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The Rakhmaninov Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra)

The Rakhmaninov Symphony Orchestra (RSO), founded in 1995, was directed by the celebrated conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre Andrei Chistyakov.

The RSO collaborates with many composers, both in Russia and abroad, including Michelle Legrande and Ennio Morricone. As a result of such collaborations, the orchestra has not only performed many successful concerts, but also released numerous disks.

The RSO has worked with such companies as:
Movida-film and television A.B.
Nordisk-film
Concorde-New Horizons. USA
TOEI. Japan
Ima films, UGC Images. France
Numero Uno, Artmosfera. Italy

From its founding, the orchestra has participated in the yearly Maya Plisetskaya Festival in Finland, where they have performed such works as Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmen.

With the arrival in 2005 of A. Petukhov, the orchestra intensified its performance schedule: they now perform in Moscow"s finest concert halls, including the Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall, The Central State Concert Hall "Russia", and the Kremlin Palace. The RSO has a long-term contract with the Kremlin Palace, which is located in the territory of the Kremlin and has seating for 6000.

At the Italian-Russian Festival, the RSO premiered modern Italian composer Bruno Cantini"s opera "Anastasia". The festival was an important event in Moscow"s cultural life.

In the near future, the RSO is planning concerts in Finland, France, and Germany.


Alexander Petukhov is a professor of the Moscow State Conservatory, professor of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, honorary professor of the International Academy of Science in San Marino, vice president of the International Union of Musicians, and a distinguished figure in Russia"s cultural life. Since 1998, A. Petukhov serves as both director and conductor of the Moscow Conservatory Opera Studio.

A graduate of Moscow State Conservatory, A. Petukhov has directed professional symphony orchestras from 18 years of age. During his years as a student of the Conservatory, many important symphonic works were performed under his direction, including operas of Tchaikovskii, Puccini and Prokofiev. At 22 years of age he was invited to conduct the Moscow State Operetta Theatre orchestra, and after six months to conduct the State Symphony Cinematic Orchestra of the Soviet Union, in which over 250 musicians worked under his direction.

Over the course of his fourteen years with this ensemble, A. Petukhov maintained an active concert schedule, and also recorded music of widely varying styles. During this period, they recorded music for more than 1500 films, (including the cult series "Seventeen Moments of Spring"), shows, and television programs, as well as dozens of symphonies, operas, and ballets.

From 1983 to 1988 A. Petukhov served as artistic director and conductor of the countries most celebrated orchestra- the All-Union Radio and TV Orchestra. Daily radio broadcasts, as well as frequent concerts made him a famous and beloved public figure.

From 1989 to 1994 he toured with the concerts all over the world. And beginning with 1995 he became a professor of the Moscow State Conservatory. A. Petukhov joined the Rakhmaninov Symphony Orchestra as the artistic director and chief conductor in 2005.


Alexey OSETROV.

Graduated from Moscow State Conservatoire named after P.I.Tchaikovsky (pedagogues E.Leonov and G.Rozhdestvensky) with distinguished diplomas. In 1997 was invited to the music theatre Amadeus, where he staged several pieces by Mozart and Strauss. In 1999 he was invited as a conductor to the Opera studio at Moscow Conservatoire, where participated in the production of the opera Aleko by S.Rakhmaninov. In 2000 Alexey Osetrov staged operas Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky and Boris Godunov by M.Mussorgsky at the Opera Studio-Theatre named after S.Prokofiev. In 2001 he participated (under the guidance of G.Rozhdestvensky) in staging of The Gambler at the Bolshoi Theatre and one year later, together with the famous conductor G.Zhemchuzhin, he worked at the ballet Magic Flute by R.Drigo. During the season of 2003/2004 Alexey Osetrov conducted at Helikon Opera Theatre. He also performs extensively as a guest conductor in the country and abroad. His repertoire includes classical operas, ballets and symphony music programmes.


Konstantin KHVATINETS.

Graduated from the State Musical Collage named after the Gnesins (pedagogue V.Kalinin) with the distinguished diploma. Later graduated from Moscow State Conservatoire ( his pedagogues were B.Tevlin and G.Rozhdestvensky). Since 2005 Konstantin Khvatinets is on probation with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (artistic director and chief conductor V.Spivakov). And alongside with this he is a conductor of the Children"s Music Theatre named after N.Sats. His repertoire includes music and ballet performances. He was invited as a guest conductor to perform at the Bolshoi theatre during the presentation of the Bolshoi ballet school in Brasil graduates Gala programme. In 2006 he has brought into life a new production of Chippollino by K.Khachaturyan on the stage of Children”s Music Theatre.