A former student of Pierre Dervaux and Pierre Boulez, Casadesus studied percussion, composing and orchestrating at Paris Conservatoire. Appointed as Permanent Conductor at the Opera de Paris and the Opera Comique in 1969, Jean-Claude Casadesus subsequently played a role in founding the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (1971). He remained as Associate Director until 1976, when he was appointed Director of the newly-formed Orchestre National de Lille, to which ensemble he has since devoted the major part of his activity. Under his direction, the Orchestre National de Lille has performed a wide repertoire, and disseminated a dynamism and an artistic vision founded on ethical principles and durability across four continents and through forty countries, including Europe, USA, Canada, China, Japan. In parallel, Jean-Claude Casadesus pursues an international career in both the symphonic and the lyric repertories. He is regulary invited by such orchestras as London Royal Philharmonic, Berliner Sinfoniker, Dresden, Saint Petersburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Montreal, Prague, Budapest, the Orchestre de Paris or the Orchestre National de France, or such operahouses as Vlaamse Opera (Antwerp, Ghent, Belgium).
He has made around thirty recordings at the head of the Orchestre National de Lille, which have received a number of awards. He is the author of the book "Le plus court chemin d'un c?ur a un autre" (The Shortest Route from One Heart to Another), published by Stock. In 2004 he was awarded a Victoire d'Honneur at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. He is a Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur, Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Merite and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE LILLE
The Orchestre National de Lille was established with the backing of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and state support in 1976, and since that date has pursued an ambitious artistic outreach policy, on the initiative of Jean-Claude Casadesus. Its aims are to make the repertoire better known, foster new music (particularly by appointing composers-in-residence, such as this season's Bruno Mantovani, the 2009 Victoires de la Musique Classique's "composer of the year", promote fresh talent, and educational and youth projects. International conductors and soloists are invited by the orchestra's director to collaborate in what he defines as "taking music to everywhere it can go". In France and abroad, and not forgetting its exemplary approach to decentralisation, musically irrigating the more than 200 urban communities of the Nord - Pas de Calais region, the Orchestre National De Lille has established itself as one of the leading orchestras in France. It is regularly featured in broadcasts on radio and television. The orchestra's work has taken it to four continents and more than thirty countries, and Jean-Claude Casadesus's current season at the helm of his orchestra is marked by two international events: a first-ever tour to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, then another to China, for Expo 2010 Shanghai, tour to Russia in the context of the 2010 France-Russia year.
The Orchestre National de Lille makes regular broadcasts on radio and television and its dynamic approach in the recording studio is demonstrated by a recent disc devoted to the music of Thierry Escaich, composer-in-residence between 2003 and 2005 (it won a Choc de l'Annee du Monde de la Musique in 2007). A second disc of music by Canteloube was awarded an Orphee d'or by the Academie du disque lyrique and the Prix SACD for the best recording of music by a French composer. The Orchestre National de Lille is the first French orchestra to have recorded Walton's two symphonies on the BIS label.
Sophie Fournier took the first price in Opera at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, from the class of Regine Crespin. She has also worked in some of the largest regional opera houses (e.g., Paris, Montpellier, Lyon, Nice, Lausanne, Geneva, etc.), singing mezzo-soprano roles under the direction of conductors such as Michel Plasson, Jacques Mercier, Armin Jordan, Georges Pretre. In the 1994-1995 season, Sophie Fournier was finalist at the Pavarotti competition in Philadelphia.
The quality of her voice allowed her to take on such roles as Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. She was invited to perform in succession the roles of Musetta (La Boheme), then Salud (La Vida Breve) and Antonia and Giulietta (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) in Nancy, Stephano (Romeo et Juliette) at the Teatro Reggio in Turin, Carmen at the Opera in Ljublana and in tours. She sang L'Amour Masque in Toulouse under the direction of Michel Plasson, and the roles of Alice Ford (Falstaff) under the direction of Christian Badea, the Comtesse (Noces de Figaro) at the Opera de Lyon, and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Opera Comique.
In 2006 she sang 'la Voix Humaine' at the Palau de la musica in Barcelona (dir: Edmond Colomer), as well as at the Cite de la Musique with ODIF (dir: Georges Pelhivanian).
Sophie Fournier has also distinguished herself in recitals (Debussy, Faure, Duparc, Ravel at Chatelet). She has interpreted the music of Strauss, Schubert, Poulenc at the Abbaye de Royaumont, and a program of Granados at the Opera in Nancy. She has sung Ravel (Scheherazade), Poulenc, Granados, and Rossini at the Opera of Lyon.
Dominique Delouche asked her to interpret La Voix Humaine by F. Poulenc under the direction of Denise Duval (creator of the role) in her film "La Voix retrouvee" Diapason d'or 2009. She has also recorded the music of Gabriel Thibaudeau for the film 'Au Bonheur des Dames', a black and white film by Julien Duvivier with L'Octuor de France.
art chief, conductor and soloist
Yuri Bashmet is one of the most outstanding musicians of the present day. Born in Rostov-on-Don, he studied music at the Moscow State Conservatoire under Vadim Borisovsky and Fyodor Druzhinin. He started his successful concert career in the middle of the 70-s after his triumph at the International Viola Competitions in Budapest and Munich. Today he performs in the best concert halls of the Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. For the first time in world performing practice, Yuri Bashmet gave solo viola concerts in such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Barbican Hall, (London), Berlin?s Philharmonie, La Scala (Milan), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonic.
His solo concerts and ensemble appearances with other outstanding performers never fail to pack halls and rouse lively interest. Musicians with whom Yuri Bashmet has performed include S. Richter, M. Rostropovich, I. Stern, G. Kremer, M. Algerich, O. Kagan, N. Gutman, V. Tretyakov, V. Spivakov, R. Kubelik, S. Osawa, V. Gergiev, Y. Temirkanov, G. Rozhdestvensky, C. Davies, J.E. Gardiner, Ch. Dutoit, P. Sacher, K. Masur, B. Haitink, K. Nagano to name but a few.
Under his initiative the International Viola Competition has been held in Moscow since 1993. Yuri Bashmet has performed at the various festivals in Russia, France, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Italy, the USA. Besides he is among organizers and the directors of such festivals as in Rolandsek (Germany), Tour (France), on the Elba Island (Italy). He is currently the artistic director of the Svyatoslav Richter December Evenings Festival in Moscow and the permanent participant of the Andrey D. Sakharov International Art Festival in Nizhny Novgorod. In 2002 Yuri Bashmet was appointed the artistic director and chief conductor of State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia".
In 2008 he has won à Grammy Award for recording with "Moscow Soloists" of the works by Prokofiev and Stravinsky for "Onyx Classics".
"MOSCOW SOLOISTS" Chamber Ensemble
The debut of the Moscow Soloists, created by the initiative of Yuri Bashmet of graduates and post-graduate students of the Moscow State Conservatoire, took place on May, 19, 1992 at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and on May, 21, the same year at France?s Salle Playel in Paris. The Ensemble has performed with great success at many famed and prestigious music venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Barbican Hall in London, the Tivoli in Copenhagen, the Berlin Philharmonic and in Wellington (New Zealand). The Ensemble has performed with soloists including S. Richter, M. Rostropovich, G. Kremer, V. Tretyakov, M. Vengerov, V. Repin, S. Chang, B. Hendricks, J. Galway, N. Gutman, L. Harrell, M. Brunello and Th. Quasthoff. In 1994 the Moscow Soloists with Gidon Kremer and Mstislav Rostropovich recorded a compact disc for EMI. A disc of works by Shostakovich and Brahms with Sony Classics was named "best recording of the year" by STRAD magazine critics and nominated for a Grammy. The Ensemble received a repeat Grammy nomination in 2006 for a disc of chamber symphonies by Shostakovich, Sviridov and Weinberg. In 2007, the Moscow Soloists won a Grammy award for a recording of music by Stravinsky and Prokofiev. The orchestra has frequently performed at the most prestigious music festivals, among them the Rostropovich Festival in Evian, the Music Festival of Montreux, Sydney Music Festival, Bath Music Festival (UK), Prestige de la Musique at Paris? Salle Playel, Sony-Classical at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, the December Evenings in Moscow. Since 1993 the Ensemble is the permanent participant of the Andrey D. Sakharov International Art Festival in Nizhny Novgorod.
The Ensemble?s performances have met with passionate applause in over forty countries on five continents. Over two hundred masterpieces of world classics and rarely performed works by composers of the past and present make up the repertoire. The Moscow Soloists regularly appears on various television programmes in Russia and abroad. Their concerts have been broadcast and recorded numerous times by the world?s leading broadcasting companies, such as the BBC, Bavarian Radio, Radio France and Japan?s NHK corporation.
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Natalia Gutman born in Kazan, grew up in Moscow. At the age of five she received first cello lessons from by her grandfather Anisim Berlin. Apart from Galina Kozolupova, her teacher for almost fifteen years, the most significant influence on her musical personality Natalia Gutman owes to Mstislav Rostropovich, to Sviatoslav Richter, and to her husband, the violinist Oleg Kagan. Richter once expressed his admiration for her by saying, "… she is an incarnation of truthfulness in music."
Among many other awards Natalia Gutman received 1967 the First Prize in the Munich ARD Competition - a prize which marks the beginning of her international career. Since then she has performed on all continents with orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Concertgebouw Orchestra and many more. Another vivid interest of Natalia Gutman is in the field of chamber music; her regular partners have included Sviatoslav Richter, Martha Argerich, Eliso Virsaladze, Vasily Lobanov, Alexei Lubimov as well as the Yuri Bashmet, Isaac Stern and Oleg Kagan.
Together with Claudia Abbado she initiated the 'Berlin Encounters' where young musicians are playing chamber music together with the 'stars'. Since 1991 she has been teaching at the Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart. Each year Natalia Gutman invites her artist friends to join her at the International Musikfest at the Lake of Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps, a festival which she founded 1990 together with Oleg Kagan. Since 2000 she is the artistic director of an annual Moscow festival The Dedication to Oleg Kagan.
Characterized by critics as mercurial, elegant, dynamic and poetic, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs with leading international orchestras, among them Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Capitol de Toulouse, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, the Gurzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Weimar Staatskapelle, London Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Halle Orchestra/Manchester, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and Symphony National de Belgium.
A former student of Pierre Sancan at the Paris Conservatoire, Bavouzet has been honored by distinguished juries and musicians of our time, from the Young Concert Artists award to the personal invitation of Sir Georg Solti to perform the Bartok Third Piano Concerto with L'Orchestre de Paris in Paris and on tour. These concerts were conducted by Pierre Boulez.Bavouzet has maintained a close relationship with Boulez ever since their first performances in 1998, appearing together at the 2008 BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Bavouzet is frequent guest at European and American festivals including La Roque d'Antheron, Chopin Festival Paris, Schleswig-Holstein, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Badenweiler Musiktage, American Spoleto, Mainly Mozart, Bard Festival, Yokohama (Japan), A. Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod, and Sarov.
Bavouzet's enthusiasm and artistic curiosity have led him to explore a repertoire ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Bartok and Prokofiev, to contemporary works by composers such as Boulez, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Ohana and Mantovani.
He is one of the featured artists in The 32 Beethoven Sonatas cycle being performed throughout France. In 1999 he performed the complete Prokofiev piano concerti in two nights with the Nizhni Novgorod Philharmonic, in 2001 - the complete solo works of Ravel in one recital.
Among his many recordings are Haydn, Schumann, Chopin, Ravel, Ohana. An exclusive recording artist for Chandos, Mo. Bavouzet has won multiple awards for his recording project of Debussy's Complete Works for Solo Piano,
culminating in the reception of the BBC Music Magazine Award for Volume 3 of the cycle and a Gramophone Award for Volume 4. Other awards include the "Choc de l'annee 2008" (Le Monde de la Musique magazine), while Volume 2 has
won the "Diapason d'Or 2008".
In 1999 he was named Professor for Life in the Piano Department of the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany.
