Vladimir Gorbik

Vladimir Gorbik (1970.) is the founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Capital Symphony Orchestra in Moscow and its branch in New York, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Symphonic and Choral Conducting of the Peter I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, and a member of the International Union of Musical Figures. Today his name is widely known in the world of music.

A remarkable comment about the Maestro recently originated from the Uzbek press: "The indefatigable perfection of Gorbik’s skill, his tireless creative search, and his extraordinary enthusiasm, characterize him as genuinely devoted to the composer’s music. Under his hands an incredibly vibrant performance, filled with special light, made an indelible impression on the listeners, convincing within even their own serious and professional perspectives." To this we must add that he always finds his own approach to any executable they work, successfully conveying the depth of the works performed to his audience.

The creative destiny of Vladimir Gorbik is quite an interesting success story. He was born in Moscow. In 1976 he entered music school, where he studied violin, cello and piano. Then followed the training at the Theory and Composition Department of the Peter I. Tchaikovsky Sverdlovsk Music School in the Composition class of Valentin Barykin. In 1988 the future conductor worked in the brass band of the Military Institute of Physical Culture in St. Petersburg, where he played wind and various percussion instruments. The resulting professional basis allowed Gorbik in 1993 to successfully finish his course in the Conducting Department of the Academic Music College at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the class of Yuri Bibin.

The future conductor withstood the most difficult competition at the entrance examination to the Moscow Conservatory, where his teacher and mentor in the class of Opera and Symphony Conducting was Professor Igor Dronov. In 2000, Gorbik completed this stage of his training with honors, receiving a red diploma.

His creative experience is also indicative. He worked with the Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory Opera Studio in 1995, and two years later with the Symphony Orchestra of the of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. It was then that Gorbik realized that conducting was the center of his musical interests. In subsequent years, he became the principal guest conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Mikhail I. Glinka Smolensk Philharmonic Society, and even now, he regularly conducts in the Kremlin at various important events.

In 2001, Vladimir Gorbik met with the world-famous conductor Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseev. This master invited Gorbik to rehearse his group - the Peter I. Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra in Studio Five of the State House of Broadcasting and Sound Recording. The young conductor enthusiastically attended them. He saw how Vladimir Ivanovich was attentive to detail and always careful in matters of management of the orchestra, its rehearsals, and in speeches. The Maestro did not separate emotions, life experiences and aspirations from music. For each of his musicians, he was not only a leader, but also a friend. These meetings with Fedoseev became a powerful stimulus in the professional development of the young conductor.

In 2004 Vladimir Gorbik conducted in the Kremlin for the inauguration of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and in 2008 at the Inauguration of Dmitry Medvedev.

Vladimir Gorbik's intensive conducting activity takes place both at the leading concert venues in Moscow and in various regions of Russia, as well as in his work as a guest conductor in the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Central Asia.

Maestro Gorbik’s professional activity includes pedagogical training. Since 2012, he has been teaching at the Faculty of Symphony and Choral Conducting of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Simultaneously, from that year he has given conducting master classes abroad, starting in the United States of America, then later at the Sydney Conservatory and the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan.

In 2016, Vladimir Gorbik took part in the Golden Autumn International Festival of Arts, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He came to the capital of Uzbekistan at the invitation of Anvar Raimdzhanov, the artistic director of the Soloists of Uzbekistan Chamber, and successfully conducted the monographic program "Wolfgang A. Mozart" for the 260th anniversary of the great Austrian genius. This opened an opportunity for him to perform the following year with a select group of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan.

That wonderful evening performance featured very interesting program. It included the Second Symphony and Egmont Overture, both composed by Ludwig van Beethoven and Variations on the Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra by Peter Iliych Tchaikovsky. The selections for this program, as well as the beautiful manner of conducting the Russian maestro presented were warmly received by the public, which at the end of each work exploded with prolonged applause. As a result, Vladimir Gorbik became an invited conductor for both the Soloists of Uzbekistan and the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan.

Vladimir Gorbik's performance at the Moscow Symphony Orchestra of the Pavel Slobodkin Center in March 2018 was a great success. That evening featured the Suite from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet, the First Suite from the ballet The Three-cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla, Spanish Capriccio by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the overture named Memories of a Summer Night in Madrid by M. I. Glinka.

Another important facet of the creative activity of Maestro Gorbik was the creation and artistic direction in March 2017 in Moscow of the Capital Symphony Orchestra. With this group, he has already successfully performed not only on the stage of the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, but also carried out the first professional recording made by the world-famous Russian sound engineer Pavel Lavrenevkov at the legendary Studio Five of the State House of Radio Broadcasting and Sound Recording. This recording session included the Dies Irae, from Wolfgang A. Mozart’s Requiem, as well as the popular composition of Alexandra Pakhmutova based on the poem of Nikolai Dobronravov, "Let us bow down before those great years."

The recording revealed Maestro Gorbik’s amazing ability to “get inside” the spirit of the music, whether that spirit be from church services in classical Europe or the very secular memory of those lost in the battle of Stalingrad during the Great Patriotic War (WWII), as both circumstances transmit very powerful memories to the listeners. In each case, the music sounds completely authentic within its own context, and each selection does not suffer from an interpretation foreign to its own nature.

Following this ensemble's success, in September of 2017, Gorbik created the Capital Symphony Chamber Orchestra, with which he made another professional audio recording and videotape of the Divertimento (K.136), also by Wolfgang A. Mozart.

And yet the place where Maestro Gorbik’s work truly shines is in his concert performances, which give him complete freedom of creative expression and independence in the formation of a repertoire that includes works of different eras and styles, from the Baroque to the works of contemporary authors.

Both Russian and Western musical experts especially note the constant aspiration of Maestro Gorbik to penetrate deeply into any given compositional style. They particularly note his ability to convey the spirit of the era of each of the composers he performs, which gives him the opportunity to be a very interesting interpreter of contemporary music. This ability is noted by both music critics and composers themselves, among them very famous contemporary composers, such as Vladislav Agafonnikov and Roman Ledenev, who are themselves also professors at the Moscow Conservatory.

Both public and professional colleagues are delighted with the subtle sense of style and freshness of performances given by Maestro Gorbik. A strong and prolonged ovation also accompanied the concert on April 12, 2018, when he performed with the Capital Symphony Chamber Orchestra at the Arkhipov Concert Hall of the International Union of Musical Figures, which included Serenade for String Orchestra by Tchaikovsky and The Tenth Symphony for String Orchestra, by Felix Mendelssohn.

Of particular note is the collaboration of Vladimir Gorbik with the Professor of Composition, Dr. Nicholas Reeves at Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island, New York, which led to the creation in February 2018 of the New York Branch of the Capital Symphony Orchestra. In the University’s concert hall, this ensemble recorded a promotional video featuring Adagio for Strings, the music of Samuel Barber, and in October 2018 the world premiere of one of the works of Nicholas Reeves is planned in the USA.

Vladimir Gorbik's professional dream is to unite the creative efforts of musicians from different continents in order to exchange cultural values between the West and the East. And he works very hard to accomplish this goal, establishing and strengthening international cooperation in friendship and mutual understanding between people in our dynamic and turbulent times.