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Valery
Gergiev

Conductor

Valery Gergiev is well known for his passionate, temperamental style of conducting. He studied conducting with the famous Ilya Musin at the Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Even when still training he won the Herbert von Karajan Competition in Berlin and became assistant conductor with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St Petersburg, of which he is now both Artistic and General Director.

In addition, Valery Gergiev is also Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival and honorary conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was chief conductor until 2008. He has also served as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Year in year out he chairs several festivals; the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival was of course named after him.

He has received many awards and decorations for his achievements in the fields of music and society, including the German Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Italian Ufficiale Ordine al Merito and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. At the tenth Gergiev Festival in 2005 he became a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

Valery Gergiev has been a very regular guest of the Concertgebouworkest since 1991. In April 2015 he gave conducting masterclasses and conducted the Concertgebouworkest in works by Wagner and Shostakovich. His most recent visit to the Concertgebouworkest was in October 2019, when he conducted Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 and Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain… with cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière.

 

Valery Gergiev is well known for his passionate, temperamental style of conducting. He studied conducting with the famous Ilya Musin at the Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Even when still training he won the Herbert von Karajan Competition in Berlin and became assistant conductor with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St Petersburg, of which he is now both Artistic and General Director.

In addition, Valery Gergiev is also Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Honorary President of the Edinburgh International Festival and honorary conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was chief conductor until 2008. He has also served as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Year in year out he chairs several festivals; the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival was of course named after him.

He has received many awards and decorations for his achievements in the fields of music and society, including the German Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Italian Ufficiale Ordine al Merito and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. At the tenth Gergiev Festival in 2005 he became a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

Valery Gergiev has been a very regular guest of the Concertgebouworkest since 1991. In April 2015 he gave conducting masterclasses and conducted the Concertgebouworkest in works by Wagner and Shostakovich. His most recent visit to the Concertgebouworkest was in October 2019, when he conducted Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 and Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain… with cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière.