Russian String Orchestra
Russian String Orchestra | Misha Rachlevsky, conductor
Returning to Winter Park with some of Russia’s finest young string players, the Russian String Orchestra, formerly known as Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, brings its lush warmth of sound and high energy to delight audiences. The enormous depth and variety of repertoire ensure that under the baton of founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky, the performance will be mesmerizing.
ON THE PROGRAM
EDWARD ELGAR Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op. 20
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22
J.S. BACH Contrapunctus
Due to the nature of live music, program is subject to change.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.
About half of nearly 2,000 concerts the orchestra has performed to date have taken place in Moscow, the rest were played on tours in 25 countries in North and South America, Europe and the Far East. The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.
The signature quality of the orchestra is the depth and variety of its repertoire — over 1000 compositions from early baroque to works written on commission from Misha Rachlevsky and the orchestra by composers from Russia, Europe and the USA. The orchestra prides itself in offering interesting and often unique programs, not only for its home audience, but on tour as well.
From Frankfurter Allgemeine, summarizing its review of the orchestra’s debut at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper: “The evening with this ensemble, which boasts to be made up of Moscow’s best musicians, completely eliminated any doubts with regard to this statement.”
Misha Rachlevsky’s lifetime affinity for chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire began at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. Born in Moscow, his violin studies began at the age of five and continued through the well-traveled path of the Russian school of string playing. After leaving the Soviet Union in 1973, he lived and worked in different countries on three continents, and in 1976 settled in the United States, becoming active in the field of chamber music.
Mr. Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984, and led it to international prominence, completing nine European tours in four years.
In 1989, Rachlevsky accepted an offer from the city of Granada, Spain – a two-year project under which NACO became the resident orchestra of Granada while, concurrently, Rachlevsky founded and led Granada’s own chamber orchestra. In 1991, in the heady aftermath of Moscow’s momentous events of August 1991, Misha Rachlevsky found it impossible to resist an opportunity presented by Claves to record Russian works for this label. When Claves concurred with his suggestion to realize the project with Russian musicians, Rachlevsky called auditions, and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was created.