Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Russia, 2019

Tour Dates: 26th December, 2019 - 6th January, 2020

The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (originally the Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Central Television) was founded in 1930 as the first symphony orchestra of the Soviet Union.

Tour Dates
  • 26th December, 2019 - 6th January, 2020


Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,Russia

The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (originally the Grand Symphony Orchestra of All-Union Radio and Central Television) was founded in 1930 as the first symphony orchestra of the Soviet Union. It has repeatedly proved its right to be one of the world’s best orchestras — the right won by its history, meticulous work behind microphones and busy concert schedule.

The high reputation the orchestra established across the world is a result of fruitful cooperation with remarkable Russian conductors Alexander Orlov, Nikolai Golovanov, Alexander Gauk and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Nikolai Myaskovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Aram Khachaturian, Georgy Sviridov, Dmitri Shostakovich and Boris Tchaikovsky trusted the premieres of their works to the orchestra’s care. Vladimir Fedoseyev has been an unchallenged artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra since 1974.

The orchestra’s chronicle can boast the names of conductors Leopold Stokovsky, Hermann Abendroth, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Evgeny Mravinsky and Carlo Zecchi, soloists of the past Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Antonina Nezhdanova, Sergei Lemeshev, Irina Arkhipova, Luciano Pavarotti and Nicolai Ghiaurov, and contemporary performers Viktor Tretiakov, Pinchas Zukerman, Yuri Bashmet, Oleg Maisenberg, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Alexander Knyazev. Vladimir Fedoseyev and TSO introduced Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin to the world. Today, the orchestra continues to collaborate with the best soloists from different countries.

In 1993, the orchestra was named after the great Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the genuine and deep interpretations of his works.

Recordings of the orchestra’s immense repertoire spanning from Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Mahler to contemporary music have been released on Sony, Pony Canyon, JVC, Philips, Relief, Warner Classics & Jazz and Melodiya.

The list of countries where the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra has performed reflects almost the entire map of the world. However, the performances in the cities of Russia remain the most important area of TSO’s activities — Smolensk, Volgograd, Cherepovets, Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk, Sarov, Perm, Veliky Novgorod, Tyumen, Ekaterinburg, Stavropol, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Tula, Zaraisk and Klin to name but a few. The orchestra’s repertoire includes monographic cycles, projects for children, charity events and concerts combining music with declamation. Along with performances at the world’s best known venues, TSO continues its outreach activities hosting recitals at the Tretyakov Gallery and Lomonosov Moscow State University.

“The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra is definitely rated among the very best orchestras I have ever happened to hear. Their performance is known for absolutely inimitable sound and unique melodious flavour. This melodiousness, along with lustre and technically impeccable performance, is the collective’s most valuable quality that constitutes, in my opinion, its artistic originality,” Georgy Sviridov said.

“The composers of this country owe a special debt of gratitude to the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra which was the first to perform many of our works and so deeply interpret the scores by Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Gliere, Khachaturian, Kabalevsky, Shaporin, Babajanian, Peiko, Kara Karayev and many other composers,” Dmitri Shostakovich noted.

TSO was one the breakers of the once popular stereotypical opinion of Russian orchestras stating that they were arguably allowed to play only Russian music when they performed in the western countries. The collective performed Beethoven’s music with a great success in the composer’s hometown Bonn, as well as in Vienna, becoming the first of the Russian orchestras to be a regular guest at the legendary Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. As Dr Thomas Angyan, the intendant of Musikverein noted, “Great art in all times lived thanks to the great creators. They give new development impulses to art, and they are guarantors of the fact that music will win again, that it’s beyond time and will stay popular in such away. Vladimir Fedoseyev, the artistic director of the Tchaikovsky symphony orchestra, is one of such creators.”

Artistic Director: Vladimir Fedoseyev

Vladimir Fedoseyev was born in Leningrad on August 5, 1932. He received his musical education at the State Gnessins Music Teachers Institute (now the Russian Gnessins Music Academy) and attended a graduate course at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Leo Ginsburg. He started his conducting career in the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra after he was invited by Evgeny Mravinsky. Vladimir Fedoseyev’s theatrical conducting debut also took place in Leningrad, at the State Kirov (Mariinsky) Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre where he staged The Tsar’s Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Vladimir Fedoseyev presented concert versions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and Rachmaninoff’s Aleko at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. He conducted Verdi’s Requiem performed by the World Festival Choir and the outstanding soloists Carol Vaness, Florence Ouivar, Luciano Pavarotti and Roberto Scanduizzi in Oslo, Stockholm and Munich. In the same period of time, the conductor was involved in opera and ballet productions at some of Europe’s best venues, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1988) and Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and The Sleeping Beauty (1989) at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Bizet’s Carmen (1993), Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (1994) and Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin (1995) at the Vienna State Opera, Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar (1996), Rubinstein’s The Demon and Verdi’s Attila (1998) at the Opernhaus in Zurich. Today, Fedoseyev continues to collaborate with the best theatres. So, in 2015 and 2016, he conducted the new La Scala productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (choreographed by Nacho Duato) and The Sleeping Beauty (choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky). In January 2017, he conducted the premiere nights of Puccini’s Turandot at the Helikon-Opera in Moscow and then was invited to be the theatre’s musical director.

