Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra
Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief conductor Sergey Kondrashev
Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra was founded in February 1998 having inherited the best traditions of radio station music companies and molded its own distinctive style.
This symphony orchestra including highly professional musicians takes part in international music festivals, recitals of prominent performers, held at the most renowned Moscow concert halls.
Eminent soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, such as vadim Repin, Maria Gulegina, Zurab Sotkilava, Makvala Kasrashvili and others, have given their performances together with the orchestra. The company makes its appearances with major choral compositions in cooperation with the Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing”.
On October 25, 2009, the orchestra performed at a commemoration concert during the opening night of Crocus City Hall in Moscow dedicated to the legendary vocalist Muslim Magomaev.
W. A. Mozart’s Requiem and Symphony No. 41 were played during the 2009–2010 concert season in which the Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra participated. The performances were conducted by Christian Lorens (Germany). Within the framework of the International Festival XV “Radio Orpheus…” one of the biggest pieces of the world music culture – Johannes-Passion by J. S. Bach – was performed at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. This major vocal and symphony composition was performed by RSMC soloists and music bands: the Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing” and Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra. It was conducted by Professor Lev Kontorovich.
As part of close cooperation with the Irina Arkhipova’s Foundation, the orchestra participated in La PASSIONE D’AMORE, a concert which was held at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on May 7, 2010. The program included duets from operas by Italian composers. The solo part was given by Vladislav Pyavko, People’s Artist of the USSR, the whole performance being conducted by Sergey Politikov.
The orchestra, led by Sergey Kondrashev, also participated in a young composer’s contest, held under the auspices of UNESCO at the Concert Studio in Malaya Nikitskaya street, 24.
Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra is a regular participant of season concerts of the Moscow Philharmony. As part of these concerts the Orchestra performed Symphony No. 1 D major and Songs of a Wayfarer by Gustav Mahler, and as a part of Soundtracks without Boundaries project it performed musical pieces by Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Francis Lai and many others.
Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra is engaged in successful touring activities. Italy, Spain, Germany, Hungary – to name only a few – were visited by the company on tour.
Orchestra also takes part in ballet seasons with Kremlin ballets, in cycle of concerts organized by Moscow Philharmony and the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatoire.
The wide repertoire of the orchestra includes works of Claude Debussy, Edward Grieg, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Georgy Sviridov, Alexander Glazunov, Anatoly Lyadov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Anton Rubinstein, Anton Arensky, Mily Balakirev, Sergei Rachmaninov, Alexander Spendiarov, Aram Khachaturian, Johann Strauss, Franz Lehar, Pietro Mascagni, Frederic Chopin and many others.
Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra also is taking part in Radio Orpheus creative project “Reviving the Heritage of Russian Composers” performing the world premieres and rare works of Anton Arensky, Nikolai Golovanov, Alexander Mossolov, Leonid Polovinkin.