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Valery Abisalovich Gergiev, PAR (Russian: Валерий Абисалович Гергиев; Russian pronunciation: [vɐˈlʲerʲɪj ɐbʲɪˈsaɫəvʲɪtɕ ˈɡʲɛrɡʲɪɪf]; Ossetian: Гергиты Абисалы фырт Валери, Gergity Abisaly Fyrt Valeri; born 2 May 1953) is a Russian conductor and opera company director of Ossetian origin. He is general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic
Munich Philharmonic
and artistic director of the White Nights Festival
White Nights Festival
in St. Petersburg.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Social and political involvement 4 Personal life 5 Recordings

5.1 Discography

5.1.1 Ballets 5.1.2 Operas 5.1.3 Orchestral works 5.1.4 Orchestral works with soloists 5.1.5 Vocal works

5.2 Videos

5.2.1 DVD 5.2.2 VHS

6 Honours and awards 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Gergiev, born in Moscow, is the son of Tamara Timofeevna (Tatarkanovna) Lagkueva and Abisal Zaurbekovich Gergiev.[1] He and his siblings were raised in Vladikavkaz
Vladikavkaz
in North Ossetia
North Ossetia
in the Caucasus. He had his first piano lessons in secondary school before going on to study at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1972-77. His principal conducting teacher was Ilya Musin (Илья Мусин), one of the greatest conductor-makers in Russian musical history. His sister, Larissa, is a pianist and director of the Mariinsky's singers' academy.[2] Career[edit] In 1978, he became assistant conductor at the Kirov Opera, now the Mariinsky Opera, under Yuri Temirkanov, where he made his debut conducting Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace. He was chief conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
from 1981-85 – the year he made his debut in the United Kingdom, along with pianist Evgeny Kissin
Evgeny Kissin
and violinists Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin at the Lichfield Festival.

Gergiev in Brussels
Brussels
in 2007.

In 1991, for the first time, Gergiev conducted a western European opera company with the Bavarian State Opera
Opera
in a performance of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov in Munich. In the same year, he made his American début, performing War and Peace with the San Francisco Opera. Since then, he has conducted both operatic and orchestral repertoire across the world. He also participates in numerous music festivals, including the White Nights in St. Petersburg. He became chief conductor and artistic director of the Mariinsky in 1988, and overall director of the company, appointed by the Russian government, in 1996. In addition to his artistic work with the Mariinsky, Gergiev has worked in fundraising for such projects as the recently built 1100-seat Mariinsky Hall, and intends to renovate the Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Theatre
completely by 2010.[3] From 1995 to 2008, Gergiev was principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, he became principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera
Opera
in New York City. His contract there ran until the 2007–2008 season, and his premieres included a new version of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, revised and reorchestrated by Igor Buketoff in a manner faithful to Mussorgsky's intentions (unlike the Rimsky-Korsakov revision mostly used for many years until the 1960s or 1970s). In 2002, he was featured in one scene in the film Russian Ark, directed by Alexander Sokurov
Alexander Sokurov
and filmed at the Hermitage Museum
Hermitage Museum
in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[citation needed] In 2003, he initiated and conducted at the Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Theatre
the first complete cycle of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung to be staged in Russia
Russia
for over 90 years. The production's design and concept reflects many aspects of Ossetian culture. Gergiev conducted this production in Cardiff
Cardiff
in 2006 at the Wales Millennium Centre, in Costa Mesa, California in October 2006 in the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and in July 2007 in Lincoln Center, New York City
New York City
to great acclaim and completely sold-out houses.[citation needed] In 1988, Gergiev guest-conducted the London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
for the first time. In his next appearance with the LSO in 2004, he conducted the seven symphonies of Sergei Prokofiev.[4] This engagement led to his appointment in 2005 as the Orchestra's fifteenth principal conductor, succeeding Sir Colin Davis
Colin Davis
effective 1 January 2007.[5] Gergiev's initial contract with the LSO was for 3 years.[6] His first official concert as principal conductor of the LSO was on 23 January 2007; this was originally scheduled for 13 January, but was postponed due to Gergiev's illness.[7] In June 2011, Gergiev joined the International Tchaikovsky Competition and introduced reforms to the organisation,[8] which included replacing academic judges with notable performers and introduced an openness to the process, arranging for all performances to be streamed live and free on the internet and for the judges to speak their minds in public as and whenever they wished.[citation needed] Since 2015, Gergiev is chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic.[9][10] On 5 May 2016, Gergiev competed at the Roman Theatre of Palmyra
Palmyra
at a concert event called Praying for Palmyra
Palmyra
– Music revives ancient ruins. It was devoted to the victims who died while liberating Palmyra from ISIS
ISIS
and should emphasize the state of the ancient city.[11] Social and political involvement[edit]

Valery Gergiev's requiem concert in Tskhinvali. 21 August 2008.

