Participation in various music festivals is a long tradition of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. It has been taking part in many international festivals, including: "Russian Winter", "Christmas Evenings" (Moscow), "White Nights" (Leningrad), Festival of Russian music in Vienna, Festival of Bernstein’s music (Novosibirsk, Leningrad, Moscow), Festival "Ear" (Erlangen, Germany), Festival of classical music (Cannes, France), Dresden music Festival, Days of Iberian music (Spain), Piano art festival (France), Vladimir Spivakov Festival (Colmar), Shanghai Spring festival, Usedom festival and many others.

The orchestra is a constant participant of such significant festivals, as All -Russian festivals of the newspaper “Musical revue”, International Christmas festival of arts (Novosibirsk), “Pokrov Autumn” (Novosibirsk). In 2010 the orchestra took part in the following festivals: “Great names. Great dates”, dedicated to the 200-years anniversary of R. Schumann and 170-years anniversary of P.I.Tchaikovsky (Perm); “Stars on Baikal” (Irkutsk) and “Crescendo” (Tyumen) – art director of two latter festivals is Denis Matsuev.

In June 2006, under the direction of Arnold Kats the orchestra was honored to take part in the I Festival of symphony orchestras of the world, dedicated to the national holiday - the Day of Russia (Column Hall of the House of Unions, Moscow). The concert was attended by the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Participation in the festival of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society "Pokrov Autumn" - has also become a tradition.

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).

Since 2014, the Trans-Siberian Art Festival has had 4 editions already, it is traditionally held in spring. The first festival was dedicated to the 90-years-anniversary of maestro Arnold Kats, the second - to the 175-years-anniversary of P.I. Tchaikovskiy, the third - to the 60-years-anniversary of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and the forth - to the 80-years-anniversary of Novosibirsk region.

Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra led by maestro Rinkevicius is a basic team of the festival, "the legendary orchestra" - as Vadim Repin called it. Most of the concerts are held at the main venue of the city – Arnold Kats State Concert Hall. The Festival declared itself as an event of truly international scale. Among the participants: world-class musicians, very young performers and, of course, Vadim Repin, himself. In the posters of the festival one can see the names of K. Nagano, D. Yurovski, L. Slatkin, D. Lockwood, A. Igudesman, M. Gutman, M. Brunello, A. Knyazev, N. Lugansky, A. Korobeinikov, O. Borodina, A. Samuil, S. Zakharova, and Vadim Repin.


Since 2014 the Trans-Siberian Art Festival has already been held 4 times, traditionally in spring

«I want to emphasize that the idea of the upcoming Trans-Siberian Art Festival, its point of support - is our great symphony orchestra, which despite all the difficulties - the loss of the legendary (without exaggeration of this word) musician Arnold Kats - is in great shape, splendidly plays concerts. I hope that for the orchestra the festival will also be joyous event».

Vadim Repin, Press-conference, 11 September, Arnold Kats State Concert Hall 

«It is hardly possible to overestimate today event - the opening of Arnold Kats State Concert Hall. It is a remarkable gift to Novosibirsk, a gift to Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, which over the years, unfortunately, was forced to work in deplorable conditions. So, it is a great joy for the orchestra and a gift to the whole city».

Vadim Repin, Press-conference, 11 September 2013, Arnold Kats State Concert 

«One of the whales of the Trans-Siberian Art Festival is Arnold Kats State Concert Hall. Second one is Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra that has been renowned for its level, for the name of Arnold Kats whose role is difficult to be overestimated. It was very logical and absolutely right to dedicate the first Festival to the 90th anniversary of Maestro Kats.»

