The Bolshoi Theatre Announces Long-term Collaboration with Five Conductors in Residence


From 2009/10 season onwards the Bolshoi Theatre will work on a regular basis with five outstanding conductors who represent the best of the Russian conducting school: Alexander Lazarev, Vassily Sinaisky, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko and Teodor Currentzis. Bolshoi management has agreed about long-term collaboration with each of the five conductors, including new productions for the next few seasons as well as symphonic concerts, tours, operas in concert as well as revivals of certain ongoing productions of the theatre. Working together with some of the sought after conductors of the day will enable the company to enrich the repertoire, gain new experience and strengthen its international reputation. Details of the artistic plans for each conductor will be announced in September 2009.

Alexander Lazarev
is widely recognized as one of the leading exponents of the Russian musical tradition in the world. He had worked for eight years (1987-1995) as the musical director and chief conductor of the Bolshoi. Now in great demand by leading symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the world, Lazarev serves as the principal conductor of Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly works as guest conductor with all leading Russian orchestras.

Vassily Sinaisky
being one of the most distinguished Russian conductors of the day, Vassily Sinaisky has worked with such notable orchestras as Gewandhaus Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been Chief Guest Conductor with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester since 1996 — one of the longest collaborations between a conductor and orchestra in the United Kingdom — and also held the title of Principal Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic from 1991 to 1996. In 2006 he was announced as the new Principal Conductor of the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. Sinaisky has also a distinguished career in opera — his latest engagements include appearances at the ENO, San Francisco Opera and Komische Oper, Berlin.

Vladimir Jurowski
is hailed as one of the brightest musicians of his generation to have emerged in the last few years. He is a principal conductor at the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the music director of the celebrated Glyndebourne Opera Festival. Jurowski enjoys a busy schedule both on a concert podium and in opera houses: among his most important engagements in recent years are appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Concertgebouw, Covent Garden, MET, Chicago Lyric Opera etc.

Kirill Petrenko
had served as the general music director of Komische Oper in Berlin from 2002 to 2007 and now works regularly in prestigious opera houses of the world, such as Metropolitan Opera in New York, Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Opera de Bastille, Semperoper in Dresden. He is also well established as a guest conductor with orchestras of such rank as the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Cleveland Orchestra, Bavarian State Radio Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Teodor Currentzis
is becoming increasingly recognized for his varying knowledge of symphonic and operatic repertoire and his interesting approach to programming. In Russia, where the Greek-born conductor studied, he is in great demand with most of the leading orchestras and serves as the music director and principal conductor of the Novosibirsk Opera since 2003. His outstanding debut at the Paris Opera in 2008 has led to a number of engagements in Europe, including appearances with Stuttgart Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, and Teatro Real in Madrid.