The fullness of the sound of classical music in a live performance by the V. I. Safonov orchestra
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Dimitris Botinis was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. The conductor spent his childhood and youth in Greece. At the age of five, he began learning to play the violin, then the viola. The artist received his professional musical education at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, from which he graduated with honors in the violin class. Dimitris Botinis began taking his first conducting lessons at the age of 14 from his father. The next important stage in this field was the participation of the musician in the master courses of Maestro Yuri Simonov in Hungary. This was followed by studies at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, which Dimitris Botinis graduated with honors with a degree in opera and symphony conducting in 2011 (class of Yuri Simonov).Read more
The history of the State Philharmonic V.I. Safonov is strictly connected to its main collective, the Academic Symphonic Orchestra, which was founded on the initiative of an outstanding musician, a prominent public figure, the famous pedagogue Vasiliy Il`ich Safonov in 1895, together with the “Kursal”. The orchestra follows the traditions of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg collectives.
The Philharmonic`s orchestra did not stop working even during the most difficult periods in the history of the country and of the region. During World War II and the critical period of the 1990s, the philharmonic continued to enchant the public with the beauty of music. Also today the glorious traditions are being respected, so that every spectacle could give new emotions and discoveries to the public.
In all of its history, the orchestra has been conducted by famous conductors, such as V. Safonov, A. Glazunov, N. Golovanov, I. Musin, M. Rabinovich, Yu. Simonov, Yu. Domarkas and V. Gergiev; the collective has been performing together with outstanding composers and soloists, such as S. Rachmaninoff, S. Prokofiev, S. Richter, R. Kerer, M. Rostropovich, N. Petrov, L. Kogan, D. Oistrakh and has been accompanied by singers, such as L. Sobinov, A. Nezhdanova and others.
During the last years, the orchestra has been conducted by: the National Artist of Russia, professor Yu. Kochnev, the Dutch Maestro K. van Alphen, the Honoured Artist of Russia A. Chernushenko and the awardee of International competitions S. Kochanovskiy. The best National and International conductors cooperate with great pleasure with the North-Caucasus State Philharmonic`s Academic Symphonic Orchestra, such as D. Vasilyev, S. Roldugin, Enkhe, L. Kremer (Germany), J. Brett (UK) and many others. Since 2015 the orchestra is shef conducted by the awardee of Russian and International competitions Dmitris Botinis (Moscow).
The orchestra is also involved in many Tournée. Apart from regular concerts on Stavropol Region`s and the Russian south replublics` scenes (Dagestan, Kalmykia…), the orchestra also played in Moscow and International theatres. In 2002, the Academic Symphonic Orchestra played a concert in the Great Hall of Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, of which was made a CD-record (the program included S. Frank`s symphony, the overture to Wagner`s operas “Tannhäuser” and "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg"). In 2008, in Moscow concert hall P.I. Tchaikovsky took place a concert from the All-Russian music series “Generation of Stars”, with first-level soloist from Russian and International scenes and, in 2010, in the same concert hall, it presented the bright and sparkling program “Russia-Italy-Opera”, with the participations of opera theatre soloists from these two countries. In the same year, the orchestra had a successful Tournée in Spain and, in 2011, in Italy.
Nowadays, the Academic Symphonic Orchestra has a bright and variegated concert life: symphonic programs, thematic cycles, opera spectacles with the participation of guest artists and first-level soloists of the Philharmonic, various festivals and party-concerts, a wide repertoire –from popular classic to new music discoveries- are renewed on a weekly basis. The orchestra`s musicians are characterized by a high professionalism, a wide knowledge of styles, a deep emotional influence from the played compositions. Since the first years of its existence until now, the Academic Symphonic Orchestra`s concerts are bright and awaited events for the citizens and the guests of the “Mineral Water” region.