Новосибирский академический симфонический оркестр
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Principal Guest Conductor
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.
In September 2007 Gintaras Rinkevicius (Lithuania) became the art director and principal conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the principal guest conductors are Thomas Sanderling (Germany) and Fabio Mastrangelo (Italy).
Under the baton of maestro Rinkevicius, the orchestra performed in the Big hall of Saint-Petersburg state philharmonics and in the Concert hall to the name of P.I.Tchaikovsky of Moscow state philharmonics (2009, 2012), in Mariinsky theatre (2016 – before the III International Trans-Siberian Art Festival), in Lithuania and Estonia (2012), Spain (2014), Italy (2015- dedication to the 60th jubilee of the orchestra, 2017), Slovenia and Croatia (2017).
The orchestra performed many programs under the head of maestro Rinkevicius in Novosibirsk: symphonies of Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Shostakovich, poems of R.Strauss, music from the operas of Wagner, the recent compositions which were never performed before (for example, Queen-symphony, Kashif) and many others.
Starting from September 2017 Thomas Sanderling becomes the art director and principal conductor of the orchestra.
Under the baton of maestro Sanderling, the orchestra made a concert tour to the island Usedom (Germany, Poland, 2012), Spain, Germany and Austria (2016 – marked as the jubilee of the orchestra) under the baton of maestro Sanderling.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).
The Trans-Siberian Art Festival has already been held for the fifth time, traditionally in the spring, starting in 2014. The first festival was dedicated to the 90th anniversary of A.M. Kats, the second – to the 175th anniversary of the birth of P.I. Tchaikovsky, the third – to the 60th anniversary of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the fourth – to the 80th anniversary of the Novosibirsk region and the 80th anniversary of Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society. In the spring of 2018, the Fifth, anniversary Trans-Siberian Festival was held. It was marked by two works of Sofia Gubaidulina, recognized throughout the cultural community as one of the most brilliant composers of the second half of the 20th century: "A horseman on a white horse" for a large symphonic orchestra and organ - the work is dedicated to Valery Gergiev, and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra "Dialogue: I and You "(world premiere), which was finished literally during the festival. The concert is dedicated to Vadim Repin and conductor Andres Mustonen.
The end of the Fifth Trans-Siberian Art Festival for the orchestra was a concert on April 13, 2018 in the 64th subscription of the Mariinsky Theater. Under the direction of Maestro Sanderling, the Introduction to the opera "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg" by Wagner, Concerto for cello and orchestra by Schumann (soloist was Alexander Buzlov), Rachmaninov's Second Symphony were performed.
Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra - the "legendary orchestra" as Vadim called it, is the base collective of the festival. The majority of the festival concerts were held at the main venue of our city - A.M. Kats state concert hall. The festival made a name of an event of a really international scale. The world-level musicians, young performers and, of course, Vadim Repin, take part in the festival.
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;
2017 — Italy, Slovenia, Croatia;
2018 — China, Spain;
2019 — Great Britain, Germany.
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
Beijing — National Culture and Arts Centr
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, 13 Honoured artists, 1 Honoured art worker of the Russian Federation an laureates of all-Russian and international contests.