The famous Accordion Ensemble from St. Petersburg belongs to international first-class orchestras. With its outstanding soloists it presents a thrilling musical firework of classic, rock and folk-music. In the metropole of bajan – and accordion virtuosi – today known as St. Petersburg – the orchestra was founded in 1943 by Pavel Ivanovitsch Smirnov. The tradition of conductors is continued in the 3rd generation by his sons professors Yury and Vladimir Smirnov and by his grandson Yaroslav. As an orchestra of superlatives it has received numerous international prices and is honored as such. It is not a coincidence that Russian president’s continue to fortify its exceptional position. For example it was declared as Russian representative for the Olympic Games and as an official symbol of Russian culture. Many notable composers, among them Dimitry Shostakovich and Aram Kachaturjan, acknowledge its extraordinary quality and play an important role in supporting and promoting the orchestra. For each concert the conductors are inspired by the musical message of the Russian soul and choose the appropriate pieces spontaneously. The orchestra carries off with its endless possibilities of expressional sound into a musical dream – into an unforgettable musical experience. For the great enjoyment of symphonic sonority, wide dynamic spectrum and virtuoso brilliance without sensing frontiers of its musical capacity the orchestra always reaps storms of enthusiasm.
Conductor: VLADIMIR SMIRNOV
Artistic Director: YURY SMIRNOV