Russian National Orchestra 30th Anniversary

The winner of a Grammy and a Diapason dOr award alongside innumerable honours and nominations of the highest rank, the Russian National Orchestra was celebrating its 30th anniversary on December 16, 2020. A specially designed for the occasion programme featured a celebrity line-up of some of the orchestra’s long-standing friends and soloists: Vadim Repin, Sergej Krylov, Alexander Rudin, Boris Berezovsky and the Orchestra’s Founder, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Mikhail Pletnev. The concert was streamed on Russian TV, YouTube and several social media platforms attracting hundreds of thousands of views.

Russian National Orchestra 30th Anniversary Gala
Alexander Krylov

Alexander Krylov

Alexander Krylov (Alessandro Crillovi), often  referred to as Russian Stradivarius, was an outstanding Russian violin maker, the first Russian luthier to have graduated from the Cremona Academy with the Gold medal. The family moved to Cremona in 1987 where he built exquisite instruments highly praised by the musicians and collectors alike and taught many fine makers.

Sergej Krylov was often a “test pilot” for his father’s new creations and since 1994 he frequently plays worldwide the violin built specially for him. 


“I remember my violin since it was a piece of wood, I watched it being made. The minute I held it in my hands I knew it was my instrument – it was a very special, unique feeling.”




Inside the violin

Ezio Bosso

A strong artistic and personal friendship united Sergej Krylov with Ezio Bosso. At the invitation of the Oscar winning Italian director Gabriele Salvatores, Sergej recorded the music “Fantasy for Violin” composed by Ezio Bosso for the film “Il ragazzo invisibile”. The two musicians performed together worldwide, and their performance of Ezio Bosso’s Concerto for violin and orchestra “Esoconcerto” was recorded at La Fenice theatre in Venice and features on The Venice Concerto DVD and CD released by the Sony Classical.