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Great conductors at the Bolshoi Theatre
14 December 2014 - 31 March 2015

SCHEDULE 14 December 2014 - 31 March 2015

The festival will present top conductors only, famous all over the world on the recently renovated historic stage of the Bolshoi theatre,which has one of the best acoustics in the world.
Usually it is really hard to enjoy concert of the brilliant Bolshoi Orchestra at the Historic Stage. Because usually they are accompany to the ballets and operas or playing concerts in another concert halls.


And it is really hard to enjoy just the music, without singers or dancers and appreciate this top skill of one of world's best orchestra in one of the best halls in the world.
All this makes every concert a really Not to Be Missed Event.


Semyon Bychkov (Conductor)

Since leaving St Petersburg in the mid 1970s, Semyon Bychkov has been a guest on the podiums of the worlds finest musical institutions. With his time carefully balanced between operatic and symphonic repertoire, he enjoys long-standing and fruitful relationships with the orchestras and major opera houses in London, Paris, Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, and New York.
A pupil of the legendary pedagogue, Ilya Musin, Bychkovs name came to international attention while Music Director of Michigans Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States. Following a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct both the New York and Berlin Philharmonics and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he was signed to an exclusive recording contract with Philips Classics. Moving to Paris, Bychkov was appointed Music Director of Orchestre de Paris (1989), Principal Guest Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic (1990), Principal Guest Conductor of Maggio Musicale, Florence (1992), Chief Conductor of WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln (1997) and Chief Conductor of Dresden Semperoper (1998). He also holds the Otto Klemperer Chair of Conducting Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Gunter Wand Conducting Chair at the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Since completing his 13-year tenure with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Semyon Bychkov has focused on maintaining and deepening the rewarding guest relationships he enjoys with many of the worlds most prestigious orchestras, including the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the London Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, Semyon Bychkov is a frequent guest with the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic Orchestras. Future seasons include return engagements with each of these orchestras, in addition to performances with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Turin, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, the Orchestre National de France, NDR-sinfonieorchester Hamburg, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with whom he appears annually at the BBC Proms.
Bychkov made his Royal Opera House debut in 2003 with a new production of Elektra and, the same year, returned to conduct Boris Godunov. He has since conducted The Queen of Spades (2006), Lohengrin (2009), Don Carlo (2009), Tannhauser (2010), La Boheme (2012) and Die Frau ohne Schatten (2014). At the Metropolitan Opera he has conducted Boris Godunov (2004) and Otello (2007 and 2012).  He has conducted Elektra (2000), Tristan und Isolde (2001), Daphne (2003) and Lohengrin (2005) at the Vienna State Opera and returns in 2014 for Khovanshchina. Bychkov conducted Der Rosenkavalier (2005) at the Salzburg Festival and made his Paris Opera debut with Un Ballo in Maschera (2007), returning for Tristan und Isolde (2009).  He opened the 2011/12 season at Teatro Real Madrid with highly acclaimed performances of Elektra, and in Italy conducted Tosca (1996) and Elektra (2005) at La Scala, Milan, a new production of Don Carlo (2006) and concert performances of Das Rheingold (2000) and Tannhauser (2010) in Turin, as well as numerous productions at Maggio Musicale Florence, including award-winning productions of Jenufa (1993), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1997), and Schuberts Fierrabras (1995).

Maestro Yuri Temirkanov (Conductor)

Was born in 1938 in Nalchik.
1953-1957: - He attended the Leningrad Conservatorys Secondary Special Music School.
1962: - He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory (orchestral department) and stayed on to continue his studies as a student and finished with a postgraduate degree in conducting.
At the age of 28, he won first prize at the 2nd All-Union Conductors Competition in Moscow. This was followed by a tour of America with K.Kondrashin, D,Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
1966-1972: - He worked at the Leningrad Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre. His main operas during these years were: "La Traviata" (1966), "Elixir of Love" (1968), and "Porgy and Bess" (1972).
1968-1976: - Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra.
1976-1988: - Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre. He staged himself and conducted "Eugene Onegin" (1982) and "The Queen of Spades" (1984).
He toured many European countries with the Kirov Opera including the first opera tour in the Theatres history to England, as well as tours to Japan and the USA.
He was the first conductor to play symphonic concerts with the orchestra of the Kirov Theatre.
In 1978, Temirkanov began to work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. In 1988, Temirkanov was elected to the post of Chief Conductor and Music Director of the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
1992-1997: - Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish Radio Orchestra (Copenhagen).
Since 2000 he has became the Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (USA).
He has performed with many great orchestras of the world including: the PhiladelphiaOrchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Cleveland Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Santa Cecilia.
At the end of the war with Afganistan, Temirkanov was the first Russian conductor to be invited to the USA, by the New York Philharmonic.
1996: - He conducted the Gala concert of the U.N. in Rome, to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
1988: - He signed an exclusive recording contract with "BMG".
Yuri Temirkanov has recorded extensively with the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1990, together with Columbia Artists, a recording was made of the Gala concert in St.Petersburg, for the 150th anniversary of the birth of P.I.Tchaikovsky.
He regularly gives masterclasses at the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia) and also at the Manhattan School of Music (New York) and at the Accademia Chighana (Sienna, Italy).

"Yuri Temirkanov is amazing not only by his highest emotional tension and originality of interpretations, but also by great power of his personal influence over musicians. He has very bright graphical expressiveness of conductors technique, and audience can get a possibility of visual percept of the harmonious orchestras playing under his conductors baton".
New York Times

"Phenomenal is a word rarely applied to conductors but in the case of Yuri Temirkanov it has to be used".
Jyllands-Posten, Copenhagen

Gennady Rozhdestvensky (Conductor)

Rozhdestvensky was the son of conductor Nikolai Anosov and soprano Natalya Rozhdestvenskaya. A pupil at the Gnesin School of Music and the Moscow Conservatory school for children, he entered the Conservatory in 1941 to study conducting with his father and piano with Lev Oborin. While still at the Conservatory, Rozhdestvensky conducted Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theater. Following his graduation in 1954, he was appointed assistant conductor at the Bolshoi and in 1956 made his first visit to England with the Bolshoi Ballet. In 1961, Rozhdestvensky was named artistic director of the Soviet Radio Symphony Orchestra, remaining there until 1974. Three years later, he became Bolshoi's youngest principal conductor, remaining at that post until 1970. During the Soviet era, Rozhdestvensky programmed music by contemporary foreign composers, most likely alienating the Soviet musical establishment; nevertheless, as chief conductor and director of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, he was allowed to lead performances of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Benjamin Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as works by Poulenc, Hindemith, Orff, and other composers that were new to Soviet audiences. He also revived the symphonies of Sergey Prokofiev, who was regarded with suspicion in Russia, having lived in America from 1918 to 1936. Only the most eminent and respected Russian musicians were allowed extensive foreign tours, and Rozhdestvensky visited many European countries, the U.S., and Japan. He also appeared several times in Britain, mainly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at Covent Garden. In 1971, he conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in three Promenade Concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall. The following year, Rozhdestvensky became music director of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Artistic director of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from 1974-77, he was principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 1981. His next post was principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed until 1983. In 1982, he founded, and became chief conductor of, the State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture in Moscow. In 1987, Rozhdestvensky started teaching conducting at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna. The Stockholm Philharmonic hired him as conductor in 1991, and three years later he was appointed chairman of the Bolshoi's artistic committee. Rozhdestvensky has maintained his reputation for adventurous programming in his many recordings and live performances. Known for his balanced and refined interpretations of Romantic and twentieth century music, he premiered numerous twentieth century works, including Denisov's Symphony for Two String Orchestras and Percussion (dedicated to Rozhdestvensky), Buzko's White Nights, Shchedrin's Carmen Suite, Prokofiev's opera The Gambler, Schnittke's Symphony No. 2 "St. Florian" and Gerhard's Don Quixote. An enthusiastic champion of contemporary composers, Rozhdestvensky has also performed works by Kancheli, Mirzoian, Organesian, and Skoryk. Rozhdestvensky's writings include Techniques of Orchestral Direction and Reflections on Music. He is married to Viktoria Postnikova, a pianist.

SCHEDULE 14 December 2014 - 31 March 2015

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