Born in 1964 in Angers, France, the conductor Vincent Monteil studied in several national conservatories in France before completing a degree in musicology at the renowned Sorbonne University in Paris and beginning his conducting training with Maestros Gerard Devos and Pierre Dervaux. From 1991 to 1996, Vincent Monteil was assistant conductor at the Toulouse Capitole Opera, where he studied thoroughly French Music with Maestro Michel Plasson. In 1996, Vincent Monteil was appointed associate conductor of Nice Philharmonic Orchestra (France) for a six-year tenure. He conducted more than 30 performances a year including symphonic repertoire, ballet, opera and contemporary music. Gian Carlo del Monaco, director of Nice National Opera, entrusted to him the music direction of several operas such as Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (1996), Puccini's Madame Butterfly (1998), Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel (1998 et 2000), and Poulenc's La voix humaine (1998). He also conducted different ballets and many symphonic concerts. From 1999 to 2003, Vincent Monteil began his collaboration with the Prague State Opera (Czech Republic). In 2002, he conducted a French trilogy: Bizet's Carmen, Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable, and Dukas' Ariane et Barbe Bleue. To celebrate the Berlioz bicentennial, he conducted Beatrice et Benedict. The operas he recorded there earned him wide recognition as a specialist of French repertoire.
Vincent Monteil is regularly invited abroad (Spain, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia or Russia) acting as an ambassador of French music. He is Laureate of the programme "Un Chef, Un Orchestre" from the French Foreign Office in Paris for his contribution in the development of French music abroad. From 2007, Vincent Monteil is the Music Director of the OSYJ 31, Youth Orchestra of Toulouse. In March 2008, he is appointed as Music Director of the Opera Studio of the Opera National du Rhin (Strasbourg).
In 1985, Isabelle Vernet started to study with Regine Crespin at the Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique in Paris. There she received three first prizes, one for opera, one for oratorio and one for lyrical arts. Few years later, she won the price of the Fondation Marcel Bleustein Blanchet, and the Fondation Sazakawa.
Since 1990, she has sung Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the opera of Lyon and on tour with the Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands; Gulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffman in Lyon, together with Jose Van Dam and Barbara Hendrix; Iphigenie in Iphigenie en Tauride in Marseille, Bordeaux and Frankfurt; Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust in Nancy, Lille and at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris; Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos in Toronto; Alceste in Alceste by Gluck at the Opera Bastille in Paris, in Nice, Glasgow and at the Festival of Edinburgh; Antigone in ŒDIPE in Amsterdam ; Phedre in Hippolyte et Aricie at the Palais Garnier in Paris, in Vienna, New-York, Nice, Caen and Montpellier; Chimone in Le Cid in Chicago together with Placido Domingo; Desdemona in Otello in Dusseldorf; Leonore in Il Trovatore in Montpellier; Didon in Les Troyens in Toulouse and Athens, etc.
Isabelle Vernets fascination for the "melodie francaise" and the "Lied" has led to a number of recitals, amongst others at the Louvre and at the opera Garnier in Paris, in Compiegne, at the festival D'Aix en Provence, at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Festival of Edinburgh, and others.
She has recorded the melodies of Duparc, Gounod and Berlioz with Ligia Digital (Harmonia Mundi). As well as operas by Enesco, and Massenet with EMI; and Le Domino Noir by Auber with DECCA. For EMI she also recorded La Legende de Sainte-Cecile by Chausson.
ACADEMIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA of the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Society
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor - Alexander SKULSKY
The Orchestra was founded in 1937. It received the status "Academic" in 1990. In 1996 it was nominated "The Orchestra of the Year" by the Russian newspaper "The Musical Review". Alexander Skulsky, who worked with the Orchestra for more than 40 years, has been its artistic director and principal conductor since 2000.
The Orchestra of the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Society has been considered as a "Laboratory of modern music". Its special pride is ten festivals of modern music which turned to have a great influence over the country's musical life. Two of them - the Second Festival (1964) which presented Dmitry Shostakovich's music on an unprecedented scale and the Tenth Festival (1989) dedicated to Alfred Schnittke - turned to be global events. Since 1992 the Orchestra is a constant and competent participant of the Andrey Sakharov International Art Festivals.
The constantly renewed repertoire of the Orchestra includes almost every major artwork of Russian and foreing classics as well as quite a number of modern compositions. It is not by chance that D. Shostakovich, A. Khachaturian, T. Khrennikov, G. Sviridov, K. Karaev, R. Shchedrin, A. Schnittke, A. Eshpai and other masters entrusted their newly-created compositions to the Orchestra.
The Orchestra participated in symphonic festivals in France (1993, 1994), Musici Artis in Belgium (2002), Oleg Kagan Musikfest in Germany (2007), toured over Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, visited the Baltic capitals, Bulgaria, Central Asia, the Volga and Uralian area, the Caucasus, Moscow, St. Petersburg and other Russian cities.
THE BORODIN STATE QUARTET
Ruben AGARONIAN, violin
Andrey ABRAMENKOV, violin
Igor NAIDIN, viola
Vladimir BALSHIN, cello
The State Borodin Quartet is a unique phenomenon of our culture. In the mid nineties of the 20th century, it entered the Russian Guinness'Book of Records (1995) as the oldest existing chamber music ensemble ever. Founded in 1945 at the Moscow Conservatoire (Prof. M.N. Terian class), it comprises about six thousand concerts, several hundreds composition recordings, a great number of premiers, various tours round the world. The scores of the Quartet could form a library, it's really the complete anthology of the quartet music. The Quartet always had been going enthusiastically for new compositions, that have often been created and dedicated to the Borodin Four (among such works are those by V. Shebalin, A. Alexandrov, L. Knipper, A. Schnittke, M. Veinberg, Yu. Levitin).
Among those who played in ensemble with Quartet were K. Igumnov, H. Neigauz, D. Oistrakh, M. Yudina, L. Oborin, L. Kogan, E. Gilels, M. Rostropovich, N. Petrov, V. Tretiakov, Yu. Bashmet, E. Virsaladze, N. Gutman, M. Pletnev, M. Brunello and other prominent musicians. There are special chapters in the history of the Borodin Quartet - their joint performances with Sviatoslav Richter and their collaboration with D. Shostakovich, which had lasted for decades. They have been performing his quartets since the very beginning of their career. The last time they played together his Quintet was on February 23, 1964, at the modern music festival dedicated to Shostakovich in Gorky. In 1980, the Borodins were first to play the complete cycle of fifteen string quartets majoring one season. Since then this grandiose work was performed on stage more than forty times.
The Quartet is the permanent participant of different festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Finland. It always takes part in the well-known December Evenings in Moscow and Andrey D. Sakharov International Art Festival.
The CD label Chandos recorded and released the complete Beethoven quartets as part of the 60th anniversary celebration.
