Pavel Sorokin (Music Director)|
Pavel Sorokin was born on August 14th 1963 into an artistic family. His parents were the Bolshoi Theatre soloists. His mother, Tamara Sorokina, was a Soloist Soprano of the Bolshoi Opera and his father, Shamil Jagudin, a well-known artist of the Bolshoi Ballet. Pavel Sorokin started piano and solfeggio lessons at the age of five, enrolled in the Central Musical Academy at the age of seven and graduated with Excellent eleven years later.In 1981 Pavel Sorokin continued piano studies at the Moscow State Conservatory under world-famous Professor L. Naumov and in 1983 in recognition of his talent was accepted into a program of conducting under the guidance of Professor J. Simonov. He was the Concertmaster of the Bolshoi from 1983 to 1987 and spent his two final years in the Conservatory composing under Professor Agafonikov classes at the Composer Department In 1987 Pavel Sorokin was invited to continue his education at the Paris National Conservatory for two years in the Symphony Conducting Division with J.-S.Bero. The next invitation to study as a Fellow with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Tanglewood, USA) under the guidance of Professor Mayor and the great Maestros Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein, led him to being selected to conduct Sibelius' "Finlandia"(0p.26) in the summer of 1989. The same year (1989) the young conductor became the winner of the Competition for the Bolshoi Theatre.
Today Mr.Sorokin is one of the leading conductors of the Bolshoi Ballets "Petrushka"," Prodigal Son", "Golden Age19, "The Nutcracker","The Swan Lake" ballets; "Ivan Susanin", "The Tzar Bride", "Khovanshcina", "Knjaz Igor","Iolanta", "Traviata","The Barber of Seville" and many others are within his creative range. "Sorokin brought Music back to the Bolshoi Opera", one newspaper wrote.
Pavel Sorokin performs as a symphony conductor too. Every concert he conducted in Russia and abroad (Scotland, Japan, Italy, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Norway, South Africa, Hong-Kong, Singapore and others) was a success. He conducted The Moscow Academy Philharmonic Orchestra, The State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, The Russian National Orchestra, The State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale del`Opera di Genova, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya
Philharmonic Orchestra, Lodz State Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
Pavel Sorokin works in creative collaboration with world-famous soloists: Mstislav Rostropovich, E. Obraztsova, E.Nesterenko, V. Tretiakov, M.Kasrashvili, N. Petrov, N. Luganski, D. Matsuev, A. Gindin, A. Melnikov and many others.
His first CD - Rachmaninov, Symphony No 2 in e-moll, Op.27;
Vocalise, Op.34, No 14 appeared in 1997.
In 1998 Pavel Sorokin was awarded the title "Merited Artist of Russia".
The concert season of 2001-2002 is going to be very strenuous for Pavel Sorokin. He conducts practically the whole opera ballet repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre, has a subscription series of concerts in Moscow Philarmony with almost all the leading Orchestras of Russia that take place in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Chaikovski Concert Halt
Masterful conductor skills, restrained expressive manners and inner concentration created Sorokin's style, which is deprived of false effects. Due to his sharp gestures the orchestras play is easy and high-spirited. His ability to feel the orchestra, delicate attitude toward the soloists, flexible and subtle performances were highly appreciated by critics, musicians and his audience.
In July 2001 Merited artist of Russia Pavel Sorokin was invited by the State Symphony Radio and Television Orchestra to head the Orchestra and become its Principal Conductor.
On the 7th of March 2002 Maestro Sorokin conducted the concert of world-famous singer Monserrat Caballe and Nikolai Baskov, that took place in the Palace of Congresses in Moscow and became a real event for the opera music lovers. In her interview to Moscow TV Mrs. Caballe appreciated the conductor's mastership as "brilliant".