Alexander Vedernikov

Alexander Vedernikov was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre from 2001 until 2009. He has been credited with rebuilding the Bolshoi Theatre’s historical reputation for artistic excellence. He led many productions at the Bolshoi, including a new production of Boris Godunov in the original Mussorgsky orchestrations (2007), Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (2006), Puccini’s Turandot (2006), Prokofiev's Cinderella (2006), Prokofiev’s War and Peace (2005/2006), Leonid Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal (world premiere, commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre), The Flying Dutchman (2004), Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel (2004), Ruslan and Ludmila (2003), Turandot (2002), Khovanshchina (2002) and Adriana Lecouvreur (2002).

He was also responsible for developing the Bolshoi’s programme of symphonic concerts, and has featured very broad repertoire, including Prokofiev's Cinderella, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Verdi’s Requiem, scenes from the operas of Wagner, and music by Richard Strauss, Alban Berg, Dmitry Shostakovich, and Georgy Sviridov. Under his direction, the orchestra of the Bolshoi toured extensively, including to Athens, Hamburg and Paris in February 2008 and a season of opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in July 2006 (including The Fiery Angel and Boris Godounov) where the orchestra in particular was singled out for its exceptional playing. Recent opera and symphonic performances at La Scala were equally successful.

Aside from his immense success in Russia, Alexander performs extensively throughout Europe and further afield. Recent seasons have included engagements with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra (at Mariss Janssons’ personal request), Maggio Musicale Florence, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (with Martha Argerich at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano), Netherlands Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic, and symphonic programmes with the orchestras of the Teatro Comunale Florence and Teatro Comunale Cagliari. He has also conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Montreal Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the RAI National Orchestra (Turin), the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR, Bergen Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony and the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon.

In the field of opera, Alexander Vedernikov has appeared as guest conductor at La Scala Milan, La Fenice, the Teatro Comunale Bologna, the Teatro Reggio Turin, and Rome Opera. In April 2005, he made his debut at the Bastille Opera in Paris conducting a new production of Boris Godunov directed by Francesca Zambello.

Born in Moscow into a musical family - his father was a bass soloist at the Bolshoi and his mother a professor of organ at the Moscow Conservatoire - he studied at the Moscow Conservatoire and completed his postgraduate studies in 1990.

From 1988-90, he worked at Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. From 1988-95, he was assistant to the chief conductor and second conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (formerly Gosteleradio’s Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra), whom he accompanied on many tours in Russia, Austria, Germany, Greece, Turkey and Great Britain. In 1995, he founded the Russian Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of this orchestra until 2004. He has conducted Russia’s State Symphony Orchestra and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic. Since 2003, he has been a member of the conductors’ collegium of the Russian National Orchestra, with whom he has toured in France, Germany and the United States. In January 2004, as part of the Russian National Orchestra’s tour of nine cities, Alexander Vedernikov made his debut at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre, Washington.

In the 2009/2010 season he will conduct a list of orchestras that includes the London Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Sydney Symphony, BBC Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra Verdi, Milan, City of Birmingham Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, amongst other orchestras. In September 2009 he takes up the role of Chief Conductor of the Odense Orchestra in Denmark.

October 2009
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