Alexander Titov

Alexander Veniaminovich Titov- Russian conductor and music teacher.



Alexander Titov born in Leningrad in 1954.
He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in three specialties : choral conducting (class of Professor A. Mikhailov), piano (1976), opera and symphony conducting (class of Professor I.Musina, 1981). Winner of the International Competition for Conductors Min-On (II prize, 1988, Tokyo), trained at Tanglewood (USA, 1990). As assistant G.Rozhdestvensky Rostropovich and participated in a number of musical projects (1990 – 1994).
Chief conductor of Saint – Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2013

Professor of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Alexander Titov has been teaching opera and symphony conducting at St. Petersburg Conservatory since 1987.

Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2005).
Alexander Titov has toured in Japan, the US, Australia, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland. He has performed with the London and Scottish orchestras BBC.
He is guest conductor of the orchestra BBC Scotland. Since 2002 – guest conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, which staged the opera “Queen of Spades” by Tchaikovsky, “The Tsar’s Bride” by Rimsky-Korsakov, “The Love for Three Oranges” by Prokofiev and “Rake’s Progress” by Stravinsky.
A. Titov : Prize “Golden Mask” (2001), the Higher theatrical prize of St. Petersburg “Gold spotlights” (2002),  St. Petersburg Prize «Fortissimo» (2003).


Vasily Petrenko


Vasily Eduardovich Petrenko was born in 7 July 1976, Saint Petersburg
Legal name Vasily Petrenko
Nationality Russian
Legal name Vasily Eduardovich Petrenko
Vasily Petrenko is a Russian conductor. He was a chief conductor of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra in 2004 -2007.
Vasily Petrenko was born in 1976 and started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School – the oldest music school in Russia. He then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and has also participated in masterclasses with such major figures as Ilya Musin, Mariss Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Following considerable success in a number of international conducting competitions including the Fourth Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg (2003), First Prize in the Shostakovich Choral Conducting Competition in St Petersburg (1997) and First Prize in the Sixth Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain, he was appointed Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2007. He served as Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2009-2013 The 2013/14 season marked his first as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, alongside which he maintains his positions as Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (a position he adopted in 2009 as a continuation of his period as Principal Conductor which commenced in 2006), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre (formerly the Mussorgsky Memorial Theatre of the St Petersburg State Opera and Ballet) where he began his career as Resident Conductor from 1994 to 1997. Petrenko has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Russian National Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, NHK Symphony Tokyo, Sydney Symphony and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He has made frequent appearances at the BBC Proms, and toured with the European Union Youth Orchestra. Recent years have seen a series of highly successful North American debuts, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and St Louis Symphony Orchestras. Highlights of the 2014/15 season and beyond include return visits to the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, tour periods in Europe and Asia with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic and his debut performances with the Israel Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestras. Source –

“… The orchestra gave Petrenko everything he asked for, and more. ”
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Ravil Martynov

Ravil Enverovich Martynov

Ravil Enverovich Martynov

Ravil Enverovich Martynov
Ravil Martynov was born on 16 June 1946, Saint Petersburg
Age at Death
58 years old 9 November 2004, Saint Petersburg
Legal name Ravil Enverovich Martynov
Nationality Russian

Ravil Martynov is a Russian conductor and music teacher. He was a chief conductor of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra, professor of the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory and People’s Artist of Russia (awarded in 2000).
He was born in 1946 in Leningrad, studied in the Glinka Choral School and graduated from the Leningrad and Moscow Conservatories. In 1982-1984 Ravil Martynov worked in the famous Saint Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra with an outstanding modern conductor Evgeni Mravinsky.
In 1986-2004 Martynov worked as an artistic director and chief conductor of the Saint Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra. It was during this period that the then small chamber orchestra has turned into a full-scale symphony orchestra and achieved a high level of technical mastery equal to that of the world’s best symphony orchestras.
Apart from work with the SPASO, Martynov conducted the best symphony orchestras, took part in setting opera and ballet stagings in different countries around the world, and successfully toured across the US, Germany, France, Japan, China, the Scandinavian region and many other countries.

Eduard Afanasievich Serov

Serov Eduard Afanasievich is a Russian/Soviet conductor.

Eduard_SerovSerov Eduard Afanasievich was born on 9 september 1937, Moscow
Legal name Serov Eduard Afanasievich
Nationality Russian
The Russian conductor, Eduard Serov, graduated from the Moscow Sveshnikov Choral School, Gnesyny Institute and the Kiev Conservatory (the class of operatic and symphonic conducting). Following that he took a postgraduate course at the Leningrad Conservatory under the outstanding conductor of the time, Yevgeny Mravinsky, and later worked as his assistant at the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1969, Serov became a prize-winner of the first International Contest of Conductors arranged by Herbert von Karajan in West Berlin.

Since then Eduard Serov has been appearing often at home and abroad. For some time he worked as the artistic director of the Ulyanovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, which came into being on his initiative and that of the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra of Early and Contemporary Music (1974-1985). People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, since 1987 Eduard Serov has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra. At present time (2008) has leaded Volgograd Symphony Orchestra and has been Chief Conductor in Odens (Denmark).

Eduard Serov’s repertoire includes nearly one thousand works of practically all orchestral styles, epochs, trends and genres. He has conducted all symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky, numerous symphonic works by Russian and foreign composers of the 18th – 19th centuries, as well as music by modern composers. He has performed over fifty premieres of works by Soviet composers. A number of foreign opuses received their USSR premiers under his baton.

Eduard Serov has recorded more than 30 gramophone records and more than 22 CD’s. He has toured in the Europe, USA and Japan, and has recorded fifty albums and several CD’s.

Eduard Serov has imbibed the best traits of the Leningrad school of conducting, such as a poignant intellectual message, intense emotionality, and bright and expressive interpretations. His inspired mastery, perfect manual technique and professional dexterity have gained him a high reputation on the concert stage both at home and abroad.

Short Biography


Mark Gorenstein’s interview

Mark Gorenstein

Russian conductor Mark Gorenstein

Mark Gorenstein: “It’s the conductor who sets the sound of any orchestra”

On October 5, 2006 the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra reached the age of 70 years. The band, then known as the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, first appeared on stage in the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on October 5, 1936, headed by a distinguished conductor Alexander Gauk.

Throughout the orchestra’s history, a number of outstanding musicians worked with it (including Natan Rakhlin, Konstantin Ivanov and Yevgeni Svetlanov) or gave joint concerts (Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Horowitz, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and many others).

On September 25, 2006 – Dmitry Shostakovich’s centenary celebration – Mstislav Rostropovich joined the Svetlanov Orchestra to play Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor, the one this orchestra, then conducted by Yevgeni Mravinsky, premiered in 1943.

In 2006 the Orchestra celebrated a double jubilee – 70 years since its foundation and its artistic director and chief conductor Mark Gorenstein’s 60th birthday. On September 2, 2006 Mark Gorenstein was awarded the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”, 4th class by the Edict of the President of Russian Federation.

On the jubilee eve the conductor agreed to give the interview to Marina Kuklinskaya of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

– 70 years for an orchestra – is that a lot or not?

– Generally, it is the age of maturity. The cast becomes constant, with only minor staff rotations caused by natural aging. But the Svetlanov Orchestra had to live through some very serious hardships with musicians leaving for other bands and non-creative issues like the “war” against Yevgeni Svetlanov occurring. Back in 2002, when I joined the Svetlanov Orhestra, there were 70 new musicians in the cast – the orchestra was in fact rebuilt from scratch.

– Did you consider becoming the conductor of the SO, when you heard it playing for the first time?

– It was in Chișinău somewhere back in the 1960-s when I heard the Orchestra playing on the radio. The “Melodiya” record company later issued the “Best performers” series of LPs. I listened to the Svetlanov Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances” and decided that if I ever to conduct an orchestra it would be this one. The sound and the rendering were fantastic.

When I worked with the Bolshoi Theater, I used to get invitations to work with other bands, including Kirill Kondrashin’s Philarmonic Orchestra. However, I refused to leave the Bolshoi for anything but the Svetlanov Orchestra, and my patience was rewarded –I joined it and worked for 9 years as a member of the cast.

– How did your conducting career develop?

– I owe my first concert to Natan Rakhlin, the then-head of the Symphony Orchestra of the Gabdulla Tukay Philharmonic of the TASSR. I launched a formal request to be allowed to conduct the concert, and Rakhlin approved it with a note: “I don’t know this conductor, but let him try”.

This was a debut of mine. Later in the 1980-90s, I worked with many orchestras all over the world, including the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest and the Busan Symphony Orchestra in the Republic of Korea. I also created the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, and in 2002 became the art director and chief conductor of the Svetlanov Orchestra.

– Today there are over twenty orchestras in Moscow only. What makes the Svetlanov Orchestra stand out of them all?

– Alas, not all of these orchestras are real creative teams. Today musicians work with one band after another, rarely thinking about the problems of a band as a consistent creative entity. However, it’s the conductor who sets the sound of any orchestra. According to one old Furtwängler’s saying, “A strange thing: one conductor makes the Vienna Philharmonic sound like a marching band, and the other makes the marching band sound like the Vienna Philharmonic.”

– What creative challenges do you offer as a head of the orchestra?

– First of all, the orchestra must play with proper technical skills – mind the balance in ensemble acting, watch the accents and so on. Interesting rendering is possible only when it’s based upon proper skills. The chief conductor should work on it every day, because any touring conductor will need only a couple of chords to understand if the orchestra and the chief conductor are professionals.

Concerning the repertoire, the band of this class must be able to play any music. Speaking about me personally, I prefer romantic and modern music. We’ve recently premiered some wonderful compositions of Rodion Shchedrin, Vladislav Kazenin. It is also a great pleasure to work at Giya Kancheli’s creations.

– What are your thoughts regarding the program of the jubilee season?

– We’re going to give subscription concerts in the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. Many musicians volunteered to play with the Svetlanov Orchestra, and, to let everyone in, we even have to break with our tradition and play the concerts with two soloists instead of only one. We will give 4 concerts dedicated to the artistic directors of the Orchestra – Gauk, Rakhlin, Ivanov, Svetlanov, and one dedicated to my own 60 years’ jubilee.

Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich

Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich was a Russian/Soviet conductor and teacher.

Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich

Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich

Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich was born on 7 October 1908, Saint Petersburg
Age at Death
64 years old 26 July 1972, Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg)
Legal name Nikolai Semyonovich Rabinovich
Nationality Russian

Nikolai Rabinovich was a Russian conductor and teacher.
Rabinovich studied under Nikolai Malko and graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1931, becoming a professor in 1968. He trained a series of notable conductors including Yuri Simonov, Neeme Järvi, Vladislav Chachin, Vitaliy Kutsenko.
He was director of the Mikhaylovsky Theatre 1944-1948
1967—1972 – Chief Conductor of the ST. PETERSBURG STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA