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Moscow,
Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

The Hall was opened in 1898.  Its acoustics are ideal.  The Small Hall is known for its chamber concerts.  It also hosts student recitals, competitions, and festivals (among them the International Tchaikovsky Competition).

Seating capacity:  436
Address:

13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., Moscow
Nearest Metro stations:
Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Arbatskaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya (10-15 minutes on foot)

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Moscow,
concert Hall of the Central Music School
concert Hall of the Central Music School

The hall is on the second floor of the main building of the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory.



Address:
4 bldg 5, Maly Kislovsky lane (entrance from Nizhniy Kislovsky Pereulok)
Nearest Metro stations:
Arbatskaya (5 minutes on foot), Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya (10 minutes on foot)

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Moscow,
chamber Hall of the Central Music School
chamber Hall of the Central Music School

The hall is on the fifth floor of the main building of the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory.





Address:
4 bldg 5, Maly Kislovsky lane (entrance from Nizhniy Kislovsky Pereulok)
Nearest Metro stations:
Arbatskaya (5 minutes on foot), Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya (10 minutes on foot)

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Moscow,
Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

The hall with a choir loft and fine acoustics was opened in 1898 to accommodate the Synodal Vocal School.  In 1968 the building became part of the Moscow Conservatory.  The hall was named for Rachmaninov in 1986.  It is a venue for chamber and choral concerts where early music and contemporary pieces are performed.

Seating capacity:  252
Address:

11 Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., Moscow
Nearest Metro stations:
Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Arbatskaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya (10-15 minutes on foot)

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Moscow,
Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

The Hall was opened in 1901.  Today it is one of the finest concert venues for classical music in Russia. It has unique acoustics.  Soloists, ensembles, and orchestras that are world-famous perform here.  The Great Hall is also a site for festivals and competitions (among them since 1958 the International Tchaikovsky Competition).

Seating capacity:  1,737
Address:

13 Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., Moscow
Nearest Metro stations:
Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Arbatskaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad, Borovitskaya (10-15 minutes on foot)

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St. Petersburg,
Mariinsky 2, The Musorgsky Hall
Mariinsky 2, The Musorgsky Hall

The Musorgsky Hall is located on the fifth floor. It is named after the great composer who was particularly enthralled with the music of the poetic word, and it is generally intended for vocal concerts. Here there are frequent programmes by soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, directed by Larisa Gergieva. The Musorgsky Hall also hosts the seriesPortrait of a Soloist which sees leading singers of the Mariinsky Opera perform recital programmes.

Seating capacity:  103
Address:

34 Dekabristov st., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Sadovaya, Spasskaya (15 minutes on foot)

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Moscow,
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall has been one of Moscow’s finest concert venues since its opening in 1940.  It is the principal concert hall of the Moscow Philharmonic Society.  Seating capacity:  1,505.

Seating capacity:  1,505
Address:

31/4 Tverskaya st. (4 Triumfalnaya Square)
Nearest Metro stations:
Mayakovskaya (exit to Triumfalnaya Square, 1 minute on foot)

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St. Petersburg,
Small Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia
Small Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia

The Small Hall was opened in 1949 bearing the name of the great Russian composer Mikhail Glinka.  It was at this same location that the public concert life of the Russian Empire first took shape at the beginning of the 19th century.  Since 1802 the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia has offered concerts so that the capital’s music lovers could hear the latest in European music.  Premieres are performed in the Small Hall to this day.

Seating capacity:  480
Address:

30 Nevsky ave., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Nevsky Prospekt (exit to Kanal Griboyedova, 2 minutes on foot)

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St. Petersburg,
Grand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia
Grand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia

The Hall that is now home to the Philharmonia was built in 1839.  The Grand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia is one of the best concert halls in Europe.  Its first-rate acoustics have been singled out by leading recording companies from around the world.  Since the 1940s it has been the centre of musical life in Saint Petersburg.

Seating capacity:  1,500
Address:

2 Mikhailovskaya st., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiniy Dvor (exit to Ulitsa Mikhailovskaya, 3 minutes on foot)

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St. Petersburg,
Mariinsky 3
Mariinsky 3

The presentation of the new Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre took place on 29 November 2006. It is the only theatre and concert venue of its kind in Russia, designed according to the very latest developments in construction and purpose-built to host concert programmes. With regard to technology and acoustics, the work of Mr Toyota, the new hall ranks alongside the world’s finest concert venues. In April 2007 the Concert Hall opened its doors to the general public. Valery Gergiev timed the Mahler Symphonies series featuring the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra to coincide with the event. This series was performed in full as part of the XV International Stars of the White Nights Festival and celebrated one hundred years since the memorial concerts by the great Austrian composer and conductor in St Petersburg.

Seating capacity:  1,110
Address:

20 Pisareva st. (entry from Dekabristov, 37), Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Sadovaya, Spasskaya (15 minutes on foot)

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St. Petersburg,
Mariinsky 2
Mariinsky 2

The building, covering 79114 m.sq., is one of the largest theatre and concert venues in the world. The auditorium seats up to 2000 people at full capacity. There new theatre has seven storeys above ground and three below. Alongside the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre, built in 1860, and the Concert Hall which opened in 2006, the Mariinsky II forms part of this theatre and concert complex, unique in its artistic and educational capabilities. This complex reiterated the status of the Mariinsky Theatre as one of the world’s most important cultural institutions.

Seating capacity:  2000
Address:

34 Dekabristov st., Saint Petersburg
Nearest Metro stations:
Sadovaya, Spasskaya (15 minutes on foot)

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Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble
Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble

The ensemble was formed by Yuri Bashmet with graduates of the Moscow Conservatory. It appears in major festivals. In 2008 the group was awarded a Grammy in the category of best performance by a small chamber ensemble for its recording of music by Stravinsky and Prokofiev.


Conductor - Ayrton Desimpelaere

He holds diplomas in piano and conducting from the National Conservatories of Paris and Versailles, as well as from the Royal Conservatories of Brussels
and Mons (Belgium). He has a degree in musicology from the Sorbonne. He collaborates frequently with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and choral
groups in Belgium and France. He participates in such festivals as Ars Musica, Est-Ouest, Musicasète, Kidzic, and the Valery Gergiev Summer Festival in
Mikkeli among others. He appears often as both soloist and conductor, and he writes for the classical music magazines «Crescendo» and «Larsen».

Moscow Chamber Orchestra (State Chamber Orchestra of Russia)
Moscow Chamber Orchestra (State Chamber Orchestra of Russia)

The Moscow Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1957 by Rudolf Barshai. The orchestra championed music of contemporary composers: Dmitri Shostakovich,
Georgy Sviridov, Kara Karayev, Mieczysław Weinberg, Alexander Lokshin, Herman Galynin, and Boris Tchaikovsky among others. After Barshai emigrated in 1976, the orchestra was led by Igor Bezrodny, Evgeny Nepalo, Viktor Tretyakov, Andrei Korsakov, and Konstantin Orbelyan. In 2010 oboist and conductor Alexei Utkin became head of the orchestra.

Conductor - Alexei Utkin

He is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and has pursued a post-graduate work with the oboe. He began his career as a professional musician with the
Moscow Virtuosi under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov, and he brought the oboe to centre stage as a solo instrument. In 2000 Alexei Utkin founded the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra. In 2010 he became leader of the State Chamber Orchestra of Russia. He performs with it as both conductor and soloist while maintaining the traditions established by its founder, Rudolf Barshai. He plays an instrument made specially for him by the renowned French craftsmen at the F. Lorée firm, and it is one of the rarest instruments of its kind in the world. Mr. Utkin is a professor at the Moscow Conservatory.

Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra was founded in 1978 by violinist and conductor Victor Kornachev. In 1988 Alexander Rudin took charge of the orchestra. One specialty of the orchestra is historically informed performances of music from the Baroque and Early Classical eras, along with performances of neglected works by Russian composers, and interpretations of compositions by contemporary composers.

Conductor - Valentin Uryupin

Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory where he studied the clarinet and symphonic conducting. He is winner of 20 international clarinet competitions, including the oldest competition in Geneva, as well as the Musin Russian National Conducting Competition. In 2007 he founded the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with leading Russian orchestras, orchestras in CIS countries, and also with ensembles abroad. In December 2013 with the Novaya Rossiya Orchestra he made a recording of the symphonic music for the opening ceremonies of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Chamber Ensemble of the Shostakovich State Academic Saint Petersburg Philharmonic
Chamber Ensemble of the Shostakovich State Academic Saint Petersburg Philharmonic

The orchestra was formed in 1931 by Leningrad Radio. During the war years it was the only symphonic ensemble inside the Leningrad blockade. Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, and Dmitri Shostakovich have had their compositions performed by the orchestra. In 1968 Yuri Temirkanov became leader of the group. Since 1977 the orchestra has been headed by Alexander Dmitriev. The ensemble regularly appears on tour, collaborates with outstanding musicians, and frequently presents previously unheard works by both foreign and Russian composers.

Conductor - Vladimir Altschuler

Graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory studying viola and symphonic conducting. In 1972 he founded the Leningrad Philharmonic String Quartet. In 1984 he became Assistant Conductor and in 1994 Conductor of the Chamber Ensemble of the Shostakovich State Academic Saint Petersburg Philharmonic. All of Bruckner’s symphonies, Handel’s oratorio “Saul” and Monteverdi’s opera “L’Orfeo”, as well as other works were heard for the first time in Russia under his baton, and he also premiered compositions by Galina Ustvolskaya, Yuri Falik, Veniamin Basner, and Sergei Slonimsky. He is a professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and the Saint Petersburg University of Culture and Art.

