Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
In 1930 the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra was established as the first symphony orchestra of the Soviet Radio. The collective proved not once its right to be called one of the best orchestras in the world — the right it won by today’s superb mastery and by its entire history, including its conscientious performances before microphones. Its intensive and successful performances in the best concert halls of Europe, Japan and the USA were preceded by thorough perfection of its complex and thoughtful programs. Today’s success has also evolved from the orchestra’s history of cooperation with many brilliant Russian conductors such as A. Orlov (the founder of the orchestra in 1930), N. Golovanov, G. Rozhdestvensky and, undoubtedly, its present artistic director and principal conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, who has been with the Orchestra for over 40 years now. N. Myaskovsky, S. Prokofyev, A. Khachaturian, G. Sviridov, B. Tchaikovsky and many others trusted the Orchestra to perform their compositions for the first time. Among them was D. Shostakovich, who described the Orchestra as “an outstanding ensemble of outstanding musicians”.
The orchestra’s chronicle holds the names of renowned musicians — L. Stokovsky and G. Agendrot, L. Mazel and K. Mazur, E. Mravinsky and K. Tsekki, S. Richter, D. Oistrakh, A. Nezhdanova, S. Lemeshev, I. Arkhipova, L. Pavarotti, N. Gyauriv and M. Freni. The Orchestra also performs on a steady basis with the best soloists of various generations — violinists V. Tretiyakov and G. Kremer, violist Y. Bashmet, pianists O. Maisenberg, E. Leonskaya and cellist A. Knyazev. It was the Orchestra and Vladimir Fedoseyev who once discovered and made known to the world E. Kissin, M. Vengerov and V. Repin — all of whom were very young then.
In 1993 the Orchestra was named after the Peotr I. Tchaikovsky for the topmost interpretation readings of his music. The recordings of the Orchestra’s vast repertoire ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mahler to contemporary music have been released by Sony, Pony Сanyon, JVC, Philips, Relief and Melodiya. In early 2008 the Warner Classics & Jazz Lontano issued a recording of all Brahms’ symphonies performed by Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under conduction of Vladimir Fedoseyev. In 2009 Warner published the recordings of “Manfred” symphony and suite no. 4 “Mozartiana” by Tchaikovsky, symphony “Urbs Roma” by Saint-Saens, Slavonic Dances, Cello concerto with Alexander Kniazev and Stabat Mater by Dvorak.
The list of countries where the Orchestra has performed nearly reflects the world map. In 2008 took place successful tour in South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil) with concerts in such cities as Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Rosario and São Paulo. The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra has become the first Russian orchestra to be repeatedly invited to perform in the Musikverein’s Gold Hall in Vienna with a cycle of concerts. The performance in March 2009 with the great symphonies of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and with music of almost unknown in Europe Myaskovsky was very successful, and the series was described as triumphal. Jointly with the Russian TV channel “Kultura” a live broadcast and recordings were made.
In February, 2014 TSO unveiled UK-Russia Year of Culture in London. In 2015 the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra arranged the “Hour, Day, Eternity…” festival to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the birth of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and it was a truly historic event. The Academic edition of the Complete works is being prepared in Russia; its editorial board includes Vladimir Fedoseyev as a prominent interpreter and discoverer of the genuine Tchaikovsky, — and musical presentation of the prepared authentic composer’s texts of the first volumes of this huge project was made during the festival.