The Quartet's first release on the Onyx label, featuring Borodin, Schubert, Webern and Rachmaninov, was nominated for a Grammy in the 2005 Best Chamber Performance category. The Borodin Quartet has produced a rich heritage of recordings over several decades, for labels including EMI, Virgin Classics, RCA and Teldec.
The Quartet was awarded M.I. Glinka National Prize (1968), Moscow Government Prize (1998), Laureate of the State Prize of Russia (2001).
Liudmila Berlinskaya graduated from the Gnessin Institute and the Moscow Conservatoire (Prof. M. Voskresensky class). She is a prize-winner of many international competitions (First Prize Winner of Chamber Music Competitions in Paris and Florence; Leonardo Prize). She gives many chamber concerts collaborating with soloists such as M. Rostropovich, Y. Bashmet, V. Tretiakov, A. Kniazev, A. Rudin, P. Meyer, as well as the Quartets Borodin, Rozamunde, Danel, Fine Arts, Saint-Petersburg and the Moraguis Quintet. Liudmila Berlinskaya has performed recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Hall in London, in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Moscow Conservatoire, la Fenice in Venice, l'Academie Royale of Brussels and Madrid. She has accompanied S. Richter in piano recitals for 4 hands and was the pianist for the opera productions directed by S. Richter majoring the "December Evenings in Moscow". She is participant of various festivals, such as Auvers sur Oise, la Roque d'Antheron in France; Stavanger in Norway, Orlando in Holland, Kuchmo in Finland, Portogruaro and Camerino in Italy, and the Britten and Edinburgh festivals in the UK.
Liudmila Berlinskaya frequently performs in both solo recital and concerto repertoire, appearing with leading symphony orchestras and ensembles. She is Artistic Director of the Festival "Printemps Musical a Paris". In the middle of 90th she founded "Russian Music Salon" Festival under the auspices of Madam Chirac, the wife of Ex-president of France.
The Dusseldorf newspaper West Deutsche Zeitung wrote that: "Denis Matsuev possesses phenomenal talents. His playing gives one a basis for believing that a new star has appeared in the firmament of pianists."
Born in 1975 in Irkutsk, Denis Matsuev began piano studies at the age of four and made his debut when he was nine. In 1991, he moved to Moscow to continue his professional training. Upon graduation from the the Moscow Central Specialized Music School he continued his education at the Moscow Conservatoire with Prof. A. Nasedkin and later with Prof. S. Dorensky. He is a laureate of the International Piano Competition in Johannesburg, South Africa (1994, Grand Prix) and the 1998 International Piano Competition in Paris. He has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage after his triumphant victory at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and has quickly established himself as one of the most sought after pianists in his generation.
Mr. Matsuev has appeared in hundreds of recitals at prestigious concert halls throughout the world, he has given brilliant performances in numerous festivals. He has appeared with the most prestigious Russian orchestras and conductors, including the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev; St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov; Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Spivakov; Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev; Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev.
In 2004 BMG Classics RCA (Red Seal) released Matsuev's debut CD "A Tribute to Horowitz", followed in 2006 by a disc of Tchaikovsky "Seasons" and Stravinsky "Petrouchka". In 2007 BMG released ÑD on which Mr. Matsuev (chosen by Rachmaninoff Foundation to record unknown Rachmaninoff pieces) performs on the Rachmaninoff piano at the Rachmaninoff house "Villa Senar" in Lucerne. His recital at Carnegie Hall in 2007 was recorded and released as an album entitled Denis Matsuev - Concert at Carnegie Hall (2008). Recently the new Mariinsky Label released Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3, which Denis Matsuev recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra (2009).
Mr. Matsuev is Artistic Director of three important International Festivals: Annecy Festival Estival & Academies in Annecy, France, "Stars on Baikal" in Irkutsk, Siberia, and "Crescendo", which has had incredible resonance in Russia and is under the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation. Additionally, Mr. Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian foundation "New Names."
artistic director and principal conductor
The creative life of Alexander Skulsky has been connected with the activity of the Nizhny Novgorod Academic Symphony Orchestra for more than 40 years. He graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod (Prof. M.A. Samorukova class) and St.Petersburg Conservatories (Prof. N.S. Rabinovich class). Since his first steps as a conductor he proved to be a musician of high artistic culture and delicate taste, and also an excellent connoisseur of the world orchestra repertoire. The orchestra conducted by A. Skulsky played more than 1700 programs, including all symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, Skriabin, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, many compositions by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, rarely-played symphonies by Mahler, Bruckner, Hindemith. His great merit is that he discovered for the audience absolutely unknown or forgotten musical compositions, and also new composers and musicians.
He performed in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Baltic countries, France, the USA, took part in the festivals Vienna Musical Summer (1994), Music Artists in Brussels (2002), Oleg Kagan Musikfest in Germany (2007), toured over The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway.
Alexander Skulsky is Professor of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire, author of many scientific articles and methodology manuals. He also gives master classes intårnàtiînàlló. In 2004 he was nominated an People's Artist of Russia.
Mikhail "Misha" ALPERIN
jazz-piano, improvisation, composition
He was born in the Ukraine in 1956 and grew up in rural Bessarabia in the eastern part of Moldavia. He played with folk musicians while also studying composition and piano, and was subsequently a member of the Moldavian Jazz Ensemble "Quarto" of saxophonist/violinist Simon Shirman. In 1983 he moved to Moscow where he met the french horn and flugelhorn virtuoso Arkady Shilkloper and began, experimentally, to cross-reference elements of the Russian and Romanian folks musics of the Moldavian region with his subjective understanding of the jazz tradition. "All folk music belongs to the same family, and I wish to break down barriers and borders not only geographically, but also historically - the borders between epochs. If you listen closely to Moldavian folk music, you come across structures that are well-known all through the Eastern world, And, you know, sometimes when I listen to, say, Garbarek's music, even his joik, I could swear I recognize it as Moldavian."
The first European tour of the Alperin/Shilkloper duo brought the duo to Oslo, where they risked a visit to the Rainbow Studio and taped a demo with Jan Erik Kongshaug. Soon afterwards, Manfred Eicher tracked them down in Zurich and proposed the recording that became Wave Of Sorrow in 1989, attracting the interest of the European critics. "Alperin's compositions are impossible to classify in terms of genre,' Thomas Rothschild wrote in the Frankfurter Rundschau. "They are for the most part aphoristic pieces, indebted as much to Bartok, Schnittke or Kurtag as to Jarrett or Corea. They are unique indeed, and must be heard."
