Maestro Vladimir Spivakov will lead the Moscow Virtuosi in a concert to celebrate their 35th anniversary May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore. The ensemble will present a program of music by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Mozart, and Piazzolla. For tickets, call 301-581-5100 or click here.
Their performance have been marked with favorable press. They have been hailed by The Washington Post as “a dramatically unified ensemble [with] a sound that would put many full orchestras to shame.”
More about the ensemble:
In 1978, virtuoso violinist and conductor Vladimir Spivakov joined with a group of his friends and artistic associates—most of whom were winners of international music competitions—to found the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Launching an artistic group at an artist’s initiative was by no means common practice in the Soviet Union, since only governmental bodies could authorize the establishment of professional orchestras. It was not until 1983 that the Moscow Virtuosi gained official government recognition and support. Since 2003, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra has made its home at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center, affectionately known as “The House of Music.” Each year, the orchestra performs over 100 concerts, mostly on tours. The Moscow Virtuosi have toured extensively throughout the world, including appearances in Europe, Japan, and North and South America.
Its U.S. debut in 1987 was hailed a triumph and the orchestra has since returned several times to this country for performance tours. The Moscow Virtuosi have participated in famous international music festivals in Salzburg, Austria; Edinburgh, Scotland; Florence and Pompeii, Italy; Lucerne and Gstaad, Switzerland; Schleswig-Golstein and the Rheingau, Germany; and many other locales.
The Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra tour is presented by Maestro Artist Management.