- Ural Philarmonic Orchestra
- Yevgeny Knyazev (declamation)
- Conductor – Alexey Dorkin
Ural Philarmonic Orchestra
The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1936, is one of the best symphony orchestras in contemporary Russia, famous for its high quality performance culture and its flexibility in acquiring new repertoire. The orchestra consists of more than 100 musicians and performs all major Western European and Russian works from the classical and romantic period as well as works by prominent contemporary composers.
Based in Yekaterinburg, a 1,5 million city in the Ural mountain range seaming Europe and Asia, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra performs over 100 concerts and more than 70 programs per year, both at its domicile, the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Hall, and on its extensive international tours. Thanks to the Philharmonic’s innovative Digital Concert Hall capacities, the Orchestra’s home concerts are regularly broadcast live on video into the region’s public libraries and cultural centres, where music lovers from the Sverdlovsk region come together to enjoy the concerts.
Led by its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Dmitry Liss who has headed the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995, the orchestra has been on more than 20 tours, including Spain, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Japan and the United States, and performing at venues such as the Pleyel, Arsenal, Debussy Hall, Corum Opera Berlioz, Palais des congrès de Paris (France), Royal Concertgebouw (the Netherlands), Auditorio de Murcia (Spain), Beethovenhalle (Germany), Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), Culture and Congress Center (Switzerland), Kennedy Center (USA), Tokyo International Forum (Japan), Tonhalle and Victoria Hall (Switzerland), Queen Elizabeth Hall (Belgium), Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Concert Hall and New Stage of the Mariinsky Theater (Russia).
Over the years, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra has worked with many outstanding Russian and foreign musicians, including conductors Dmitry Kitaenko, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Fedoseev, Valery Gergiev, Klaus Tennstedt, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Eliahu Inbal, Andrey Boreiko, and soloists - Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Nikolai Petrov, Yuri Bashmet, Viktor Tretyakov, Elisso Virsaladze, Natalia Gutman, Mikhail Pletnev, Liana Isakadze, Alexander Knyazev, Peter Donohoe, Boris Berezovsky, Vadim Repin, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Frederic Kempf, Sergey Krylov, Benjamin Grosvenor, Victor Julien-Laferrière, Henri Demarquette.
The Orchestra participated in numerous international festivals such as the Music Biennale Zagreb, the Cannes Music Festival, the Europalia Russia Festival in Belgium and repeatedly in the Music Festival Crescendo in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Kaliningrad, the Festival International de Piano à la Roque d’Anthéron and La Folle Journée in France, Spain and Japan. Maestro Valery Gergiev invited the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at the opening of the Mariinsky Theatre’s new concert hall in 2007, under his direction. Since then, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra presents its own season concert series at the Mariinsky Theatre.
The Ural Philharmonic Orchestra discography encounters 36 CD with the leading record labels. Their Russian Light album (Sony Classical) with Olga Peretyatko (soprano) was nominated for the prestigious International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) for the cycle 2018.
Works by the following contemporary composers have been commissioned by the orchestra in different years: Toshio Hosokawa, Ivan Fedele, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Leonid Desyatnikov, René Koering, Eun-Hwa Cho, Anton Batagov, Olga Viktorova.