In 1990, the Alperin-Shilkloper duo invited Sergey Starostin, a dedicated researcher of Russian authentic folklore music, which results in the creation of Moscow Art Trio. The trio tours regularly, though its members now live in three different countries; it is one of the most interesting and well-known Ethno Jazz groups from Russia. In Russia, their albums were released by Boheme Music; in Europe, by Jaro.
Since 1991 Misha Alperin is living and working in Norway, he is a regular guest of various jazz-festivals in Germany, Belgium, USA, Russia etc. Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, he has become a central figure in the new improvised music of the Far North.
Discography: www.Alperin.no; www.ECMrecords.com
violin, Hardingfele (Norwegian violin), dance
The energy bomb Vegar Vardal was born in Lofoten in Northern Norway in 1975. Today, he's a performing fiddler and dancer, based in traditional music and dances. He playes bouth fiddle and Hardangerfiddle, the Norwegian fiddle with sympathetic strings.
Vegar has worked with artists such as Patrik Andersson (Finnskogen brenner), Mikhail Alperin (Portrait), Frode Haltli and Unni Lovlid (Rusk). In recent years, he has played a various selection of genre, traditional tunes, contemporary music, for musicals (Les miserables), theatre (Erasmus Montanus) and film (Vegas). He is a acclaimed teacher and tutor, and has been producer for several CD-productions like Geitungen, Bergen mandolin band and Eplemoya songlag.
Vegar Vardal performs on the regular fiddle and the hardingfele, the Norwegian fiddle with sympathetic strings. He performs both solo and with groups, for concerts and dances and for many types of organizations and events. He has performed numerous concerts and tours both in Norway and abroad. He has appeared as a studio musician in numerous radio and TV programs, and has also made many recordings.
Vegar offers performances based on themes taken from folk music, folk dance and Norwegian folk culture. He also teaches Norwegian folk music or dance to groups or individuals, and gives lectures.
French horn, flugelhorn, alphorn, didgeridoo, Wagner tuba etc.
Arkady Shilkloper, born in Moscow in 1956, played brass instruments at the age of 6 already, and he studied flugelhorn until 1974 at the Moscow Military Music Highschool. In1981 graduated from the Gnesins State Music Education Institute (French horn course under Prof. A. Ryabinin). Along with his studies at the Gnesins, took courses in jazz improvisation at the Moscow Experimental Studio of Music Improvisation (now Moscow College of Improvised Music.) From 1978 to 1985 he was member of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, from 1985 to 1989 worked with the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra. Alongside with that he started playing traditional jazz with double-bass player Mikhail Karetnikov (1984-1986) and avant-garde jazz in saxophonist Sergei Letov's band Three O (1985-1989). Since 1988 he performes in duo with Mikhail "Misha" Alperin (piano). Their first ECM album "Wave Of Sorrow" (1989) was the first russian album on ECM. Later on, Shilkloper participated in three more Alperin recordings for ECM: "North Story" (1997), "First Impression" (1999, with John Surman), "Her First Dance" (2008, with Anja Lechner). Now he has worked independently both as a solo performer and, since 1990, with Mikhael Alperin and Sergey Starostin in the Moscow Art Trio and in other formations. Since 1995, he plays in Pago Libre Quartet with austrian violinist Tscho Theissing, swiss pianist John Wolf Brennan and austrian bassist Georg Breinschmid. In 1998-2002 performed with Vienna Art Orchestra. In 2000, Arkady put together the Mauve Trio with brazilian guitar player Alegre Correa and Georg Breinschmid. Their debut album "Mauve" (Quinton, 2002) was awarded the prestigious Hans Koller Prize of Austria as the "CD Of The Year".
Arkady Shilkloper is in demand as a soloist and a teacher for brass instrument workshops and symposia the world over. Since 1998, he also plays alphorn, quite an unusual instrument for improvised music. Arkady rates one of the best of the few existing jazz performers on alphorn.
Musica Amphion, founded in 1993 by harpsichord and recorder player Pieter-Jan Belder, is dedicated to the performance of orchestral and chamber music from the 17th and 18th century on original instruments. The leader is violinist Remy Baudet, concertmaster of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (led by Frans Bruggen). Musica Amphion draws its players from the ranks of prominent Baroque orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and The Academy of Ancient Music. Most of the musicians also enjoy a successful solo career.
Musica Amphion has appeared at as part of the the Early Music Festival Utrecht, the Festival Classique in The Hague, and the Bach Festival Amsterdam. Musica Amphion is regularly performing in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and has performed at other prominent venues world-wide.
Presently is preparing a complete recording of the complete works by C.P.E. Bach in corporation with the German Choir The Immortal Bachchoir for the NAXOS label. Musica Amphion has issued more then 20 CD recordings. Most recently the label Channel Classics issued Handel CD, on which Musica Amphion performs together with oboist Bart Schneerman and soprano Johannette Zomer. Also recently a recording of the Pieces de Clavecin by J.P. Rameau has been released. The recording was praised by the magazines Fono Forum (Germany) and Diapason (France) and received the highest rankings. Its discography includes J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051), 'Musikalisches Opfer' (BWV 1079) and the concerti for for 2, 3 and 4 harpsichords; Telemann's complete 'Tafelmusik' and the complete works
(10CD box) of Corelli. A recording of keyboard concertos by Bach & Sons, under the 'Quintone' label, earned a score of '10' in the Dutch music magazine 'Luister' and was praised by the NRC Handelsblad as "the most enjoyable Baroque CD in a very long time".
Pieter-Jan Belder (1966) studied recorder with Ricardo Kanji at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and harpsichord with Bob van Asperen at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Since graduating in 1990 he has has a successful career as a recorder, harpsichord, organ and fortepiano player. In 1997 Belder won third prize at the NDR harpsichord competition in Hamburg, and in 2000 he was the winner of the Leipzig Bach Harpsichord Competition.
He has performed at numerous international festivals including the Festival de Musica Antiga in Barcelona, the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, the Berliner 'Tage fur Alte Musik', the Festival Potsdam Sans Souci, the Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod and the Bachfest in Leipzig. As a continuo player, Belder has worked with ensembles including the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Collegium Vocale Gent, Camerata Trajectina, the Gesualdo Consort, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Royal Concertgebouworkest and the Nederlands Bach Society.
