RNO Wind Quintet


The Ensemble

The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet has been described by the press as "youthful and versatile musicians, acclaimed for their innovation and virtuosity."

Founded in 2000 and led by RNO Principal Flute Maxim Rubtsov, the RNOWQ includes the orchestra's Principal Bassoon Alexey Sizov, oboist Vitaly Nazarov, clarinetist Alexey Bogorad and French horn player Alexey Serov, a founding member. The RNOWQ’s extensive repertoire includes works for quintet, for ensembles with additional instruments and with dancers, and for wind instruments and orchestra. The group often performs new works by Andrey Rubtsov, the young composer-conductor who was a founding member.

In April 2016, the quintet performed a concert at the Moscow State Conservatory. Throughout 2016, the ensemble will perform an interactive version of Peter and the Wolf in Moscow schools and also brought the piece to Northmore Elementary School in West Palm Beach hosted by the Center for Creative Education during the RNO’s 25th Anniversary US tour.

The award-winning ensemble received top honors in the May 2005 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in the chamber music world, earning the Quintet the distinction of being the first Russian ensemble ever to win the top prize with its founding members Maxim Rubtsov, Alexey Serov, Andrey Rubtsov, Andrey Shuty and Andrey Snegirev.

The RNO Wind Quintet has toured widely with performances in Russia, Spain, Bermuda, Asia and the United States, where it has toured with trombonist and composer Chris Brubeck and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. During the 2012 RNO Grand Festival in Moscow, the ensemble performed Brubeck's "Vignettes for Nonette" with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet. The popular Jazz & Classics concert was broadcast on nationwide television in Russia.

Numerous concerts of the RNOWQ’s have been featured on Russian television and radio. It is also known for premiering several works in Russia, including Hindemith's Concerto for Woodwinds, Harp, and Orchestra, Chris Brubeck's Crescent City Suite and Andrey Rubtsov's Three Moods.

Following the success of the RNO's 2004 GRAMMY Award for Peter and the Wolf and Wolf Tracks, the RNO Wind Quintet adapted the score and narration for performances in festivals, museums, zoos, wolf sanctuaries [Wolf Haven] and children's hospitals in Russia, Bermuda, the USA, the UK and Singapore for delighted audiences of all ages. Perhaps the highlight of these performances was the 2009 concert at New York Presbyterian Hospital when a live wolf "ambassador" appeared. Narrators have included ambassadors, governors, actresses, radio and television personalities and child-narrators who add their talents.

Also in 2009, the RNOWQ with soloist Maxim Rubtsov lead a charity benefit entitled "Moscow Meets Manhattan," at New York's Middle Collegiate Church. The program, curated by contemporary dancer Germaul Barnes and featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, benefitted Classical Action/AIDS and Dancers Responding to AIDS.

The quintet continues to be active on the Moscow concert scene and enjoys all opportunities to be a part of the RNO’s educational outreach.

The Musicians

Maxim Rubtsov, flute
Dmitry Aizenshtadt, clarinet
Vitaly Nazarov, oboe
Alexey Serov, french horn
Andrei Snegirev, bassoon


What They’re Saying

"The Russian National Orchestra has to count as a major miracle."

Time Out New York