Vadim Repin, press-conference, 30 January 2014, Arnold Kats State Concert Hall

«In the project of Trans-Siberian Art Festival I see the continuity — from the past to the present — and the continuation of creative ideas of maestro Kats. I am extremely glad that I was able to infect Vadim Repin with this idea. Vadim began his big career ascent in Novosibirsk with our orchestra under the direction of Arnold Kats and when he saw the State Concert Hall named after Maestro he was imbued with consciousness of the necessity of the festival. Already at the first meeting, we agreed that the first festival would be dedicated to the approaching 90th anniversary of Maestro. I don’t want to anticipate events, but knowing Vadim’s plans I'm sure that our project will take a worthy place among the best festivals of the world.»
Director of the orchestra, Honored Art worker of Russia Lev Krokushansky, Trans-Siberian Art Festival, 2014 

«When you stand in front of the unfamiliar team, you never know what to expect. It's not just about a quality, it is about humans: who knows whether there will be a communication between you, whether there will be a chemical reaction? Especially if you're from San Francisco and they are from Novosibirsk. It turned out that the musicians possess rich fantasy as well as seriousness; they can and they are able to search the depth of music. So our one rehearsal was worth three or four.
We never played the entire program. As Vadim said, the easiest for the professional is to pass a piece from beginning to end. Any professional orchestra will succeed. But it is not the most effective way when you need to build relationships with the music. We excluded this step and immediately began to be absorbed deeper. And at the concert, trusting each other, we «let» music free floating.»

Kent Nagano, I Trans-Siberian Art Festival Interview — Yaroslav Timofeev, 2 April, 2014, «Izvestia» 

"I have never met this orchestra before, but it showed so much imagination and such a serious approach to the work that the effect from one our rehearsal was like from three or four ones. We have achieved a lot and, having secured mutual trust, just let the music sounded. And this can be very exciting when people share each other's ideas."

Kent Nagano, Ist Transsiberian Art Festival. Interview — Ilya Ovchinnikov, 7 April 2014, «Russian Newspaper» 

«I want to say that all musicians of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra are great!!! Wonderful faces, even some of the violinists in tears — so touched by the music. It is very important for me. Musicians always play well when they enjoy. I have been on the stage for 27 years and I know that when they enjoy they are trying hard, and then there is something outstanding. So I hope that we succeeded. I thank them very much!»

Olga Borodina, I Trans-Siberian Art Festival, 7 April 2014, Arnold Kats State concert hall 

«Great audience, great soloists and beautiful orchestra! And it is fantastic to play music like this. By request of Vadim Repin I made a humorous concert for the Festival. I performed such concerts many times and they are very popular. It is interesting that I did not have any difficulties with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. I had experience with the orchestras that initially were overcautious. They told me about this orchestra: «Oh, be careful, this is a conservative orchestra!» But from the very beginning the musicians coughed, laughed, danced, did everything and with great pleasure. I see that the musicians of Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra are very open».

Alexey Igudesman, I Trans-Siberian Art Festival, 9 April 2014, Arnold Kats State concert hall

«For a number of reasons maestro Valery Gergiev will not be with us today < ... > I decided to play Shostakovich concerto — the first time ever — without a conductor. Exclusively due to the highest artistic and professional level of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, I 'm sure that it is possible. No one until today has dared to such kind of musical heroic deed. I am proud that the orchestra is ready to go with me. I believe in each of the artists of this unique team. This performance will be our next world premiere, which completed the first Trans-Siberian Art Festival!»

Vadim Repin, Trans-Siberian Art Festival, 12 April 2014, Arnold Kats State concert hall 

«Of course, the orchestra was the hero of the evening. Woodwinds and brass and violins headed by the People’s artist of Russia Valery Karchaguin — each group was in place, leading its party exactly and with confidence. From time to time Vadim Repin, as he later called it, conducted the orchestra «with clumsy movements ridiculous for them», but the musicians understood him perfectly, and this thread of interaction invisibly presented from the beginning to the end.
After the second part the melody flew, soared, reaching the depths of consciousness, turned soul inside out, what Shostakovich was a master. From time to time the heart stopped – if they make a mistake, go the wrong way without a conductor … No way! The musicians played on such a degree, in the euphoria that adrenaline seemed to boil over. Managed brilliantly.
Perhaps, this concert will become history not only of the festival and Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, but of musical life of the world in general.»
Irina Shymchak, «Musical Klondike», 12 April 2014



"I performed as a pianist with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra 10 years ago - and then my impressions were very good, and now they are even better. It is very important to me and I am pleased when the musicians come to me and say what my music means to them, they know my other compositions. When people from the orchestra come up to you - it's the highest compliment. I was very touched. In this orchestra it is absolutely no feeling that the work for musicians is a routine. You don’t meet such an attitude so often."

Lera Auerbach, Trans-Siberian Art Festival, 26 March 2015, Arnold Kats State Concert Hall

"Ravel sounds great on Siberian land! When I played the second part of his G-major concert, I thought about the quiet landscapes, vast snowfields of Siberia... I was impressed by a perfect combination: severe Siberian nature, frosts and great warm audience! It is a very risky venture – to play a concert program with a new orchestra on the day of arrival. But I want to applaud to Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra - they are brave and daring musicians! Ravel Piano Concerto is a very complex work in which practically every instrument plays solo. Thanks to the good preparation of the orchestra, we could do with only one rehearsal. Excellent work, thank you!"

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Trans-Siberian Art Festival, 31 March 2015, Arnold Kats State Concert Hall 

"Unfortunately, we had only two days of rehearsals. It is extremely little to do the work of such scale as Mahler's First Symphony. But today, the musicians proved themselves at the highest level, tumbled over themselves, and gave them wholly. I am very satisfied with the orchestra!"

Charles Dutoit, 5 April 2015, Arnold Kats State Concert Hall 

"Without exaggeration, the hero of the festival and its fundamental pillar is Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, which performed five times with four different conductors (Gintaras Rinkevicius, Dmitry Yurowski, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit). Huge burden and great responsibility fell on the musicians of the orchestra, but remembering the amazing orchestra’s sound, the quality, creative enthusiasm and emotional depth of the programs, I want to shake all musicians’ hands and thank them for this impressive musical holiday".

Irina Shymchak, «Musical Klondike» № 4 (149), April 2015

«However, it is quite logical the Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra became the basis and the hero of the festival. A wide repertoire - from the popular "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel to a world premiere; accompaniment to the pianists, violinists, ensembles; work with different conductors – besides "native" Gintaras Rinkevicius (artistic director of the orchestra), the orchestra was conducted by Dmitry Yurowski, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit. The highest level of highly-trained, sensitive, flexible and mobile music ensemble was proved again!"

Irina Yaskevitch, "Playing from the beginning" № 4, April 2015

“ I know three orchestras in Russia with unique, distinctive and special sounding. They are: Tchaikovsky Symphony orchestra – artistic director Vladimir Fedoseev, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra – artistic director Yuriy Temirkanov, and Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra – artistic director Gintaras Rinkevicius. There are no others.”
Andrey Korobeinikov, 23 February 2016, Arnold Kats State Concert Hall

“Your orchestra is very good. The traditions introduced by Arnold Mikhailovich Kats, who created it and had headed for 50 years play a great role. It is a very rare case. But the orchestra continues its development without the maestro.
One can never meet such an attitude – believe me, I know very many orchestras.
Neither in Moscow, nor in Saint-Petersburg, nobody shows such an attitude to music, such a desire to understand the conductor, such a desire to go towards one another. Your soloists are wonderful, but the main thing, is that you not simply play, you create Music.
We played Weber’s First symphony – an unpopular composition, unfortunately, unlike Tchaikovsky, for instance. It was the first performance here, at the festival.
And we did it well.
I am grateful to Vadim Repin for the invitation to take part in the festival together with your wonderful orchestra – it turned out so that I never played with you; for the fact that I got acquainted with an amazing pianist – Nicolas Angelich and we performed the Second piano concert by Brahms – a complex and massive composition.
I hope our pleasure from communication was mutual.”

Vladimir Fedoseev, 28 March 2017, IV International Trans- Siberian Art festival, Arnold Kats State Concert Hall

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