On November 27-29, 2021, Ufa will host the 5th edition of the All-Russia Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites”, the three nights of which will take place in the Bashkortostan State Concert Hall. The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, along with the maestro, will be traditionally the main performer in the programs and play symphonic masterpieces by Beethoven, Grieg, Brahms, Lyadov, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov (see Events). They will be joined by bright young soloists who have gained fame both in Russia and abroad.


Norway star Lise Davidsen for the first time in Russia

November 21, 2021 | Zaryadye Concert Hall
11th Edition of the Moscow Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites”
Soloist – Lise Davidsen, soprano (Norway)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Fragments from operas by Tchaikovsky (“Evgeny Onegin”. “The Queen of Spades”), Verdi (“I vespri siciliani”, “Otello”, “La forza del destino”), Mascagni (”La cavalleria rusticana”), Wagner (“Tannhäuser”), Puccini (“Manon Lescaut”, “Tosca”)



María Dueñas, a new star of the violin art, at the Vladimir Spivakov Festival

October 8, 2021 | Zaryadye Concert Hall
The 11th Edition of the Moscow Music Festival “Vladimir Spivakov Invites...”
Soloist – María Dueñas, violin (Spain)
Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Weber. Overture to the opera “Der Freischütz”
Bruch. Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra in G minor, Op. 26
Brahms. Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Vladimir Spivakov has always paid special attention to young talents and actively helped to the youth who epitomize the future of the performing arts. The maestro is convinced that this artistic communication enriches all those involved. He always invites to his Festival young musicians who brightly manifested their talents by winning important competitions. The young Spanish violinist María Dueñas is among his most acclaimed protegees in recent years.