Antonio Vivaldi, one of the major representatives of Baroque, is recognized as the founder of instrumental concerto genre, he marked the beginning of orchestra programme music. Vivaldi wrote about 550 concertos, among them 350 – for solo instrument and orchestra (more than 230 for violin), about 40 for 2 instruments, more than 30 for several solos and about 60 for orchestra without solo. He wrote several concertos for unusual instrument’s combinations, such as viola d’amour and lute, and for wind instruments, including clarinet, horn, bassoon, oboe, and flute. Some of his concertos are programme, for example, “Storm at the Sea”, (3 concertos have such title), “Hunting”, “Anxiety”, “Rest”, “Night”, “Proteus, or the World Inside Out”. Vivaldi composed a lot of vocal music (both sacred and secular). He is the author of tens of operas (about 20 remained).
Rodion Petrov graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky (class of Professor M. Glezarova). His debut when he was 7 years old took place with Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseev. In 1992 the violinist received diploma and special prize at the First Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. Since 1999 till 2001 he studied at the Queen Sofia Music College in Madrid, class of Professor Z. Bron. Prize winner of the International Competition “Valsesia Musica” (Italy, 2005, I Prize), the Fourth Moscow International Paganini Competition (2005, II Prize), the International Competition named after Rodolfo Lipizer (Italy, 2006, II Prize and five special prizes), the International Paganini Competition (Italy, Genoa, 2007, II Prize).
Alexander Zababurkin graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky (class of Professor N. Shahovskaya). Prize-winner of international competitions and festivals. With pianist M. Shatalkin he won the Chamber Ensembles Competition in Thessaloniki (Greece, 2005). In 2006 he received the 1 Prize and Special Prize “The Best Stringed Musician” at the Chamber Duets Competitions in Katrineholm (Sweden). He toured in Greece, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Canada, Brazil, etc.
Sergey Kondrashev graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky majoring in choral conducting (class of Professor V. Goriunov) and in opera and symphonic conducting (classes of Professors M. Ermler and G. Rozhdestvensky). Worked with with National Philharmonic of Russia, Russian National Orchestra, and with Symphony Orchestra of Russia as well. Since 2005 to 2009 Sergey Kondrashev was a conductor of Moscow City Symphony “Russian Philharmonic”. Since 2011 Sergey Kondrashev is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Orpheus Radio station. Tours – USA, China, Germany.