Moscow Symphony Orchestra “Russian Philharmonic”
Chief Conductor — Dmitri Jurowski
In 2000 Moscow City Government founded Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic – the first and the only Moscow City level full symphony orchestra over the centuries-old history of the Russian capital – in order to make Moscow the leading cultural capital. Appointed by Moscow City Culture Department the initiator of founding the orchestra Gayane Shiladzhyan is its Chief Executive Officer since 2001. Since 2011 — Dmitri Jurowski is Chief Conductor of Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic.
Nowadays Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic is one of the best and the most sought after orchestras in Russia which performs with great success at major concert venues in this country and abroad. Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic operates as independent concert and producing organization of all its events and gives more than 100 concerts per season which take place at State Kremlin Palace, Crocus City Hall, Moscow International House of Music, Grand Hall of the Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Within 15 years the only full symphony orchestra of Moscow City Government has deservedly won the love of Muscovites and Russians, and has become a well-known music brand. It is the only orchestra which with the same success and highest professionalism plays music of different genres – from classics to rock. Critics note unique strong energy of the concerts which does not leave indifferent anyone from many-thousand listeners of all ages.
Confirming the status of the orchestra of new millennium, Russian Philharmonic implements large-scaled innovative projects. Legendary cantata by C. Orff Carmina Burana with large-scaled slide and video projections of the masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Bosch, Bruegel, and Durer is the most successful. These vivid visual images fill all space of the concert hall. Also, other major projects were implemented using up-to-date light projection techniques such as: cycle for children «Fairy tale in Russian music» («Fairytale about Tsar Saltan», «The Golden Cockerel» with the participation of theatre and cinema actors); Aida by G. Verdi, opera recital, when all space of the concert hall was plunged in the atmosphere of Ancient Egypt.
The orchestra held a Festival dedicated to its 15th anniversary within which the music to the ballet The Rite of Spring by I. Stravinsky, using scenery and costumes’ sketches by N. Roerich which were created for this ballet; Scheherazade by N. Rimsky-Korsakov with scenery and costumes’ sketches by L. Bakst. This performance will take place on March 15, 2016. The orchestra is not afraid of experiments, but it never distorts the essence of compositions, making excellent quality the corner-stone.
World-famous celebrities such as Roberto Alagna, Boris Berezovsky, Paata Burchuladze, Montserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Kiri Te Kanawa, Sergey Krylov, Nikolay Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov, Rolando Villason and many others collaborate with the orchestra. Russian pop stars such as Larisa Dolina, Philip Kirkorov, Valeria, Tamara Gverdstiteli, Alexander Malinin, Stas Mikhailov, Nikolay Baskov, Dmitry Malikov, UmaTurman, Olga Kormukhina, Kvatro, and Bi-2 collaborate with Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic.
In order to attract new audience to “live” music the orchestra organized and performed several Live Cinema Concerts, such as Metropolis, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings.
Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic leads various enlightenment activity, develops actively Russian music culture. The orchestra’s repertoire includes Russian and foreign classical music, works by contemporary composers, pieces of different genres.
Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic opened the III Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival at Grand Hall of Conservatory.
Annually with the support of Moscow City Government the orchestra organizes two festivals. At the end of June – Classical Music Art Festival in Tsaritsyno takes place during which classical, folk and rock music are performed by Russian and foreign celebrities at all halls of the Big Palace and Palace Square. Grandiose gala-concert at the Palace Square is traditional culmination of the Festival, according to Moscow City Culture Department it is attended by 50000 people. Open air format and free entrance helps to make classical music art popular with all categories of the audience. At the end of December – Moscow International Festival Christmas-fest takes place at Moscow International House of Music, which is annually attended by more than 15000 people.
Moscow International House of Music is concert, rehearsal and administrative base of Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic.
Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic performed at the best venues of Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Oman, Slovakia, Taiwan, Turkey, Czech Republic, and Japan. In the season 2012 – 2013 the orchestra opened the European Music Festival in Sofia (Bulgaria), and made a very successful debut at the Brucknerfest in Linz (Austria). In September 2013 there were successful concerts in France – in Lyon and at the annual International Music Festival in Besancon. In January 2014 Russian Philharmonic made its debut at Royal Festival Hall, London under the aegis of the UK – Russia Year of Culture. In August 2014 the orchestra performed at closing of the Classical Music D-Marin Festival in Bodrum (Turkey). In September 2015 one more performance of the orchestra within Brucknerfest in Linz (Austria) and the concert at International Music Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia).
The orchestra has a letter of acknowledgement from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky for active participation in preparation and holding the Second All-Russian Musical Competition (2012).
A letter of acknowledgement from the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergey Ivanov for active participation in preparation and holding events connected with the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941 – 1945.
Dmitri Jurowski, conductor
As the youngest member of an impressive Russian musical dynasty, Dmitri Jurowski has emerged as one of conducting’s outstanding new talents, known for his elegance and acute musicality.
Born in Moscow in 1979, Dmitri Jurowski was admitted to the Central Music School at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study cello at the age of six. After his family moved to Berlin, he continued his cello studies. In April 2003 he began his conducting classes at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.
His unique sensitivity for opera has led to success in houses across Europe. In the previous seasons he conducted at such opera houses like Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Teatro La Fenice in Venice , Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Nazionale in Rome, Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, New Israeli Opera in Tel-Aviv, Teatro Municipal in Santiago di Chile, Monte Carlo Opera, Liege Opera of Belgium and Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp/Ghent. He also conducted at the Wexford Opera Festival and Opera Festival in Martina Franca, Italy.
As a conductor of symphonic repertoire Dmitri Jurowski has worked with such orchestras like Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio in Turin, Filarmonica Toscanini in Parma, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Mьnchner Rundfunkorchester, Dresdner Philharmoniker, Hamburger Symphoniker, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Residence Orchestra of The Hague, Symphonic Orchestra in Arnhem, Stockholm Radio Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester, RTE Orchestra in Dublin, Sankt-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker at the Bregenz Festival.
In summer 2010 he made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and went on tour with the famous production of Eugene Onegin made by Dmitri Tcherniakov. During this tour Maestro Jurowski appeared at Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, Teatro Real in Madrid and Lucerne Festival.
From January 1, 2011 Dmitri Jurowski became the new Chief Conductor of Royal Flemish Opera House in Antwerp/Ghent.
From 2011/2012 season Dmitri Jurowski is Chief Conductor of Moscow City Symphony - Russian Philharmonic.
From October 2015 Dmitri Jurowski is Music Director and Chief Conductor of Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.