2013 – the “Golden Sofit” special award.
2016 – “Tchaikovsky” memorial dedication medal and diploma “for a contribution to the development of music in Russia”.

Михаил Татарников


Born in Leningrad. Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory, the Faculty of Opera and Symphonic Conducting (class of Alexander Polishchuk).

He made his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2006 with the ballet Metaphysics to music by Prokofiev’s Second Symphony. In 2007 he also made his debut there as an opera conductor (Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges). At the Mariinsky Theatre he has subsequently conducted more than forty titles. He was Valery Gergiev’s assistant throughout a run of Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Metropolitan Opera.

In 2012-2018 he was Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. He conducted the first ever performance of Britten’s Billy Budd in Russia (directed by Willy Decker, 2013), amongst numerous ballet and opera productions at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.

In past seasons, Mikhail Tatarnikov has conducted Tcherniakov’s new production of The Snow Maiden at Opéra de Paris, Jürgen Flynn’s new production of Manon Lescaut at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and revivals of Prince Igor at Staatsoper Hamburg and Vec Makropulos at San Francisco Opera. He also conducted a new production of The Demon by Rubinstein at Barcelona’s Liceu, Prokofiev’s The Gambler at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the world premiere of Ratmansky’s ballet Opera (“Serata Ratmansky”) for Teatro alla Scala. Collaborates with the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, the Komische Oper in Berlin, Theater an der Wien, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Latvian National Opera and Ballet and the Bergen National Opera.

Recent highlights include his debut at the centenary Salzburg Festival as well as with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, a tour of gala concerts with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov with performances in Japan, China, Seoul, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, he made his Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra debut (Exeter, UK), and conducted concert performances of Samson et Dalila at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with Roberto Alagna and Orchestre National de France.

On the concert platform, Mikhail Tatarnikov has conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National du Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre national d’Ile de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra Filharmonica di Bologna, Danish National Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, Moscow House of Music, Russian National Orchestra and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society. He works with renowned soloists including Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eyvazov, Robetro Alagna, Kristine Opolais, Aida Garifullina, Ildar Abdrazakov, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Nikolai Lugansky, Vadim Repin, Peter Donohoe and Neil Shicoff.