KD SCHMID Moscow Chamber Orchestra


Moscow Chamber Orchestra

03.12.19 - 07.12.19

about the tour.

In the run-up to Christmas, Aylen Pritchin, award winner of the XVI. International Tschaikowsky competition and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, led by Alexei Utkin, will perform a programme full of Christmas classics. They will create a festival atmosphere by playing “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s double concerto for violin and oboe, amongst other works.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Konzert für Oboe, Violine und Streicher c-Moll BWV 1060

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite für Orchester Nr. 2 h-Moll BWV 1067


Antonio Vivaldi: Konzert für Violine, Streicher und B.c. f-Moll "Der Winter" RV 297 op. 8/4

Astor Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño (Winter in Buenos Aires) für Kornett und Flügelhorn

Peter I. Tschaikowsky: Serenade für Streichorchester C-Dur op. 48



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An Orchestra full of experience.

Biography – about the orchestra.

Last season the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia (Moscow Chamber Orchestra) celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The orchestra was created by famous violist, violinist, and founding member of the Borodin Quartet, Rudolf Barshai. Barshai gathered young talented musicians from Moscow and formed the first chamber orchestra in the USSR based on European models (in particular, the chamber orchestra from the FRG under the leadership of Wilhelm Stross which toured around Moscow in September 1955). The official debut of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (that’s what the orchestra was called at first) took place on 5 March, 1956 in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The orchestra immediately won recognition from the public in our country and abroad. Soon it was accepted as a part of the Moscow Philharmonic Society.

«The chamber orchestra presents an amazing perfection of music and performance. Unity of history and contemporaneity is distinctive for musicians of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra: without distorting the text and spirit of early music, players make it modern and youthful for our listeners,»  - wrote Dmitri Schostakowitsch, who called the orchestra "the best chamber orchestra in the world." The orchestra was characterized as one of the outstanding chamber orchestras by MCO conductor, professor of the Moscow Conservatory Leo Ginzburg: "Listening to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, you perceive genuine creation by great musicians, united into one artistic direction…".

From 1950-1960 famous soloists such as: violinists Boris Shulgin (first concertmaster of the MCO), Lev Markiz, Vladimir Rabei, Andrei Abramenkov, violist Heinrich Talalyan, cellists Alla Vasilieva and Boris Dobrohotov, bassist Leopold Andreyev, flautists Alexandr Korneyev and Naum Zaidel, oboist Albert Zayontz, horn player Boris Afanasiev, and organist/cembalist Sergei Dijur played in the orchestra under the leadership of R. Barshai.

Besides performing and recording numerous pieces of European Baroque music, Russian and Western classics, works by foreign composers of the XX century (some of compositions were first played in the USSR), the orchestra actively promoted music of contemporary local composers such as: Nikolai Rakov, Yuri Levitin, Georgi Sviridov, Boris Tchaikovsky, Edison Denisov, Vytautas Barkauskas and Alfred Schnittke. Many of them created music specially for the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. For example, D. Schostakowitsch dedicated to the MCO his 14th Symphony, the premiere of which was played by the orchestra under the leadership of R. Barshai on 29 September, 1969 in Leningrad.

After the emigration of Rudolf Barshai in 1979 the orchestra was led by Igor Bezrodny (1977-1981), Eugeny Nepalo (1981-1983), Viktor Tretyakov (1983-1990), Andrey Korsakov (1990-1991), and then Konstantin Orbelyan (1991-2009). In 1983, it was renamed the State Chamber Orchestra of the USSR, and in 1994 was awarded the title of "Academic."

Today the orchestra is one of the leading chamber orchestras in Russia. Its extensive repertoire includes works of all epochs and styles. The orchestra has performed in Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France,

Switzerland, the USA, Canada, Japan, the Republic of South Africa, the countries of Scandinavia and South-Eastern Asia. Concerts have taken place on prestigious stages such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in NY, Davis Hall in San Francisco, and Suntori Hall in Tokyo. The orchestra represented Russia at an important International Festival in honor of the 50 year anniversary of the foundation of the UN (1995) and at the  International Economical Forum in Davos (1998).

During its many years of activity, the orchestra has frequently gone on tours in USSR and Russian cities to popularize classical music.

Throughout its 60 year history the orchestra has performed with great musicians such as pianists Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels; violinists David Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin; violist Yuri Bashmet; cellists Mstislav Rostropovitch, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow; bassist Georg Hörtnagel; harp player Olga Erdeli; singers Nikolai Gedda, Renee Fleming, Roberto Alagna, and Dmitrii Hvorostovski; flautists Patrick Gallois, and Sir James Holloway; saxophonist Federico Mondelci; trumpetist Timofei Dokschitzer, and many other famous soloists; the Kopelman-quartet; performers of jazz and ethno music, the Munich Bach choir, conductors F. M. Sardelli, S. Montanari, and F. Bernius.

The orchestra has created an impressive collection of musical recordings from the radio and on CDs, comprising a wide repertoire - from early arias and baroque music to works of Russian and foreign composers of the XX century. The recordings were made by "Melodiya records", Chandos, Philips, and others. For the 50th anniversary of the orchestra the studio Delos released a series of CDs, consisting of almost 30 albums.

In January 2010, famous oboist and conductor Aleksey Utkin was appointed  Creative Director and Chief Conductor of the orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra has significantly widened its stylistic and genre range. Programmes of the orchestra feature Bach’s St Matthew Passions, masses by Haydn and Vivaldi, symphonies and concertos of Mozart and Boccherini; these are joined by compositions on themes of the rock-band Led Zeppelin, music in ethnic styles, and soundtracks to movies. New ideas and creative searches by the orchestra and its leader have been reflected in the series of concerts during recent years, where different epochs, styles, and tendencies were boldly combined. One of these concerts was "From Baroque to jazz-rock", performed during the last season in Moscow and on a tour in Crimea.

In 2011 and 2015, the orchestra, under the leadership of Aleksey Utkin, accompanied the participants of the second round of the XIV and XV International Tchaikovsky Competitions (piano section).

In 2016 Aleksey Utkin was awarded the Moscow Award in Literature and the Arts in the category of "Musical Art" for his contribution to the development of Russian music and the popularization of classical music at concert platforms in Moscow. 

 SEASON 2019/2020


Alexei Utkin, Oboe

© Moscow Philharmonic Society

Aleksey Utkin was born in Moscow in 1957. He studied at the Central Music School. In 1980 Utkin graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory in the oboe class of A.V. Petrov. In 1983 he finished his post-graduate course in the Moscow Conservatory.

Today the name of Aleksey Utkin is well-known in Russia and Europe. Experience he got from working with Spivakov, when he came to the "Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra," from the Moscow Conservatory, his excellent education, natural talent - all this made him a noticeable figure in the musical world.

His worldwide recognition as a soloist who plays the oboe is not a frequent occurrence among musicians. He plays with famous musicians, such as Yuri Bashmet, Nataliya Gutman, Eliso Virsaladze, Alexandr Rudin, Christian Zacharias, Boris Berezovsky, Viktor Tretyakov and many other stars of classical music.

His career has been formed by numerous concerts abroad in the most prestigious concert halls of the world: Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall (NY), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), The Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), Academia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), The Champs-Élysées (Paris), Hercules Hall (Munich), Beethoven Hall (Bonn), where he is often invited to perform with the most fam ous orchestras. Many of the solo concert programs by Aleksey Utkin attracted attention from some of the major recording companies, one of them being RCA - BMG (Classics Red Label). There were recorded concertos of Bach for oboe and oboe d’amour, Italian pieces by Rossini, Pasculli, Vivaldi, Salieri, and Capriccio by Penderecki.

Aleksey Utkin plays a unique oboe, made by «F. LOREE» - the oldest firm that specializes in the manufacturing of oboes. This instrument was made specially for Aleksey Utkin by the famous French master, the owner of the firm Alain de Gourdon. Aleksey Utkin represents the firm «F. LOREE» in «The International Double Reed Society».

The historical role in leading the oboe as a solo instrument to the world musical stage belongs to Aleksey Utkin. He, as critics think, «transformed the oboe, the instrument of the crowd, into the main character of wonderful events." Utkin boldly started performing all solo works written for the oboe and began to expand the range of the instrument and its abilities through making special arrangements for the oboe. A good example of the musician’s virtuosity can be his performance of the works of the forgotten composer and oboist of the beginning of the XIX century Antonio Pasculli, who was named by his contemporaries the «Paganini of the oboe." Today the repertoire of this musician consists of works by Bach and Haydn, Vivaldi and Mozart, Richard Strauss, Shostakovich, Bruch, Britten…

In the early 90s, Aleksey Utkin still continuing his work with the «Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra», successfully attempted to start his independent career, that in 2000 led to the creation of the ensemble «Hermitage», together with which he played numerous concerts and recorded 10 CDs with various programs, made by Caro Mitis, a worldwide distributor.

In 2010 Aleksey Utkin was made the Creative Director and Chief Conductor of the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia. The best musicians of the ensemble «Hermitage» became members of the SACO of Russia.

Preserving the traditions of the orchestra, established by its founder Rudolf Barshai, Utkin sees himself not only as a creative director and a conductor, but also as a soloist and an inspiring leader. Aleksey Utkin combines his work in the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia with an active teaching practice. He is a professor at the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory.

His work as the new leader of this orchestra began with widening the stylistic and genre range of the compositions performed by the musicians. In their concerts the orchestra combines Bach’s Passions, Masses by Haydn and Vivaldi, symphonies and concertos by Mozart and Boccherini, compositions on themes of the rock-band Led Zeppelin, music in ethno-styles, and movies’ soundtracks. Aleksey Utkin continues to make famous music arrangements for the oboe. Among his works are the very successful T. Albinoni's Adagio for oboe and orchestra and M. Bruch’s Kol Nidrei.

New ideas and creative searches by Aleksey Utkin have been reflected in the series of concerts during recent years  such as: "Ost West Fantasy» which features the music of H. Purcell, Mahavishnu, Clark, McKadnles for chamber orchestra, electric guitar, bass guitar, indian reed flute, and drums; in working with a young composer Andrey Rubtsov, which led to the creation of the «Festival Divertimento-Fairytale» in 10 parts for chamber orchestra, children choir, electric guitar, and drums. His friendship with an actor Alexandr Philippenko led to an impulse to make a program «Reflection in the water» (Concert for dramatic actor, soloist and chamber orchestra), based on «Krohotki» by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and Preludes by Dmitrii Shostakovich.

In the season 2016-2017 Aleksei Utkin created new concert programs, where different epochs, styles, and tendencies are boldly combined. One of them is "From Baroque to jazz-rock", performed during the last season in Moscow.

In 2011 and 2015, the orchestra, under the leadership of A. Utkin, accompanied the participants of the second round of the XIV and XV International Tchaikovsky Competitions (piano section).

During recent years, Aleksei Utkin has performed concerts in different corners of Russia - from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.

In 2016 Aleksei Utkin was awarded the Moscow Award in Literature and the Arts in the category of "Musical Art" for his contribution to the development of Russian music and the popularization of classical music at concert platforms in Moscow.


Aylen Pritchin, Violin

Aylen Pritchin © Anna Chobotova

Russian violinist Aylen Pritchin has, in recent years, firmly established himself as one of the most interesting and versatile young rising stars of the international concert stage. Born in St.Peterburg, Aylen studied with Pr. Elena Zaitseva in his hometown and at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he studied with Pr. Eduard Grach. In 2014, Aylen was awarded First Prize at the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition. He was a former major prize winner at the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Sion-Valais, Kreisler and Oistrakh International Violin Competitions.

“Aylen Pritchin is obviously gifted with something special to say and with an outstanding musical culture”
Bruno Monsaingeon

"Aylen is gifted with a luminous sound and an imperial right arm, augering a brilliant career"
Diapason Magazine

His career has led him to perform in Russia and abroad, including Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Vietnam and Japan ; In such prestigious venues as the Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Stockholm Musikaliska, Salzburg Mozarteum, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Hall in Moscow and the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris.

His recent orchestral solo performances include the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, MusicAeterna Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia "Evgeny Svetlanov", Tatarstan National Orchestra or I Pomeriggi Orchestra among others.

He performs under the baton of prestigious conductors such as Teodor Currentzis, Maxim Emelyanychev, Cornelius Meister, Mikhail Gerts, Valentin Uryupin, Yuri Simonov, Dorian Wilson, Shlomo Mintz and Roberto Benzi.

Aylen also enjoys playing chamber music regularly with artists such as Maxim Emelyanychev, Lukas Geniusas, Yury Favorin, Alexander Melnikov, Maxim Rysanov, Vladimir Mendelssohn or David Geringas.

The season 2018-2019 saw Aylen touring with Teodor Currentzis and the MusicAeterna Orchestra with the Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, in Russia and Japan, as well as being a guest soloist of the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra performing the Korngold’s violin concerto in Moscow. The concert was broadcasted live on internet.

He made his debut with the Transilvania Philharmonic Orchestra in Cluj (Romania) and with the Cannes Orchestra in France under the baton of maestro Roberto Forés-Veses. In April 2019 Aylen Pritchin made his recital debut in Vancouver and Toronto (Canada) together with his duo partner pianist Lukas Geniusas.

Highlights of the 2019/20 season include his return to the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra with the Dvorak violin concerto, a collaboration with the Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Dmitry Vasilyev in the framework of the Siberian Symphony Orchestra Festival, a tour in Germany with the Russian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Alexei Utkin (Cologne and Wablingen) and a Japan’s tour in which he plays with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra under Christian Arming and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra under Michiyoshi Inoue. Among Aylen’s major recital dates in the 2019/20 season is La Folle Journée in Nantes.

In December 2017 the Russian label Melodiya published Aylen Pritchin’s third disc with Prokofiev´s works for violin and piano with Yury Favorin. Other two CDs include Russian music for violin (Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Desyatnikov) and works for piano trio with Lukas Geniušas and Alexander Buzlov.

In August 2019, the label Ad Vitam Records released his latest cd dedicated to solo violin music with some of the most important and significant of the XXth century, including the first edition ever of Tema con 8 variazioni by the composer Jean Françaix.


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