He has made numerous radio and television recordings for the Dutch broadcasting companies, Belgium and German radio. In 2005 he made his debut as a conductor in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, conducting Musica Amphion.
He has made many CD-recordings, most of them solo and chamber music productions. In 1999 Pieter-Jan Belder was invited to participate in two special recording projects: ten CDs as part of Brilliant Classics' complete works of J.S. Bach, and an Edison Award-winning CD of the complete harpsichord works of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (NM Classics). He has recently issued a recording of Domenico Scarlatti's complete harpsichord sontatas (36 CDs).
See also www.pieterjanbelder.nl
Ivan Meylemans (born 1971, Belgium) started his orchestral conducting studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where his teachers were Ed Spanjaard and Jac van Steen. Since he graduated in 2000 with summa cum laude, Ivan has taken part in several national and international conducting competitions and has proven very successful. In September 2002, he won the Second International Vakhtang Jordania conducting competition in Kharkov (Ukraine) and only two weeks later, he became finalist and third laureate of the renowned Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London, where he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in compositions that include "The Miraculous Mandarin" of B. Bartok. This performance was very well received by the London music critics who unanimously proclaimed him their choice as winner of the competition. In June 2005 Meylemans was awarded the 'Salon Prize', an award aimed at encouraging young musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. This prize resulted in a first full-CD recording with the Royal Concertgebouw Brass (RCO Brass). 2007 marked a major turning point in Ivan Meylemans' career; he decided to end his 13-year career as a trombone soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to fully dedicate his time to his advancing career as a conductor. He becomes assistant of Mariss Jansons, chief-conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and rejoins this orchestra on all their major European, American and Asiatic tours. Meylemans also assisted other renowned conductors like Herbert Blomstedt and Markus Stenz.
In 2007, Ivan Meylemans has been appointed chief-conductor of Het KamerOrkest Bruges, one of the few remaining chamber ensembles that has established an acknowledged and renowned place amongst the specialised chamber orchestras of Belgium. Today, Ivan Meylemans has been much in demand as a guest conductor for famous national and international chamber and symphony orchestras. He made some important international debuts with a.o. the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Luxembourg and Zagreb and the Residentie Orchestra, the NWD Philharmonie in the Verdi Hall in Milano, the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Filharmonic Orchestra (RPO). Among his future engagements are performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic of Flandres and the Danish Radio Symphony orchestra.
Arno Bornkamp (1959) is the archetype of the modern virtuoso, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire. He studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Ed Bogaard and graduated in 1986 with the highest distinction. He has won many awards, the 'Silver Laurel of the Concertgebouw' and the 'Netherlands Music Prize' among the most noteworthy. The latter enabled him to go abroad, studying in France with Daniel Deffayet and Jean-Marie Londeix, in Japan with Ryo Noda as well as working with composers as Luciano Berio and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Since his 1982 solo debut in Rome, he has played more than 250 concerts with orchestras around the world, including the most important works from the saxophone repertoire in addition to new concerti written especially for him, such as the 'Tallahatchie Concerto' by Jacob TV. Throughout his whole career he has collaborated with composers, such as Martijn Padding, Christian Lauba, Peter van Onna, Otto Ketting, Louis Andriessen, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simon Burgers, Wijand van Klaveren en Perry Goldstein.
Chamber music is also a great love of Arno Bornkamp. He has a long-standing duo with pianist Ivo Janssen and is part of the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet (one of the world's most acclaimed saxophone quartets), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. Arno Bornkamp's many activities (including concerts, festivals, masterclasses, lectures) have taken him to many countries in Europe, the USA, the Far East and South America.
The many CD's he has made since 1990 since on various labels have garnered national and international praise. A remarkable project is a tryptich of CD's on the Ottavo label: 'The Classical Saxophone from a Historical Perspective', covering three important periods in the history of the saxophone: the beginning period with works from around 1850 written for Adolphe Sax, the beginning of the 20th Century with impressionistic music, and the years '20 and '30 in Berlin. His most recent CD-project was released by the Basta label in 2009: 'Buku of Horn: Arno B. plays JacobTV', a portrait of Dutch composer JacobTV.
Arno Bornkamp is a renowned teacher, leading an international saxophone class at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In the summer he leads the International Saxophone Masterclass in Laubach (Germany) and he teaches at the Universite d'Ete Europeenne pour saxophone in Gap (France).
Born in Moscow in a family of musicians, Maria Milstein (1985) starts the violin at the age of 5 with V. Korolkova. Her family moves to France in 1991. In 1997, she is awarded 1st Prize at the UFAM International Competition in Paris (youth competition). From 2001 to 2004, she studies at the Music Academy of Fiesole (Italy), from 2004 to 2008 - at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam in the class of Ilya Grubert, where she receives her Bachelor diploma with a 10 with distinction (highest grade) and is admitted for a Master degree. In the last few years, she also attended master classes for solo repertoire and chamber music of renowned musicians such as Ana Chumachenco, Menahem Pressler (Beaux-Arts Trio), Gyorgy Pauk, Josef Rissin, Mikhail Kopelman. In 2007, Maria is awarded 2nd Prize (top prize) at the 11th International Violin Competition "Citta di Brescia" in Italy. Winner of several grants and scholarships, Maria gives concerts throughout Europe, appearing as a soloist or with orchestra in such important halls as the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Main Hall of the Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), the Wigmore Hall (London), the "Malyi Hall" of the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow, the "Cortot" Hall in Paris, the Main Hall of the Lyon National Opera, the "Moliere" Hall in Lyon, the "Doelen" in Rotterdam or the Teatro Grande in Brescia (Italy). She also recorded for the Dutch and Italian radio. Maria is also very active on the chamber music field, she appears with such renowned musicians as Elizabeth Leonskaja, Liza Ferschtman, Emmy Verhey, Dmitri Ferschtman, Kristina Blaumane. In 2008, Maria is selected for the "New Masters on Tour" program during the "International Holland Music Sessions", and has performed in 2009/2010 a series of recitals in the best halls of Europe.
