Moscow State Symphony orchestra was founded in 1989 by conductor Dmitry Orlov. This is the only in Russia and in the world Symphony orchestra, who dedicated his concert activity to ethical and musical education of the younger generation. Every year in the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Hall of Church cathedrals of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in Palaces of culture of different districts of Moscow and Moscow region, the orchestra performs with cycles of subscription thematic symphony concerts for children and parents, for students, for a wide audience. In specially prepared concert programmes masterpieces of Russian and foreign music sound. In the orchestra's concerts the participants are the leading choirs, the soloists of musical theatres and the Moscow state academic philharmonic society, the young talented performers.
Conductor Dmitry Orlov created a new direction (not practiced before in symphony orchestras of the country) in the construction and maintenance of thematic concert programs for young audiences, whose number has now reached one hundred and fifty. For example, such programs are: "Your best friends are songs, the march and dance, Tales,epics,legends","Pictures at an exhibition", "Carnival of the animals", "The Seasons", "Winter fantasy", "About courage, about exploits, about glory", "let's bow to those great years", "the 200th anniversary of the battle of Borodino", "Our contemporaries", "Through countries and continents", "Viva dance!", "Opera is great!", "With love to Russia", "My Moscow", "Romeo and Juliet", "Goethe and music", "Faust", "Per Gynt", "Scheherazade", "Favorite musical-theatrical images: "Spartacus and Carmen”, Capriccio and Bolero, "Swan lake", "Sleeping beauty", "Nutcracker", "Cinderella", "Chipollino" and many other programs.
There are also concerts devoted to Pushkin,Tolstoy,Gogol,Esenin,Dostoyevsky,Lermontov,Chekhov. There are monographic concerts dedicated to Glinka, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, P. Tchaikovsky, S. Rachmaninoff, I. Stravinsky, S. Prokofiev, D. Shostakovich, A. Khachaturyan, G. Sviridov, I. Dunaevsky and other composers. There are cycles from works by Mozart, Wagner, and all the works of Beethoven and Brahms – all symphonies and instrumental concerts. Constantly the repertoire of the orchestra includes pieces by contemporary composers, among which a significant place is occupied by the works of the Moscow authors.
The newspapers "Culture", "Musical review" systematically print materials about concert activities of the orchestra. Music critics highly appreciate the orchestra's skill, its sense of style sensitivity, excellent ensemble quality, artistic advantages of its interpretations. The orchestra's concerts in the Great hall and the Hall of Church Cathedrals are recorded on CD’s and DVDs.
The art of the orchestra is familiar to students of several Moscow universities – Moscow State University, MGIMO, MISIS, State University of management, Moscow aviation Institute, Moscow state textile University, where the orchestra in different years was performing in subscription concerts.
In the magazine "Musical life" (No. 1- 1998) there are significant words about the orchestra: " In the world there are no analogues of the Orlov’s orchestra. There are groups, which are very
well known who perform from time to time for the young listeners, but this is different. This orchestra was committed to the musical and educational work with children and young people... Special observations show: for children who at least once visited the orchestra’s performance, it does not pass unnoticed. Exposure to the arts affects their spiritual development. Grains sown by Orlov
and his orchestra in the souls of children, are going to grow".
Five years ago, the magazine "Musical life" (No. 5 – 2009) wrote: "for 20 years, the orchestra has gone a long way. In fact, we have excellent creative team which sets challenging tasks and cope well with them... We can safely say that the orchestra has turned into a large educational center..." Since 1995, the orchestra annually carries series of concerts of the Moscow international festival for young soloists in various concert halls of Moscow and Moscow region, which over the years has involved more than 500 young talents from age 8 to 18 years old from Moscow, other cities of Russia and many countries of the world. The orchestra under the direction of Dmitry Orlov successfully represents the Russian performing arts on tour in Italy (1996, 2001), Spain (1998, 2005, 2006), in Germany (1999, 2003,2007, 2014), Bulgaria and Turkey (2000), in China (2000, 2006-2012), in Korea (2013), constantly receiving positive reviews in the press.
In foreign concert halls the orchestra performs the most difficult pieces of classical, romantic and contemporary music.
Here's what wrote "the parliamentary newspaper" in January 2002 in the review of the Italian press: "Moscow State Symphony orchestra under the direction of Dmitry Orlov performed in the Verdi hall three times during the tour - an unprecedented case at all! Marathon tour of the orchestra consists of 17 concerts in 14 cities of Italy, and 25 works performed in theatres, cathedrals, universities... Spoiled by celebrities Italian press reacted very kindly to concerts of Muscovites..."
The newspaper "Kolner Schtadtanzeiger" in March 2007, wrote: "Moscow state Symphony orchestra at the Cologne Philharmonic was on tour in 2003 and now stood before the audience in a more interesting way. Dramatically living episodes of fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky and "Romeo and Juliet" by Tchaikovsky were wonderful and great... Maestro Dmitry Orlov fully performed his duty and without roughness, with steady hand led the soloists in the Second piano concerto of Rachmaninoff with Elena Kolesnichenko and in "Variations" on a Rococo theme" by Tchaikovsky with cellist Alexander Khramushin..."
In the second half of March 2014, the orchestra successfully toured in seven German cities (Bad Pyrmont, Frankenthal, Ingolstadt, Rüsselsheim, lüdenscheid, Stade, Emden). Orchestra’s programs included works by Russian and foreign composers: Overture to "Ruslan and Ludmila" by Glinka, Symphony No. 2 "Heroic" by Borodin, "The Firebird" by Stravinsky, and Symphony No. 9 by Shostakovich, First violin Concerto and Scottish fantasy for violin and harp with Bruch orchestra (violin – Kathrin Ten Hagen, harp – Olga Zaitseva). The first piano concerto by Chopin and Grieg’s piano concerto (soloist – Tatiana Kolesova).
During the past ten years, the orchestra performs with a cycle of subscription concerts for children and parents in the Hall of Church cathedrals of the Temple of Christ the Savior.
In October 2012 the Foundation of the Temple of Christ the Savior rewarded the conductor Dmitry Orlov the medal "For sacrificial service of the Temple", and the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill awarded the orchestra the diploma of the Patriarch "in consideration of the work on spiritual and moral upbringing of the younger generation..."