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Written by Helen Wednesday, 11 September 2019 00:00
St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Russia Concert
Conductor: Nikolay Alexeev
Nikolay Alexeev - People's Artist of Russia, deputy Artistic Director of the St.Petersburg Philharmonia graduated from the Leningrad Choral College named after M.I.Glinka and the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied choral conducting with A.Mikhailov and opera and symphony conducting with M.Jansons. The creative activity of the musician, the laureate of international contests such as the Herbert von Karajan Foundation (West Berlin, 1982), V.Talich (Prague, 1985) and Min-On (Tokyo, 1985), is extremely rich. He led the Orchestra of the Zagreb Philharmonic, conducted the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bolshoi Symphony and the Russian National Orchestra. He has worked with such foreign orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestras of Rotterdam, Dresden, Stuttgart and Copenhagen, the symphony orchestras of Berlin and Baltimore, the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish BBC Symphony orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic.
The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
During the war, the Leningrad Radio Symphony was the only orchestra that remained in the besieged city. Despite the fact that in the fi rst winter of the war the orchestra actually ceased to exist, nonetheless, after heroic efforts, in August 1942, headed by K. Eliasberg it performed the Leningrad premiere of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony. Currently, critics argue that "the performance by the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra can be called highly authentic: there is a feeling that the musicians have inherited from the older generation the tradition of orchestral performance of the ‘Leningrad’ Symphony". (Tianjin Daily, 2015). Altogether, the orchestra performed more than 300 times during the blockade, and some concerts – including the premiere of the “Leningrad” symphony – were held in the Grand Philharmonic Hall.