German tour, 2019
The first weeks of November 2019 Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra had spent on a tour over Germany under the baton of its principal conductor and artistic director Thomas Sanderling and played 11 concerts. The orchestra performed the compositions of Tchaikovsky (Symphony № 4, Serenade for strings, Variations for cello and orchestra on Rococo theme, Piano concert № 1), Beethoven (overture “Coriolanus”, Symphony № 7), Mozart (overture to opera “The Marriage of Figaro”, Symphony № 35, The Linz symphony, Concert Es-dur for horn and orchestra), Grieg’s piano concert, Weber’s concert for bassoon and orchestra, Mendelssohn ‘s concert for violin and orchestra and overture to Glinka’s opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila”.
The following soloists took part in the concerts – Ivan Karizna (cello), Lara Boschkor (violin), Grigory Yakubovich (horn), Nikolay Tokarev (piano), Marceau Lefevre (bassoon), Aiman Mussakhadzhaeva (violin).
One of the recognized German periodical edition «Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung» published a large article of Yan Brakhman “The glance of Tchaikovsky”, the author of which is delighted about the mastery and subtlety of Thomas Sanderling’s interpretations, about the unique, coordinated, rich sounding of the string group of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and the whole collective as well. The orchestra was invited by the concert agency of Michail Medwedew’s, one of the members of association of agencies in Germany.
The tour was personally supported by the Governor of Novosibirsk region Andrey Aleksandrovich Travnikov, by the regional Ministry of culture and “The Russian seasons” that specialize on large projects that represent Russian culture to the European spectators. In 2019 “The Russian seasons” held hundreds of events in Germany. Before that – they were in Italy and Japan.
The orchestra tour with Maestro Sanderling as the head finished with a concert on 15 November in Zaryadye concert hall in Moscow. The program contained Symphony № 4 by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven’s Symphony № 7.
Tour over Great Britain
May 9–26, 2019
The period from 9 to 26 May 2019 Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra spent in the cities of the Great Britain: Sheffield, Leeds, Edinburg, Middlesbrough, Warwick, Guildford, Newbery, Norwich, Cambridge, Birmingham, Hull, Bradford, Perth and of course London. Under the baton of its artistic director and principal conductor Thomas Sanderling and with the participation of soloists- pianist Sergey Redkin and violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky – the orchestra performed Symphonic dances and Rhapsody on Paganini theme by Rachmaninov, overture to the Wagner’s opera “The Meistersingers”, “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky-Ravel, Festive overture by Shostakovich, Prokofiev’s concert № 2 for violin and orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s concert for piano and orchestra and the 6th symphony. All the compositions were triumphantly which is confirmed by multiple reviews.
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra toured around China and Spain.
30 December 2017 – 23 January 2018
From December 30, 2017 to January 2, 2018 Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra toured in China in the cities of Qinhua, Shandong, Yantai, Suzhou and, finally, Beijing at the National Center for the Performing Arts. With the conductor Li Biao and soloist Jieni Wang the following compositions were performed – Overture Ruslan and Lyudmila; the Fourth Symphony, Polonaise from the opera “Eugene Onegin”, the suite from the ballet “Swan Lake” and Waltz from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty " by Tchaikovsky; the Piano concert by Grieg; Radetzky march by Strauss the Father and - along with these works - several plays by Chinese authors which deserved a particularly ardent ovation. The tour was organized by Michail Medvedev’s agency, Germany.
And on January 9 the collective again went on tour - this time to Spain. On January 11, a tour led by the Spanish conductor Cesar Alvarez, a big orchestra’s friend, began in the Canary Islands: Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, where the band was invited to the traditional "island" festival. The introduction to Mussorgsky's opera “Khovanshchina” and Prokofiev's oratorio “Ivan the Terrible” were performed? Soloists - Polina Shamaeva (mezzo-soprano) and Sergei Plyusnin (baritone). The National Chorus of Madrid performed on the islands. In concerts on the mainland - in the cities of Alicante, Tarragona, Santander, Logroño, Bilbao, Murcia - the choir from Bilbao participated in the oratorio. In addition to the grandiose oratorio, there was also a second program composed of orchestral and vocal numbers from the operas of Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Verdi, Bellini, Mascagni, Donizetti and Tchaikovsky's overture from "Romeo and Juliet" and "Francesca da Rimini", soloist – Ekaterina Lekhina (soprano), conductor – Cesar Alvarez. The tour ended January 23, it was organized by Spanish agency Goldberg.
Novosibirsk Philharmonic orchestra made a tour around Italy, Slovakia and Croatia
May 15–20, 2017
15 to 20 May 2017 Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra performed a tour in Europe. Under the direction of artistic director and chief conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius, the collective gave 6 concerts in the cities of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Vadim Repin soloed in all programs.
Bruch’s Violin concerts, Second concert by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky’s fantasy "Francesca da Rimini", suite from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty", Italian capriccio; symphonic suite "Scheherazade" and the Spanish capriccio by Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony were performed in Teatro Donizetti (Bergamo), Teatro Grande (Brescia), Teatro Ristori (Verona), Teatro Giovanni da Udine (Udine), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana), Lisinski Hall (Zagreb).
Tour 2016 Spain, Germany, Austria, St. Petersburg (Mariinsky Theater)
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra made a big concert tour from 29 February till 11 March 2011: Spain (Alicante, Zaragoza, Murcia, Madrid), Germany (Aahen, Dusseldorf), Austria (Vienna) and Saint-Petersburg (Mariinsky theatre).
