Voronezh is the city of Bunin, Platonov, Marshak and Mandelstam. Alongside the great names associated with the capital of Russia’s fertile black-earth region stands that of the Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra. Formed in 1925, it can rightly be considered one of the oldest symphony orchestras in Russia.
The orchestra’s principal conductor and artistic director is Vladimir Verbitsky, a People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, international prize winner, and diploma-holder from the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition (Germany). Maestro Verbitsky tours in Russia and internationally, and his concert programmes feature on record and CD. Since taking over the Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra in 1972, Verbitsky has turned it into one of Russia’s finest orchestras; in 1995 the orchestra was awarded the title ‘Academic’ in recognition of its outstanding service to the development of the nation’s musical culture, and in 2002 it took first prize at the Orpheus radio festival.
Many great musicians and composers have collaborated with the Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra over the years. Dmitri Shostakovich entrusted it with premieres, and Emil Gilels unveiled his new programmes with the orchestra. The glittering soloists who have played with the orchestra include David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Victor Tretyakov, Vladimir Spivakov, Natalya Gutman, Liana Isakadze, Eliso Virsaladze and Mikhail Pletnev.
The orchestra fulfils an important educational role, performing works by contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina and Gia Kancheli as well as the masterpieces of the classical era. It appears at major international festivals and forums in Russia and abroad, and its exceptionally assured performances have been greeted with acclaim by audiences in the great halls of the world: the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Rotary Club, the St Petersburg Academic Philharmonia and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow to name but a few. Among the countries in which the orchestra has toured are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra was awarded a Grant of the President of the Russian Federation for its international concert project ‘Humanism Against Terror’.
Tchaikovsky Symphony in 4 scenes "Manfred"
Schumann Symphony No. 2
Grieg Concert for piano and orchestra Strauss Suite "The Chevalier of the Rose"
Beethoven "Concerto for violin and orchestra D-dur" Rachmaninov "Symphonic Dances"