Recent eventsFrom 26 January till 2 February 2020, there was a Germany tour of MPO on eight cities: Stuttgart-Berlin-Nuernberg-Essen-Regensburg-Wiesbaden-Mannheim-Muenchen. The second conductor was Maestro Yuri Botnari.
On December 3, 2019, a celebration concert dedicated to 100 years of the Moscow Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Institute took place on stage of Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire. Beside many music moments, it was a ceremony of giving the Honored Professor titles to Maestro Simonov, Maxim Vengerov, Yuri Bashmet and Rena Shereshevskaya.
In November 2019, Maestro was a Chairman of the Jury at the Third All-Russia Music Competition – symphonic and opera conducting section.
October 26, 2019, on stage of Mariinsky Concert Hall, there was a special concert of the St-Petersburg Conservatoire Student Orchestra in occasion of Maestro Simonov receiving a title of Honored Professor of the Conservatoire. The program included a World premiere of “Orchestral Chants” by Sergey Slonimsky, the 2d Piano Concerto by Shostakovich (soloist - Peter Laul) and R-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade”.
In October 2019, there was a new UK tour with MPO. The soloists were Peter Donohoe, Aleksandra Dariescu and Natalia Lomeiko. The second conductor was Maestro Yuri Botnari. In Birmingham, on October 15th, there was a World premiere of “Event Horizon” by Maria Antal.
The XV master-course for conductors at Moscow Philharmony took place in Tchaikovsky Hall from 5 to 17 July 2019. (please look at Master Classes page)
25 - 27 June 2019 the XVIth Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
In June 2019 Maestro and MPO took part in famous Platonov Festival in Voronezh.
Back in Saratov: on April 25 there were master-class for the Saratov Conservatoire Orchestra and for young conductors. And – as it happens every year in the Central music school – giving the Maestro Simonov Prize to best graduate of 2019 – this time to Yegor Kniazev.
End of March 2019 – concerts with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra.
In March 2019 Maestro was in Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk. There was a master-class for young conductors of Ekaterinburg Conservatoire as well.
On November 18, 2018 in S-Petersburg there was a concert with the St-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Ekaterina Mechetina as a soloist for Mozart Piano Concerto No.20
In October – November – December 2018, Maestro led the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra to Russian cities Yaroslavl, Vologda, Tcherepovets, Saransk, Samara, Ulyanovsk and Sochi._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
On October 7, 2018 in Budapest Liszt Music Academy there was a celebration on occasion of Solti Chamber Orchestra’s 20 Years Jubilee.
Maestro Simonov conducted their first concert back in 1998, and now it was a fantastic return.
June 23 to July 5, 2018 – The 4-th Moscow
Master-Course (please look at Master Classes page)
On 25 May 2018, also in Saratov, Maestro conducted the “Prince Igor” by Borodin at Sobinov Festival.
On 17 April 2018, in home town Saratov, Maestro gave his Prize to this year best student-graduate of the Central music school which he was a graduate back in 1956. The recipient – fifteen years old cellist Maria Klimenko.
Also, earlier that day, Maestro gave a master-class to the Orchestra of Saratov State Music Conservatory.
Guest conducting the San Carlo Theater Orchestra in Naples marked 50-years-occasion of Maestro’s triumph in Roma - winning the Fifth Santa Cecilia conductors competition in 1968.
“The programme was guided by the excellent Yuri Simonov, a conductor of first-class vintage style, and harbinger of a culture unhampered by irrational intellectual biases… two works made a rare outing, the Symphony No. 26 (‘Lamentation’) by Haydn and the ‘Russian Easter Festival Overture’ by Rimsky-Korsakov. Majestically directed by an artist seeped in the spirit of the grand overture… [the Rimsky-Korsakov] was the high point of the evening… This concert was certainly one of the highlights of the Theatre’s symphonic season.” – Massimo Lo Jacono, ROMA
The soloist for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto was Esther Yoo.
“Two in one” concert on 4 March 2018, was dedicated to Maestro’s 77-th birthday and “20 years together” with MPO. The concert program included “Eine kleine Nachtmusic” by Mozart, Triple Concerto by Beethoven and First symphony by Brahms. (And sweet pastry – afterwards!)
The China/S.Korea tour of MPO was in November 2017 and took Maestro and the Orchestra to Guanchgou, Hong-Kong, Seoul and Daegu. The concerts in Shenjen and Chinju were conducted by Yuri Botnari.
The soloists were famous Lu Shikun and Sergei Krylov.
Maestro Simonov was a guest conductor to the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nizhny-Novgorod and played all-Shostakovich-program on 3 November 2017 – in order to celebrate the 110 anniversary of the great composer (1906 - 1975).
In October 2017, Maestro and MPO visited the Ural region city Cheliabinsk.
Beside a regular concert at the Philharmony, they played a special educational concert at Ural Univercity.
MPO’s Japan tour was from 28 June to 9 July 2017.
