Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Music Director & Chief Conductor Pavel Kogan

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)

Music Director & Chief Conductor - Pavel Kogan



The MSSO was founded in 1943 by the Government of the USSR and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in Russia.

Leo Steinberg, the People's Artist of USSR, a conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, was the first Chief Conductor of the MSSO and led the orchestra until his death in 1945. Then the leadership of the MSSO was carried out by such famous Soviet musicians as Nikolai Anosov (1945 - 1950), Leo Ginzburg (1950 - 1954), Mikhail Terian (1954 - 1960), Veronika Dudarova (1960 - 1989). Thanks to cooperation with them the orchestra became one of the best symphonic ensembles in the country, but was known primarily by performances of Russian and Soviet classical music, including premieres of compositions written by S.Prokofiev, N.Myaskovsky, D.Shostakovich, R.Glier.

A new era in the history of the MSSO began under direction of Pavel Kogan. The Maestro took up the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the orchestra in 1989 and immediately reformed the collective’s repertoire, enriching it by works of European and American music.

The grandiose monographic cycles of full collections of symphonic compositions by the greatest composers: I. Brahms, L. van Beethoven, F. Schubert, R. Schumann, R. Strauss, F. Mendelssohn, G. Mahler, A. Bruckner, J. Sibelius, A. Dvorak, P. Tchaikovsky, A. Glazunov, S. Rachmaninov, S. Prokofiev, D. Shostakovich, A. Scriabin, G. Berlioz, C. Debussy, M. Ravel became of the visiting card of the MSSO.  The large-scale programs of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra consist of symphonic, opera and vocal-symphonic classical music, works of modern composers, many forgotten and unfamiliar pieces to the audience.
Due to the variety of programs and the eternally high-level of performances, the MSSO has earned respect and love of audience in Russia and worldwide. The orchestra annually gives concerts in the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, including popular personal and mixed subscription cycles. The orchestra regularly performs in the Grand Hall of the D.D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia and on stages of other cities of Russia, and also has been touring abroad. Over past twenty-five years the MSSO tours have taken place in more than fifty countries, including the USA, Great Britain, Japan, Spain, Austria, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, France, South Korea, Australia, China, and Switzerland.

The collective created a collection of records, including CDs and DVDs with studio and “live” performances, radio and TV broadcasts. In 1990, Pioneer made “live” recording of the piano and violin concerts of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 performed by MSSO and Maestro Pavel Kogan (soloists - Alexey Sultanov, Maxim Vengerov). In the early 90s, the film “Traveling with the Orchestra” about the MSSO tour under the direction of Pavel Kogan in Europe and St. Petersburg was released. The cycle of Rachmaninov’s works published by the Alto label is widely known and very popular. The interpretations of three symphonies and “Symphonic Dances” created by the MSSO and P. Kogan topped the lists of all existing explications.

The orchestra is proud of its partnership with prominent conductors and soloists: Yevgeny Svetlanov, Kirill Kondrashin, Alexandr Orlov, Natan Rakhlin, Samuil Samosud, Valery Gergiev, David Oistrakh, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Vladimir Sofronitsky, Sergei Lemeshev, Ivan Kozlovsky, Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran and many others.

Collaboration with Pavel Kogan has earned for the MSSO a reputation of the orchestra which has been propagating the highest standards of music proficiency, demonstrating artistic handling to programs development, having a wide range of loyal fans around the world. This wonderful tandem fully confirms its status from concert to concert. The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra never rests on its laurels and tirelessly strives for the peaks not yet conquered.
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