chamber orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi” conducted by Vladimir Spivakov
The concert was performed under the direction of conductor, creator of the orchestra, benefactor, People’s Artist of the USSR, unique personality Vladimir Spivakov, with the participation of the soloist of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia Sergei Zhuravel (flute).
The program included works by A. Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor for orchestra, concerts “La notte” (night), “ll cardellino” (goldfinch) for flute and orchestra, L. Boccherini – Symphony in D minor, P. Tchaikovsky – Serenade for string orchestra.
Incessant applause, the spirit of creativity, permeated in the presentation of the repertoire, professionalism in the technique of performing works literally filled the hall that evening. The wave of utmost attention from the public, the desire to share the most intimate on the part of the artists created the energy of a true triumph of music.
The ability to compassion, help effectively, make music a unifying link between musicians and listeners, think and clearly understand their mission as a musician and citizen make Vladimir Spivakov’s personality incredibly whole, wise and unique.
According to maestro Vladimir Spivakov, music in such a dangerous and trembling world is a consolation for everyone who listens to it, hears and appreciates it.
– When people lose ground under their feet, it is very important that they manage not to lose themselves. I think that music can justify the existence of man on this earth. Perhaps service to people, love, indifference are the main sources and inspirers of our creativity. In my opinion, in the modern world, music helps us to enjoy and love life. This is the mission of music, – says the maestro.
Speaking anxiously about his brainchild, the Moscow Virtuosi orchestra, Vladimir Spivakov says that the orchestra has been living since 1979. For four decades, its appearance has changed, generations have changed, time and state have changed, but the mission of the orchestra has remained unchanged – professionalism, mastery of performance, the value of human and personal qualities.
“Virtuosos of Moscow”
In 1979, the outstanding violin virtuoso Vladimir Spivakov united the best musicians of the Russian capital into the chamber orchestra “Moscow Virtuosos”. In Solomon Volkov’s book “Dialogues with Vladimir Spivakov” the maestro recalls: “The aura of this constellation of bright talents was unique.”
The principles of the legendary partnership of musicians remain unshakable today. The star ensemble of soloists and accompanists of the best Moscow orchestras, in which the famous Borodin quartet Mikhail Kopelman, Andrei Abramenkov, Dmitry Shebalin and Valentin Berlinsky performed, passed the baton to new generations of talented musicians, winners and laureates of international and all-Russian competitions. And always in the first place in importance were and remain not only professionalism and skill, but also human qualities, high ethics of relations.
Today musicians do not have undeveloped territories of the world cultural space. Concerts of the orchestra take place with triumph in European countries, in the USA, Canada, Mexico, South America, Israel, China, Korea, Japan, Turkey and others. Musicians perform not only in the best, most famous halls (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, ” Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Festival Hall and Albert Hall in London, Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, etc.), but also in ordinary concert halls in small cities.
The geography of the Moscow Virtuosi tours also includes all regions of Russia and the post-Soviet space. “There are no small people or small towns for us,” says Vladimir Spivakov. Traveling around Russia is priceless, and meeting a wonderful audience is unique.
Over the years such outstanding musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Elena Obraztsova, Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Krainev, Saulius Sondetskis, Jesse Norman, Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Vengerov, Khibla Gerzmava, Evgeny Kisin, Misha Maisky, Denis Matsuev, Shlom Mikhail Pletnev, Julian Rachlin, Giora Feydman, Michel Legrand, Pinchas Zuckerman. Wonderful contemporary musicians Christian Zacharias, Vadim Repin, Peter Gut, Andres Mustonen, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Vladimir Feltsman and others became the conductor’s stand.
The ensemble collaborates with young soloists and conductors, including Bolshoi Theater soloist Anna Aglatova (soprano), winners of international competitions Shio Okui (piano, Japan) and Maria Duenas (violin, Spain), chief conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theater Alexander Soloviev, multiple nominee for the “ Grammy ”Maxim Emelyanychev, winner of the Prize of the President of the Russian Federation for young cultural workers Valentin Uryupin, conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia Arsentiy Tkachenko. Young talents debut and perform with the orchestra, some of them – Deutsche Grammophon label artist Daniel Lozakovich (violin, Sweden), laureates of international competitions Israeli cellist Daniel Akta and Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev – today have become real stars of the stage. The concert program entitled “Moscow Virtuosi. Today and Tomorrow ”, where talented scholars of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation, laureates of international competitions are performing as soloists. (link to the site https://mvco.ru/orchestr/about/)