Rimsky Korsakov Introduction & Three Miracles from Tsar Saltan
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1, Op. 107
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 Pathétique
The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) was founded in 1943 by the Kremlin and is one of the five oldest concert orchestras in Russia.
Leo Steinberg, the Peoples Artist of USSR and conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, was MSSO’s first Chief Conductor, a post he held until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by a series of distinguished Soviet musical giants that has included Nicolay Anosov (1945 – 1950), Leo Ginsburg (1950 – 1954), Mikhail Terian (1954 – 1960), Veronica Dudarova (1960 – 1989). Owing to the collaboration with such figures the orchestra became one of most prominent national symphonic ensembles, but in the first place it was known by the performances of Russian and Soviet classical music, involving many premieres of Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Glier.
The MSSO plays some 100 concerts each year and regularly takes its place on the international stage under the leadership of Pavel Kogan. Kogan became Music Director and Chief Conductor in 1989 and immediately enriched the orchestra’s repertoire by the works of European and American musical literature. The orchestra’s wide-ranging programmess balance great orchestral, operatic, and choral classics with equally significant music of the 21st century, including lots of many forgotten and neglected pieces.
Pavel Kogan’s career has spanned over 40 years and five continents and has led him to becoming one of the most respected and widely known Russian conductors of our time. In 1970 eighteen-year-old Kogan, studying under Yuri Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory, won 1st prize in the Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki. Thereafter he appeared regularly as a violinist in concerts around the world. As a conducting pupil of Ilya Musin and Leo Ginsburg, in 1972 the young Maestro gave his debut with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra and subsequently focused more on conducting. In the years that followed he conducted the leading Soviet orchestras both at home and on tour abroad at the invitation of Mravinsky, Kondrashin, Svetlanov and Rozhdestvensky.
Kogan has appeared with many prominent orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, USSR State Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nina Kotova studied at the Moscow Conservatory and Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, giving her first performance as a soloist with orchestra at age 11. She made her Western debut in Prague with the Prague Radio Orchestra in 1986 after winning the Prague International Competition, and followed with debuts at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Ms. Kotova has since then performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the globe including the Czech Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Opera House orchestras and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg and has collaborated with musicians such as violinists Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell and Nikolaj Znaider, flautist Sir James Galway and pianists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lang Lang and Helene Grimaud, with Sting and conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Claus Peter Flor, Nicola Luisotti, Antonio Pappano, Libor Pesek and Tamas Vasary.