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The Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus

One of the oldest collectives of former Soviet Union was established in April of 1927.

Since 1937 the Symphony Orchestra serves on the Belarusian state Philharmonic society.

In 1961 the collective was named as  the State Symphony Orchestra of the Belarusian SSR.

In September of 1980 the Orchestra was awarded the Academic title.

The repertoire of the Orchestra is wide-ranging and diverse – from classical symphonic music by Russian and European composers to the compositions by modern Belarusian, Russian and Western European authors (music of the XXth and XXIst centuries).

The Orchestra performs up to 50 concert programs per season in Minsk and in the other cities of Belarus, always participates in festivals “Belarusian musical autumn” and “Minsk spring”, Yuri Bashmet international festival, International festival “Vladimir Spivakov invites”, the festival “January evenings” in Brest, concerts-requiems in the Brest fortress to commemorate the tragic date of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. The Orchestra participated in international contests named after L.Alexandrovskaya  (2004, 2012),  International Youth Contest named after  P.I.Tchaikovsky (2015, Novosibirsk); in the nation-wide cultural events  "Spring of Victory», “Choral Veche”.

Under the leadership of a people's artist of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Anisimov who took up the post of a chief conductor in 2001, the Orchestra finds new ways and forms of concert activity, including symphonic cycles “Live Classics”, “Country Symphony”, “Resurrection of Classics”; cycle of concerts for children and youth, cycle of concerts “Playing with the Orchestra”, cycle of open-air concerts “Classics by the Town Hall”, cycle of concerts “Palette of live classics” in the National art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

The Symphony Orchestra can boast  of vast geography of its tours: Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Holland, Lebanon, France, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, England, China. During three years (2001-2003) the Belarusian Symphony Orchestra was taking part in International Opera festival in Wexford (Ireland). In 2008 the Orchestra took part in the 44th International music festival “The Bratislava autumn celebration” in the framework of the days of culture of the Republic of Belarus in the Slovak Republic. In 2010 the Orchestra was invited to perform at  the “New European festival” in Germany. In 2010 the Belarusian Symphony Orchestra performed at the XIV International festival in Switzerland «Les Classiques de Villars» with great success, and in 2011 took part in international festival “Musical walks in Reims” (France). The spectacular event was the concert in the framework of the action “Union state – to the veterans of the victory” in the Column hall of the House Of Unions in 2010 and in the Concert hall named after P. I.Tchaikovsky in 2016 (Moscow). In 2012 the collective successfully presented Belarus at the days of culture in St. Petersburg.

Traditionally, the Orchestra is the highlight of the Days of culture of the Republic of Belarus cultural program in Lithuania (Vilnius). It got invited twice to the opening of the ProBaltic Festival  in Torun (Poland, 2016, 2019). The concerts to the opening of the seasons in the Estonian cities of Pärnu and Jõhvi (2016) were held with great success. Since that same year, the Symphony Orchestra have been coming on an annual New year's tour to China. It’s more than 10 years while the Orchestra have been touring to the cities of Germany with Christmas and New Year concert programs.

The projects in collaboration with Anna Netrebko, José Carreras, Denis Matsuev, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Peter Donohoe, Denis Shapovalov, Olivier Charlier, Nikolai Lugansky created memorable experiences. But  the main Orchestra of Belarus can handle not only with classical music. The collective responds with regard to the proposals to collaborate with pop- and rock-musicians and have already performed in collaboration with such groups as “Okean Elzy”, “Novi Ierusalim”, “Bi-2”, “Scorpions”, with soloists and composers as Alexander Malinin, Maxim Dunayevsky, Alexander Zhurbin and others.

All concerts of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra have earned continued public success, as well as foreign partners appreciate  high professionalism, extensive experience and diverse repertoire, artistry of performance and mobility of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra.

Alexander Mikhailovich Anisimov – a Chief Conductor and an Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, a Guest Conductor of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus.

Laureate of the State Prize of Belarus, winner of the Frantsysk Skorina Medal, People’s Artist of Belarus, Honored Art Worker of Russia, laureate of the Russian national theater prize “Golden Mask” (2005), laureate of the Russian theatre award “Legend” (2018), conductor emeritus of the National Irish Symphony Orchestra, Honorus causa of the National University of Ireland, President of the Wagner Society of Ireland, Commander of the National Order of Merit of the French Republic (or Ordre national du Mérite).

