Valery Gergiev

Principal Conductor

A prominent figure in all the world’s major concert halls, Valery Gergiev is the Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, and since 1988 has taken the Mariinsky ballet, opera and orchestra ensembles to more than 45 countries, garnering universal acclaim. Gergiev’s 25 years of leadership has also resulted in The Mariinsky Concert Hall (2006) and the new Mariinsky II (May 2013) alongside the classic Mariinsky Theatre.

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Gergiev performs with the LSO at the Barbican, BBC Proms, and Edinburgh International Festival, as well as on extensive tours of Europe, North America, and Asia. In July 2013 he led the debut international tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, an orchestra founded by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, and in 2016 he will assume the post of Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. He is also founder and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in St Petersburg, Moscow Easter Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival, Mikkeli Music Festival, Red Sea Classical Music Festival in Eilat, Israel, as well as Principal Conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace.

Gergiev’s recordings on LSO Live and the Mariinsky Label continually win awards in Europe, Asia and America. His recent releases on LSO Live include Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and the composer’s entire symphonic works, and Brahms’ First and Second Symphonies, his Tragic Overture, and the Variations on a Theme of Haydn. Earlier releases include the symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Mahler, as well as Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Strauss’ Elektra.

Mariinsky Label releases this past summer and this autumn include Prokofiev’s The Gambler on DVD, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Shostakovich’s Symphony No 8 and Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, also on DVD.

Gergiev has led numerous composer-centred concert cycles in New York, London and other international cities, including Brahms, Dutilleux, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner’s Ring cycle. He has introduced audiences around the world to several rarely performed Russian operas.

He also serves as Chair of the Organisational Committee of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the St Petersburg State University.

Gergiev’s many awards include the title of People’s Artist of Russia, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Polar Music Prize, Netherland’s Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun and the French Order of the Legion of Honour.

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