CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2000 |
The Moscow Virtuosi have proved you can go home again. The group, formed in 1979 by violinist-conductor Vladimir Spivakov, moved to Spain in 1990. It cited fears for its families from anti-Semitism, conflicts between Russians and Ukranians and between Armenians and Azerbaijanis back home. The Soviet Union dissolved a year later, but it wasn't until the group fulfilled a three-year obligation to the Spanish royal family that the musicians could resettle in their native city.