History of the Orchestra
Vladimir Gorbik’s performing experience and his close collaboration with Dr. Nicholas Reeves, New York-based composer and professor at Adelphi University, help the organization’s leadership promote the new orchestra on the international scene. Convinced by his experience that everyday Americans and Russians are interested in working together on many artistic levels, Vladimir Gorbik believes that this interaction must be encouraged.
On February 6, 2018, with the help of Nicholas Reeves, The Capital Symphony Orchestra was organized. At this time, a recording of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio” was tracked and produced, and the filming of an accompanying advertising clip for the orchestra was also produced. On October 19, 2018, the Orchestra debuted in the United States in Adelphi University’s concert hall in Garden City, New York, with a music program of American and Italian composers.
New opportunities opened up for the Capital Symphony Orchestra on December 7, 2018. Vladimir Gorbik, in his role as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Male Choir of the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute (PaTRAM), received a GRAMMY nomination for the 61st Recording Academy Awards in the category "Best Choral Performance" for the disc "Teach Me Thy Statutes." This CD was recorded by Sound Mirror and released in the USA by the reference publishing company Reference Recordings in May 2018. MusicWeb International magazine in America called this work "The 2018 Record of the Year."
The combination of both his choral and orchestral work on two continents is one of Maestro Gorbik’s defining specialties.
On October 30, 2019 in the Catholic Church of Saint John Nepomucene in Manhattan, The Capital Symphony Orchestra performed the first of a series of concerts in the U.S., entitled “Breaking Boundaries.” They performed the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Vladigerov, Anna Clyne, and the world premiere of the Concertino Campane for piano and string orchestra by Nicholas Reeves.
The CSO collaborated with the renowned Russian sound recorder Gennady Panin of Mosfilm Studios, who at present is completing work on the company’s first CD: “Franz Schubert, ‘Tragic’ Symphony #4, and Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony #1.” The anticipated release date of this recording is slated for 2021.
Vladimir Gorbik recorded two choral CDs for PaTRAM with the world-class recording company Sound Mirror. This company has, to date, 116 Grammy awards and nominations to its credit. Its founder and sound engineer, John Newton, and producer Blanton Alspaugh, helped make both of Maestro Gorbik's PaTRAM CDs. Maestro Gorbik anticipates making a new recording of the Capital Symphony Orchestra in the near future together with Sound Mirror. The program is to comprise of music by both Russian and American composers.