Misha Rachlevsky, music director

Moscow’s finest young string ensemble, the Russian string orchestra, brings its trademark virtuosity, high energy and warmth to Rockport.   Founded in 1991 under the baton of music director Misha Rachlevsky, the Russian String Orchestra delivers impassioned performances that linger in the soul long after the last note resonates.  The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim with critics’ choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in the New York Times and Record of the Year in Hong Kong.

The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim with critics’ choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in the New York Times and Record of the Year in Hong Kong.  Over 20 of the thousand compositions in the orchestra’s repertoire were written especially for the orchestra by composers from Russia, Europe and the U.S.  The average age of the musicians is under 30 but there is not an age restriction for membership.

"The vitality and expressiveness the players poured into this work made it the jewel of the day.”  -Washington Post

Music Director Misha Rachlevsky’s lifetime affinity for chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire began at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. His violin studies began at the age of five. In 1973, he lived and worked in different counties, settling in the U.S. in 1976. In 1991, in the aftermath of Moscow’s momentous events, Misha Rachlevsky worked with Swiss company Claves to record Russian works for the label, utilizing Russian musicians, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was born. The success of these recordings and initial concerts, led to the permanent formation of the full-time ensemble now known as the Russian String Orchestra.

The Washington Post hailed that “…From work to work, Rachlevsky drew from his players gleaming tone quality, finely nuanced timbres, carefully shaded textures and focused ensemble coordination…The vitality and expressiveness the players poured into this work made it the jewel of the day.”  Experiencing the Russian String Orchestra will move your soul.

ELGAR: Serenade in E minor
WEINBERG: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 145
TOM SCHNAUBER (Boston-based composer): “In Memory on Henri Temianka”
DVORAK: Serenade for Strings, Op. 22