S0255. VLADIMIR SPIVAKOV (Plays & Cond.) Moscow Virtuosi: Violin Concerti , K.211, 216 & 218 (Mozart). RCA 60152, recorded 1988 & 1990. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 090266015221
“Vladimir Spivakov is one of the world's best-known violinists and a highly regarded conductor who, at the age of 13, won the first prize for violin in the White Nights Festival in Leningrad in 1958. In 1969, he emerged on the international stage with a first prize in the International Competition for Violinists in Montréal, and the next year he was the second prize winner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. At that point he went on the concert tour circuit throughout the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe. He began appearing outside the Soviet bloc, debuting in the United States in 1975 with the New York Philharmonic, and gave a triumphant pair of recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York in 1976. In 1977, he toured as a soloist with the Moscow State Orchestra and debuted with the London Philharmonic. He was a particular favorite in America and in the next few years appeared with the Cleveland, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco orchestras.
In 1979, he founded the Moscow Virtuosi, which rapidly became known as one of the finest chamber orchestras of the world and celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special concert in London in 2009. He maintained both his solo violin career and his conducting. In 1989, he became artistic director of the Colmar International Festival in France. In 1998 he was appointed to succeeded founder Mikhail Pletnev as the principal conductor and music director of the Russian National Orchestra, the first privately owned orchestra in Russia since the 1917 Revolution.”
- Joseph Stevenson, allmusic.com