In April 2007, Gergiev was one of eight conductors of British orchestras to endorse the 10-year classical music outreach manifesto, "Building on Excellence: Orchestras for the 21st century", to increase the presence of classical music in the UK, including giving free entry to all British schoolchildren to a classical music concert.[12] After the 2004 Beslan school massacre, Gergiev appealed on television for calm and against revenge. He conducted concerts to commemorate the victims of the massacre.[13] During the 2008 South Ossetia war, Gergiev accused the Georgian government of massacring ethnic Ossetians, triggering the conflict with Russia.[14] He came to Tskhinvali
Tskhinvali
and conducted a concert near the ruined building of the South Ossetian Parliament as tribute to the victims of the war.[15] Gergiev has been, according to Alex Ross in The New Yorker, "a prominent supporter of the current Russian regime. Last year [2012], in a television ad for Putin's third Presidential campaign, he said, 'One needs to be able to hold oneself presidentially, so that people reckon with the country. I don't know if it's fear? Respect? Reckoning.'"[16] In December 2012, Gergiev sided with the Putin administration against the members of Russian band Pussy Riot
Pussy Riot
and suggested that their motivation was commercial. He told the British newspaper The Independent, "I don't think this is anything to do with artistic freedom....Why go to the Cathedral of Christ to make a political statement? Why with screaming and dancing? You don't need to go to a place that is considered sacred by many people ... I am told by too many people that those girls are potentially a very good business proposition. Suppose that someone created all this in order to produce another touring group earning millions and millions? Anna Netrebko (acclaimed Russian soprano) didn't need to do something like this."[17] In The New Yorker, Alex Ross decried Gergiev's allegation by noting, "One member [of Pussy Riot] has been on a hunger strike in a prison camp."[16] In New York City
New York City
in 2013, the LGBT activist group Queer Nation interrupted performances by orchestras conducted by Gergiev at the Metropolitan Opera[18] and Carnegie Hall.[19] The activists cited Gergiev's support for Vladimir Putin, whose government had recently enacted a law that bans the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors, as the reason for their actions.[19] In London, the veteran activist, Peter Tatchell, led anti-Gergiev demonstrations.[20] In a public statement Gergiev replied, "It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation and in all my work I have upheld equal rights for all people. I am an artist and have for over three decades worked with tens of thousands of people and many of them are indeed my friends."[20] This did not satisfy all of his critics; the novelist Philip Hensher tweeted: "Gergiev summarised: 'Some of my best friends are gay. I don't support institutional homophobia. I leave that up to my friend Putin.'"[20] Writing in The Guardian, Mark Brown wrote, "Gergiev's case was not helped by comments he made to the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant on 10 September [2013]: 'In Russia
Russia
we do everything we can to protect children from paedophiles. This law is not about homosexuality, it targets paedophilia. But I have too busy a schedule to explore this matter in detail.'"[20] On 26 December 2013, the city of Munich
Munich
made public a letter from Gergiev assuring them that he fully supports the city's anti-discrimination law and adding, "In my entire professional career as an artist, I have always and everywhere adhered to these principles and will do so in the future...All other allegations hurt me very much." [21] In March 2014, he joined a host of other Russian arts and cultural figures in signing an open letter of support for Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. The letter was posted on the website of Russia's culture ministry on 12 March 2014. In the letter signatories stated that they "firmly declare our support for the position of the president of the Russian Federation" in the region.[22][23] However, in September 2015, as he became chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, Gergiev said that he did not really sign the letter to Putin, but only had a phone conversation about it with Vladimir Medinsky.[24] The New York Times
The New York Times
reported that Russian artists may have been pushed by the Russian government to endorse the annexation of Crimea. The article specifically mentioned Gergiev, who faced protests in New York City
New York City
while performing.[25] After Ukrainian public outcry, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture blacklisted Gergiev from performing in Ukraine.[25][26][27] Personal life[edit] In 1999, Gergiev married the musician Natalya Dzebisova, more than a quarter century his junior, and a fellow Ossetian. They have three children together, two boys and a girl. From time to time Gergiev has been reported to be a friend of Putin; they have been said to be godfathers to each other's children,[28] but in a letter to The Daily Telegraph Gergiev rejected this notion.[29] From a past relationship with the language teacher Lena Ostovich, the conductor has another daughter, Natasha.[1] Recordings[edit] Gergiev has focused on recording Russian composers' works, both operatic and symphonic, including Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Borodin, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
and Rodion Shchedrin. Most of his recordings, on the Philips label, are with the Kirov Orchestra, but he has also recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic. A recent undertaking, the complete Prokofiev symphonies, is with the London Symphony Orchestra.[30] Gergiev has recorded the complete symphonies of Gustav Mahler with the London Symphony Orchestra; all were recorded live in concert, issued on the London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
Live label and made available on digital media. In 2009, Gergiev and the Mariinsky launched a Mariinsky Live record label (being distributed by London Symphony Orchestra Live), with the first two recordings featuring music by Dmitri Shostakovich.[citation needed] Gergiev's recording of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet with London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
on LSO live in 2010 was voted the winner of the Orchestral category and the Disc of the Year for the 2011 BBC Music Magazine Awards.[31] Discography[edit] Ballets[edit]

