Persons

Vladimir Spivakov

Conductor

Biography

Vladimir Spivakov has brightly realized his multi-faceted talent in the music art and in various fields of social life. As violinist, Vladimir Spivakov had passed the brilliant school of Yuri Yankelevich. Not less was the impact of his second teacher - David Oistrakh.

While still very young, Vladimir Spivakov was awarded high prizes at several important international contests, such as the Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris (1965), the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1967), the Montreal International Competition (1969) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1970).

In 1975 following his triumphal recitals in the USA, Vladimir Spivakov started his brilliant international career. He performed as soloist with the most important symphonic orchestras in the world, including philharmonic orchestras of Moscow, Leningrad, Berlin, Vienna, London and New-York, symphonic orchestras of Paris, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburg and Cleveland under the baton of the most eminent conductors of the 20th century, such as E.Mravinsky, E.Svetlanov, K.Kondrashin, Y.Temirkanov, M.Rostropovich, L.Bernstein, S.Ozawa, L.Maazel, C.M.Giulini, R.Muti and C.Abbado. Critics of the leading musical countries unanimously appreciate Spivakov’s deep insight into composers intentions, the richness, beauty and volume of his tone, his fine phrasing and love for nuance, the emotional impact onto the audience, his refined artistry and intelligence.

Until 1997 Vladimir Spivakov had played a violin of Francesco Gobetti, a present from Professor Yankelevich. Since 1997 he plays a Stradivari which was given to him for life ownership by his admirers.

In 1979 Vladimir Spivakov together with some of his colleagues who shared his flavour for chamber music formed a new chamber orchestra named “Moscow Virtuosi” and has been its artistic director, conductor and soloist ever since. He studied conducting with Professor Izrail Gusman in Russia as well as with great Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel in the USA Leonard Bernstein presented him with his own conducting stick as the sign of his sympathy and belief into his conducting future. Vladimir Spivakov never parts with the precious gift.

As chamber and symphony orchestra conductor, Vladimir Spivakov has appeared in the world's most important concert venues and conducted European and American orchestras, such as symphony orchestras of London, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Budapest, La Scala Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Academia Santa Cecilia, the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, the French Radio Orchestra and best Russian orchestras.

V.Spivakov has recorded extensively both as soloist and conductor, and his over 40 compact discs reflect different music styles and periods from European baroque music to the works of the 20th centurys composers: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Penderecki, Schnittke, Pyart, Kancheli, Shchedrin and Gubaydulina, mostly recorded with the BMG Classics.

V.Spivakov was the founder of the International Colmar Music Festival (France) in 1989, and has been its Artistic Director ever since. V.Spivakov has taken part as a jury member in many well-known international competitions since 1989 (e.g., in Paris, Genoa, London, Montreal); he is President of the Sarasate Violin Contest in Spain. In 2002 he presided over the Jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow. V.Spivakov followed Nathan Milstein in leading the very prestigious annual violin master classes in Zurich in 1994. In 1994 V.Spivakov founded the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.

In 1999-2002 Spivakov had been Principal Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra, whereas since 2003 V.Spivakov is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Philharmonic of Russia and President of the Moscow Performing Arts Centre.

V.Spivakov was awarded the honorary title of the Peoples Artist of the USSR (1989), the State Prize of the USSR (1989) and the Order of Peoples Friendship (1993). The Russian Space Center gave the name of Spivakov to one of small planets on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

In 1996 V.Spivakov was awarded the Order for Merits of Grade III (Ukraine). In 1999 V.Spivakov was decorated with high state awards in several countries such as lOfficier de lOrdre des Arts et Letters (France), the St. Mesrop Mashtots Order (Armenia), the Order for Services To Fatherland, Grade III (Russia). In 2000 V.Spivakov received lOrdre de la Legion dHonneur from the President of France. In 2002 he was elected an Honorary Doctor of the Moscow Lomonosov University, while in May 2005, together Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Leonid Roshal, he was chosen the Russian of the Year in the Russia Without Borders nomination.
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