Press Acclaim

Acclaim for Vladimir Jurowsky

The Maji Would Have Praised Them
"You cannot perform baroque music with just a symphony orchestra, and you should not. It's all about the instruments, the structure, the style of performance. Yet Jurowski and the RNO [performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio] pulled it off: even though they performed with modern instruments, they created the illusion of the style....Of course, the orchestra had some help...There was a superb group of singers [accompanied by] the eternally romantic cellist Alexander Gotgelf in the role of continuist. And how beautifully did the young god of the orchestra, trumpeter Vladislav Lavrik, read the high notes. The mood of the concert was peaceful, bright and warm: you could sense that Christmas was near. "

Vedomosti (December 2008) [more]

The Jurowski Sorcery
"...the Russian National Orchestra is a very special ensemble indeed... And what a performance Jurowski gave. The orchestra had all the right materials—a lovely even tone for the strings, the plaintive Russian character for winds, and of course the growling penetrating brass, resembling the bass choir of a Russian Orthodox service... it was a stunning performance... Jurowski can turn the most familiar music into pure gold. "

ConcertoNet (February 2008) [more]

"Vladimir Jurowski, the orchestra's 35-year-old principal guest conductor, has generated much buzz in the classical world, and it is easy to understand why. Right from the intense, unsettled opening of Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1... it was clear that he is something special. He shaped an interpretation of this massive work that was bold and utterly alive.... [In Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6] Jurowski maximized the drama in every shift in mood, texture and tempo, squeezing the most out of even the most easily overlooked transition."

Denver Post (February 2008) [more]

Russian National Orchestra wows adoring crowd
"[Jurowski's] expressive hands and incisive stick technique can make the orchestra turn on a dime — suddenly charging forward or dying away, producing piercing climactic passages with ear-shattering brass, or the most exquisite fades into silence."

The Seattle Times (February 2008) [more]

"It's hard to imagine any ensemble being able to resist Jurowski's magnetic focus. His precise and patrician demeanor homes in straight to the point, without indulgent theatrics... The RNO breathed with wavelike sighs, the instrumental choirs blended with the minute care of a Dutch master mixing pigments.... Jurowski exercised tight control over Tchaikovsky's sprawling musical arguments, gesturing the rise and fall of a passage like a barometer... [his] somewhat guarded distance in the Adagio lamentoso allowed Tchaikovsky's exhaling despair to sound frighteningly up to date."

Crosscut (February 2008) [more]

Breathtaking -- that's maestro Jurowski
"There are those who think the star of Valery Gergiev is without compare among Russian conductors. They are wrong. There is also Vladimir Jurowski. The young maestro... proved to be a musician of distinct taste with a first-class ear, who controls a symphony orchestra as if it were a single instrument... [He] demonstrated not only a gift for dramatic statement but architecture that is organic and original... He is a conductor of substance and resonance and stylistic depth. His tonal palette is round and warm, often smooth but on occasion jagged as well. Attacks are sharply honed, balance acute, ensemble exact... Jurowski is a master of understatement, but he knows when to fire all the guns."

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (February 2008) [more]

Best Moscow Concert of 2005
"The concert that goes to the top of my list was one last September by the Russian National Orchestra, under the baton of 32-year-old Russian-born maestro Vladimir Jurowski. Regular concertgoers are no doubt aware that the RNO is in superb form these days... Jurowsky has recently become something of a conducting sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. His September concert with the RNO, like those he led in the two preceding seasons, gave ample evidence of the reasons: an obviously penetrating musical mind, combined with the ability to convey his thoughts to an orchestra with almost uncanny precision... He is a new Mravinsky. "

The Moscow Times (December 2005)

"Jurowsky achieves with the RNO both the authentic European and the authentic Russian sound... The RNO has again demonstrated that it is a very flexible instrument."

Gazeta (October 2004)

Russia's new directions
"He chose a program far more interesting than Moscow orchestral audiences are used to. [In] "The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra" from John Adams' Nixon in China... Jurowski showed the same fastidious attention to precision that earlier characterised his reading of Debussy's Jeux (poème dansé), where the colouristic opening portion was neatly laid out and built surely toward the rhapsodic waltz into which the piece coalesces... Everything came together splendidly in Jurowski's performance [of Stravinsky's The Firebird], which benefited from a feeling for the work's drama that was exemplified by the way he tapered to a whisper and stretched out the string tremolo just before the glorious horn solo of thanksgiving in the finale... as [Jurowski] demonstrated, the Russian National is an orchestra capable of great things."

Financial Times (October 2002)

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace