PROGRAM OCTOBER 23th/31st 2007



Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Soloist: NIKOLAI TOKAREV piano

The NPR started its performing activities in September 2003 with the concert which was a tribute to the memory of the great conductor Evgheni Svetlanov whose name was given to the Great Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Centre. However, the real acquaintance of the Moscow audience with the Orchestra occurred in November-December 2003 when the Orchestra took part in the 2 nd “Vladimir Spivakov Invites…” International Music Festival and displayed stylistic fluency and technical finish in an impressive repertoire (Haydn, Faure, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Wagner, Berg, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Penderecki) under such masters as Vladimir Spivakov, Krzysztof Penderecki and James Conlon. Jessye Norman, a great singer of rare voice and artistic temperament, sang in two of the concerts as soloist.

In the beginning of 2004 the Orchestra the National Philharmonic performed Brahms's “Ein Deutsches Requiem” under Thomas Sanderling and gave two concerts which showed its capacities in performing opera music. One of the concerts was dedicated to the late Maestro Kolobov, the other one featured Placido Domingo in opera, operetta and zarzuela. The Russian tour of the Orchestra with Maestro Spivakov in April 2004 displayed the great interest and appreciation of the wide Russian audience.

Ending its first season the National Philharmonic of Russia gave concerts with such world stars as Maria Guleghina, Mayu Kishima, Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa. The nearest plans include the participation in European summer festivals (Rheingau, Colmar , St-Riquier), preparation of subscription concerts in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and in the Moscow Performing Arts Centre, CD recordings, tours about Russia and concerts in Europe, Asia and the USA .

The NPR has united the best musicians of Moscow , its musical elite, who have a great experience of work in the most important orchestras under the baton of celebrated conductors.

The Orchestra's repertoire is based on national and foreign classical works belonging to the golden treasury of mankind, as well as on unfairly forgotten scores and on works specially composed for the Orchestra. With all this much will depend on Vladimir Spivakov's preferences, whose scope of musical interests is broad and diversified. For instance, in the music of the 20 th century it includes, but is not limited to, such names as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Strawinsky, Bartok, Shoehnberg, Berg, Webern, Hartmann, Schnittke, P ä rt.

Along with Vladimir Spivakov, the National Philharmonic of Russia will prepare new programmes and perform in Moscow and abroad with conductors Thomas Sanderling, Theodore Currentzis and Vladimir Simkin. Moreover, the Orchestra is planning to invite both most acclaimed Maestros (Mariss Jansons, Michael Thomas Tilson, James Conlon) and conductors of the younger generation who are known for their interesting accomplishments (Antonio Pappano, Ingo Metzmacher, Christian Thielemann, Sakari Oramo, Daniel Harding and others).

One of its main objectives the Orchestra sees in supporting young gifted musicians and in providing appropriate conditions for their professional and artistic growth. This implies attracting young musicians to the Orchestra and maintaining close connections with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation which is to become one of the main sources of new artistic forces for the Orchestra. The management of the Orchestra stakes on the participation of bright young soloists in the Orchestra's activities.

Vladimir Spivakov, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, is a remarkable musician with a multifaceted career. He is a prominent violinist who has appeared both as recitalist and orchestral soloist in major music capitals throughout the world; a respected guest conductor with such renowned orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra; and the founder, conductor and violin soloist of the Moscow Virtuosi, which under his leadership has developed into one of the world's leading chamber ensembles. He is a musician of conscience whose many humanistic activities range from providing musical instruments to children to work on behalf of victims of war and natural disasters.

A student of Yuri Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory, Mr. Spivakov quickly established himself as one of Russia's preeminent violinists and made his United States debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1975. Soon afterwards, he appeared as guest soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Dallas, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Mr. Spivakov launched his conducting career in a triumphant 1979 performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. The success of his conducting debut encouraged him to establish the Moscow Virtuosi.

Vladimir Spivakov has appeared as a guest conductor with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, the London Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the English and Scottish chamber orchestras, and the chamber orchestras of Dresden, Rome, and the Netherlands. He continues to pursue his solo career and in recent seasons has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and L'Orchestre National de France. In 1989 Mr. Spivakov was appointed the Artistic Director of the Colmar International Festival in France, which under his direction has become one of Europe's leading music festivals.


