Valery Gergiev


Valery Gergiev

Born in the Russian republic of North Ossetia, Valery Gergiev has spectacularly succeeded in combining his flair for high musical drama with the requirements of modern marketing.

Life and Music

  • Gergiev’s remarkable achievement has been to pull, cajole, and mesmerise the Kirov Opera through the post-Soviet economic collapse, and to re-establish its reputation, both in Russia and on tours, as one of the world’s great opera and ballet houses.
  • He was assistant conductor at the Kirov Opera, now the Mariinsky Opera, from 1978, under Yuri Temirkanov, where he made his debut conducting Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace. He was chief conductor of the Armenian State Orchestra from 1981 until 1985.
  • In 1988 he became chief conductor and artistic director of the Mariinsky and in 1995, he became principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, Gergiev became principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
  • His formidable firepower on the rostrum has generated memorable performances of opera (Mussorgsky, particularly) and of the great symphonic works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Did you know?
He was awarded the 2006 Polar Music Prize together with Led Zeppelin.

Conducting the Mariinsky Orchestra



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