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The Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra

Founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev, the Russian National Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the world’s top orchestras. The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO has appeared throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. It performs annually at its own Moscow festival and is invited to major festivals in Edinburgh and Shanghai, as well as ‘Chopin and his Europe’ and the BBC Proms. The RNO is also the orchestra in residence of the Festival del Sole in the Napa Valley, California. It has made more than 80 recordings, principally with DGG and Pentatone Classics. Conductors represented in the RNO discography include founder and music director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Carlo Ponti and Vasily Petrenko. Awardwinning multi-disc releases include the complete Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos, Tchaikovsky’s six symphonies and the symphonies of Shostakovich. The RNO’s charity recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Jean-Pascale Beintus’s Wolf Tracks, conducted by Kent Nagano and narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, received a 2004 Grammy, making the RNO the first Russian orchestra to win the award. Its recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 with Paavo Järvi received the prestigious Diapason d’Or in 2015 and was nominated for a Grammy in 2016. The RNO is unique among the principal Russian ensembles as a private institution funded by individuals, corporations and foundations in Russia and throughout the world. In recognition of its artistry and ground-breaking structure, it was the first nongovernmental orchestra to receive grant support from the Russian Federation.


 

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