RNO Brass Quintet


The Musicians

Vladislav Lavrik (trumpet)
Denis Volodichev (horn)
Dmitry Anakovsky (tuba)
Andrey Kolokolov (trumpet)
Dmitry Zheleznov (trombone)

The RNO Brass Quintet has delighted audiences around the world with its broad repertoire that ranges from classical to jazz, yet also includes blues, pop, swing and traditional marches. The ensemble has an infectious excitement for brass music, and champions the global appeal of brass instruments while emphasizing the best works of Russian composers.

Founded by RNO Principal Trumpeter Vladislav Lavrik, the quintet debuted on the 2005 RNO Volga River Cruise. Called “harmonious and balanced” in their earliest press notice, the RNO Brass Quintet soon added U.S. concert and festival appearances to its resume, enriching their repertoire with the music of American composers George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.

The RNO Brass Quintet has shared stages with soloists Fred Mills (the late great leader of Canadian Brass) and Richard Carson Steuart (co-founder and First Trumpet of the prestigious German Brass), and regularly appears at brass festivals, often assembling with still more RNO brass musicians into a larger ensemble: the RNO Masters of Brass. The RNOBQ has performed at Spaso House, the residence of the American ambassador in Moscow, and at the 4th International Romantic Trumpet Festival in St. Petersburg.

In 2009, the RNO Brass Quintet embarked on an exchange with the United States Army Brass Quintet, through a program called Cultural Allies. The two brass quintets presented a concert and seminar in Washington, DC titled “Music from The Czar's Library.” The program, which also featured an exhibition of rare musical scores from the Library of Congress, premiered “Suite from The Czar's Library,” arranged by Andrey Rubtsov. The project was co-sponsored by the Russian Arts Foundation, the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the European Division of the Library of Congress and the Kennan Institute.

In January 2010, the RNOBQ presented the Moscow premiere of Vadim Bibergan’s “Suite in the Style of Peter the Great,” in a concert supported by the cultural foundations of Mikhail Pletnev and Mikhail Prokhorov.

In 2010, the RNO Brass Quintet resumes its collaboration with the United States Army Brass Quintet, this time in Russia, presenting concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg commemorating the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The tour features Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” as well as Russian and American popular songs of the wartime period, played in tribute to veterans of the Great Patriotic War.

In July 2011, the RNO Brass Quintet again performed with the United States Army Brass Quintet, at Festival Napa Valley, putting on two free concerts featuring the works of Russian and American composers. Gennady Krutikov compiled this nice video of the concert at the Yountville Veteran's Home.

What They’re Saying

"I saw the greatest orchestra in the world play Friday night. If you think that's hyperbole, ask anyone who was in Yardley Hall that night. The Russian National Orchestra is the Rolls-Royce of orchestras, no ordinary ensemble."

The Kansas City Star