Maxim Rubtsov

Flute

Principal

Maxim Rubtsov
 

 

Internationally acclaimed flutist Maxim Rubtsov has been called “miraculous,” “superb,” “absolutely impeccable” and “one of the best flutists of the Modern Age.”  Flute Talk magazine wrote that he is “an amazing performer who commands the audience’s attention from the moment he walks on stage.”  He is also one of Russia’s best musical ambassadors.

Appointed Principal Flute of the Russian National Orchestra in 2003, Rubtsov was given unprecedented solo opportunities with the RNO by its founding conductor Mikhail Pletnev.  These opportunities have included the Russian premiere of John Corigliano's Pied Piper Fantasy in 2004 under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov. Of the performance the composer said, "Maxim Rubtsov is the perfect Pied Piper.  He has both the charm and excitement that a great performer must have. With his movie star looks and charisma, and his magnificent playing and acting of the part, the legendary piper becomes alive for all to see."  In 2014 Rubtsov re-staged Pied Piper Fantasy with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra, putting 40 children on stage and earning critical acclaim as soloist and production designer. Omsk TV called the new production “intriguing, unusually exciting, real magic.”

December 2007 marked Rubtsov’s U. S. recital debut with pianist Valentina Lisitsa, presented by Friends of Chamber Music of Miami.  The Miami Herald called his playing “virtually faultless” and stated “he possesses a stellar technique.”  Excerpts of Rubtsov’s 2009 recital of Russian music with pianist Pamela Penick presented by the University of Alabama Celebrity Series were re-broadcast on 245 public radio stations across the United States.

With Vladimir Jurowski and the RNO in 2007 Rubtsov performed Mozart's Flute Concerto in G Major, after which Maestro Jurowski wrote, “Mr. Rubtsov is the sort of person who can stand on the concert stages of the world and inspire harmonious relations through his music and his personality.”

In addition to his solo work, Rubtsov has performed hundreds of faultless and surpassingly beautiful solo passages in symphonic music which are preserved in recordings of the RNO on the PentaTone Classics label.  Rubtsov's solo CD entitled Russian Romance was re-released in 2013.  A project of Blue Griffin Recording the CD was engineered by Sergei Kvitko, who also accompanies Rubtsov on the piano.  Rubtsov and Kvitko were featured in concert at the National Flute Association's 2011 annual convention in the United States and have appeared in concert together from Connecticut to California.

Born in 1977 in Bryansk, Russia, Maxim Rubtsov began to study piano at age five.  At age seven he danced with the famous Moiseyev Dance Company and only later did he begin flute lessons.  At age 13 he transferred to Moscow's Gnesin Academy of Music and subsequently graduated with an advanced degree in music from the Moscow State Conservatory.  Rubtsov joined the flute section of the RNO in 1999 and was appointed Associate Principal the following year, at the time the youngest ever to hold this position in the history of the orchestra.  In his unique career, Rubtsov has performed as a flutist-dancer at Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre with Germaul Barnes and with Denis Boroditsky Dance Company. 

Rubtsov’s 2015 teaching residency with New World Symphony in Miami represents his most recent collaboration with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and featured an online master class linking participants from the Royal Danish Academy of Music.  Commentators on Rubtsov’s master class performance called him an “absurdly delightful flutist.” Previously he had been flutist-in-residence with Tilson Thomas’s San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  Rubtsov’s teaching residencies have included conservatories, universities and music schools in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, Singapore, Dubai and Russia.

Rubtsov also performs in chamber ensembles and is a founding member of the Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, which took top honors in the Fifth Annual Osaka International Chamber Music Contest.  Together with the RNOWQ he has explored jazz and other genre-bending compositions, including the works of Chris Brubeck for wind quintet and jazz quartet, as well as adaptations of Peter and the Wolf and Wolf Tracks for children.

Rubtsov has shared the stages of Europe in chamber performances with pianists Mikhail Pletnev and Francesco Schlimé.  In 2012 he performed with American soprano Lisa Delan at the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, and they recorded together at Skywalker Studios in California.  In 2013 Rubtsov was featured flutist along with Diane Boyd Schultz (piccolo) in Chris Brubeck’s musical for children entitled Hermitage Cats Save the Day, which premiered in the United States and Russia.  In 2012 he toured Russia with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, playing jazz and classical compositions in tribute to the legendary Dave Brubeck.

 

Hear Maxim Rubtsov

Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1, in G Major, performed March 14, 2007 at Worcester, MA, with the Russsian National Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski
  26:18 Download

Mozart, Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, KV 299
Performed at the RNO Grand Festival in Moscow, Sept 9, 2009, Mikhail Pletnev conductor, soloists Maxim Rubtsov (flute) and Svetlana Paramonova (harp)
1. Allegro 10:31 Download
2. Andantino 8:40 Download
3. Rondo 7:01 Download

Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, No. 1 in D major
1. Allegro Moderato 7:32 Download
2. Adagio 8:31 Download
3. Finale 5:34 Download

 

Watch Maxim Rubtsov

Excerpts from Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio by Claude Bolling, performed at Festival del Sole Napa Valley, July 16, 2010.

 

Cole Porter What Is This Thing Called Love? 2011 RNO Grand Festival, Moscow, Russia, September 13, 2011

 

Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. (Maxim recently released his solo CD, Russian Romance, recorded at Blue Griffin studios. It includes such favorites as Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Alabyev's Nightingale and many other Russian works arranged for flute and piano. In this video, maxim plays Flight of the Bumblebee in less than a minute. Sergei Kvitko, producer of the recording, is at the piano.)

 

Maxim and Soprano Lisa Delan at Festival del Sole 2012.

 

Maxim's Channel on YouTube

Performances with the RNO

March 2020

In Russia

08 Sun

Philharmonia 2, Rachmaninov Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Program

Shostakovich
Festive Overture
Arensky
Concert Waltz (arranged for trumpet and orchestra by V. Lavrik)
Strauss
Tales of the Vienna Forest
Tchaikovsky
Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra
Strauss
Trick Tracks Polka
Bizet
Fantasia on Themes from the Opera Carmen, for flute and orchestra
Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker Ballet
Rossini
Overture to the opera William Tell (fragment)
Shostakovich
Waltz from Jazz Suite 2
Tchaikovsky
Waltz from "Serenade for String Orchestra"
Strauss
Polka "Thunder and Lightning"
Arban
Variations on the theme of Venice Carnival
Offenbach
Overture to the operetta Orpheus in Hell
Conductor:

Vladislav Lavrik

Guest Artists:

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

Alexey Bruni, Violin

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

2019-2020 Season

April 2019

In Russia

24 Wed

Vrubel Hall, Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow

Russia

Location

  • Vrubel Hall, Tretyakov Gallery
  • Time: 5 PM

Program

Mozart
Rondo in D for Piano & Orchestra, KV 382
Cimarosa
Concerto for 2 Flutes & Orchestra in G major
Paganini
"Moses". Variations on One String (Orchestration by A. Strelnikov)
Rossini
Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet with Orchestra
Vlasov
"Bossa Nova" for Bayan
Vivaldi
Concerto "Night" for flute, strings and basso continuo in G Minor (op. 10 no.2)
Benda
"Grave" for Viola and Orchestra
Teleman
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in D major
Tsfassman
"Intermezzo" for Clarinet and Orchestra
Gluck
"Melody" for Flute and Orchestra
Conductor:

Alexei Sobolev

Guest Artists:

Roman Cher, Piano

Elisaveta Lenkina, Flute

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Alexander Tatarinov, Viola

Andrey Guskov, Cello

Sergei Yeletsky, Clarinet

Leonid Ogrinchuk, Piano, Basso Continuo

Dmitry Aizenshtadt, Clarinet

Konstantin Grigoryev, Trumpet

Olga Chepizhnaya, Violin

2018-2019 Season

April 2018

In Russia

27 Fri

Vrubel Hall, Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow

Russia

Location

  • Vrubel Hall, Tretyakov Gallery
  • Time: 5 PM

Program

For families adversely affected by the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster

Part of the annual concert series for youth supported by Chevron

Vivaldi
Concerto from the "Harmonic Inspirations" cycle for two violins, strings and basso continuo, in A minor (RV522, op.3)
Piazzolla
"Winter in Buenos Aires," for violin and string orchestra, from the cycle "Four Seasons in Buenos Aires"
Telemann
Concerto for two violas, strings and basso continuo, in G major
Tsybin
Concerto Allegro No. 1, for flute and string orchestra
Telemann
Concerto for trumpet, strings and basso continuo, in D major
Doppler
"Riga souvenir" for flute, French horn and string orchestra
Bach
Concerto No. 1 for violin, string orchestra and basso continuo, in A minor
Cimarosa
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, in C minor
Conductor:

Alexei Sobolev

Guest Artists:

Alexey Bruni, Violin

Sergei Dubov, Viola

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Maxim Khokholkov, Violin

Anastasia Khokholkova, Violin

Alexander Tatarinov, Viola

Konstantin Grigoryev, Trumpet

Alexey Serov, French Horn

Dmitry Aizenshtadt, Clarinet

Leonid Ogrinchuk, Piano, Basso Continuo

2017-2018 Season

April 2017

In Russia

27 Thu

Vrubel Hall, Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow

Russia

Location

  • Vrubel Hall, Tretyakov Gallery
  • Time: 5 PM

Program

Magic of Music Concert

For families adversely affected by the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster.

