Moscow State Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1943 by the Government of the USSR and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras of Russia. The first chief conductor of the ensemble was the conductor of Bolshoi Theater, People’s Artist of the USSR Lev Steinberg. Then the management of the orchestra performed by such famous Soviet musicians as Leonid Khudoley Nikolai Anosov, Viktor Smirnov, Leo Ginzburg, Mikhail Terian, Veronika Dudarova. Thanks to cooperation with them, the orchestra has become one of the best symphony orchestras of the country, but was known primarily for performances of Russian and Soviet classics, including premieres of works by S. Prokofiev, N. Myaskovsky, D. Shostakovich, R. Gliere. A new era in the history of the orchestra began with the arrival of Pavel Kogan, who immediately reformed the group’s repertoire, enriching it with works Russian, European and American musical literature. The collective’s large-scale programs consist of symphonic, operatic and vocal symphonic classics, works by contemporary composers, many forgotten and works unfamiliar to listeners. Thanks to the variety of programs and invariably high level of their performance, the team has earned the respect and love of the audience in their country and abroad – over the past twenty-five years, the orchestra has been touring held in more than fifty countries.
The Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Oblast (SOLO) consists of virtuoso musicians, laureates of all-Russian and international competitions, the team is the youngest professional team in Russia. The Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Oblast actively participates in the creative life of St. Petersburg, takes part in many authoritative all-Russian and international festivals and competitions, performs at concert venues throughout Russia. Famous soloists performed with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Oblast: Francis Goya, Sergei Nakaryakov, Dmitry Gaivoronsky, Vyacheslav Butusov, Polina Osetinskaya, Evgeny Izotov, opera singers Sergei Leiferkus, Elisabeth Vidal, Olesya Petrova, Vasily Gerello, Vladimir Samsonov, Olga Pudova, Grigory Chernetsov and many others.
Merited Artist of the Russian Federation. Merited Worker of Art of the Dagestan Republic. Professor at the Novosibirsk Glinka Conservatory. Graduate of the Russian Gnesins Academy of Music, participant of master classes of professors Arnold Katz and Ilya Musin.
Permanent conductor of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. Conductor at the XI International Competition for Young Violinists (Director Z. Bron, Novosibirsk), the III International Grand Piano Competition for Young Pianists (Director D. Matsuev, Moscow, 2021), the International Rachmaninov Competition of Composers, Conductors and Pianists (Moscow, 2022).
In 1995–1997, Assistant Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Music Director and Principle Conductor is People’s Artist of the USSR V. Fedoseev), in 2007-2011, Principle Conductor and Music Director of the Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra.
As a guest conductor, Yury Tkachenko holds concerts with leading symphony ensembles and famous soloists from Russia and foreign countries. Holds master classes on conducting.
Mikhail Golikov is the Music Director and Principle Conductor of the State Symphony Orchestra of Leningrad Oblast. Music Director and Principle Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Philharmonia for Children and Teenagers. At the end of 2013, he was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria for the large-scale cultural project “Symphony of the Caucasus”.
Mikhail Golikov is the organizer of various educational programs and master classes in Russia and abroad, he is actively involved in the popularization of classical music among children and youth audiences. He also works in the jury of Russian and international youth music competitions. Every year he gives more than 200 concerts in Russia and abroad.