Ponomaryov VESNA Children’s Choir (“Vesna” means “Spring”) is the Senior Choir of Ponomaryov VESNA Children’s Choir School (Moscow, Russia). In 2015 it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Aleksander S. Ponomaryov (1938-2012), Distinguished Artist of Russia and a laureate of international competitions, was the principal of the school and the artistic director of VESNA Choir for almost 50 years. Since 2012 the Choir has been conducted by Nadezhda Averina, Mr. Ponomaryov’s former student, Honoured Artist of the city of Moscow and a laureate of international competitions.

VESNA Children’s Choir is well-known in Russia and abroad. The Choir has been awarded the most prestigious prizes at international competitions in Spain, Italy, France, Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary and Belgium. In 2000 the Choir won the Great European Choral Award among all the choirs of all types including the adult ones -“Europe – 2000 Grand Prix”. The latest VESNA achievement is the Grand Prix at the 27th International Choir Competition in Debrecen (Hungary) in 2016 and the Grand Prix at the 12th International Choir Festival Silver Bells in Daugavpils (Latvia). In 2017 the Choir won the Great European Choral Award among all the choirs of all types including the adult ones - “Europe-2017 Grand Prix” in Tolosa. In 2019 VESNA took the 1st place in Children and Youth Category at the Euroradio Choral Competition “Let the People Sing” (Barcelona, Spain).

VESNA has performed with its concert programs in 12 countries of Europe, Canada, Japan and China, as well as in about 50 cities and towns of Russia. The Choir has sung in the best concert halls in Moscow with many famous orchestras and conductors (V. Fedoseyev, M. Pletnyov, V. Minin, V.Ovchinnikov, A.Buzlov and others).

The Choir’s repertoire is wide and varied. During these years it has sung hundreds of pieces of classical music of different times, countries, styles and genres. The Choir’s programs have been recorded by record companies and by both radio and television.

“Vesna” is a choir that is distinguished by the originality of creative approach, a refined taste, impeccable singing technique, inimitable onstage expression and indepth interpretation. It is a singing ensemble that stands out to the point of being considered an artistic benchmark for the modern choir art as performed by children. This is a community that for five decades has been giving its listeners a gift of happiness and joy through its spring-like art.