Maestro Yuri Simonov led 7 concerts (in Tokyo, Kawasaki, Mito, Musashino, Nerima, Osaka) and Maestro Yuri Botnari led 4 concerts (Niigata, Fukuoka, Iwakuni, Miyadzaki).
UK tour of 16 concerts took place from 10 to 30 May 2017 and it ended first time in Dublin
Yuri Simonov name prize was awarded to Liza IVANOVA, the graduate of Saratov Central Music School on 29 April 2017
29 April 2017 - the Second master class for the Orchestra of Saratov Conservatoire
Maestro Simonov was invited to lead the 10th Orchestra Academy of two biggest music high schools of Switzerland – Zurich High School for Arts and Geneva Conservatoire. The Third Symphony by Gliere was chosen for this big event.
November 2016 – Saratov – 100-year-jubilee of music school
October 2016 – Hong-Kong
June 2016 – concerts in Kaliningrad, Svetlogorsk and Yaroslavl
March 2016 – Jubilee concert in Moscow – «Yuri Simonov 75»
November 2015 – Second All-Russian Conductors Competition.
December 2014 - opening of Virtual Concert Hall.
November 2014 – opening of new Concert Hall.
2nd Moscow International Master Class for young conductors took place at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall from 26June to 8 July 2014.
For more information, please look at Master-classes page.
In the season 2013/14 Maestro Simonov conducted:
George Enescu Philharmonic (Bucharest) Savaria Philharmonic Sofia Philharmonic Croatian Radio and TV Orchestra (Zagreb)
1st Moscow International Master Class for young conductors took place at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall from 5 to 17 July 2013.
For more information, please look at Master-classes page.
Maestro turned 70 in March 2011. He celebrated it with a special jubilee program in Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. The program consisted of Dvorak’s Symphony 9 “From the New World” in first part and Wagner’s Prelude to “Tristan and Isolde” plus Stravinsky’s Suite “The Firebird” (1919).
Two greeting-telegrams from the President Dmitry Medvedev and from the Prime-minister Vladimir Putin were being announced before the concert by the minister for Culture Mr. Alexander Avdeyev.
three New Year Concerts: two in
(under baton of Maestro Botnari).
of Sergey Slonimsky’s Symphony No. 27. The composer himself was present at premiere.
In November 2008 MPO
made a nine-concert-tour to
The program has consisted of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture; Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 (soloist Dmitry Gordin) and Tchaikovsky’s Large Suite from “Sleeping Beauty” (compiled by Yuri Simonov).
Firstly, I am very thankful and grateful to Maestro. I was delighted to work with Maestro, and very impressed by him. He is the best conductors I have worked with in my career. Maestro is the “energy maker” of the orchestra. What I mean by this is, his presence and conducting creates the world of music and his energy is so influential that it brings the orchestra and soloist together in a very special way. The “energy” of Maestro radiates to all musicians and without him, the music we made cannot be created.
Secondly, I am very thankful to have worked with the flutists (both the two young musicians, and the elder one(principal) ). The emotions and feelings are in the sounds they make. I was also amazed at how each and every one of the musicians in the orchestra was prepared to perform any piece of music. This orchestra’s capacity of each player in adapting the music is exceptional. For example, they can play the Rachmaninov very well, but they can play the Rossini as good as Rachmaninov also. They have the ability to adapt to any music.
Lastly but not least, I truly wish to work with the Maestro and the
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra again, many many times to come in the
future. Also, I want to go to Russia to perform with them.
2007. Dec. 10
On the 1 October 2007 Maestro opened his season number ten with MPO in Moscow.
The program contained Mendelssohn overture to
“The Fair Melusine”, Mozart’s “Sinfonia
Concertante” (version for Violin and Cello) and
Tchaikovsky’s Large Suite from “Sleeping Beauty”
compiled by Y. Simonov.
On 29 June 2007 the MPO and Maestro Simonov took part in Tchaikovsky competition.
They accompanied to singers at their third leg of
On 24 May Hungarian Opera celebrated 30 years jubilee of collaboration with Maestro Simonov.
His first performance there – “Karmen” (Bizet) took place on 17 April 1977.
During those thirty years Maestro has appeared in Opera
almost every year; he made new productions of all Wagner operas as well
as Tchaikovsky’s “Queen of Spades”.
Hong Kong Arts Festival
In February 2007 there were three opening concerts for 35th Hong Kong Arts Festival
On 29 September 2006 in Moscow was a concert with world famous soprano Sumi JO
In September 2006 maestro Simonov conducted MPO concert at UNESCO (Paris). The program was dedicated to 100 anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich.
On 20 May, 2006 Maestro Simonov conducted opening night of Wagner's "Die Nuernbergen Meistersinger".
Further performances were on 24, 27, 31 May, 3 and 11 June.
In November 2005 Yuri Simonov led Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra on UK tour
There were eleven concerts in different cities.
Photo at Birmingham Symphony Hall - November 12, 2005.