Maria Milstein plays on a Testore (Milan, 1707) from the Amsterdam Conservatoire's collection.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Sergej Krylov started studying the violin at the age of five and made his debut with orchestra at ten, performing in Russia, China, Finland and Germany. At a very young age he won First Prize at the International Competition "R. Lipizer" and, after studying with Salvatore Accardo, he was awarded First Prize at both the "A. Stradivari" Competition in Cremona and the prestigious "Fritz Kreisler" in Vienna. Following this he has developed a highly successful career, performing at the Berlin and Munich Philharmonie, Wien Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Radio France Auditorium in Paris, Athens' Megaron Centre, Brussels Bozar, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Sergej Krylov has appeared with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, NRO, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonie, Orchestra "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan, Filarmonica Toscanini, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg and Copenhagen Philharmonic. Among the most important personalities with whom he has worked, his friendship with Mstislav Rostropovich marks a very significant moment in Krylov's artistic life. They have appeared together several times. Krylov has also appeared with many conductors: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Mikhail Pletnev, Nicola Luisotti, George Pehlivanian, Jutaka Sado, Saulus Sondezkis, Zoltan Kocsis, Julian Kovatchev, Muhai Tang and Yuri Bashmet.
Sergej Krylov is also working with many prestigious artists on chamber music projects, and in recent years he has played alongside Yuri Bashmet, Bruno Canino, Aleksandar Madzar, Maxim Vengerov, Misha Maisky, Yefim Bronfman, Stefania Mormone, Mikhail Rudy, Nabuko Imai and Lilya Zilberstein.
His discography includes recordings for EMI, Melodya and Agora .
In 2009 Krylov was nominated Music Director of the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, after Saulius Sondeckis.
Born in Kislovodsk. She completed her studies at the department of academic singing at the Gnesin Music College (R. Lisitsyan's class) in 2004, after which she enrolled at the Gnesin Russian Music Academy's faculty of singing. In 2001, she received a Sergei Leiferkus grant from the Vladimir Spivakov Fund. In 2003, she was invited to take part in the 14th Chaliapin Season at Mineralnye vody (Stavrapol Kray) and in the Christmas Festival in Dusseldorf. Anna Aglakova is the vinner of the Bella voce International Vocal Competition (2003, 1st Prize), the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany, 2005, 3rd Prize), and All-Russian Festival-Competition for Young Singers (Lipetsk, 2008, Ist Prize). In 2005, she made her the Bolshoi Theatre debut. Her roles include Nannetta in Falstaff, Xenia in Boris Godunov, Liu in Turandot, Prilepa in The Queen of Spades, Musetta in La Boheme, Micaela in Carmen, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Marpha in The Tsar's Bride etc.
In 2006, she sang Susanna in a concert performance of Le Nozze di Figaro (Moscow International Performance Arts Center, conductor Teodor Currentzis), she also sang this role at the premiere of this opera the at the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (conductor Teodor Currentzis). Ðarticipated in Irina Arkhipova Fund project Russian Chamber Vocal Lyric - from Glinka to Sviridov. In 2007, for her performance as Pamina (Die Zauberfloete) at the Bolshoi Theatre, she was recommended for the Golden Mask National Theatre prize. In 2009, her achievements have been marked with one of the most prestigious awards of Russia - the Youth Prize "Triumph".
Born in Novgorod in 1969, Vitaly Panfilov graduated from the opera-singing class at the St. Petersburg Conservatorie in 1999. He sang the part of Vaudemon in the Conservatorie Music Theatre production of "Iolanta", then he has often performed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, mostly in the Big Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia in works such as Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Shostakovich's "From Jewish Folk Poetry" vocal cycle, Bach's "St. Ioann" Passion, Handel's "The Messiah", Schubert - E. Denisov's opera "Lasarus", and variuos Schubert Masses.
During The Temirkanov 60th Birthday Concert, he was invited to sing a duet with Barbara Hendricks. The BBC asked him to take part in a direct radio transmission from St. Petersburg to London, in which he sang several arias from Russian operas. In October 2002, he was awarded the diploma and jury prize of the international music competition in Portiers, France. In 2003 he joined the company of Bolshoi Theatre of Russua, where he made his debut in the role of Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress by Stravinsky, and was nominated for the Russian National Theater Prize "Golden Masque". His repertoire includes the roles of Finn in Ruslan and Ludmila by Glinka, Erik in The Flying Dutchman by Wagner, Tcaikovsky in The Children of Rosenthal by Desiatnokov, Barclay de Tolly, Platon Karataev in War and Peace by Prokofiev, Yurodivy in Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky, Vsevolod, son of Prince Yuri in The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh by Rimsky-Korsakov and others. Vitaly Panfilov tours in Russia and abroad, took part in the international tours of the Bolsoi Theatre (Finland, Germany, Slovenia, Greece).
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
À world-renowned violinist and conductor, has brilliantly realized his rich talent in music and in many areas of public life, Vladimir Spivakov received excellent training studying under Yuri Yankelevich, a famous teacher and professor at the Moscow Conservatoire. No less important was the influence of his second teacher and idol, David Oistrach, the greatest violinist of the 20th century. He is a prizewinner at many prestigious international competitions: the M. Long & J. Thibaud Competition in Paris (1965), the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1967), the Montreal Competition (1969, 1st prize) and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1970, 2nd prize). In 1975 after his triumphant solo performances in the United States, Vladimir Spivakov's amazing international career got underway. He gave many concerts with the philharmonic orchestras of Moscow, Leningrad, Berlin, Vienna, London and New York, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, with the symphony orchestras of Paris, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburg and Cleveland under the direction of the 20th century's greatest conductors, such as Ye. Mravinsky, Ye. Svetlanov, K. Kondrashin, Yu. Temirkanov, M. Rostropovich, L. Bernstein, S. Ozawa, L. Maazel, C. M. Guilini, R. Muti, K. Abbado. In 1979 Vladimir Spivakov together with a group of like minded people founded Virtuosos of Moscow Chamber orchestra, and becomes its permanent artistic director, principal conductor and soloist. Spivakov learned the art of conducting music from Israel Gusman in Nizhny Novgorod and Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel in the United States. Bernstein presented Spivakov with his conductor's baton with which the maestro has been inseparable since then. As a conductor Vladimir Spivakov gave concerts at the world's most famous venues with the Virtuosos of Moscow and with the symphony orchestras of London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Budapest, the La Scala theater, the Santa Cecilia, the Cologne Philharmonic and the French Radio. The extensive discography of Vladimir Spivakov includes over 40 CDs, most of the recordings were made at the studios of BMG Classics. In 1989 Vladimir Spivakov founds an International Music Festival in Colmar (France) and he has been its director ever since. He is on the jury of famous international competitions in Paris, Genoa, London and Montreal, and has been for many years the President of the Sarasate Violin Competition in Spain. Since 2002 Vladimir Spivakov has chaired the violin jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. From 1994 to 2004, Maestro led annual master classes in Zurich. In 1994 he set up an International Charity Fund providing comprehensive assistance to young talents. Over 8,000 children have been helped by the foundation since its inception.
