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The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus

Chief Conductor - People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Anisimov

The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the former Soviet Union. It was founded in April1927, based on the Symphonic Orchestra of the First Belarusian State Theatre and of Belarusian State Music College. The first public performance of the Symphonic Orchestra took place in Minsk in January, 13, 1929, under the baton of conductor Arkadiy Bessmertny. In 1937 the orchestra was formed into the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society and the then young and talented Ilya Mussin, who later became a very famous teacher and conductor, headed the collective. In 1961 it was awarded the name "State Symphonic Orchestra of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic". In 1980 the orchestra was given the title "Academic".

The whole history of the orchestra is inextricably intertwined with the names of the Belarusian composers: E. Tikotsky, N. Aladov, V. Zolotarev, N. Churkin, G. Pukst, A. Bogatyrev, P. Podkovyrov, D. Lucas, V. Olovonikov, D. Kaminsky, E. Glebov, D. Smolsky, A. Mdivani, S. Kortes, V. Kuznetsov, G. Gorelova and many others.

The Belarusian Symphonic Orchestra has always ranked high among the former Soviet orchestras, owning to the fact that a number of very distinguished maestros took great pleasure in coming to Minsk in order to work with it. Their number included M. Cooper, O. Fried, K. Zecchi, M. Ferrero, K.Zanderling, K.Kondrashin, E.Mravinsky, G.Rozhdestvensky, C.Svetlanov, V.Gergiev, D.Kitaenko and others, composers A.Khachaturian and R.Glier, O. Taktakishvili.

Other famous conductors contributed to the Orchestra's great reputation by leading thecollective at different periods. These included T. Kolomiytseva, V.Kataev, Y.Efimov, V.Dubrovski, M.Katz, P.Paunell and G.Provatorov.

In addition world class artists have performed with the Orchestra. These include D.Oistrakh, S.Richter, M.Rostropovich, G.Vishnevskaya, E.Guilels, L.Kogan, N.Gutman, Yu.Bashmet, M.Maisky, G.Kremer, Y.Menuhin, V.Ashkenazy, I.Stern, V.Clibern, P.Donohoe, V.Tretyakov, O.Charlier , N.Luganskiy, D.Matsuev, V.Spivakov and others.

In September, 2001, Maestro Alexander Anisimov, People's artist of Belarus, Laureate of the State Prize of Belarus, Honored Artist of the RSFSR, Honored Artist of Belarus took the position of the Chief Conductor of the Orchestra.

The Orchestra has been invited to tour in Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, the Lebanon, France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, England, China, Japan and many other countries. In the years 2001-2003 the Belarusian State Symphonic Orchestra took part in the renowned Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland. In 2010 "The new European festival" in Germany has invited orchestra for participation in performances. In 2010 the State symphonic orchestra has performed with great success at the 14th international festival in Switzerland "Les Classiques de Villars", and in 2011 has participated in the international festival "Musical Walks across Reims" (France).

Annually orchestra opens Culture Days of Republic of Belarus in Lithuania (Vilnius). In 2008 the orchestra has participated in the 44th international musical festival "Bratislava Autumn Celebrations" within Culture Days of Republic of Belarus in the Slovak Republic. A bright performance of the orchestra was a concert within the framework of the action "The Union State to Victory Veterans" in the Column Hall Of The Trade Unions House, Moscow in 2010. Also in 2010 the orchestra took part in the solemn ceremony of reburial of the remains of unknown soldiers in the crypt of the "Memorial Church of All Saints" with the participation of the head of state. In 2010 and 2011, the orchestra performed at concerts-requiems in the Brest Fortress, dedicated to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.

The orchestra participated in the international competitions of L. Aleksandrovskaya (2004, 2012). In 2012 the orchestra has successfully presented Belarus in the days of culture in St. Petersburg. In 2015 the State academic symphonic orchestra, by the invitation of association of winners of the International competition of P. I. Tchaikovsky, has participated in the International junior competition of P. I. Tchaikovsky to Novosibirsk. In November 2016, the orchestra was awarded the honor to perform on the stage of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

The Orchestra performs approximately fifty musical program's each season in Minsk and other towns and cities of Belarus. It takes part in annual festivals such as the "Belarusian Musical Autumn" and 'Minsk Spring", in Yuri Bashmet's International Music Festival, in Vladimir Spivakov's Festival, the festival "January Evenings" in Brest. Under Alexander Anisimov's baton the Orchestra and the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society have found new ways and forms of presenting their concert program's. These include symphonic cycles such as "Living Classics", "Land of Symphony", "Revival of Classics", "Spring of Victory", "Ludwig van Beethoven", a cycle of concerts for children "We play with the orchestra", "The cycle of concerts for children and youth"; and regular concert tours throughout the country, as well as recordings of Belarusian symphonic music. Internationally renowned artists continue to come to Belarus to perform with the Orchestra.

Leading musicians of the republic work in the orchestra - honored artists of the Republic of Belarus (4 people), laureates of international competitions (18 people), fellows of the special fund for the support of talented youth of the Republic of Belarus (2 people).

Its repertoire's vast and varies from classical symphonic music of the Russian and European composers to the works of modern Belarusian, Russian and West European composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In April 2017 the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus celebrated its 90th anniversary. 


Director - Olga Tsetserskaya
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The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Anissimov