Album Orchestra Label Discs Release Year

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet (complete ballet) Kirov Philips 2 1991

PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet (complete ballet) LSO LSO Live 2 2010

RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé
Daphnis et Chloé
(complete ballet) (with Pavane pour une infante défunte and Boléro) LSO LSO Live 1 2010

STRAVINSKY: The Firebird
The Firebird
(L'Oiseau de feu) (Complete ballet) Kirov Philips 1 1998

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring
The Rite of Spring
(Le sacre du printemps) (with Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy) Kirov Philips 1 2001

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Sleeping Beauty (complete ballet) Kirov Philips 3 1993

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker
(complete ballet) Kirov Philips 1 1998

TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake
Swan Lake
(complete ballet) (Highlights available separately) Mariinsky Decca 2 2007

Operas[edit]

Album Orchestra Label Discs Release Year

BARTÓK: Bluebeard's Castle LSO LSO Live 1 2009

BORODIN: Prince Igor Kirov Philips 3 1995

DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 2 2011

GLINKA: Ruslan and Ludmila Kirov Philips 3 1997

MUSSORGSKY: Boris Godunov (1869 & 1872 version) Kirov Philips 5 1999

MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina Kirov Philips 3 1992

PROKOFIEV: The Love for Three Oranges Kirov Philips 2 2001

PROKOFIEV: Semyon Kotko Kirov Philips 2 2000

PROKOFIEV: The Gambler Kirov Philips 2 1999

PROKOFIEV: The Fiery Angel Kirov Philips 2 1995

PROKOFIEV: War and Peace Kirov Philips 3 1993

PROKOFIEV: Betrothal in a Monastery Kirov Philips 3 1998

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Sadko Kirov Philips 3 1994

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: The Maid of Pskov Kirov Philips 2 1997

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh Kirov Philips 3 1999

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Kashchey the Immortal Kirov Philips 1 1999

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: The Tsar's Bride Kirov Philips 2 1999

SHOSTAKOVICH: The Nose Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 2 2009

STRAVINSKY: Oedipus rex (Comes with Ballet Les noces) Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2010

TCHAIKOVSKY: Pique Dame Kirov Philips 3 1993

TCHAIKOVSKY: Mazeppa Kirov Philips 3 1998

TCHAIKOVSKY: Iolanta Kirov Philips 2 1998

VERDI: La Forza del Destino
La Forza del Destino
(1862 original version) Kirov Philips 3 1997

WAGNER: Parsifal Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 4 2010

Orchestral works[edit]

Album Orchestra Label Discs Release Year

BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique, La Mort de Cléopâtre (Soprano: Olga Borodina) VPO Philips 1 2003

BORODIN: Symphonies No. 1 & 2 RPhO Polygram 1 1991

DEBUSSY: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, La Mer, Jeux LSO LSO Live 1 2011

MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 LSO LSO Live 1 2008

MAHLER: Symphony Nos. 2 & 10 (Adagio) LSO LSO Live 2 2009

MAHLER:Symphony No. 3 LSO LSO Live 2 2008

MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 LSO LSO Live 1 2010

MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 LSO LSO Live 1 2011

MAHLER: Symphony No. 6 LSO LSO Live 1 2008

MAHLER: Symphony No. 7 LSO LSO Live 1 2008

MAHLER: Symphony No. 8 LSO LSO Live 1 2009

MAHLER: Symphony No. 9 LSO LSO Live 1 2011

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition VPO Philips 1 2002

PROKOFIEV: Scythian Suite, Alexander Nevsky Kirov Philips 1 2003

PROKOFIEV: Completes Symphonies (No. 1–7) (No. 4: 1930 + 1947 Versions) LSO Philips 4 2006

RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 Kirov Philips 1 1994

RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 LSO LSO Live 1 2010

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, BORODIN: In the Steppes of Central Asia, BALAKIREV: Islamey

Kirov Philips 1 2001

SHOSTAKOVICH: The War Symphonies (No. 4–9) Each one available separately

Kirov Philips 5 2005

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies No. 1 & 15 Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2009

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies No. 2 & 11 Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2010

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies No. 3 & 10 Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2011

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies No. 4, 5 & 6 Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 2 2014

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2012

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 8 Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2013

STRAVINSKY: The Firebird
The Firebird
– SCRIABIN: Prometheus Kirov Philips 1 1998

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring
The Rite of Spring
– SCRIABIN: The Poem of Ecstasy Kirov Philips 1 2001

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphonies No. 4, 5, 6Each one available separately VPO Philips 3 2005

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 VPO Philips 1 1999

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, Francesca da Rimini, Romeo and Juliet Kirov Philips 1 2000

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture
1812 Overture
and others Kirov Philips 1 1994

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture, Moscow
Moscow
Cantata, Marche Slave, Coronation March, Danish Overture Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2009

Orchestral works with soloists[edit]

ALBUM SOLOIST ORCHESTRA LABEL DISCS RELEASE YEAR

BRAHMS & KORNGOLD: Violin Concertos Nikolaj Znaider VPO RCA Red Seal 1 2009

Lang Lang: Liszt, My Piano
Piano
Hero (LISZT: Piano
Piano
Concerto No. 1) Lang Lang VPO Sony 1 2011

PROKOFIEV: Complete Piano
Piano
Concertos (No. 1–5) Alexander Toradze Kirov Philips 2 1998

RACHMANINOV: Piano
Piano
Concerto No.2, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Lang Lang Mariinsky DG 1 2003

RACHMANINOV: Piano
Piano
Concerto No.3, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Denis Matsuev Mariinsky Mariinsky Live 1 2010

TCHAIKOVSKY & MIASKOVSKY: Violin Concertos Vadim Repin Mariinsky Philips 1 2003

TCHAIKOVSKY: Variation on a Rococo Theme, PROKOFIEV: Sinfonia Concertante Gautier Capuçon Mariinsky Virgin 1 2010

Vocal works[edit]

ALBUM SOLOIST ORCHESTRA LABEL DISCS RELEASE YEAR

Tchaikovsky & Verdi Arias Dmitri Hvorostovsky Kirov Philips 1 1990

Tchaikovsky & Verdi Arias Galina Gorchakova Kirov Philips 1 1996

Homage: The Age Of The Diva Renée Fleming Mariinsky Decca 1 2007

Russian Album Anna Netrebko Mariinsky DG 1 2006

PROKOFIEV: Ivan The Terrible Cantata

RPhO Philips 1 1998

VERDI: Requiem

Kirov Philips 2 2001

Videos[edit] DVD[edit]

Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
in Rehearsal and Performance 60 Minutes: The Wild Man of Music, 2004. Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
Conducts the Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra
Orchestra
in Prokofiev, Schnittke & Stravinsky, 2003. Verdi: La forza del destino, Marinsky Theatre Orchestra, 1998. Rimsky-Korsakov: Sadko, Kirov Opera, 2006. Puccini: Turandot, Vienna Philharmonic, 2006. Prokofiev: Betrothal in a Monastery, Kirov Opera, 2005. Shostakovich against Stalin, 2005. "All the Russias – a musical journey": a five-part documentary through the tradition and heritage of Russian music. "Gergiev Conducts Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem" Kringelborn, Kwiecien, Swedish Radio Choir, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 2008 Tschaikovsky: Eugene Onegin; Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Renee Fleming, Ramon Vargas, Metropolitan Opera, 2007

VHS[edit]

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov, Kirov Opera, 1993. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame, Kirov Opera, 1994. Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame, Acts 1 and 2, Kirov Opera, 1992. Mussorgsky: Kovanshchina, Kirov Orchestra, 1994. Prokofiev: Fiery Angel, Polygram Video, 1996.