Mozart
A Little Night Music, 1st movement, K.525
Benda
"Grave" for Viola & string orchestra
Bach
"Badinerie" from Suite No. 2 in H minor, BWV 1067
Mancini
"Baby Elephant Walk"
"Maggie's Theme," from The Thorn Birds
Gigue
Vivaldi
"Seasons", op.8, no.1 (Concert no.1 in E major "Spring")
Grieg
Suite "From Holberg's Time" for string orchestra, op.40
Vivaldi
Seasons, op.8, no.2 (Concert no.2 in G minor "Summer")
Piazzolla
Libertango
Conductor:

Alexei Sobolev

Guest Artists:

Alexey Bruni, Violin

Maxim Khokholkov, Violin

Sergei Dubov, Viola

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

2016-2017 Season

March 2017

In Russia

16 Thu

Orenburg Philharmonic

Orenburg

Russia

Program

Classics for All

Mozart
A Little Night Music, 1st movement, K.525
Bach
"Badinerie" from Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
"Air" from Suite no.3 in D major, BWV 1068
Pachelbel
Canon
Tchaikovsky
Waltz from "Serenade for Strings"
Vivaldi
Seasons, op.8, no.1 (Concerto No.1 in E major, "Spring")
Grieg
Air & Rigaudon from the Suite "From Holberg's Time", op.40
Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee
Sarasate
"Navarra" for Two Violins and Strings
Piazzolla
Libertango
Arban
The Carnival of Venice
Conductor:

Vladislav Lavrik

Guest Artists:

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Tatiana Porshneva, Violin

Olga Chepizhnaya, Violin

Svetlana Dzutseva, Violin

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

2016-2017 Season

In Russia

10 Fri

Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Massenet
Ballet Suite from opera "Le Cid"
Bizet
Introduction to the opera "Carmen"
Seguidilla from the opera "Carmen"
Interlude to second act of the opera "Carmen"
Habanera from the opera "Carmen"
Ravel
Concepcion's aria from the opera "The Spanish Hour"
Sorozabal
Aria from the zarzuela "Mistress of the Port Tavern"
Ravel
Gypsy
Rachmaninov
Capriccio on Gypsy Themes
Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Chapi
Aria of Luisa from the zarzuela "Daughters of Zebedee"
Lacalle
Amapola
Bizet-Borne
Gypsy Song and Finale
Lara
Granada
Conductor:

Arif Dadashev

Guest Artists:

Polina Shamayeva, Mezzo-soprano

Alexei Neklyudov, Tenor

Ilya Gaisin, Violin

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

2016-2017 Season

October 2016

In Russia

09 Sun

Tula Regional Philharmonic Hall

Tula

Russia

Location

Program

Bernstein
Overture to Candide
Gershwin
"Rhapsody in Blue" (Arrangement for Trumpet)
Suite from Porgy and Bess
"An American in Paris"
Bernstein
Suite from West Side Story
Chugunov
Jazz Concerto for flute and orchestra
Conductors:

Vladislav Lavrik

Alexei Sobolev

Guest Artists:

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

2016-2017 Season

December 2015

In Russia

31 Thu

Small Hall, Moscow Conservatory

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

New Year's Jazz with the Russian National Orchestra

Works by Ellington, Brubeck, Bolling, Artremyev and Rachmaninov
Guest Artists:

Igor Butman, Saxophone

Vadim Eilenkrig, Trumpet

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

RNO Wind Quintet

RNO String Quartet

2015-16 Season

April 2015

In Russia

21 Tue

Tretyakov Gallery, Vrubel Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Concert for the families affected by the Chernobyl accident. Sponsored by Chevron.

Handel
Suite in D Major for Trumpet and Strings
Haydn
Cello Concerto in C Major
Grieg
Suite "From Holberg's Time"
Ignaz Moscheles
Concertante for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra
Conductor:

Vladislav Lavrik

Guest Artists:

Konstantin Grigoryev, Trumpet

Fyodor Amosov, Cello

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Olga Tomilova, Oboe

2014-15 Season

April 2013

In Russia

19 Fri

Vrubel Hall, Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Concert sponsored by Chevron

Weber
Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra E-flat major, op.26 (orch. A. Rubtsov)
A. Rubtsov
London Concertino for Flute and Strings
Dvorak
Serenade for Strings in E-major, op.22
Conductor:

Andrey Rubtsov

Guest Artists:

Dmitry Aizenshtadt, Clarinet

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

2012-2013 Season

September 2012

In Russia

17 Mon

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Jazz Evening

Chris Brubeck
Crescent City Suite
The Blues and Beyond
Dave Brubeck
Blue Rondo a la Turk
The Basie Band is Back in Town
In Your Own Sweet Way
Cassandra
Paul Desmond
Take Five

