Founder & Music Director & Chief Conductor of Russian National Orchestra
Pianist, conductor, and composer Mikhail Pletnev was the Gold Medal and First Prize winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition when he was 21, a prize that earned him early recognition worldwide. An invitation to perform at the 1988 superpower summit in Washington led to a friendship with Mikhail Gorbachev and the historic opportunity to make music in artistic freedom.
In 1990 Pletnev formed the first independent orchestra in Russia’s history. Many of the country’s finest musicians joined Pletnev in launching the Russian National Orchestra. Under his leadership as artistic director and principal conductor, the RNO has achieved great stature among the world’s orchestras. In 2006, he launched the Mikhail Pletnev Fund for the Support of National Culture, a nonprofit that supports major cultural initiatives, including the RNO’s annual Grand Festival that opens the Moscow cultural season each September.
Russian virtuoso pianist Mikhail Pletnev will present eight recitals in China from October 26th to November 7th. Concerts will take place in Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Changsha, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Beijing and Chengdu. He will perform a programme of Mozart and Beethoven works, including Mozart Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-flat Major, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat …
Russian National Orchestra, together with its Founder & Artistic Director Mikhail Pletnev and conductor Alexander Sladkovsky recently completed their tour in China from 15th March to 25th March in 2018. Performances took place in 8 cities, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Nanning. The tour repertoire included Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Gordon Getty’s Ancestor Suite, Mozart’s Clarinet …