Born in St Petersburg, Stanislav Kochanovsky graduated with honours from the illustrious Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in that city, where he studied organ, composition, and choral and orchestral conducting.
From 2010 to 2015, he held the post of principal conductor of the State Safonov Philharmonic Orchestra in Kislovodsk in the North Caucasus region of Russia. Kochanovsky simultaneously developed into an enthusiastic opera conductor during an intense collaboration with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg.
His repertoire list now comprises over thirty operas and ballets, including Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, Yevgeny Onegin and Iolanta, Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Puccini’s Tosca.
In addition to making guest appearances with all the leading orchestras and opera companies in his home country, Kochanovsky has also worked hard on his international career, having conducted the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. He has collaborated with such international soloists as Denis Matsuev, Viktoria Mullova, Vadim Gluzman and Anna Netrebko. He has led opera productions at the Zurich Opera House, the Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Opera di Firenze.
Kochanovsky is leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time in the 2017–18 season.