In addition to Chris (trombone and bass) and Dan (drums), the Brubeck Brothers Quartet includes Chuck Lamb (piano) and Mike De Micco (guitar)

 

General Concert Partner

Conductor:

Joel Revzen

Guest Artists:

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Igor Butman, Saxophone

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

RNO Wind Quintet

2012 RNO Grand Festival

September 2011

In Russia

13 Tue

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Gershwin
I Got Rhythm
What is This Thing Called Love?
Rhapsody in Blue
Djangirov
Iris
Conductor:

Mikhail Tatarnikov

Guest Artists:

Eldar Djangirov Trio, Jazz trio

Todd Strait, Drums

Earl Travis, Bass

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

2011 RNO Grand Festival

July 2010

On Tour

16 Fri

Napa Valley Opera House

Napa

CA

Program

Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 12, K. 414
Bolling
Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio
Toot Suite for Trumpet and Jazz Piano Trio
Guest Artists:

Conrad Tao, Piano

RNO Four Strings

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2010

September 2009

In Russia

09 Wed

Bolshoi Theater

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Mozart
Concerto for Flute and Harp
Gran Partita
Gliere
Horn Concerto
Scriabin
Poeme d’extase
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Michael Collins, Clarinet

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Svetlana Paramonova, Harp

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

Alexey Serov, French Horn

RNO 2009 Grand Festival

March 2009

On Tour

18 Wed

Middle Collegiate Church

New York

NY

Location

Program

Moscow Meets Manhattan
A unique evening of Music and Dance to benefit Classical Action and Dancers Responding to Aids
Featuring: Germaul Barnes, Bessie Award winner, dancer/choreographer, Maxim Rubtsov, flutist. The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, Cameron Carpenter, 2009 Grammy nominated organist.
Guest Artists:

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Germaul Barnes, Dancer

Cameron Carpenter, Organ

2009 US Tour

March 2007

On Tour

14 Wed

Mechanics Hall

Worcester

MA

Program

Stravinsky
Scherzo Fantastique
Mozart
Flute Concerto in G major, K.313
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 5
Conductor:

Vladimir Jurowski

Guest Artist:

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

2007 US Tour

March 2006

On Tour

27 Mon

Mondavi Center / Jackson Hall

Davis

CA

Program

Mozart
Flute Concerto No. 1,  K. 313, G major
Shostakovich
Suite No. 1
Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
Conductor:

Carlo Ponti

Guest Artist:

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

15th Anniversary US Tour (March 2006)

January 2006

In Russia

27 Fri

Orchestrion

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Bach, J. S.
Violin Concerto No. 1, A minor (BWV 1041)
Mozart, W. A.
Sinfonia Concertante for Strings, E flat major (K.364)
Mozart, L.
Trumpet Concerto, D major
Haydn
Cello Concerto, C major
Mozart, W.A.
Flute Concerto No. 1, G major (K.313)
Conductor:

Felix Korobov

Guest Artists:

Mikhail Simonyan, Violin

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Vladislav Lavrik, Trumpet

Maxim Tarnorutsky, Cello

2005-2006 Season

August 2005

On Tour

26 Fri

St. John's

London

Location

Program

Part I: RNO Wind Quintet and Soloists of the Kremlin Ballet

Tchaikovsky
Suite from the Nutcracker (arr. by Andrey Rubtsov for Wind Quintet: World Premiere)
Bizet
Suite from Carmen (arr. by Andrey Shuty for Wind Quintet: World Premiere)

RNO Wind Quintet: Maxim Rubtsov (flute), Andrey Rubtsov (oboe), Andrey Shuty (clarinet), Alexey Serov (French horn), Andrey Snegirev (basson)

Stars of the Kremlin Ballet Theatre: Zhanna Bogoroditskaya and Aydar Shaydullin, Kristina Kretova and Sergey Smirnov, Natalia Balakhnicheva and Sergey Vasyuchenko; Choreographer: Artistic Director of the Kremlin Ballet Theatre, Professor Andrey Petrov

Part II: Russian National Orchestra

Glinka
Valse Fantaisie
Doppler
Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra, D-minor

Part III: Russian National Orchestra

Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4, op. 36, F-minor
Conductor:

Alexander Sladkovsky

Guest Artist:

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

Fall 2005 European Tour

April 2005

In Russia

22 Fri

Tretyakov Gallery

Moscow

Russia

Location

  • Tretyakov Gallery
  • Time: 12 AM

Program

Glinka
Valse Fantaisie
Doppler
Concerto for Two Flutes
Tchaikovsky
March Slave
Sviridov
Valse, March and Romance from Snowstorm
Conductor:

Alexander Sladkovsky

Guest Artist:

Maxim Rubtsov, Flute

2004-2005 Season

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