Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Principal Guest Conductors:
Thomas Sanderling, Fabio Mastrangelo
Advisor to Director general for development matters of Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra
Lev Krokushansky, Honored worker of arts of the Russian Federation
Tatyana Shindina, honoured art worker of Novosibirsk region
AboutNovosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra has been well-known outside Siberia for a very long time. It has become a cultural wealth of not only the city of Novosibirsk and the Siberian region but of the whole Russia. According to the opinion of some foreign and Russian critics, musicians and audience, the orchestra could conquer a leading place in the hierarchy of Russian symphony orchestras. According to the expert rating, published in the National newspaper “Musical revue” № 12, in 2012, Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra is among top collectives of Russia and is included in the first group along with the best orchestras of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.
Set up in 1956 and headed by the People's Artist of the USSR, laureate of the National Award of Russia, professor, Arnold Kats till his decease in January 2007, the collective received the name “Academic” in 1982. The orchestra had tours to big and small cities and towns of our country, participated in numerous international musical festivals: «White Nights» (Leningrad), «Russian Winter» (Moscow), «Christmas evenings», Russian music festival in Vienna, «March days» (Bulgaria), Bernstein music festival, Festival «Ear» (Erlangen, Germany,1999), Piano Festival (France, 1995,1996), «Days of Iberia music» (Spain), Classic music Festival in Cannes (France, 1996), Spivakov festival (Colmar) and many others.
In 2010 the orchestra took part in the festivals: “The great names. The great dates”, dedicated to the 200 anniversary of R.Schumann and 170th anniversary of P.I.Tchikovsky (Perm); “Stars on the Baykal” (Irkutsk) and “Crescendo” (Tyumen) – art-director D. Matsuev.
In 2012, the orchestra under the baton of maestro Rinkevicius performed a concert at one of the largest Chinese concert venues – Oriental Art Center, upon the invitation of the Shanghai Spring International music festival.
Beside festivals, Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra is regularly invited to take part in the most important music events of Russia: 2002 – a concert at P.I.Tchaikovsky hall on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Moscow State Philharmonics; concert in the Big hall of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonics upon the invitation of Saint-Petersburg department of the Union of concert workers of Russia on the occasion of the 300 anniversary of Saint-Petersburg, project “Heritors of traditions. Musical offering to the Great city”.
In 2006 Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra was awarded by the award of Lomonosov for high achievements in the artistic sphere and on the occasion of 50s anniversary.
The great event that is considered to become an apotheosis of the jubilee year and which can be considered as the most important events in the history of the orchestra took place on 8 June, 2006: Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra was honored to take part in the I Festival of World symphony orchestras, dedicated to the state holiday «The Day of Russia».
In the unique campaign, held for the first time and organized by the Association of symphony and chamber orchestras of Russia at the Column Hall of the Dom Sojuzov, Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of A.Kats performed along with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Z.Meta), the Toskanini Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor L.Maazel), Academia of St.Martin in the fields (conductor K.P. Flor), the Philharmonic orchestra of Radio France (conductor M.V. Chung). “Carmen”-Suite by Schedrin — Bizet and the Fifth Symphony by Tchaikovsky were performed by the orchestra. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin was present at the concert.
Since September 2007 Gintaras Rinkevicius (Lithuania) became the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, principal guest conductors are Thomas Sanderling (Germany) and Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy).
In 2009 the orchestra gave two performances at the Big hall of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonics and the Concert hall of Moscow Philharmonics.
In October 2012 the orchestra toured to the island of Usedom (Germany, Poland), Vilnius, Tartu, Johvi, St.Petersburg, Moscow.
In February 2014 the orchestra toured to Spain- Oviedo, Madrid, Murcia, Logrono with Ekaterina Mechetina as a soloist (Rakhmaninov. Concerts №№ 2 and 3) and Denis Matsuev (Rahmaninov. Concert № 3). The program of the tour included compositions of Tchaikovsky: Symphonies № 5 and 6, ouverture from “Romeo and Juliet” and “Francesca de Rimini”. Conductors Cesar Alvarez (Spain) and Guintaras Rinkevicius.
In September 2015 the orchestra toured to Italy: at Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli in Torino and the oldest theatre of Verona – Teatro Filarmonico. The orchestra, headed by maestro Rinkevicius, performed Symphonies № 3 and № 5 by Beethoven, Symphony № 6 and the violin concerto by Tchaikovsky, soloist- Itamar Zorman, winner of the XIV Tchaikovsky international contest (2011). This tour, as well as the subsequent tour in February-March 2016, was dedicated to the 60th jubilee of the orchestra.
From 29 February to 11 March the orchestra made a big tour to Spain (Zaragoza, Alicante, Murcia, Madrid), Germany (Aachen, Dusseldorf), Austria (Vienna) and Saint-Petersburg (Mariisnky theatre).
Maestro Sanderling was conducting the European part of the tour and maestro Rinkevicius in Saint-Petersburg.
The following compositions were performed in Spain: Tchaikovsky Symphony №4, Shostakovich Symphony № 5, Concerts for violin and orchestra by Brahms, Schostakovich (soloist Alena Baeva), Tchaikovsky (soloist Leticia Moreno).
In Germany and Austria the orchestra performed: Tchaikovsky Symphony №6 and Rachmaninov Concert for piano and orchestra № 2 (Soloist Valetina Lisitsa).
The concerts in Germany and Austria were opened by Glinka’s ouverture to the opera “Ruslan and Lyudmilina”.
The program in Saint-Petersburg was in the frames of the III International Trans-Siberian art festival – it preceded its opening in Novosibirsk and consisted of the ouverture to Weber’s opera “Oberon” , Venyavsky Concert for violin and orchestra № 1 (Mone Hattori) and Tchaikovsky Symphony № 4.
One of the most important artistic events in the orchestra’s life is the International Trans-Siberian Art Festival. Artistic director of the festival is Vadim Repin. Manager of the Festival is Oleg Bely.
The idea belongs to the honored worker of Arts of Russian Federation Lev Krokushansky (2013).
There were three festival editions – spring 2014, 2015, 2016. The first edition of the Festival was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Arnold Kats.
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra led by maestro Rinkevicius is the basic team of the festival, "the legendary orchestra," as Vadim Repin called it. Most of the concerts took place at the main venue of the city - at Arnold Kats State Concert Hall. The Festival declared itself as an event of truly international scale. The participants of the festival: musicians of the highest world level, very young performers and, of course, Vadim Repin himself.
Having started in 1970 in Bulgaria, the orchestra has been actively touring abroad:
1978 — Italy;
1981 — Finland;
1982 — Italy;
1986 — Yugoslavia;
1988 — Scotland, England;
1989 — Germany, Bulgaria;
1990 — Spain, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Germany; 1991 — Italy;
1992 — France, Scotland, England;
1993 — Croatia, Germany, Austria, France;
1994 — Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, England;
1995 — France, Scotland, England;
1996 — Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland;
1997 — Germany, Austria, Japan;
1998 — France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland;
1999 — France, Slovakia, Germany, Italy;
2001 — Japan, France, Switzerland;
2006 — France, Spain, Switzerland;
2008 — France, Belgium, Switzerland
2012 — China, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia
2014 — Spain
2015 — Italy
2016 — Spain, Germany, Austria,
Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra performed at such concert venues as:
Moscow — Big Conservatory Hall
P.I Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Saint-Petersburg – Big Hall of the State Academic Philharmonic Society named after Shostakovich,
Milan — Conservatory, «Verdi» Hall
Paris — Salle «Pleyel»
Cannes — Congress Palace, «Debussy» Hall
Nantes — «Beethoven» Hall
Besancon — Opera Theatre
Colmar — V.Spivakov Festival
Stuttgart — «Beethoven» Hall
Frankfurt — «Old Opera»
Vienna — «Schubert» Hall
Amsterdam — Concertgebouw
Madrid — « Auditorio Nacional»
Barcelona — «Palau de la musica catalana»
Valencia — «Palau de la musica»
Lisbon — «Coliseo dos recrezio»
Montreux — «Stravinsky Auditorium»
Zurich — «Tonhalle»
London — «Royal Festival Hall»
Glasgow — «Royal Concert Hall»
Tokyo – City Opera, Concert hall
Sapporo — «Kitara» Hall
Helsinki — «Festival» Hall
Shanghai —Oriental Art Center concert hall
and many others