He was born in Moscow, started his musical education at the Moscow Choir School named after A.V.Sveshnikov and the Leningrad Choir School named after M.I.Glinka. Studied at the Leningrad State Conservatory. Named after N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov (class of choral conducting of E.P.Kudryavtseva), the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I.Tchaikovsky (class of opera and symphonic conducting by O.A.Dimitriadi and L.M.Ginzburg) and Graduate School (class of G.N.Rozhdestvensky).

The professional career of the musician has begun at the Leningrad Small Opera and Ballet Theatre named after M.P. Mussorgsky (now Mikhailovsky). In the 1980s he worked with leading musical theatres and orchestras of the USSR. Since 1985, he began to cooperate with the Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre named after S.M.Kirov (now the Mariinsky), where he conducted the prime compositions of the opera and ballet repertoire, as well as symphonic programs. In 1993 he worked with Mstislav Rostropovich on B.Britten’s “War Requiem” in Great Britain and Spain.

In 1980–1984 and 1989–2003 – took a position of a Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. In 1985–1989 – Chief Conductor of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre (staged the first production of the opera Fiery Angel by S. Prokofiev in the USSR (1984)), in 1998–2001. – National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTÉ), 2005–2009 – Busan Philharmonic Orchestra (Republic of Korea), 2003-2007 – Rostov State Musical Theatre. In 2011–2017 – Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Samara performances “The Queen of Spades” and “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”, performed in 2016 and 2017, were nominated for the Russian National Theatre Award “Golden Mask” and were shown in Moscow; for the Rostov production of “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” Alexander Anisimov was awarded the “Golden Mask” in the nomination “Opera/ Conductor” (2005).

Since 2002 – Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus; in 2018, the maestro returns to the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus as a guest conductor.

During the years of his work at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society and the The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Republic of Belarus, Alexander Anisimov presented the best examples of classical heritage and premieres of new works to the public in Belarus and abroad, among them: symphonies of L. van Beethoven, P.Tchaikovsky, S.Rachmaninoff, S.Prokofiev, D.Shostakovich; orchestral works of R.Strauss, R.Wagner, G.Мaler, G.Gershwin, М.Ravel; first musical performances of D.Smolsky, А.Mdivani, М.Kuznetsov, G.Gorelova; premieres of operas and ballets: М.Glinka “Ivan Susanin”, P.Tchaikovsky “The Nutcracker”, “Iolanta”, А.Borodin “Prince Igor”, G.Bizet “Carmen”,Y.Semenyako “A New Land”, Е.Glebov “Kurgan”, “The Master and Margarita”, V.Soltan “King Stakh’s Wild Hunt”, S.Prokofiev “Мaddalena”.

Professor Alexander Anisimov have made a significant contribution to the education of young musicians – under his leadership of the student’s Symphony orchestra of the Belarusian state Academy of music has prepared programs for performances on the stages of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, the Moscow Conservatory and Germany.

Maestro Anisimov has performed in major theatres around the world, among them The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, The Theater Colón in Buenos Aires, Carlo Felice in Genoa, La Fenice in Venice, The Opera Bastille and The Palais Garnier in Paris, The Gran Theatre del Liceu in Barcelona, State operas of Hanover and Hamburg, The Komische Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera, Opera of San Francisco, Sydney Opera House. He conducted many famous orchestras in Russia and Europe, these include the Concertgebouw, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra and others. To recognize the skill of the Russian conductor, the orchestra of the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome presented him the conductor’s baton of Leonard Bernstein.

For many years Alexander Anisimov collaborated with The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, with whom he staged the tetralogy “The Ring of the Nibelung” by R.Wagner. The production won an Irish award – Allianz Business to Arts (2002). The conductor performs at the Opera of Ireland and at the Wexford Opera festival, where he made his debut in 1993 with the opera “Cherevichki” of P.Tchaikovsky; he is also the honorary President of the Irish Wagner Society.

Among the conductor's numerous recordings are all symphonies, the ballets of “Raymonda” and “Times of years” of А.Glazunov with The Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Naxos); all symphonies and poem “Bells” of S. Rachmaninoff with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Naxos); 10th Symphony of Shostakovich with The Australian Youth Orchestra (MELBA); opera “Demon” of А.Rubinstein from the Wexford festival (Marco Polo); DVD-recorders of opera “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” of D. Shostakovich in the production Of The Gran Teatre del Liceu (EMI).

Director - Olga Tsetserskaya

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