|The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra|
The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest institutions in the former Soviet Union. It was founded in April, 1927. The first performance given by the Symphonic 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 Symphonic 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, and especially 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. Clibern ...
Thanks to its outstanding qualities, the Orchestra has been invited to Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Lebanon, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Japan 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, People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Anissimov took the position of the Chief Conductor of the Orchestra, 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 audience applauds to its high professionalism.
During the concert season 2007-2008 a new cycle of concerts "Revival of Classics" has gained great success among the public. On the Belarusian TV there was created a popular program about music with the same title, which already has had more than 40 outputs.
Starting from the season 2008-2009 the orchestra fulfilled several international projects – semi-staging of operas "Tosca", "Madam Butterfly", "Aida", "Porgy and Bess". The orchestra is a constant participant of numerous prestigious international music festivals, such as: festival of Yuri Bashmet and of Vladimir Spivakov, Belarusian Musical Autumn, Minsk Spring, Bratislava Autumn and others.
The orchestra is all the time in the process of creative pursuit, regularly enriching and renovating its repertoire. The orchestra's concerts always become a great event in the cultural life of the Belarusian capital.
Alexander Anissimov is currently Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus. He is an Honoured Artist of Russia and The People's Artist of Belarus.
In 1980 he became principal conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus in Minsk. With an interval of five years when he went to Perm, Russia, to be Principal Conductor, he held this position until 2002. He is a regular guest conductor of Kirov Opera and St Petersburg Philharmonic. From 1995-2001 he was Principal Guest Conductor and then Principal Conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland.
He is a regular guest conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. In August 2002 Alexander Anissimov conducted two Wagner Ring Cycles in concert performance with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. His Wagner Ring Cycles was acclaimed as the musical highlight of 2002 in Birmingham UK from Birmingham Post, and received the Allianz Business2Arts award in Ireland as the outstanding arts event of 2002. He works regularly for Opera Ireland and Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland and is Hon President of the Wagner Society of Ireland.
Alexander Anissimov has the world as his podium. His work has taken him to the Kirov Opera, Leningrad Philharmonic, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colon Argentina, State Opera of South Australia, Orchestra of St Cecilia, Roma, Opera Venezia at La Fenice, Opera Genoa, Hannover Staatsoper, Hamburg Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Bastille, Opera Garnier in Paris, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Simpfonia Filarmonia Narodowa Warsawa, State Wrotslaw opera .
In addition to his work in Ireland, Russia, Korea and Belarus in the year ahead his programme has includes work with the Puccini Festival in Klagenfurt, Austria, Holland Sinfonia and Nuremberg Philharmonic, in Sydney conducting Shostakovitch 10th Symphony with the Australian Youth Orchestra and a full Beethoven programme in Spain with Orquestra Simfònica de l'Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu
In the period 1994-1998 he recorded eight CDs for NAXOS with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the nine symphonies of Glazunov, all the ballets including Raymonda, and also recorded all the Rachmaninov symphonies including the choral symphony The Bells with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. His recently released EMI DVD recording of Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk recorded in Teatro Liceu Barcelona has received international acclaim. In October 2005 Alexander Anissimov conducted the Orchestra of the Teatro Liceu in Barcelona in an all-Beethoven programme.
In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music honoris causa from the National University of Ireland for his services to music in Ireland.
Director - Olga Tsetserskaya
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