Five and a half thousand concerts of music of different eras, styles and directions have been played by today: Vienna classics, German romantics, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Skryabin, Shostakovitch, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Kancheli, Wagner, Mahler, Bruckner, Schubert, Schoenberg, Schnittke, R. Strauss, J. Strauss, Sviridov, Gubaidulina, Denisov, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, Mahler, Ives, Varez, Brahms, Verdi, Mozart, Enescu, Arutyunyan, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, De Falla, Vasks, Glinka, Grieg, Vivaldi, Khachaturyan, Kobekin, Rossini, Bellini, Bizet, Massenet, Puccini, Offenbach, Liszt, Takemitsu, Orff, Chopin, Gershwin, Wagner, Sibelius, Tishchesnko, Dvorak, Bartok, Slonimsky, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Corigliano, Weber, Lutoslavsky, Schumann, Martinu, Kikta, Hindemith, Bernstein, Respighi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Lalo, Britten, Barber, Villa-Lobos, Cimarosa, Glazunov, Sibelius; Siberian composers Murov, Nguen, Kravtsov, Serebrova, Ivanov, Demidova, Lisitsin, Salnikova, Novikov and many many others. In the biography of the orchestra (past and present) - concerts with renowned, celebrated musicians, among them - the legendary names of (in alphabetical order): Conductors: А. Vedernikov, V. Verbitsky, V. Gergiev, М. Gorenctein, A. Dmitriev, Yu. Domarkas, Ch. Dutoit, M. Inoue, D. Kahidze, D. Kitaenko, К. Kondrashin, А. Lazarev, D. Liss, I. Musin, К. Nagano, V. Nelson, К. Penderecki, G. Rozhdestvensky, V.Spivakov, V. Sinaisky, Yu. Sitkovetsky, S. Turchak, L. Slatkin, A. Sladkovsky, A. Khachaturian, C. Zecchi, D. Yurovsky, P. Yadykh, M. Jansos and others; Soloists: D. Alekseev, B. Andrianov, D. Bashkirov, A. Baeva, Yu. Bashmet, M. Bieushu, A. Barakhovsky, N. Borisoglebsky, A. Buzlov, P. Burchuladze, Z. Bron, О. Borodina, М. Vengerov, E. Virsaladze, D. Geringas, E. Gilels, А. Gindin, N. Gutman, М. Guttman, V. Gerello, E. Gratch, B. Davidovitch, S. Dogadin, М. Drobinsky, V. Dzhioeva, D. Illarionov, L. Isakadze, А. Igudesman, О. Kagan, М. Kozakov, А. Knyazev, L. Kogan, G. Kremer, V. Krainev, I. Konovalov, S. Krylov (+conductor), А. Korobeinikov, D. Lockwood, K. Lifschitz, Yu. Laptev, М. Lubotsky, N. Lugansky, М. Lidsky, М. Мaisky, D. Matsuev, Е. Mechetina, L. Miasnikova, Е. Nesterenko, S. Neygauz, D. Oistrakh, I. Oistrakh, Е. Obraztsova, А. Palei, N. Petrov, М. Petukhov, М. Pletnev, М. Rostropovitch, S. Richter, V. Repin, M. Rysanov, А. Rudin (+conductor), D. Sitkovetsky, V. Spivakov, G. Sokolov, А. Solovianenko, Z. Sotkilava, L. Timofeeva, V. Tretyakov, J-Y. Thibaudet, Yu. Fisher, Ya. Flier, V. Feltsman, D. Hvorostovsky, V. Kholodenko, D. Shapovalov, D. Schwarzberg, D. Shafran, N. Shtarkman, and many others. The orchestra had been many times recorded by Novosibirsk radio and TV, at the all-Union recording label “Melody”. Since 1995 the orchestra released 14 CDs for Sony Classical, Russian Season, Diamond Сlassic, Audite, Naxos. Records for Audite and Naxos were prepared by Peter Kondrachin Studio. Today the orchestra counts more than one hundred musicians. There is 1 people’s artist in the orchestra, 16 Honoured artists, 1 Honoured art worker of the Russian Federation an laureates of all-Russian and international contests.
Upcoming concerts collective
Сonductor – Gintaras Rinkevicius
Grieg. Concert for piano and orchestra
Tchaikovsky. Symphony № 6 Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra Ekaterina Skanavi, piano (Moscow)
Сonductor – Gintaras Rinkevicius
Symphony № 31 «Paris»
Concert for oboe and orchestra D-major Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor – Ekhtibar Akhmedov
To the 75th anniversary of the Siberian organization of Russian Union of Composers
Murov, Ivanov, LantuatNovosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor – Ekhtibar Ahmedov
Conductor – Vladimir Verbitsky (St. Petersburg)
Conductor – Vladimir Verbitsky (St. Petersburg)
Beethoven. Concert № 1 for piano and orchestra
Gounod. Siebel’s aria from the opera «Faust»
Mozart. Dorabella’s aria from the opera «Cosi fan tutti»
Prokofiev. Symphonic suite from the opera «The Love for Three oranges»
Tchaikovsky. Waltz from the opera «Eugene Onegin» Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra Olesya Zhuravkina, mezzo–soprano
Conductor – Ekhtibar Ahmedov
Сonductor – Gintaras Rinkevicius