FAQs About recording with the RNO

Why record in Russia?

In a word, the RNO provides the highest cost/quality ratio available anywhere to record your score. The RNO is the only Russian orchestra ever to win a Grammy, tours regularly around the world, and is consistently ranked among the top tier of international orchestras. The musical quality is unsurpassed.

Nowhere else can you record one of the world's leading orchestras at a fraction of the cost of recording in London or the U.S.

The RNO offers a level of professionalism and service that is unmatched, in any country.

There is also the undoubted romantic allure of recording your score in the Russian capital – where you will walk in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Eisenstein. You will record in the ambience of one of the world's most beautiful and cultural cities, with insider access provided by the RNO.

What are the risks of traveling to Russia?

Moscow offers all the modern amenities of any European capital. It has become a cosmopolitan city, with over 100,000 expatriates residing in Moscow and over two million tourists visiting annually. The crime rate in Moscow is approximately half that of major U.S. cities. In recent years, Moscow had fewer than 2000 reported crimes per 100,000 inhabitants, compared with 3100 in New York, 3600 in London and 5000 in Los Angeles – thus making Moscow one of the safest cities in the world to visit.

How do I get around when I don't speak the language?

We will look after your needs, from arrival at the airport, to taking you to a comfortable, world-class hotel in the city center, to arranging transportation to the recording sessions. We will make certain that you have everything you need to do your work professionally.

How do I record when I don't speak the language?

Language has not been an obstacle in any of the RNO's recordings. Most of the engineers and technicians we engage have a working knowledge of English, as do many of the RNO's musicians. Musical cues are in Italian and are understood regardless of the speaker's native tongue. Bilingual musicians in each section of the orchestra translate additional instructions as needed. We can also provide the services of a professional translator if necessary.

Who are the engineers?

We will provide experienced engineers and technicians who know the studio and the musicians. You can also bring your own engineer if you wish.

Can I conduct my sessions?

You can conduct your own session, or we can provide a conductor.

What is the session length?

Five hours per day, which begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., with an hour break for lunch.


Our normal rates are for a buy-out of rights. No further payments or royalties are due for use of the recordings in any media. Discounted rates in return for a royalty are subject to discussion.

Can I mix my session in Moscow?

Yes, all studios we work with have excellent mixing facilities. We can provide your audio data in a variety of formats.

Do you sync to NTSC or PAL?

We can do either.

Do you have ProTools?

Yes, we have ProTools.

How is payment arranged?

We request a $5,000 deposit upon signing the agreement, with the balance due one month before the recording session. Any adjustment or payment for overtime is settled within 30 days following the session. Arrangements are handled in the US and payment is by check or wire to a US or UK bank.

What are your fees?

Please email us for a current rate sheet and a quote, or call 1.802.223.4955.

What They’re Saying

"Like everything else about how Pletnev runs this orchestra, he takes nothing for granted... And also like everything else about this remarkable organization, he makes it seem not just new but newly worthwhile."

Los Angeles Times