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Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra

Tatarstan Natl Symphony Orchestra



From the ancient capital city of Kazan, on a wide expanse of the Volga River in the centre of Russia, comes the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, making their Chinese debut in 2018.

The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra is a first-class ensemble, thanks to the youth and vibrancy of its members and their superb musicianship, and to the leadership of its charismatic and highly acclaimed music director, Alexander Sladkovsky – one of the most successful and honoured conductors of his generation.

Known as the “best kept secret of Russia”, the ensemble rivals the best orchestras of St Petersburg and Moscow and has recently begun touring to the major theatres of Europe, including the famed Musikverein (“the golden hall”) in Vienna.

Tatarstan Natl Symphony Orchestra

The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra

The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra and their music director Alexander Sladkovsky are just beginning their entry onto the international musical circuit with well-reviewed tours to Europe, including Germany and the Musikverein in Vienna.

The orchestra has a distinguished history, starting with Nathan Rakhlin, who gave the world premiere of Shostakovich’s Eleventh Symphony in 1957. Since he was appointed in 2010, Sladkovsky has created a superlative ensemble with some marvellously gifted musicians, and the ensemble owes some of its brilliance to Italian instruments given as a gift to the orchestra by the President of Tatarstan.

The TNSO has enjoyed a long, successful history of collaborations with renowned operatic and instrumental luminaries including Galina Vishnevskaya, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergei Krylov, Gidon Kremer, Denis Matsuev, Yuri Bashmet, David Geringas, Boris Berezovsky, Barry Douglas and Igor Butman among many others. 

The conducting of Alexander Sladkovsky – displaying “a great charisma and employing a fine expansive technique…allows the musicians freedom to expression and to display their own virtuosity of which this orchestra has a great deal” ( – is the most important factor in the success of the orchestra.  His recordings of the complete concertos and complete symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich (the first to be set down by an orchestra outside the two main cities of Moscow and St Petersburg) received rave international reviews, including this: “Certainly, Sladkovsky’s new cycle can be judged as the best performed, best interpreted and one of the best recorded Shostakovich cycles available all-round, and can be highly recommended.” (

Sladkovsky’s sophisticated performances and dynamic programming has further developed the cultural and social influence of the TNSO through new festivals, artistic collaborations and educational and community outreach. The orchestra’s festivals and special offerings are amongst the most interesting cultural events in Russia.  

The TNSO is an exclusive Sony Music Entertainment Russia recording artist and has released several albums on the Sony Classical and RCA Red Seal labels. Their concerts have also been broadcast on and Mezzo.

This tour in 2018 marks the orchestra’s China debut.

Alexander Sladkovsky

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Conductor Alexander Sladkovsky

Alexander Sladkovsky is widely hailed as an aristocratic, new-generation Russian conductor. “His vivacious, genuine, thoughtful and deep music making, besides the infectious energy he generates, wins over every audience.” ( Dennis Matsuev – one of the greatest living pianists -- says Sladkovsky is the best conductor of Rachmaninov in Russia.  His orchestra, the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra has become known as the “Kazan Miracle” due to its stunning success and great artistic accomplishments since Sladkovsky took over in 2010. (Musical Life Magazine).

Sladkovsky’s tour of Europe with Denis Matsuev and Valentina Lisitsa in December 2016 included major theatres in Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  The performance at the Musikverein in Vienna was recorded and broadcast worldwide in April 2017.  Last year, Maestro Sladkovsky toured the TNSO with Denis Matsuev in Spain.

He has led concerts in honour of many heads of State, including Queen Sofia of Spain, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, and Presidents of the United States Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Sladkovsky has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev, Gidon Kremer, Boris Berezovsky, Barry Douglas, Nikolay Lugansky, Vadim Repin, Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, David Geringas, Mario Brunello, Antonio Meneses, Montserrat Caballé, Hibla Gerzmava, Simone Kermes, Albina Shagimuratova, Sumi Jo, Placido Domingo, Krassimira Stoyanova, Roberto Alagna, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Sergei Nakaryakov, and Michael Volle, among many others.

Previous collaborations have included Bolshoi Theatre, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Svetlanov Orchestra”, Russian National Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Russian Radio, National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover, Orchestra of Theatro Municipal De São Paulo, orchestras of the Moscow, Novosibirsk and Belgrade Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Concerto Budapest Orchestra.

Alexander Sladkovsky graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1988 and later from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 2001. In 1999 he won the top prize at the Third International Prokofiev Competition. In 2003, he was a nominee for Russia’s Golden Soffit Award as Best Conductor of the Year, and in 2005, he became an Honoured Artist of Russia by the President’s decree. In 2011, Alexander Sladkovsky was named Conductor of the Year in Russia by Musical Review Magazine and won the Philanthropist of the Year contest.


29 December 2018      Tchaikovsky Gala

30 December 2018      The Nutcracker in Concert

31 December 2018      New Year’s Eve in Old Vienna

VENUE: Concert Hall of the Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts, Nanjing China


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Contact: John Ballard | +64 21 074 3412 | john.ballard[at]