Владимир Федосеев


Vladimir Fedoseyev graduated from Moscow’s Gnesin’s Musical Academy and Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Leo Ginzburg) and was invited by Evgeny Mravinsky to conduct the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his opera debut also in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in the Mariinsky Theatre.

In 1974 Vladimir Fedoseyev became artistic director and chief conductor of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, now known as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. In addition, from 1997 to 2004 he was a chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In recent years he has worked as a guest conductor with many of the world’s leading orchestras such as the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Köln Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He is also highly esteemed in Japan, where he was appointed a principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996. In the 2004/05 season he worked as a guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. He was also principal conductor of The Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

The conductor’s immense repertoire includes works from various eras, ranging from early music to contemporary pieces.
Productions of operas by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Musorgsky, Verdi, Berlioz and Janáček conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev at opera houses in Milan, Florence, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Bologna and other European cities invariably win high praise from the critics. His recording of Musorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov, widely available on general release, has won particular acclaim.

The composer’s discography includes all of Brahms’ symphonies (Warner Classics & Jazz) and Shostakovich’s symphonies released in Japan by Pony Canyon. Many of Vladimir Fedoseyev’s recordings — such as the complete Beethoven symphonies, symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Taneyev and Brahms and operas by Rimsky-Korsakov and Dargomyzhsky — have become bestsellers.

Vladimir Fedoseyev has received an Orphée d’Or award from France’s Académie du Disque Lyrique (for recording of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera May Night), the Silver Award from Japan’s Asahi broadcasting corporation (for programs including works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich), the order “For Services to the Fatherland”, the Order of St Vladimir, the Order of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh (1st class), the Silver Cross of Merit of the Republic of Austria, the Order of the Cross of Honour (1st class) for services to culture in Austria and the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society.