Center for the Arts Welcomes National Philharmonic of Russia

Posted: April 15, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Founded in 2003 at the initiative of President Vladimir Putin and the Ministry of Culture, the National Philharmonic of Russia has quickly become a musical symbol of the new, postreconstruction Russia.

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spivakov has assembled some of Russia’s finest musicians, who combine technical virtuosity with a rare capacity to immerse themselves in the music and draw the audience into that experience.

Pianist and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist Denis Matsuev joins this impressive orchestra for a performance at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

The program includes Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture, Prokofiev’s Four Pieces from “Romeo and Juliet” Suites, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Liadov’s “The Enchanted Lake.”

Spivakov upholds the standards of Russia’s great symphonic traditions while also turning his attention to rarely performed works, 20th-century pieces and compositions commissioned specifically for the orchestra.

The company resides at the new spectacular Moscow International Performing Arts Center, of which Spivakov is the president. Since a core mission of the orchestra is to promote and preserve Russia’s cultural heritage for future generations, the center also hosts Spivakov’s International Charity Foundation, which supports talented young musicians and apprentice-conductors in Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Spivakov is a prominent violinist who has appeared as both a recitalist and orchestral soloist at musical venues around the world. He has performed as a well-respected guest conductor with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra.

Spivakov is the founder, conductor and violin soloist of the Moscow Virtuosi; the music director and principal conductor of the Russian National Orchestra; and recently became the music director and principal conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Active in human rights issues, Spivakov has worked on behalf of victims of the war in Afghanistan, earthquake in Armenia and nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl.

Pianist Matsuev has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage. He has appeared at hundreds of recitals at prestigious concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La Scala in Milan and the new Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, among others.

He has also performed with numerous orchestras around the world and throughout Russia. Matsuev was chosen by the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation to perform and record pieces of Rachmaninoff’s, which were unknown until recently, on the composer’s own piano at the Rachmaninoff house. Matsuev made a Ravinia Festival debut in July 2008 with a program of this music.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the center’s Grand Tier III.

The Center for the Arts recognizes the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsors of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason season.

Tickets are $60, $52 and $30. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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