An artist of renown
After winning numerous prizes in international violin competitions (Montreal, Long-Thibaud in Paris, Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Paganini in Gênes
), Vladimir Spivakov began a brilliant international career. His career took off in the West after a triumphant tour of the United States in 1975 and numerous concerts in Europe. The most renowned orchestras welcomed him as a soloist: Chicago, New York, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, etc and he played under the direction of the greatest conductors: Bernstein, Solti, Ozawa, Maasel, Abbado, Giulini
In 1979, after his debut as a conductor at the Ravinia Festival of Chicago, Vladimir Spivakov formed his own orchestra, "The Moscow Virtuosos", in Russia. In this remarkable chamber orchestra he brought together solo musicians belonging to the best ensembles in his country.
Very rapidly the "The Moscow Virtuosos" gained a sound international reputation, giving more than 120 concerts a year throughout the world.
After acclaiming his exceptional gifts as a violinist, his recordings (more than 30 discs in 5 years) and his magnificent work as the artistic director for the Festival of Colmar, the public applauded Vladimir Spivakov as a complete artist.
Important dates in the life of Vladimir Spivakov ...
A festival looking towards the future
Since the beginning, the International Festival of Colmar, spurred on by its artistic director, has most particularly endeavoured to assist and promote young musicians.
Thus, each year Vladimir Spivakov gives a chance to young artists from the four corners of the world.
Alongside acclaimed artists, these highly talented young people, destined to become the great names of tomorrow, perform in Colmar with an orchestra or in a recital. Acting as a springboard, these concerts often give a tremendous boost to their careers.
Indeed, the Colmar Festival prides itself on the success of its program for young talents.
The artistic Director
Russia is the land of his heart, but this does not stop Vladimir Spivakov from constantly dreaming of a great ecumenist surge bringing peoples and artists together. This dream has been the driving force behind his artistic direction of the International Festival of Colmar over the past ten years (since 1989).
An extremely talented virtuoso, a conductor invited by major orchestra formations and the charismatic conductor of his own orchestra The Moscow Virtuosos, Vladimir Spivakov is also the musical director and main conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia.