Nizhny Novgorod Provincial Orchestra
Nizhegorodsky gubernsky orchestra (provincial orchestra of Nizhny Novgorod) was founded in 1998 and is known as one of the most reputable musical group of Nizhny Novgorod and its region. By its foundation there was no a single municipal brass band in all the region and the first to have an idea to create such a group was Evgeny Petrov. The initiative was supported by the Administration of Nizhny Novgorod led by Ivan Sklyarov and in the fall of 1998 the newly-founded orchestra gave its first concerts. Initially it was formed by musicians of the philharmonic society of Nizhny Novgorod, professors and students of Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory, participants of military brass bands. In the head of the newly-formed band was the Honoured Artist of Russian Federation Professor Evgeny Petrov – the permanent manager, art director and leading conductor of the orchestra.
Since its creation the orchestra has always been an active participant in a business, cultural and social life of the city and its region. The activity of the orchestra is mainly seen at various events of Nizhny Novgorod oblast and region: international forums (“Great Rivers”, “United Russia” etc.), anniversary celebrations, festive events on such occasions as anniversary of the cities and regions of the oblast, professional holidays, ceremonial events etc. For its great contribution in the cultural life of the city and its region the orchestra was awarded an honorary title of the laureate of Nizhny Novgorod.
Nizhegorodsky Gubernsky orchestra is an active participant of the campaign for development and promotion of the wind music. The orchestra repertoire embraces compositions of different styles and streams from “golden collection” of the classical music till contemporary jazz compositions, remade versions Russian folk songs adapted for audience of different generations. Since its foundation the orchestra performed many concerts not only in Nizhny Novgorod and the region. It participates in National and International festivals held in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Kostroma and other cities of Russia. Between latest achievements of the orchestra are: performance within All-Russian Contest of Brass Bands “Silver trumpets” (in Vladimir, 2006), participation in the International Contest “ Cup of Stalingrad” in Volgograd (may 2007) and International Festival Contest of brass bands in Tunis ( Monastir, November 2007), as well as in Italy (Cisternino, July 2008). Nizhegorodsky Gubernsky Orchestra showed itself off as one of the best professional groups and won the grand prizes in the above listed competitions. In July 2009 the orchestra took part in the International Brass Band Festival/Contest in Hungary, Balatonfoldvar.