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.

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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