The conductor Valery Gergiev was born on May 2, 1953 in Moscow and spent his youth in Vladikavkaz in the Caucasus. He began as a child to play the piano, first went to the local music school - now named Valery Gergiev Music Academy - and was lucky enough to be gifted enough to turn added to the conveyor apparatus of the USSR. It began his training in Ordzhonikidze as a pianist, soon moved to orchestral conducting and went to the Conservatory to Leningrad to Ilya Musin. In 1975 he won the Conductors Competition of the Soviet republics, was allowed to take the following year at the Karajan Competition in Berlin, he also completed successfully. From there, it moved ahead rapidly with his artistic career. With 24 years Gergiev was appointed assistant conductor of Yuri Temirkanov at the Kirov Opera in 1977, where, with Prokofiev's "War and Peace" in 1978, he gave in 1978 stage debut. The next stage He took over from 1981 to 1985 the head of the Armenian State Orchestra. 1988 Gergiev was appointed principal conductor and artistic director of his former workplace, located in the heart of St. Petersburg Kirov Opera. In the same year he conducted for the first time in London, the London Symphony Orchestra.
With the thaw of perestroika it was also fOr Gergiev easier to beyond the borders of the crumbling Soviet empire out to make a name. he could boast in 1989 with his acclaimed performance at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival The first international success. In the same year it was the function of the first guest conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra transferring, 1995, he became its chief conductor. 1991 could be him for the first time in Western Europe experience with an opera at the Bavarian State Opera with "Boris Godunov". A little later, he conducted for the first time in USA a opera in San Francisco, the well known to him, "War and Peace". In 1992 Leningrad got its old name back St. Petersburg and in the course of this rehistorification the Kirov Opera was renamed again as Mariinsky Theatre. Gergiev permanent during this years extremely active, trying despite all over crumbling facades flag of Culture in St. Petersburg uphold. In 1992 he launched the St. Petersburg "white nights" of baptism. From on acted as general manager of the Mariinsky Theatre and in fact, he managed to turn the temporarily eroding ensemble into an internationally recognized brand name.
Gergiev remained active not only in Russia. In 1993 he debuted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London with "Eugene Onegin". In the same year he celebrated at the Met his debut with the "Boris Godunov". In 1994 he founded a classical festival in Finland, and from autumn 1996 he also worked as director of the Rotterdam Festival in appearance. That same year he was involved in the festival "Peace for the Caucasus" and "Red Sea Festival" in Eilat initiated by him. In 1997 he was principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In 1998 he called the sponsored by Alberto Vilar Mariinsky Academy for Young Singers in life. He cooperated regularly with international opera houses. To the spectacular conducting engagements in this regard, its version of Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen", with which he has performed in the winter season 2003/4 at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Valery Gergiev will be until January 2007. Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Among his many duties as head of the Mariinsky Theatre, resident conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Festival Founder join since 1989 numerous recordings for the Philips label. But during the first decade emerged over 40 CDs with very comprehensive, but also Russian repertoire were. One of the great discoveries that emerged from the guided by Him Marie ensemble, heard the singer Anna Netrebko, who had Gergiev given in 1994 for the first time a chance to prove themselves with Susanna in "Le Nozze di Figaro" and since determined the popularity ladder climbs.
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