Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France concerts
Vladimir Spivakov will lead the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris on September 14, followed by a children's educational concert the next day. The program for the main concert (8:00pm in Salle Pleyel) is Stravinsky: Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss, Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme (with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras) and Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, op. 20. The children's concert, also at Salle Pleyel the afternoon of September 15, features excerpts from Swan Lake, narrarated by Julie-Marie Parmentier. For more details, visit the Radio France website.



Colmar Festival, July 3-14
The 24th Colmar International Festival is underway in Colmar, France, under the continuing Artistic Direction of Vladimir Spivakov. Maestro Spivakov has led the annual festival since starting it in 1989, each year selecting an artist to honor through programming and festival activities. This year, the festival pays tribute to its founder and first artistic director, the famous German conductor, Karl Münchinger. As such, the festival program will feature 22 concerts focusing on the major German repertoire, and the opening concert features the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, founded by Münchinger. Maestro Spivakov's National Philharmonic of Russian will again be in residence, with seven concerts, five of which Spivakov will conduct. For more information on this year's festival, visit www.festival-colmar.com. To learn more about the history of the festival, and Maestro Spivakov's leadership, visit this site's Colmar Festival section.



February and March concerts
In addition to his US/Canada recital tour (see below), Vladimir Spivakov has a full range of other concert and touring activities in February and March 2012. On February 9 and March 18, he will lead the National Philharmonic of Russia — of which he is artistic director and principal conductor — in concert in Moscow. On March 23, Spivakov will be soloist in Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse under the baton of Toughan Sokhiev. He will also lead the Moscow Virtuosi — the legendary ensemble he founded over 30 years ago — at home in Moscow on March 15, and on tour from March 26 - 30, with performances in Istanbul, Athens, Sofia, Kishinev, and Odessa.



US/Canada Recital Tour
Vladimir Spivakov with undertake a recital tour of the US and Canada, joined by pianist Olga Kern, from February 16 through March 3, 2012. The tour kicks off on the 16th in Princeton, followed on successive days with recitals in Boston, New York (Carnegie Hall) and Chicago. On Feb 22 and 23, Mr. Spivakov and Ms. Kern will perform in Toronto, after which they will shift to the West Coast with recitals in Seattle (Feb 25), San Francisco (Feb 26), Vancouver (Feb 28), Northridge, CA (Mar 1), La Jolla, CA (Mar 3).



NPR tour of Germany
Vladimir Spivakov will lead the National Philharmonic of Russia on a ten-city tour of Germany, November 30 - December 12, 2011. The programs feature works by several Russian composers (Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Prokofiev) as well as works by Mendelssohn, Liszt and Saint-Saëns. Featured soloists include violinist Sergey Dogadin (Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos), pianist Nikolay Tokarev (Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 and Liszt Concerto No. 2), pianist Olga Kern (Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2) and cellist Gautier Capuçon (Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.) The tour begins in Köln on November 30 and ends in Leverkusen on December 12. In between, the Philmarmonic visits Gütersloh, Eindhoven (Netherlands), Erlangen, Düsseldorf, Friedrichshafen, Regensburg, München and Stuttgart. For complete concert details, view the schedule [PDF].



"Vladimir Spivakov Invites"
October 26th will be the opening concert of "Vladimir Spivakov Invites," a three-week festival curated by Maestro Spivakov. The festival, to be held at The Svetlanov Hall of The Moscow Performing Arts, will feature The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the direction of Spivakov — its Artistic Director — in five concerts. Each concert will feature one or more soloists personally invited by Maestro Spivakov, including baritone Matthias Goerne, contralto Anna Larsson and mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier; pianists Denis Matsuev, Filipp Kopachevski and Alexander Lubiantsev, and horn soloist Stanislav Davydov. Additionally, contertenor Christophe Dumeaux will join The "Moscow Virtuosi" Chamber Orchestra in selections from Handel operas, and pianist Mikhail Rudy will be presented in a solo recital. For complete concert details, view the schedule [PDF].



Colmar Festival, July 1-14
The 23rd Colmar International Festival is underway in Colmar, France, under the ongoing Artistic Direction of Vladimir Spivakov. Maestro Spivakov has led the annual festival since starting it in 1989, each year selecting an artist to honor through programming and festival activities. This year, the festival is a tribute to legendary collaboration of violinist Jacques Thibaud and pianist Marguerite Long, and as such will feature the violin and piano in all their forms: concertos, quintets, quartets, trios, sonatas and recitals. For more information on this year's festival, visit www.festival-colmar.com. To learn more about the history of the festival, and Maestro Spivakov's leadership, visit this site's Colmar Festival section.



NPR tour of Germany
Vladimir Spivakov will lead the National Philharmonic on five-city tour of Germany, May 2-9, 2011. The concerts, in Berlin (5/2), Hamburg (5/3), Baden-Baden (5/6), Frankfurt (5/8) and München (5/9), feature several of Fritz Kreisler's transcriptions, arranged for violin and orchestra, Beethoven's violin concerto, and smaller orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss, Jr. and Rachmaninoff. Violin soloist David Garrett joins Maestro Spivakov and the NPR in the Kreisler and Beethoven.



Benefit concert in Moscow
The charitable concert "For the Sake of Life" will take place at the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International Performing Arts Center at 7 PM on February 22, 2011. All the proceeds from the concert will be donated to save lives of children: one-year-old Sofia Shatunova (suffering from an interatrial septum defect), seventeen-year-old Niyaz Ahkyamov (suffering from traumatic dystrophy of the spinal cord), one-year-old Vika Goncharova (suffering from cystic lymphangioma), five-year-old Snezhana Kozlova (suffering from an acute malignant lymphoblastic leukemia) – all in need of urgent and expensive treatment. The concert participants include the "Moscow Virtuosi" Chamber Orchestra along with grant receivers of Vladimir Spivakov's International Charity Foundation.



Canary Islands Music Festival
Vladimir Spivakov will lead the musicians of the National Philharmonic of Russia in the opening concert of the 27th Canary Islands Music Festival, on January 7 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The program will feature operatic selections with Anna Netrebko, soprano and Erwin Schrott, bass. The following day, the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Romeo and Julliet Overture-Fantasy, and will be joined by Leonard Elschenbroich performing Saint-Saëns's cello concerto No. 1. The concerts will be repeated on Jan 9 and 10 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Learn more at the festival website.



New Year's Eve with the NPR
Vladimir Spivakov will lead the National Philharmonic of Russia in their annual New Year's Eve concert in Moscow. The concert will take place at the The Svetlanov Hall of The Moscow Performing Arts Centre. Maestro Spivakov will be joined by soloists Hibla Gerzmava, soprano and Francesco Demuro, tenor for this festive concert.



US tour with Moscow Virtuosi
Vladimir Spivakov will lead the Moscow Virtuosi on an extended tour of the United States throughout the month of November. The tour starts in Los Angeles on November 5th and wraps up in Miami on the 24th. In between, Maestro Spivakov and the Virtuosi visit numerous major cities: San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Toronto (Canada), Washington D.C, Philadelphia and New York. This tour is only the latest of many visits that the Moscow Virtuosi have made to the US over the years. Since its founding in 1979 by Maestro Spivakov, the orchestra's conductor and principal soloist, the Moscow Virtuosi have traveled the globe, performing extensively both in small cities and the great capitals of the world.