HISTORY OF THE ORCHESTRA
The Capital Symphony Orchestra was founded in Moscow in March 2017 by the internationally renowned conductor Vladimir Gorbik. In May 2017, the organization’s first professional recording was made in the State House of Broadcasting & Sound Recording in Moscow by the distinguished Russian sound producer Pavel Lavrenenkov. On May 27, 2017, the orchestra performed for the first time on stage in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In September 2017, sound engineer Andrei Semenov conducted a studio recording of Mozart’s Divertimento K.136 in the Central House of Architects in Moscow.
The orchestra has already earned attention and acclaim from reviewers around the world. The Assistant Editor of Fanfare Magazine, James Alteena, a renowned journalist and musicologist from Philadelphia, flew to Moscow specially to attend the CSO’s concert on January 30 in the Lesser Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, after which he published his review on the Russian website “ArtMuscovia.” Colorado journalist Aaron Seth Hanisch wrote his review specially for “Vechernyaya Moskva” (Evening Moscow) newspaper about the CSO’s “Music for Strings” concert on April 12, 2018 in the Arkhipovsky Music Salon of the International Music Professionals Union. Journalists from Moscow newspapers “Kommersant,” “Musical Klondike,” and “Nezavisimaya Gazeta;” the journal “Musical Life;” websites “Musical Seasons” and “ArtMuscovia;” and Central Asian news portal “Uzbekistan News” all published their own stories about the orchestra and its conductor. In October 2018, television station “Dobro TV” and social media platform “Yelitsy” hosted an episode of “Fate of the Artist” about Vladimir Gorbik and his choral and orchestral work in Russia, America, Central Asia, and Australia. In February 2019, on the news station “Spas,” renowned Russian journalist Boris Kostenko spoke with the conductor about his orchestral and choral work on his program “Vechnost’ i Vremya” (Eternity and Time).
Gorbik’s performing experience and his close collaboration with CSO producer Dr. Nicholas Reeves, New York-based composer and professor at Adelphi University, help the organization’s leadership promote the new orchestra on the international scene. Convinced by his experience that everyday Americans and Russians are interested in working together on many artistic levels, Vladimir Gorbik believes that this interaction must be encouraged. On February 6, 2018, with the help of Nicholas Reeves, the American branch of performers of The Capital Symphony Orchestra was organized. At this time, a recording of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio” was tracked and produced, and the filming of an accompanying advertising clip for the orchestra was also produced. On October 19, 2018, the Orchestra debuted in the United States in Adelphi University’s concert hall in Garden City, New York, with a music program of American and Italian composers.
On October 30, 2019 in the Catholic Church of Saint John Nepomucene in Manhattan, The Capital Symphony Orchestra will perform the first of a series of concerts in the U.S., entitled “Breaking Boundaries.” They will perform the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Vladigerov, Anna Clyne, and the world premiere of the Concertino Campane for piano and string orchestra by Nicholas Reeves.
The CSO collaborated with the renowned Russian sound recorder Gennady Panin of Mosfilm Studios, who at present is completing work on the company’s first CD: “Franz Schubert, ‘Tragic’ Symphony #4, and Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony #1.” The anticipated release date of this recording is slated for later in 2019.
Vladimir Gorbik recorded two CDs for PaTRAM with the world-class recording company, Sound Mirror. This company has, to date, 116 Grammy awards and nominations to its credit. Its founder and sound engineer, John Newton, and producer Blanton Alspaugh, helped make both of Maestro Gorbik's CDs. Maestro Gorbik anticipates making a new recording of the Capital Symphony Orchestra in the near future together with Sound Mirror. The program is to comprise of music by both Russian and American composers.
New opportunities opened up for the Capital Symphony Orchestra on December 7, 2018. Vladimir Gorbik, in his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Male Choir of the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM), received a nomination for the 61st Grammy-2018 award in the category "Best Choral Performance" for the disc "Teach Me Thy Statutes." This CD was recorded by Soundmirror and released in the USA by the reference publishing company Reference Recordings in May 2018. MusicWeb International magazine in America called this work "The 2018 Record of the Year".
The combination of both his choral and orchestral work on two continents is one of Maestro Gorbik’s defining specialties.