The Russian National Orchestra began as a courageous demonstration of artistic freedom during the Soviet regime. Now, over a quarter century later, it is recognized as one of the world's top orchestras. Described by the Miami Herald as “a living symbol of the best in Russian art,” the RNO has graced international stages since 1990, and has received numerous honors, including the French Diapason d'Or, the German Echo Klassik Award, and a Grammy Award.
From the orchestra’s inception, Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev and his musicians have built something inspirational: an artistically and financially independent institution with the courage and will to remain true to itself in the face of all obstacles. It is the only orchestra in Russia’s history to exist outside government control.
The RNO has beenone of Russia's leading ambassadors of goodwill, representing ideals of artistic excellence and innovation, organizational and financial integrity, and a commitment to tolerance and understanding. Individuals, foundations and corporations alike have discovered what it means to support an orchestra of this caliber, and to cross the cultural bridge that these artists have built over borders and oceans.
Since 1992, the Foundation has provided critical financial and organizational support to help this magnificent orchestra achieve the renown it deserves.