Valery Gergiev

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  • Last name :Gergiev
  • First name :Valery
  • Birthdate :02/05/1953
  • Nationality :Russian federation
  • Professions :Conductor
  • Works count :22

Biography

Valery Gergiev’s inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has taken Mariinsky ensembles to 45 countries (presenting the best of Russian opera and ballets as well as the complete Shostakovich and Prokofiev symphonies and Wagner’s Ring cycle) and has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution, now in its 226th season.

In November 2006, the new and superb Mariinsky Concert Hall opened, in 2009 the Mariinsky Label was launched and in 2011 the new Mariinsky Opera House is scheduled to open. The Mariinsky Label releases in the first year include Shostakovich “The Nose” and Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15, a Tchaikovsky disc of short pieces, Shchedrin “The Enchanted Wanderer”, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti No. 3 and “Paganini Variations.” The label’s first two recordings received five Grammy Nominations including Best Opera Recording (The Nose), Best Classical Album (The Nose), Best Orchestral Performance (Symphonies 1 & 15) as well as nominations for engineering and producer.

Presently Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev is also founder and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel.

Valery Gergiev succeeded Sir Georg Solti as conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace in 1998. Solti himself had recognized Gergiev as his natural successor when they met two years before Solti died. Solti sensed that Gergiev was “...a man of the theatre,” and likened their meeting to the occasion when Solti met Bruno Walter, who had encouraged him to take the position at Covent Garden. Feeling the need for a new, young, dynamic opera conductor, Solti wrote “… I welcome the arrival of Valery Gergiev…”

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. At age 24 he was the winner of the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition in Berlin and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later in 1978 conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the hall’s inaugural concert in 1891.

He was the subject of Carnegie Hall’s 2007-08 Perspectives: Valery Gergiev, in which he gave concerts with the Mariinsky, Vienna Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera orchestras and conducted productions of Prokofiev’s War and Peace and The Gambler at the Metropolitan Opera.

Highlights of the 2008-09 season included a Prokofiev cycle at Lincoln Center in New York: staged works (Mariinsky Orchestra) and the complete symphonies (LSO), a cycle of Prokofiev symphonies and concertos with the LSO in Paris and Tokyo, and the Mariinsky Theatre’s production of Richard Wagner’s “Ring” at Royal Covent Garden, London.

In the 2009-10 season Maestro Gergiev conducts Berlioz Les Troyens in St. Petersburg, Valencia, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He also conducts the New York Philharmonic in a three-week Stravinsky Festival, presents a Mariinsky Shostakovich Cycle in Vienna, leads works of Henri Dutilleux with the London Symphony and conducts Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In the 2010-11 season he offers a Mahler Cycle in London, New York, Paris and Japan.

Maestro Gergiev is the recipient of a Grammy Award, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, Netherlands’s Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, Valencia’s Silver Medal, the Herbert von Karajan prize and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honor.

Although now recording for the Mariinsky and LSO Live Labels, he has recorded extensively for Decca (Universal Classics), and appears on the Philips and Deutsche Grammophon labels. His vast discography includes many Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky Symphonies among many others.

His Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7, 8 are released on LSO Live, the first releases of a complete Mahler cycle with the LSO. Future LSO Live recordings will include Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet complete.

Professional Calendar

Dates
Professions
Places

the 19 of December, 2019

the 20 of December, 2019

Conductor

Le Martyre de saint Sébastien

Paris

Philharmonie de Paris.

the 09 of January, 2020

the 12 of January, 2020

the 16 of January, 2020

the 19 of January, 2020

Conductor

Lohengrin

Wien

Wiener Staatsoper

the 02 of March, 2020

the 06 of March, 2020

the 10 of March, 2020

the 14 of March, 2020

the 18 of March, 2020

the 21 of March, 2020

Conductor

Der Fliegende Holländer

New York

The Metropolitan Opera -

the 21 of September, 2019

Conductor

Iolanta

Paris

Philharmonie de Paris.

the 15 of August, 2019

the 18 of August, 2019

the 20 of August, 2019

the 24 of August, 2019

the 27 of August, 2019

the 29 of August, 2019

Conductor

Simon Boccanegra

Salzburg

Grosses Festspielhaus

the 25 of July, 2019

the 28 of July, 2019

the 13 of August, 2019

the 17 of August, 2019

the 21 of August, 2019

the 25 of August, 2019

Conductor

Tannhäuser

Bayreuth

Bayreuther Festspielhaus

the 22 of July, 2019

Conductor

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Verbier Festival

the 18 of April, 2019

the 21 of April, 2019

the 24 of April, 2019

Conductor

Parsifal

Wien

Wiener Staatsoper

the 27 of February, 2019

the 03 of March, 2019

the 06 of March, 2019

the 13 of March, 2019

the 19 of March, 2019

the 24 of March, 2019

the 29 of March, 2019

Conductor

La Khovanchtchina (Хованщина)

Milano

Teatro alla Scala di M...

the 22 of September, 2018

Conductor

Siegfried

Paris

Philharmonie de Paris.

the 26 of July, 2018

Conductor

Adriana Lecouvreur

Verbier Festival

the 20 of July, 2018

the 23 of July, 2018

Conductor

Adriana Lecouvreur

Baden Baden

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

the 18 of May, 2018

Conductor

Der Fliegende Holländer

Baden Baden

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

the 15 of August, 2016

Conductor

Das Rheingold

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Internationa...

the 07 of July, 2016

the 10 of July, 2016

Conductor

Die Walküre

Baden Baden

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

the 26 of January, 2015

the 29 of January, 2015

the 03 of February, 2015

the 07 of February, 2015

the 10 of February, 2015

the 14 of February, 2015

Conductor

A kékszakállú herceg vára (Le Château de Barbe-...

New York

The Metropolitan Opera -

the 26 of January, 2015

the 29 of January, 2015

the 03 of February, 2015

the 07 of February, 2015

the 10 of February, 2015

the 14 of February, 2015

Conductor

Iolanta

New York

The Metropolitan Opera -

the 23 of September, 2013

the 26 of September, 2013

the 01 of October, 2013

the 05 of October, 2013

the 09 of October, 2013

the 12 of October, 2013

Conductor

Eugène Onéguine

New York

The Metropolitan Opera -

the 04 of May, 2013

Conductor

Nabucco

St Petersburg

Mariinsky Theatre

the 28 of March, 2013

the 02 of April, 2013

the 04 of April, 2013

the 07 of April, 2013

the 09 of April, 2013

the 13 of April, 2013

the 16 of April, 2013

the 18 of April, 2013

the 21 of April, 2013

Conductor

Macbeth

Milano

Teatro alla Scala di M...

the 13 of March, 2013

the 13 of March, 2013

the 16 of March, 2013

the 16 of March, 2013

the 21 of March, 2013

the 21 of March, 2013

the 27 of March, 2013

the 27 of March, 2013

the 03 of April, 2013

the 03 of April, 2013

Conductor

A Dog's heart

Milano

Teatro alla Scala di M...

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