Mr. Spivakov has made more than 20 recordings for the BMG/RCA Red Seal label of works ranging from Bach, Haydn and Mozart to Shostakovich, Schnittke and Shchedrin. Also for RCA Red Seal, he has recorded concertos by Brahms, Prokofiev, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.

Mr. Spivakov has been decorated with Russia's highest prize, the National Cultural Heritage Award, and is Ambassador of the Arts for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has worked on behalf of victims of the Stalin regime and children who suffered from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. In May 1994 Mr. Spivakov established an international charity foundation that provides creative and financial support to talented young people and needy children from his homeland.

Mr. Spivakov is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including First Prize at the Montreal Competition, the Marguerite Long St. Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris, the Nicolo Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Nikolai Tokarev

1988-2001.- Realizó sus estudios en la famosa Escuela Gnessin de Moscú para niños superdotados. Sus profesores fueron Ada Traub y Wladimir Tropp.

1988.- Nicolai Tokarev, con seis años, debutó con orquesta (Concierto para piano nº 1 de Mendelssohn y ofreció su primer recital, ambos en Moscú.

1997.- El joven niño prodigio fue contratado por la agencia japonesa “Music Leben Inc” para una gira por Japón.

Hasta 2000.- Grabó seis CDs para la firma O.G.

2000.- Recibió el “Grand Prix de Eurovisión para Jóvenes Músicos” en Bergen (Noruega) El mismo año actuó en Japón con la Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra bajo la dirección del Maestro Gerd Albrecht; actuando en 25 ocasiones en recitales y conciertos con orquesta (también con la Osaka Century Orchestra)

2000-2001.- Tomó clases magistrales de Rudolf Buchbinder en Zurich.



2001.- Actuó en Dortmund, Alemania

2002.- Recital en el Prinzregentheater de Munich y en el mismo año en el Festival de Muisca de Ludwigsburg, en el Castillo Schlesshelm en Munich y con la Orquesta de Cámara Janacek de Praga. Tocó también en Suiza en el Festival de Interlaken con la Orquesta Filarmónica Eslovaca (director: Ratislav Stur); con la Orquesta de St. Gallen (director: Jiri Kout) y posteriormente en el Festival de Schleswig-Holstein, el Festival Alpen Classic, el Festival de Rheingau, el Verano de Kissinger y en el Festival de Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Actuó con la Orquesta Filarmónica Janacek, con la Filarmónica de Munich (director: Helmut Brandy), con los Kappelsolisten de Dresden en Philharmonia en l Hrkules Saal de Munich, con la Wiener Kammerorchester en la Sala Mozart de la Wiener Konzerthaus (dir: Christoph Eberlee), la BBC Northern Orchestra de Mancester (dir: Jan Pascal Tortelier), la Norddeutschen Philharmonie (dir: Tashiyuki Kamioka), la Russian State Academich Orchestra (dir: Mark Gorenstein), la Orquesta Filarmónica Nacional de Rusia (dir: Vladimir Spivakov), la Philhaermonie der Nationen (dir: Justus Frantz), la Arnhern Philharmonic Orchestra (dir: Erich Remmereit) y la Filarmónica Eslovaca (dir: Ratislav Stur).

2003-04.- Amplió sus estudios en Manchester en el Royal College of Music, donde recibió una medalla de oro (en el examen artístico). Su profesora fue Dina Perakhina.

2005.- Recibió una beca de la Sociedad Mozart de Dortmund y de la Richard Wagners Verband.

El Festival de Piano del Ruhr contrató a Tokarev para su debut allí en la sala Robert Schumann de Düsseldorf, donde también lo hicieron Martha Argerich, Lang-Lang e Ivo Pogorelich.

Del 27-XI al 8-XII realizó una gira por Alemania y tocó con la Nordewestdeutschen Philharmonie (dir: Toshiyuki Kamioka) un total de ocho conciertos, uno de ellos transmitido por la Radio WDR.

Su carrera está bien establecida en Alemania y Japón. La ampliará en los próximos años, con su gran profesionalidad, virtuosismo y su inteligencia musical.