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The National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus

Founded in April, 1927. One of the oldest institutions in the former Soviet Union.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus is one of the oldest institutions in the former Soviet Union. It was founded in April, 1927. The first performance given by the Orchestra was conducted by the great Russian composer R. Gluier, and the soloist was the famous Austrian pianist R. Gottlieb. In 1937 young, talented and very famous now around the world I. Mussin took charge of the Orchestra.

The Orchestra has always ranked among the former Soviet orchestras, owning to the fact that a number of very distinguished maestros took great pleasure in coming to Minsk in order to conduct, among them K. Sanderling, K. Kondrashin, I. Temirkanov, D. Kitaenko, K. Tsekki, M. Ferrero, E. Mravinsky, G. Rozhdestvensky, C. Svetlanov, X. Yvaki, V. Gergiev, and the composer A. Khachaturian. Furthermore, some of the leading soloists of the 20th century have performed with the Orchestra, such as D. Oistrakh, S. Richter, M. Rostropovich, G. Vishnevskaya, E. Guilels, L. Kogan, N. Gutman, M. Maisky, G. Kremer, Y. Menuhin, V. Ashkenazy, I. Stern, V. Cliburn amongst many others.

Thanks to its outstanding qualities, the Orchestra has been invited to Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece,
Netherlands, Lebanon, France, Switzerland and many other countries with great concert tours. During three years the Orchestra was a member of the famous Opera Festival in Wexford(Ireland). The repertoire of the orchestra’s performances included both opera and symphonic concerts.

In September 2001, the famous conductor Alexander Anissimov took the position of the Chief Conductor, thus beginning a new level of its creative activities. The orchestra’s repertoire is vast and varies from classical symphonic music of Russian and European composers to works of modern Belarusian, Russian and West-European authors. It has become a good tradition of the orchestra to go to Spain and Germany with great Christmas tours. For many years Spanish and German audiences have applauded its high professionalism. During the concert season of 2007-2008, a new cycle of concerts “Revival of Classics” gained great success among the public.

In the season of 2008-2009, the Orchestra fulfilled an international project, the semi-staging of “Tosca” and
successfully took part in the prestigious International Musical Festival “Bratislava Autumn”. The Orchestra is always in the process of creative pursuit, regularly enriching and renovating its repertoire. Their concerts always become a great event in the cultural life of the Belarusian capital.
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