Novosibirsk Russia Music
It is famous for occupying Russia's largest theatre building and is a symbol of pride in the Siberian region.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich, who came to St. Petersburg as part of the Soviet Union in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, pay full tribute to the northern capital for its rise to become Russia's most musical city. Only a few kilometres from Moscow's world-famous opera houses and concert halls, the city has a challenging musical pedigree. Tchakhovsky, Rachmaninov and Shosterkovich are the big names that music lovers will recognise, but there are many others that have their roots outside Russia, such as the great classical music figures such as the famous pianist and composer Igor Stravinsky.
Important concert venues include the St. Petersburg Opera House, the Russian Academy of Music and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. It is home to the world's most famous opera and concert hall and some of Russia's finest orchestras.
The NSMSH has the Youth Orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments, led by one of Russia's most talented young musicians, Sergey Kuznetsov. There is also a brilliant quintet, consisting of Igor Kravchenko, Maxim Krasnoyarsk and his wife, who have worked with Yamaha to promote brass music in Russia. Leading orchestras may be international, but they are essentially Russian, and the company works for Russia in various ways, such as developing new instruments, promoting music education, and training young people in the arts.
International recruitment may not reach all orchestras, but when you see an orchestra that is fully committed to music, the repertoire is in your blood.
Western-style rock and pop music has become the most popular form in Russia, symbolizing the rise of hip-hop, rap and other forms of alternative music. President Putin's special representative for culture has compared the crackdown on rap music, which has been banned since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, to Nazi Germany during World War II. Given the genre's newfound popularity, it is not surprising that many Russian rappers have been so affected by this crackdown. The Soviet regime allowed jazz performances, and jazz has since become one of Russia's most important musical genres, alongside classical music and jazz rock.
While the focus was on Western music and the underground scene, it seems to be returning to the sound that many Russian artists cultivated decades ago. The study of music has always been important in Russia, as the Orthodox Church banned instrumental music in Russia during the reforms of Peter the Great.
Did you know that there are only two music museums in Russia, in Moscow and St. Petersburg? Novosibirsk, Russia's third largest city (sometimes referred to as Russia's Chicago), is halfway to the Trans-Siberian Railway. In fact, it houses the largest music museum in the world and one of the largest concert halls in the country.
Siberian cities, the musical life in Novosibirsk is diverse and rich, and this is encouraged by the proximity to the Trans-Siberian Railway. This makes it one of the most diverse cities in the world with a rich musical and cultural history.
The brightest artistic event in recent years was the annual Novosibirsk National Symphony Music Society (NSMSH), which took place in the city centre on the first Sunday in October. In the best tradition of NSMSH, a master class for young musicians is held by the National Academy of Music of Russia (NAMR) and the Russian Academy of Music (RMA).
In 2009, the orchestra became a member of the Russian Philharmonic Company of Perth, a joint venture between the Perth Symphony Orchestra and the Perth Music Company. As part of this collaboration, the company is providing the following orchestras: the Novosibirsk National Symphony Music Society (NSMSH), the Royal Australian and New South Wales Orchestra (RASO) and the Western Australia Symphony. Perth Concert Hall was packed with listeners waiting for the greatest of them all to tackle the basics of the Russian repertoire, with a special performance of the RMA's "Russian Symphony" and a solo performance by a young soloist.
This festival is a highlight in the cultural calendar, attracting Russian and Estonian speakers and presenting works by some of the most famous Russian composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vladimir Nabokov, Mikhail Prokhorov and composers nominated by the Russian Academy of Sciences. The theatre participates in a number of international Russian festivals and hosts the annual Novosibirsk Music Festival, the largest and most prestigious music festival in the world.
Resnianski has performed with a number of orchestras and soloists, including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Academy of Music and the Estonian National Orchestra. Anna has also appeared on stage at the Royal Opera House in London and at New York City Opera.