The name of Vladimir Fedoseyev is also associated with many orchestras across the world. He was the first guest conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2000, a guest conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra of Paris, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestras of Stuttgart, Essen, Cleveland and Pittsburg. Between 1997 and 2006, Vladimir Fedoseyev was the chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and that decade was marked with the orchestra’s triumphal tours in the countries of Central Europe, Japan, China and the Philippines, as well as the cycle “Beethoven’s Complete Symphonic Works” which was concluded on the 1st of January 2000 with the performance of the Missa solemnis.

No matter how diverse the conductor’s artistic activities are, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra holds the central place in the life of Vladimir Fedoseyev who has been its artistic director and chief conductor for more than four decades now. During these years the conductor formed a special, recognizable style that brought TSO international fame, performed numerous premieres of contemporary composers’ works constantly extending artistic contacts with Russian and foreign composers, as he did in the beginning of his career with Shostakovich and Sviridov and later on with Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland), Ragnar Soderlind (Norway), Vladimir Rubin and Roman Ledenyov (Russia).

Among the first large-scale projects of the conductor and TSO were concert productions and performances of the operas Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni, Cherevichki by Tchaikovsky, and The Snow Maiden and May Night by Rimsky-Korsakov realized for the radio and sound recording. Many of Vladimir Fedoseyev’s recordings, including all symphonies by Beethoven, symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Taneyev, were bestsellers. The conductor’s discography also features all symphonies by Brahms released by Warner Classics & Jazz, and symphonies by Shostakovich published by Pony Canyon in Japan.

Vladimir Fedoseyev is an owner of numerous prizes and awards, including the Silver Award from Japan’s Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (for the programmes with works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich), the order “For Services to the Fatherland" of the Fourth, Third and Second Degrees, the Order of St Vladimir, the Order of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh of the First Degree, the Silver Cross of Merit of the Republic of Austria, the Order of the Cross of Honour of the First Degree for services to the Republic of Austria Culture, and the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society. In March 2013, in Prague, the conductor received the Trebbia European Award for creative activities. In October 2013, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin awarded the maestro the Order of Honour in Kremlin. In 2016, the conductor became an owner of the honorable title “Honoured Music Ait Worker” and the prize of the Union State in the field of literature and arts. In 2017, the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, awarded the maestro with the mark of distinction “For Services to Moscow” for his outstanding contribution to the development of Russian culture and music.

“Success came to Vladimir Fedoseyev in a natural way, as it comes to the man of outstanding gift who has done so much for big music and who has a really creative life,” wrote composer Boris Tchaikovsky about the conductor. And Tikhon Khrennikov noted, “A conducting gift is a very special sort of musical talent. Just like a singer, a conductor must have his ‘conductor’s voice’. Fedoseyev is a happy owner of such a voice. This clearly sounding conductor’s voice is heard in everything — in the leader’s will, in the artist’s temperament and in plasticity of gestures.”

Conductor: Denis Lotoev

Denis Lotoev’s career has been greatly influenced by his early experience conducting large-scale operas, including regular performances of Tchaikovsky’s Onegin and Iolanta, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride and Gounod’s Faust at the Opera & Ballet Theatre of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Iliya Musin and Vladislav Chernushenko – his great teachers were also very influential.

From 1993 - 1998 Mr. Lotoev was the General Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Glinka State Academy Chapel and from 1998 - 2000 he conducted the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.  In 1996 he made his debut conducting the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and since 2000, Denis Lotoev has been the Assistant conductor to maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev-Artistic director of the TSO and since 2009, has been the Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra.

In his time with the TSO, he has initiated many of his own creative projects, presenting them both on Russian and foreign stages. Among these are concerts at the Large Hall (Bolshoi Zal) of the Moscow Conservatory, participation in the Moscow Philharmonic series, appearances on the Kultura television channel and participation in various festivals, including the opening of the Crescendo International Festival (2005). 

He has worked with many top international soloists including Denis Matsuev, Maxim Vengerov, Andrei Gavrilov and Alena Baeva.

Denis Lotoev has toured with the TSO many times, in Russia and abroad, including annual trips to Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. Mr. Lotoev continues to conduct the TSO regularly in the UK.

During last seasons, Denis Lotoev took the TSO to Germany, Switzerland , Netherlands and U.K. , performing to great acclaim in many concert venues including the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.


"Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio…still sounds as deep and rich as it did when I last heard it live nearly 30 years ago."

- The Arts Desk

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