The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra has achieved worldwide acclaim for its sophisticated performances and dynamic programs. The orchestra was the inspiration of Nazib Zhiganov, former Chairman of the Composers Union of Tatarstan and Dean of the Kazan Conservatory. On the initiative of Zhiganov and Tabeev, the first secretary of the Tatar regional committee of the CPSU, conductor Natan Rakhlin was invited to Kazan. After his death in 1979, Renat Salavatov, Sergey Kalagin, Ravil Martynov, Imant Kotsinsh have worked with the orchestra. In 1985 Fuat Mansurov, the People’s Artist of Russia and the Kazakh SSR, was offered to be an artistic director and chief conductor; he has worked with the TNSO for 25 years. In 2010, after the death of Fuat Mansurov, the Honored artist of Russia (People’s Artist of Russia since 2016) Alexander Sladkovsky, with whom the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra opened the 45th concert season, was appointed the new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.
The orchestra has entered a new phase since Maestro Sladkovsky came. Organized by the TNSO and Alexander Sladkovsky international music festivals such as Rakhlin Seasons, Miras, White Lilac, Kazan Autumn, Concordia, Denis Matsuev Meets Friends and Creative Discovery are considered ones of the most prominent events in cultural life of Tatarstan and Russia. The orchestra runs the project “Property of the Republic” for talented pupils from music schools and conservatory students; the educational project for Kazan school pupils “Music lessons with an orchestra” and the project “Healing through music” for seriously ill children.
The Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra today is one of the best orchestras in Russia. Concerts featuring TNSO are successfully held in Moscow, Perm, Orenburg, Irkutsk, Sochi, Tyumen during Сrescendo, Stars on Baikal, Orenburg Seasons by Denis Matsuev, Wild Cherry Forest, Hibla Gerzmava Invites, Opera Apriori festivals, in the framework of the International Tchaikovsky Art Festival in Klin, the International Festival of Piano Music La Roque d'Anteron (France), La folle journée in Japan and in France and others.
In 2016, for the first time in the orchestra’s history it gave concerts during a European tour in the Brucknerhaus (Linz) and in the Golden Hall of Musikverein (Vienna). In December 2018, the TNSO and Maestro Alexander Sladkovsky made the first tour in China and in 2014 (Japan) and 2019 (France) the orchestra conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky performed at the La folle journée festival. One of the concerts of this festival in Nantes in 2019 was recorded and broadcasted by ARTE channel.
The TNSO under the direction of Alexander Sladkovsky is the first Russian regional orchestra recorded by Medici.tv and Mezzo channels. In 2012 Sony Music and RCA Red Seal released a three CD album entitled “Anthology of music by composers of Tatarstan” and a CD “Enlightenment”. In 2016 in cooperation with the Melodiya record label several global musical projects were realized: the recording of three symphonies of G. Mahler (Nos. 1, 5, 9) and also recordings of all symphonies and concertos of D. Shostakovich. In spring 2020 recordings of all Tchaikovsky's symphonies and concertos will be released by the Sony Classical label.
In the concert season 2018/19 Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the artistic director and chief conductor, People’s Artist of Russia Alexander Sladkovsky became the first regional orchestra, which performed within its own Subscription at the Moscow State Philharmonic Society.