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Maestro Vladimir Spivakov (Chief conductor)

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.

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