Chamber Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre
Chamber Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre

The Chamber Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre is a collection of highly accomplished musicians from the Theatre’s full symphony orchestra, and they are masters of music in all categories and styles. They appear at major international festivals and are often part of the youth programmes, creative projects, and concert tours of the Mariinsky Theatre.


Conductor - Alexei Bogorad

Alexei Bogorad graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying both clarinet and composition. He has won prizes in international competitions for
conductors in Kiev and Zagreb. He has collaborated with Vladimir Jurowski in the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov”, and since 2012 he has worked at the Bolshoi Theatre. As both conductor and director he has prepared a production of “The Nutcracker” (2011, Japan) and “L’Histoire du soldat” (2013, studio-theatre of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts), “Moi do Dir”, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”, “Marco Spada” (2012, 2013, Bolshoi Theatre), and “Le Corsaire” (2014, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples). He frequently performs with Russia’s leading symphony orchestras.

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov”
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia

The orchestra was founded in 1936 and has been led by Alexander Gauk, Natan Rakhlin, Konstantin Ivanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, Vassily Sinaisky, and Mark
Gorenstein. Under Svetlanov’s leadership the orchestra became one of the best in the world and acquired a huge repertoire. In 2005 the orchestra adopted
his name. In 2011 Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001–2013), took command of the group.

Conductor - Alexei Bogorad

Alexei Bogorad graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying both clarinet and composition. He has won prizes in international competitions for
conductors in Kiev and Zagreb. He has collaborated with Vladimir Jurowski in the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov”, and since 2012 he has worked at the Bolshoi Theatre. As both conductor and director he has prepared a production of “The Nutcracker” (2011, Japan) and “L’Histoire du soldat” (2013, studio-theatre of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts), “Moi do Dir”, “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”, “Marco Spada” (2012, 2013, Bolshoi Theatre), and “Le Corsaire” (2014, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples). He frequently performs with Russia’s leading symphony orchestras.

Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra was founded in 1951. Its first leader was Samuil Samosud. It was subsequently headed by Natan Rakhlin, Kirill Kondrashin, Dmitri Kitaenko, Vassily Sinaisky, and Mark Ermler. Under Kondrashin the orchestra was acclaimed worldwide, especially for premieres of compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich, Georgy Sviridov, Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Mieczysław Weinberg and other composers, as well as for accompanying Van Cliburn at the very first International Tchaikovsky Competition. The orchestra has collaborated with Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten and Krzysztof Penderecki. Since 1998 the ensemble has been led by Yuri Simonov.

Conductor - Yuri Simonov

Graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory specializing in viola and symphonic conducting. In 1969 he débuted at the Bolshoi Theatre, and in 1970 he
was appointed its Principal Conductor. In 1998 he took charge of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been engaged for a series of opera productions in the world’s major theatres and has been a jury member for conducting competitions in Florence, Tokyo and Budapest. He began teaching at the Moscow Conservatory in 1978 and since 2006 has taught at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra was created in 1882 at the behest of Alexander III with the Court Musicians’ Choir. In the beginning of the 20th centurythe orchestra gave the Russian premieres of works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner, Alexander Scriabin, and Igor Stravinsky. In 1921 the ensemble was the basis for the newly formed philharmonic, the first of its kind in the country, and it performed with Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Felix Weingartner, Vladimir Horowitz, and Sergei Prokofiev. In 1934 the orchestra received the title of Honoured Ensemble of the Republic. Beginning in 1938 the ensemble was led for more than a half century by Evgeny Mravinsky.

Conductor - Nikolai Alexeev

He is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory studying both choral and symphonic conducting, and he is winner of many international competitions including the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Competition (West Berlin, 1982). The conductor has led the Zagreb Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; he has collaborated with many ensembles abroad. Since 2000 he has been conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra

The history of this ensemble goes back more than two hundred years. The conductor’s podium has been occupied by Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Gustav Mahler, Hans von Bülow, Arnold Schönberg, Otto Klemperer, and Arthur Nikisch among others.

In 1996 Valery Gergiev became head of the Mariinsky Theatre. Since his advent the orchestra’s repertoire has expanded many times, and the ensemble now maintains a full concert schedule and is listed among the world’s best orchestras by a whole range of authoritative foreign publications.

Conductor - Pavel Smelkov



Pavel Smelkov graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky Korsakov Conservatoire as an opera and symphony conductor (class of Professors Ilya Musin and Mikhail Kukushkin) and as a composer (class of Professor Alexander Mnatsakanyan). In 1999 he founded the Baltika Youth Chamber Orchestra, of which he remains Artistic Director and Conductor to this day.
Pavel Smelkov has worked at the Mariinsky since 2000. He has toured with the theatre to France, Finland, Austria, Germany, Israel and the USA.