Honours and awards[edit]

Russian

Order of Merit for the Fatherland;

3rd class (24 April 2003) – for outstanding contribution to music culture 4th class (2 May 2008) – for outstanding contribution to the development of domestic and world music and theatre, many years of creative activity

Order of Friendship
Order of Friendship
(12 April 2000) – for services to the state, many years of fruitful work in the field of culture and art, a great contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation between nations Medal "In Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Saint Petersburg" (2003) Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (15 January 2009) – for the concert the Mariinsky Theatre
Mariinsky Theatre
orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
in support of victims during the Georgian-Ossetian conflict Medal "For Valiant Labour" (Tatarstan) – for a fruitful cooperation with the Republic of Tatarstan, an active part in national projects in the fields of culture, outstanding contribution to the development of domestic and world music Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation
Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation
– for particular services to the State and its people. The new honour was created 29 March 2013, and first awarded on 1 May 2013.[32][33]

Foreign awards

Order of St. Mashtots (Armenia, 2000) Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
(2001) Order "Danaker" (2001, Kyrgyzstan) Medal "Dank" (Kyrgyzstan, 1998) Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
Order of the Netherlands Lion
(2005) Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 5th class (Ukraine, 10 May 2006) – a significant personal contribution to the development of cultural ties between Ukraine and Russia, high professionalism and many years of fruitful creative activity Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2001) Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 5th class (Ukraine, 10 May 2006) – a significant personal contribution to the development of cultural ties between Ukraine and Russia, high professionalism and many years of fruitful creative activity Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland
Order of the Lion of Finland
(2006) Officer of the Legion of Honour
Legion of Honour
(France, 2007) Order of Arts and Letters
Order of Arts and Letters
(France) Order of the Rising Sun
Order of the Rising Sun
with Golden Rays and Ribbon (Japan, 2006) Order "Uatsamonga" (South Ossetia, 29 January 2009) – for courage and great patriotism, invaluable assistance and support to the people of South Ossetia during the Georgian aggression disaster in August 2008 Honoured Worker of Kazakhstan (2011) Silver medal in Valencia (Spain, 2006) Medal Pro Mikkeli (Mikkeli, Finland, 2005) Medal Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (2008, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) Gold Medal for Merit to Culture (Gloria Artis) (Poland, 2011)

Religious awards

Order of Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, 3rd class (Russian Orthodox Church, 2003) Order of St. Vladimir
Order of St. Vladimir
(Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 2001) Medal of St. Sergius of Radonezh, 1st class (Russian Orthodox Church, 2010).

Community Awards

Commemorative Gold Medal "olive branch with Diamonds" (the Russian-Armenian (Slavic) State University)

Titles

People's Artist of Russia
People's Artist of Russia
(20 June 1996) – for the great achievements in art People's Artist of Ukraine
People's Artist of Ukraine
(2004) People's Artist of North Ossetia
North Ossetia
– Alania Honorary citizen of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
(2007), Vladikavkaz
Vladikavkaz
(2003), Lyon and Toulouse "Conductor of the Year" (1994) awarded by a jury of the international organization International Classical Music Awards UNESCO Artist for Peace (2003) Honorary Doctor of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
State University Honorary Professor of Moscow
Moscow
State University (2001)

Awards

State Prize of the Russian Federation
State Prize of the Russian Federation
in the field of art and literature in 1993 (7 December 1993) and 1998 (4 June 1999) Prize awarded by the President of the Russian Federation in the field of literature and art in 2001 (30 January 2002) Winner of the country's theatrical prize "Golden Mask" (five times from 1996 to 2000) Winner of the Theatre Award of Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
"Gold soffit" (four times; 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003) Russian opera prize «Casta diva» for the best performance – "Parsifal" (1998) Winner of Tsarskoye Selo Art Prize (1999) Shostakovich Prize (Yuri Bashmet Foundation, 1997) Royal Swedish Academy of Music
Royal Swedish Academy of Music
Polar Music Prize
Polar Music Prize
(2005) Herbert von Karajan Prize winner (Baden-Baden, 2006) Laureate of the Foundation of American-Russian Cultural Cooperation (2006) Polar Music Prize
Polar Music Prize
(together with Led Zeppelin) (2006) DaCapo KlassiK Award - Conductor of the Year (2014)

See also[edit]

Ballerina (documentary)

References[edit]

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by cosmopolis.ch

Cultural offices

Preceded by David Khanjian Principal Conductor, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra 1981–1985 Succeeded by Rafael Mangassarian

Preceded by Yuri Temirkanov Principal Conductor and Music Director, Kirov Opera 1988–present Succeeded by incumbent

Preceded by Jeffrey Tate Principal Conductor, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra 1995–2008 Succeeded by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
Principal Conductors

Hans Richter (1904) Edward Elgar
Edward Elgar
(1911) Arthur Nikisch
Arthur Nikisch
(1912) Thomas Beecham
Thomas Beecham
(1915) Albert Coates (1919) Willem Mengelberg
Willem Mengelberg
(1930) Hamilton Harty
Hamilton Harty
(1932) Josef Krips
Josef Krips
(1951) Pierre Monteux
Pierre Monteux
(1960) István Kertész (1965) André Previn
André Previn
(1968) Claudio Abbado
Claudio Abbado
(1979) Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas
(1987) Colin Davis
Colin Davis
(1995) Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
(2007) Simon Rattle
Simon Rattle
(2017)

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Munich Philharmonic
Munich Philharmonic
Music Directors

Hans Winderstein
Hans Winderstein
(1893) Hermann Zumpe
Hermann Zumpe
(1895) Ferdinand Löwe
Ferdinand Löwe
(1897) Felix Weingartner
Felix Weingartner
(1898) Georg Schnéevoigt
Georg Schnéevoigt
(1905) Ferdinand Löwe
Ferdinand Löwe
(1908) Hans Pfitzner
Hans Pfitzner
(1919) Siegmund von Hausegger
Siegmund von Hausegger
(1920) Oswald Kabasta
Oswald Kabasta
(1938) Hans Rosbaud (1945) Fritz Rieger (1949) Rudolf Kempe
Rudolf Kempe
(1967) Sergiu Celibidache
Sergiu Celibidache
(1979) James Levine
James Levine
(1999) Christian Thielemann
Christian Thielemann
(2004) Lorin Maazel
Lorin Maazel
(2012) Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
(2015)

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Herbert von Karajan Music Prize Laureates

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter
(2003) Berlin Philharmonic
Berlin Philharmonic
(2004) Evgeny Kissin
Evgeny Kissin
(2005) Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
(2006) John Neumeier (2007) Alfred Brendel
Alfred Brendel
(2008) Thomas Quasthoff
Thomas Quasthoff
(2009) Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim
(2010) Helmuth Rilling
Helmuth Rilling
(2011) Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli
(2012) Edita Gruberová
Edita Gruberová
(2013) Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna Philharmonic
(2014) Thomas Hengelbrock (2015) Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov
(2017) Sol Gabetta
Sol Gabetta
(2018)

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Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg

Stock company

Conductor and opera company director Valery Gergiev 22 sopranos Anna Netrebko 13 mezzo-sopranos Olga Borodina 23 tenors eight baritones 14 basses

Stages

Main stage Second stage Concert Hall Theatre Museum

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Laureates of the Polar Music Prize

1990s

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
/ the Baltic states
Baltic states
(1992) Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
/ Witold Lutosławski
Witold Lutosławski
(1993) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
(1994) Elton John
Elton John
/ Mstislav Rostropovich
Mstislav Rostropovich
(1995) Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
/ Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez
(1996) Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
/ Eric Ericson
Eric Ericson
(1997) Ray Charles
Ray Charles
/ Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
(1998) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
/ Iannis Xenakis
Iannis Xenakis
(1999)

2000s

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
/ Isaac Stern
Isaac Stern
(2000) Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
/ Robert Moog
Robert Moog
/ Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen
(2001) Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba
/ Sofia Gubaidulina
Sofia Gubaidulina
(2002) Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
(2003) B.B. King
B.B. King
/ György Ligeti
György Ligeti
(2004) Gilberto Gil
Gilberto Gil
/ Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
(2005) Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
/ Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
(2006) Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
/ Steve Reich
Steve Reich
(2007) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
/ Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
(2008) Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
/ José Antonio Abreu
José Antonio Abreu
/ El Sistema (2009)

2010s

Björk
Björk
/ Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2010) Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet
/ Patti Smith
Patti Smith
(2011) Paul Simon
Paul Simon
/ Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
(2012) Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N'Dour
/ Kaija Saariaho
Kaija Saariaho
(2013) Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry
/ Peter Sellars
Peter Sellars
(2014) Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
/ Evelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glennie
(2015) Max Martin
Max Martin
/ Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli
(2016) Sting / Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
(2017) Metallica
Metallica
/ Afghanistan National Institute of Music (2018)

Authority control

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