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The Orchestras and Choir of the Belarusian State Academy of Music

"YOUNG BELARUS" SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Art Director People's Artist of Belarus A. Anisimov

The works in the repertoire of the Orchestra are giving an idea about musical priorities and creative credo of People's Artist of Belarus, Professor M.A. Kozinets, who was the Art Director until October 2012. Among them there are masses and oratorios by I.S. Bach, symphony works of V.A. Mozart, L. Beethoven, I. Brams, T. Frank, G. Berlios, K. Debussy, M. Ravel, Zh. Bizet, J. Rossini, I. Strauss; Russian classics is represented by the works of P. Tchaikovsky, M. Moussorgsky, A. Borodin, S. Rakhmaninov, D. Shostakovich, S. Prokofiev and other composers. Musical programs abandon in works of Belarusian authors A. Bogatyryov, E. Glebov, D. Smolsky, A. Mdivani, G. Gorelova and young composers V. Kourian and A. Litvinovsky.

The Orchestra toured over various cities of Italy, Belgium, it was welcomed with admiration in the Island of Reunion (prefecture of France). The Orchestra is regularly performing at musical festivals in France ("Summer of Great Garden"), Germany ("New Year Musical Parties", Wagner Festival in Bairoit), it gives its annual cycle of concerts in the hall of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society in Minsk and other cities of Belarus Brest, Gomel, Mogilyov, Molodechno, Vileika.

The Orchestra holds fruitful and interesting co-operation with musicians of Germany, France, Russia, Turkey, conductors Georg Mais (Germany) and Jean-Marie Cannon (France), performers Arkady Valados (baritone), Francois Chatot (flute), Philippe Berrod (clarinet), Hugues Leclaire (piano) and others. Teachers and students of the Academy of Music: People's Artist of Belarus Igor Olovnikov, Professor Valery Shatsky, laureates of international competitions Andrey Ponachevny, Andrey Sikorsky, Konstantin Krasnitsky, Lyubov Yanpolskaya and others performed with the Orchestra.

 

"FANFARES OF BELARUS" WIND ORCHESTRA

Art Director People's Artist of Belarus M. Bersan

The Wind Orchestra is a laureate of international competitions and festivals (Belarus, Ukraine, Luxembourg). In Luxembourg the Orchestra was awarded with the top prize Grand Prix. It toured more than once over Europe, and recorded and issued two CD-ROMs. The repertoire of the Orchestra is comprised of the works of I.S. Bach, G. Percell, A. Vivaldi, R. Wagner, E. Gryg. Russian classics is represented by masterpieces of P. Tchaikovsky, M. Rimsky-Korsakov, M. Hlinka, M. Moussorgsky. An essential place in concert programs of the Orchestra is taken by the works of Belarusian composers E. Glebov, D. Smolsky, I. Louchenok, and also of the representatives of the younger generation A. Litvinovsky and L. Zakhlevny. The Orchestra is also addressing the creations of modern foreign authors Czech composer Paval Stanek, Kaess Flak from Holland, Americans Barnard Bernstein, Jack Stamp and others.

 

ORCHESTRA OF RUSSIAN FOLK INSTRUMENTS

Art Director Assistant Professor V. Chernikov

Back in 1957 the Orchestra became a laureate of the World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow. The concert stages of the Orchestra are the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, concert halls of cities and towns of Belarus, schools and Culture Palaces. A broad and diverse repertoire of the collective is comprised of original works of Russian and West-European composers. The musical pieces of M. Rymsky-Korsakov, A. Lyadov, A. Skryabin, G. Maler, C. Debussy, B. Britten acquire an interesting, original and colourful sounding when performed by the Orchestra. An essential place in the repertoire of the Orchestra is taken by the works of Belarusian composers D. Smolsky, A. Mdivani, V. Ivanov, V. Malykh. Famous Belarusian singers and instrument players E. Gladkov, V. Skorobogatov, V. Tishin, L. Ridlevskaya, M. Maretsky and others performed with the Orchestra as soloists.

 

ORCHESTRA OF BELARUSIAN FOLK INSTRUMENTS 

Art Director A. Visotsky

The Belarusian Folk Orchestra is a unique phenomenon of the national musical culture, Professor I. Zhinovich, People's Artist of the USSR stood at its cradle.  Performances in the hall of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, recording of musical programs at the Belarusian TV and Radio Company are evidences of the high creative level of the collective. The Orchestra has won a wide recognition among those fond of folk instrumental music. It is a frequenter in festivals, various public events, such as the "Red Rose" and others. The repertoire of the Orchestra is extremely multifarious. It is comprised of works of Belarusian composers, including musical premieres of G. Ermachenkov, V. Kouznetsov, V. Voitik, M. Litvin and others. A special place is occupied by masterpieces of the world musical classics and original arrangements of Belarusian musical folklore.

 

"GRADUS AD PARNASSUM" CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Art Director Assistant Professor P. Vandilovsky

The "Gradus ad Parnassum" Chamber Orchestra was created as a training collective, it is permanently giving concerts and performs in various regions of Belarus and abroad. The Chamber Orchestra is a participant of multiple musical festivals, it is invited to perform at holidays and governmental occasions, it makes the basis for holding conductor master-classes in Italy. The Orchestra has its archived recordings. In 2001 the first Orchestra's CD was issued with records of the music by I.S. Bach, F. Hofmeister, V.A. Mozart and S. Rakhmaninov. The great concert repertoire of the collective is comprised of the works if various epochs from baroque to avant-garde. The performance of the Orchestra is notable for its striving for style accuracy, dynamic expressiveness and technical perfection. Its repertoire includes such works like "Serenade for String Orchestra" by P. Tchaikovsky, "Serenade" by A. Dvorjak, Symphony No. 2 by A. Onegger and others.

 

CONCERT CHOIR

Art Director Assistant Professor I. Bodyako

The Concert Choir of the Belarusian State Academy of Music took part for the first time as a concert unit in the First International Competition of Musical Higher Schools of the member-countries of CIS and Europe in 1995 (Kishinev, Moldova), where it obtained the Grand Prix. In 1997 The Choir was awarded with the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Church Music in Gainovets (Poland) and with the Oscar at the 2nd International Competition of Choirs in Darmstadt (Germany). At this latter competition in Germany, the Choir obtained three Golden Diplomas in the nominations "Men's Choir", "Church Choir" and "Mixed Choir", and also the Grand Prix at the 9th International Festival "Lord, the Mighty" (Mogilyov, 2001). Recently, the Choir has performed a number of huge vocal-symphony works, such as "Magnificat" and "Johannes Passion" BWV 245 of I.S. Bach, "Mess C-Minor" of V.A. Mozart, the 9th Symphony of L. Beethoven, "Christmas Fairy-Tale" of G. Shutz, 13th Symphony of D. Shostakovich and others. The students' Concert Choir performed more than once in Poland, Italy, Germany. From its foundation the Artistic Director was People's Artist of the USSR and Belarus, Professor V. Rovdo (19212007). Now the head of Choir is I. Bodyako.