In 2016, Mikhail Finberg and the “Honored Collective of the Republic of Belarus “National Academic Concert Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus” were given the Special Award “Through Art To Peace And Mutual Understanding” of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
On July 14, 2016, the opening ceremony of the Star of Mikhail Finberg and the “Honored Collective of the Republic of Belarus “National Academic Concert Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus” took place in the Square of Stars in Vitebsk.
Over 25 years the National Academic Concert Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus and its director, artistic director Mikhail Finberg, have become a kind of musical symbol of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.
Mikhail Finberg has been a member of the Organizing Committee, the stage production team of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, a music director of the festival and chief conductor of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk” for many years.
In 1992, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2009 Mikhail Finberg worked as a member of the International Jury of the International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk”.
In 1992, at the International Music Festival “Slavianski Bazaar” the State Concert Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus under Mikhail Finberg established a longstanding festival tradition of celebrating anniversaries on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre. The orchestra celebrated its fifth anniversary at the first festival and went on jubilee concerts in 1997, 2006, 2012. The gala concert of the 20th anniversary was symbolically called “The orchestra that is always a celebration!”. In 2012, the jubilee program was mentioned in the posters as “We are 25! Everything starts anew”.
The orchestra under Mikhail Finberg has been a frequent guest at recitals and concerts of acclaimed art workers of Belarus and foreign countries.
The outstanding performances on the stage of the Summer Amphitheatre included recitals by People’s Artist of Russia, composer Andrei Petrov (1996), People’s Artist of Belarus Nikolai Skorikov (2000), People’s Artist of the USSR Raimonds Pauls (2010).
Another notable event featuring the orchestra was the commemoration meetings where it performed the wonderful music by the XX century composers: People’s Actor of Russia, composer Yury Saulsky (2002), a gala concert of masters of arts of Belarus “Mulyavin’s Star”(2003), People’s Artist of the USSR, composer M. Fradkin (2004, 2014).
In 1999 and 2002, the Belarusian orchestra accompanied gala concerts by pop stars of Yugoslavia and art masters of the Balkan countries.
In 2005, the night concert “Mikhail Finberg and Concert Orchestra Invites” featured artists from Belarus, Russia, Georgia and Latvia.
In 2007, the Orchestra presented the program “Jazz Panorama”.
In 2008, Mikhail Finberg was awarded the Union State Prize in literature and art during the festival.
In 2009, a charity concert “From Moscow to Brest” dedicated to the 65th anniversary of liberation of Belarus from the Nazi invaders was held.
In 2011, the Concert Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus greeted “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” with a gala concert “Happy Anniversary, Festival!”
In 2015, “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” presented a gala concert “The song remains with a man” in the Summer Amphitheatre, featuring not only long-time friends of the arts forum, but also a new generation of musicians and performers.
The Orchestra is a regular participant of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, traditional gala concerts by masters of arts of Belarus and the two editions of All-Union Festival of Polish Song.
After graduation from the conductor's department of the Belarusian State Conservatory and completing a post-graduate course, Mikhail Finberg worked for the National Orchestra of Radio and Television. Then he was the conductor and chief conductor of the Minsk State Circus Orchestra.
In 1987, he headed a new national orchestra, now known as the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus.
In 1998, the Orchestra was given the title of “The Honored Collective of the Republic of Belarus” for its high performance mastery, a considerable contribution to the development of the Belarusian orchestra art.
In 2005, the Orchestra was given the honorary status of “National”, in 2010 the status of “Academic”.
The Orchestra’s created concerts on the verses by talented Belarusian poets, including A. Mickiewicz, Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, M. Bogdanovich, P. Panchenko, P. Brovka, V. Korotkevich, A. Kuleshov, M. Tank, V. Dunin-Martsinkevich, Ya. Luchina and others. It’s repertoire includes but is not limited to the works by the Belarusian composers E. Glebov, D. Vagner, A. Bogatyrev, N. Churkin, V. Mulyavin, N. Aladov, I. Luchenok, E. Hanok, V. Rainchik, V.Olovnikov, O. Eliseenkov, L. Zahlevny and others.
By 2016 the Orchestra’s prepared and held over 200 festivals in all regions of Belarus: music and arts festivals “The Muses of Nesvizh”, “Zaslavl”, “Polesie meetings”, “Mir Castle”, “Chechersk Meetings”, “Turov”, “Mstislavl”, “Pinsk meetings”, and others.
In 2016, “Minsk Jazz–2016” festival draw a capacity audience.
Mikhail Finberg is a member of the State Prize Committee of the Republic of Belarus, member of the Board of the Belarusian Union of Musicians, Deputy Chairman of the Public Council for Culture and Arts under the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, member of the Standing Commission of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus on social issues, winner of the Mulyavin Special Prize of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus.
Mikhail Finberg is the holder of jubilee badge “10 years of Belarus and Russia Peoples Unity Day”. The “Star of Mikhail Finberg” was laid in Moscow's Stardom Square.