The tour was dedicated to the 60th jubilee of the orchestra.
Maestro Sanderling was the conductor for the European part of the tour, and Maestro Rinkevicius – in Saint-Petersburg.
The following programs were performed in Spain: Tchaikovsky Symphony №4, Schostakovich Symphony №5, Concerts for violin and orchestra by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schostakovich. The soloists- Alena Baeva and Leticia Moreno.
The programs for Germany and Austria: Tchaikovsky Symphony №6 and The second piano concerto by Rakhmaninov. The soloist – Valentina Lisitsa.
The concerts in Germany and Austria were opened with the ouverture to the Glinka’s opera “Ruslan and Lyudmila”.
The program in Saint-Petersburg was held 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”, First concert by Venyavsky for violin and orchestra and the Fourth symphony by Tchaikovsky.
The soloist- Mone Hattori.
Tour over Italy
9–11 September 2015.
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra made a 60th anniversary tour to Italy – three concerts under the leadership of Gintaras Rinkevicius, artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra.
On 9 and 10 September the concerts were held in Torino at Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli. The main concert venue of the city is located in a reconstructed unit of “Fiat” car factory and is named after the company’s head. The venue was designed by one of the pioneers of hi-tech style, the co-author of the Paris Georges Pompidou center, the legendary architect Renzo Piano. It was opened in 1994 by the concert of Berliner Philharmoniker with Claudio Abbado as a conductor. The venue’s capacity is 1900 seats.
On 9 September Novosibirsk philharmonic orchestra performed the Third and the Fifth Beethoven’s symphonies at this venue, on 10 September the audience could hear Tchaikovsky: concert for violin D-dur and Symphony №6. Soloist- Itamar Zorman, the winner of the XIV Tchaikovsky international contest (2011).
The same program was also played on 11 September at the oldest venue of Verona- Teatro Filarmonico. The theater was opened in 1732; today it is one of the leading European venues.
Several European tours of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra are planned in the second half of the season. The whole season is marked by the 60th anniversary of the orchestra.
Tour 2014, Spain
On 24 February Novosibirsk philharmonic orchestra is going on a tour over Spain. The first concert will take place on 25 February, the final one- 1 March. The orchestra will have 4 concerts. In this tough schedule the orchestra will perform in the cities of Oviedo, Madrid, Murcia, Logrono correspondingly.
Cesar Alvares (Spain) will be conducting the orchestra on 25 and 26 February, and the concerts on 27 February and 1 March will be performed under Gintaras Rinkevicius, the artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra.
Soloists: Ekaterina Mechetina (25, 26 February, 1 March) and Denis Matsuev (26 February). The programs of the concerts will include: Tchaikovsky – Symphonies №5 and 6, ouvertures “Romeo and Juliet” and “Francesca da Rimini”; Rakhmaninov – Piano concerts № 2 and №3. Ekaterina Mechetina will perform both concerts, Denis Matsuev will perform the Third concert (Madrid, Auditorio Nacional).
The tour is organized by the Spanish company Goldberg Ediciones S.L.
In October 2012 the orchestra took part in the annual festival on the island of Usedom (Germany, Poland), performed three concerts in the cities Peenemünde, Swinemunde, Wolgast.
Programs commissioned by the Artistic director of the festival Thomas Hummel were composed as follows: according to the columnist of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Peenemünde («in a place of horror, place of departure, a mined piece of land on the edge of paradise, establishment of testing of Nazi Army”) — Tchaikovsky — ode «To Joy», Beethoven — Ninth Symphony;
Swinemunde: Tchaikovsky — Elegy for Strings, Schnitke — Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (soloist Andrey Khoteev), Tchaikovsky — Serenade for Strings;
Wolgast: Prokofiev — Classical Symphony, Tchaikovsky — Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra (soloist Alexander Buzlov), Glinka — Waltz Fantasy, Tchaikovsky — «Mozartiana.» Conducted by Thomas Zanderling.
There is a tradition in Germany, on the New Year eve Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is broadcasted on the radio — this year it will be the Ninth Symphony performed by Novosibirsk orchestra, Rundfunkchor Berlin, NDR Chor — Berlin Choir and Choir of Radio of the Northern Germany — and German soloists Maria Bulgakov (soprano), Marina Prudenskaya (mezzo-soprano), Steve Davislim (tenor), Dmitry Ivashchenko (bass).
Then the tour continued under the direction of maestro Rinkevicius: Vilnius (Lithuania, the Concert Hall of the Palace of Congresses — Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro is a resident here), Tartu, Jõhvi (Estonia), St. Petersburg (Grand Philharmonic Hall), Moscow (Concert Hall named after Tchaikovsky). The Third symphony by Rachmaninoff was performed everywhere, Rhapsody on Paganini Theme for Piano and Orchestra (soloist Geniušas Lucas) — everywhere, except in Moscow, and in Moscow – the First Piano Concerto by Grieg (soloist Andrey Diev). In Vilnius and Moscow the piano concerts were preceded by Grieg’s First Suite from «Peer Gynt», in other cities — Vocalize by Rachmaninoff.
The performance in the Concert Hall named after Tchaikovsky was broadcasted on-line, it can be heard on the site of Moscow State Philharmonic Society «meloman.ru».
At the site «St. Petersburg Veche» in the section «Cultural News» — «Philharmonic Petersburg in october» — it was stated about the concert in the Big Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonics: «St. Petersburg citizens will remember for a long time Rachmaninov performed by Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gintaras Rinkevicius: musicians from Novosibirsk confirmed their highest reputation, earned in years when a team was led by maestro Arnold Kats.»