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Semyon
Bychkov

Conductor

As a pupil of the legendary Russian pedagogue Ilya Musin, Semyon Bychkov belongs to the select group of great conductors who were trained at the Leningrad Conservatory.

In 1975 he moved to the United States to build up an international career free of the limitations of the Soviet regime. He made his name as the music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he became chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, and the Semperoper in Dresden. Following a free-lance period of eight years, since 2018 Semyon Bychkov is chief conductor of the Chech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Apart from the symphonic repertoire opera plays an important part in his career. In 2003 Semyon Bychkov made his debut in Covent Garden with Elektra by Richard Strauss. He conducts its productions with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra de Paris, the Viennese State Opera, the Scala in Milan and the Salzburg Festival.

Semyon Bychkov is regularly invited by orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the symphony orchestras of Chicago and San Francisco. He holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Gunther Wand Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The International Opera Awards named Semyon Bychkov 2015’s Conductor of the Year.

As early as 1984 Semyon Bychkov made his debut with the Concertgebouworkest. He has been a very regular guest ever since; in February 2018 he conducted the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Bruch’s Concert for Two Pianos and Orchestra with Katia and Marielle Labeque as soloists.

As a pupil of the legendary Russian pedagogue Ilya Musin, Semyon Bychkov belongs to the select group of great conductors who were trained at the Leningrad Conservatory.

In 1975 he moved to the United States to build up an international career free of the limitations of the Soviet regime. He made his name as the music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he became chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris, the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, and the Semperoper in Dresden. Following a free-lance period of eight years, since 2018 Semyon Bychkov is chief conductor of the Chech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Apart from the symphonic repertoire opera plays an important part in his career. In 2003 Semyon Bychkov made his debut in Covent Garden with Elektra by Richard Strauss. He conducts its productions with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra de Paris, the Viennese State Opera, the Scala in Milan and the Salzburg Festival.

Semyon Bychkov is regularly invited by orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the symphony orchestras of Chicago and San Francisco. He holds the Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Gunther Wand Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The International Opera Awards named Semyon Bychkov 2015’s Conductor of the Year.

As early as 1984 Semyon Bychkov made his debut with the Concertgebouworkest. He has been a very regular guest ever since; in February 2018 he conducted the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Bruch’s Concert for Two Pianos and Orchestra with Katia and Marielle Labeque as soloists.