In 1999-2002 Vladimir Spivakov was the principal conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, and in 2003, he became artistic director and principal conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia that he created and President of the Moscow International House of Music. Among his many awards are the Russian Order For the Meritorious Service to the Fatherland, 3rd Degree, the French Order of Arts and Letters (Officer of Arts and Letters) and the Order of the Legion of Honor. In 2006 Vladimir Spivakov was named UNESCO Artist of Peace for his "commitment to the arts and artistic creativity and for his contribution to peace and for promoting intercultural cooperation".
THE NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC OF RUSSIA
The National Philharmonic of Russia (NPR) was founded in January 2003. The Orchestra was headed by Vladimir Spivakov, a world-known violinist and conductor, and united top orchestra musicians and gifted youth. During the eight years of its activities, the NPR has succeeded in becoming one of the best symphonic orchestras of Russia, prominent conductors are collaborating and regularly performing with the NPR. Along with Vladimir Spivakov, the National Philharmonic of Russia prepares new programmes and gives concerts with world-known maestros Ion Marin, James Conlon, Alexander Lazarev, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, John Nelson, Hans Graf, George Cleve, Okko Kamu, Michel Plasson, Eri Klas, Saulus Sondeckis. The NPR has performed with many outstanding artists, such as opera stars Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Renee Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Dmitry Hvorostovski, Maria Ghuleghina, Juan Diego Florez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marcelo Alvarez, Ramon Vargas, violinists Gidon Kremer, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn, Laurent Korcia, Mayuko Kamio, cellists Natalia Gutman, Xavier Phillios, Tatiana Vasilieva, pianists Arkady Volodos, Barry Douglas, Valery Afanasiev, Mikhail Rudy. Pianists John Lill, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Ghindin and Olga Kern play with the NPR on a regular basis.
The NPR's repertoire covers the period from early classical symphonies to the newest works of current composers. In the course of five years the Orchestra have presented many exceptional projects, such as the semi-stage performances of Honegger's Oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bucher" with Fanny Ardant and Stravinsky's "Persephone" with Sati Spivakova, both directed by Kirill Serebrenikov, Weill's Songs and "Seven Deadly Sins" with Ute Lemper, and the ballet evening "Symphonic Dances of the 20th Century. A Selection" with ballet stars U. Lopatkina, I. Zelensky, N. Tziskaridze, S. Lunkina and A. Fadeev.
The NPR took part in the Moscow and Tokyo premieres of H. Shore's "Lord of the Rings" Symphony, and presented A. Rybnikov's Fifth Symphony and V.Martynov's "Newspaper Overture. A News Release in the Mozart Year" to the Moscow audience. Within the framework of the "Edison Denissov' Space" Festival the NPR gave the programme of works by Boulez, Xenakis, Dutilleux and Denissov. The Orchestra was the first to perform in Moscow "Mass of Life" by F. Delius, Symphony No.2 by K. Weill, "Ameriques" by E. Varese, Symphony No.4 by Franz Schmidt, Suite of "La Tragedie de Salome" by Florent Schmitt, Symphony by E. Chausson, Concerto for Harp by B. Tishchenko, symphonic pieces by contemporary Dutch composers Martijn Padding and Rabin de Raaff, the symphonic version of Wagner's Tetralogy "Der Ring ohne Worte" compiled by L. Maazel and Schnittke's "Per Gunt".
The NPR's Subscription Series have presented a wide scope of works by Mahler, Richard Strauss, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Scandinavian composers.
In accordance with its status and name, the National Philharmonic of Russia gives concerts not only in Moscow, but in various regions of Russia as well. The NPR has toured over the CIS countries and the Baltic countries, in Europe, the USA, Japan, and every year takes part in the Colmar Music Festival, France. The Orchestra has made several recordings of works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.
Alexander Gavrilyuk was born in 1984 in Ukraine, started to learn playing the piano at age 7. At age 9 he gave his first on-stage performance. He is a winner of the International Piano Competition in Senigallia (Italy, 1996) and International V. Gorovits Piano Competitions in Kiev (1998, 1999). After he won in 2000 the Forth Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Japanese critics voted A. Gavrilyuk "the best young pianist of the end of the 20th century". Since then the pianist has been giving regular performances at Japan's most prestigious concert venues - the Suntory Hall and the Tokyo Opera City Hall - and also recorded two CDs in Japan. In 2005 to the musician's award list was added first prize, gold medal and special prize for "the best performance of a classic concert" at the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv. That same year VAI International distributed a video of the pianist performance recorded at a fortepiano festival in Miami. This disk was very highly reviewed by the international press. In May 2007 A. Gavrilyuk recorded his second DVD in cooperation with the same firm.
From 1998 to 2006 Alexander Gavrilyuk lived in Sydney (Australia). In 2003 he became a Steinway artist. His concert activity in Australia included solo concerts at the Sydney Opera House, the City Recital Hall in Sydney and also performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Tasmania and the Symphony Orchestra of Western Australia. In 2007, on the invitation of N. Petrov, Alexander Gavrilyuk's solo concerts were held in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and in the Kremlin Armory. Alexander Gavrilyuk played together with the Russian National Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Moscow, Rotterdam, Israel, Osaka, Seoul, Warsaw, with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Israel. The pianist partnered with such conductors as V. Ashkenazi, Yu. Simonov, V. Fedoseev, V. Spivakov, A. Lazarev, D. Raskin, T. Sanderling, B. Tovey, H. Blomstedt, D. Ettinger, I. Gruppman, L. Segerstam, Yu. Sudan. After his spectacular debut as part of the Master Pianists series at the Concertgebouw hall in February 2009, Gavrilyuk was invited to give another performance as part of the same series in the 2010-11 season. Alexander has toured over Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia. In November 2009 he performed and recorded all piano concertos by S. Prokofiev with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by V. Ashkenazi.