Biography

The Russian National Orchestra has been in demand throughout the music world ever since its 1990 Moscow premiere. Of the orchestra’s 1996 debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, “They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure.”

The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO maintains an active international tour schedule, appearing in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  Guest artists performing with the RNO on tour include conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti, Antonio Pappano, Alan Gilbert and Carlo Ponti, and soloists Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Lang Lang, Pinchas Zukerman, Sir James Galway and Joshua Bell, among many others.  Popular with radio audiences worldwide, RNO concerts are regularly aired by National Public Radio in the United States and by the European Broadcasting Union. 

The orchestra has made several recordings for PENTATONE. The RNO’s recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Beintus’s Wolf Tracks, conducted by Kent Nagano and narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, received a 2004 Grammy Award, making the RNO the first Russian orchestra to win the recording industry’s highest honor.  The orchestra’s Shostakovich cycle on PENTATONE is widely acclaimed as “the most exciting cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies to be put down on disc, and easily the best recorded” (SACD.net).

A regular visitor to the Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad and Rheingau festivals, the RNO is also the founding orchestra of Napa Valley Festival del Sole, Festival of the Arts BOCA in Florida, and the Singapore Sun Festival, and resident orchestra for multiple seasons of the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. 

In recognition of both its artistry and path-breaking structure, the Russian Federation recently awarded the RNO the first ever grant to a non-government orchestra. 

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Discography

Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf - Beintus Wolf Tracks

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Prokofiev Pedro y el lobo - Beintus Las Huellas del Lobo

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Gordon Getty - Joan and the bells & Serge Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto & Piano Concerto

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Frédéric Chopin & Carl Loewe - Piano Concertos

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Prokofiev - Khachaturian - Shostakovich - Russian Ballet Suites

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Sergei Taneyev - At the reading of a psalm

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Sergei Prokofiev - The 2 Violin Concertos & Sonata for Violin Solo

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 "Pathétique" Capriccio italien, Op.45

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 Francesca da Rimini, Op.32

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36 Romeo and Juliet

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No.3 in D Major, Op.29 Coronation March

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C Minor Op. 17 "Little Russian" Symphony No. 2 in C Minor

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Tchaikovsky - Suite No.3 in G, Op. 55 & Stravinsky - Divertimento

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 "Winter Daydreams" Marche Slave Op. 31

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Capriccio espagnol Neapolitan Song

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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6

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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905"

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Maurice Ravel & Serge Prokofiev - Piano Concertos & Schlimé - 3 Improvisations

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Prokofiev - Symphony No. 5 & "Ode to the End of the War"

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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Violin concerto - Sérénade mélancolique - Valse - Souvenir d'un lieu cher

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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 5&9 Op.47&Op.70

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Orchestral Suites

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Tchaikovsky - Hamlet & Romeo and Juliet

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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No.15 & Hamlet

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Modeste Moussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition & Night on the Bare Mountain

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Khachaturian-Prokofiev-Glazunov - Russian Violin Concertos

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Gordon Getty - Young America Choral Works

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In Memoriam Yakov Kreizberg

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Tchaikovsky - Manfred Symphony

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Shostakovich - Symphony No. 7

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Pentatone Limited - Creating Timeless Classics

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Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev - DE PROFUNDIS Compositions for orchestra and choir

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Scriabin - Symphony No. 1 & The Poem of Ecstasy

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Tchaikovsky The Symphonies and Manfred

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Tchaikovsky Selections (Coronation March / Capriccio Italien / Francesca da Rimini / Romeo and Juliet / Slavonic March)

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Khachaturian / Prokofiev / Glazunov - Russian Violin Concertos

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Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D / Sérénade mélancolique / Valse-Scherzo / Souvenir d'un lieu cher

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