Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic is resident orchestra of Moscow International House of Music (MIHM). Since 2002, the very moment of its opening, MIHM is concert and rehearsal base of Russian Philharmonic.
Moscow International House of Music is a modern performing arts centre which does not have analogues in Russia. It’s an independent producers’ association which arranges performances of Russian and foreign symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists-instrumentalists, opera and ballet artists, theatre, jazz, variety, and folk groups.
House of Music on Krasnye Holmy is a ten-storied building with a total area about 42.000 square metres built in 2002 on the initiative of the Moscow City Government and outstanding musician and public figure Vladimir Spivakov. MIHM opened its first season in autumn 2003, proving itself as one of the most prestigious venues in Moscow. Except Russian Philharmonic, The National Philharmonic of Russia, State Chamber Orchestra “Moscow Virtuosi”, and the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation are based at MIHM as well. Infrastructure of the House of Music includes recording studio with rehearsal room, audio and video complex with European standard multiple switching system, exhibition hall, restaurant and summer patio, underground parking, and Blutner German piano brand showroom.
Concerts and performances, major international forums and recitals, presentations and festive shows, conferences and corporate meetings are held in Svetlanov Hall (1699 seats), Chamber Hall (556 seats), and Theatre Hall (524 seats) of the Moscow International House of Music.
Svetlanov Hall is named after outstanding Soviet and Russian conductor Evgeny Svetlanov. The hall is paneled with Siberian larch wood which is reputed to be the best “acoustic” wood in the world. The biggest organ in Russia built by two leading German companies, Glatter-Gotz and Klais is placed at Svetlanov Hall. The instrument has 84 stops, 4 manuals and possesses unparalleled sound abilities. The bronze bust of Evgeny Svetlanov by sculptor M. Anikushin is set up in the foyer of the hall. It was donated to the House of Music by Nina Svetlanova, the widow of the great conductor on June 13, 2005.
Chamber Hall is located on ground flours beneath Svetlanov Hall. It is decorated with pillars in green and purple tones. The hall is furnished with a movable positive organ with 7 stops and 1 manual made by German company Glatter-Gotz. In terms of its architectural acoustics, Chamber Hall is considered one of the best Moscow venues to perform chamber music.
Theatre Hall is multifunctional. Number of seats may range from 400 to 524. The hall and foyer are designed in violet colour in combination with dark-brown and grey.