ABOUT US. HISTORY

Moscow Chamber Orchestra
“THE SEASONS”

the Orchestra

“The Seasons” Orchestra is one of the brightest orchestras among those which have appeared in Moscow at the mid-nineties. Such factors as astonishing unity of the collective which interprets the compositions from various musical epochs and styles with equally mastership, careful treatment to author’s musical niceties, the riches of sound’s palette give the Orchestra particular feature.

In March, 1994 young and talented violinist Vladislav Bulakhov, the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music graduate, organized and headed new chamber orchestra. At the one of the opening performances in Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory the Orchestra played Antonio Vivaldi' Violin Concerts which presented the name to young collective. At the same time this name has embodied orchestra' creative credo. Vladislav Bulakhov said: “The Seasons is wide conception as in life so in music. It implies the variety of impressions, themes, images, shapes; also life cycle’s stability and eternal renovation in endless course of time. It is so way out the sources and return to them”.

Burst into musical life of Moscow impetuously and brightly “The Seasons” Chamber Orchestra subjugated the public sympathy pretty quickly and conquered the professionals' respect. In consequence of such rising since 1999 “The Seasons” has had the status of a state orchestra. So brilliantly it was valued by musical society espesially for following: creative original, high concert activity, participation in season ticket of Moscow State Philarmonia and prestigious festivals such as “Viennese Evenings”, “Gold Epoch of Bow Art”, “Music of North European Countries”, “The history of Russian Piano Concert”, in memory of Y. Yankelevich, “Russian Winter”, “Russia’s Talents” e.c.

The orchestra’s expansive repertoire ranges from works by masters of the Baroque period to those of contemporary composers. There are more than 50 concerts in Moscow-city annualy, performances in the provinces, foreign tours, support of young musicians, charity, creative union with famous solists, exclusive programs.

One of the most interesting orchestra’s projects became Festival-Gift “Lots years” dedicated to jubilee of Russian ballet legendary star — Maya Plisetskaya. With grandiose success this festival took place in November, 2005 in Moscow.

Another important stage for orchestra’s progress was the organization of its own music festival — International Music Festival “THE SEASONS”, which has been holding annualy in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar and Sochi.

Also since 2007 the Orchestra has been establishing Festival about Mozart music “Mozart! You are God…”.

Today “The Seasons” Chamber Orchestra consists of 20 graduates of Russia’s most prestigious musical academies and conservatoires. Each player strongly devoted to favourite vocation and could keep youthful enthusiasm and contagious energy. Hard joint working and the collaboration with famous musicians of genius helps them constantly to increase the level of creative goals.

Since 1995 “The Seasons” has had the tours in Germany, Taiwan, United Kingdom, China, Italy, France, Spain, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia.

The Orchestra enjoins extensive press coverage, including newspapers, periodicals, television and radio, such as “Culture” TV, Radio Russia and Radio “Orpheus”.



the Conductor

“Talented and charming leader, clever and temperamental musician…”
Rodion Shedrin, composer

Vladislav Bulakhov graduated from the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music as a violinist in 1984. Since 1983, for almost ten years he had worked at the reestablishing New Moscow Chamber Orchestra headed by Igor Zhukov. The experience acquired during that period of his life in ochestra added to the intensive studies with his father, a professional conductor, formed the foundation for the creation of “The Seasons” Chamber Orchestra. Bulakhov considers that the performance at the First International Festival of Classical Guitar in November, 1994 was the beginning of his conductor’s career. Wide concert’s activity during the next year in the best Moscow halls and following successful tours in Germany showed clearly that new bright and original figure of young conductor appeared in Moscow musical life.

Mr. Bulakhov’s artistic manner is characterized by convincing, presice and rhythmically clear gestures, a natural temperament and the ability to bring out each individual voice in the musical score. His intimate knowledge of string instruments enables him to achieve an extraordinary variety of orchestral tone colours with expressive articulation and a seemingly endless range of dynamic gradations. The conductor’s careful consideration of the composer’s score and his attention to details are displayed in unity with the confident perception of the architectonics of the musical whole. All of these factors combined with uncommon manager’s skills determined a success ot the orchestra, which conquered a popularity among the listeners to classical music in Russia and over the world.

In 2004 Bulakhov became Honoured Artist of Russia.

Today Vladislav Bulakhov, as the principal conductor of “The Seasons” Orchestra, is capable of interpreting works of various musical eras and styles with equal mastership. He posseses the ability to learn new compositions quickly and proficiently, has a talent for management and the capacity to work hard, all of which promise an interesting and creative future for this musician.



the Orchestra Staff

Today “The Seasons” Chamber Orchestra consists of 20 players, whose average age is about thirty. Everybody has a precise sensation of his part in musical score. It gives the Orchestra particular unity, as a result of which it can be heard an emotional manner of performance and living expressiveness.

  • Artistic director and Conductor
    Honoured Artist of Russia
    Vladislav Bulakhov

  • Orchestra Concertmaster
    All-Russian competition' laureate
    Maria Fedorova (violin)

  • the First violins
    Oleg Borisov (All-Russian competition' laureate),
    Julia Pakhomova,
    Olga Albegova

  • the Second violins
    Sergey Boiko (temporary the group principal),
    Ivan Spiridonov,
    Nina Kim,
    Anastasia Ptitsyna

  • Violas
    Pavel Preobrazhensky (the group principal)
    Irina Val’kova,
    Elena German


  • Violoncellos
    Dmitriy Fedorov (the International competition' laureate; the group principal)
    Ekaterina Dobrokhotova,
    Anna Balakina


  • Contrabass
    Victor Zharov

  • Piano, cembalo, organ
    Elena Aghabalyants (the International festival' diplomant)

  • Orchestra Director
    Mark Aghabalyants

  • PR-manager
    Natalia Bobrova