Valery Gergiev

Born May 2, 1953 in Moscow (Russia).

Since 1988 Valery Gergiev has taken Mariinsky Ballet, Opera and Orchestra ensembles to over 45 countries garnishing universal acclaim. The Mariinsky Concert Hall opened in 2006 and the new Mariinsky Theatre opened in May 2013, alongside the classic Mariinsky Theatre.

A prominent figure in all the world’s major concert halls, Valery Gergiev is also Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, founder and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in St Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel, and is Principal Conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace.

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Valery Gergiev performs with the LSO at the Barbican, the Proms and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as on extensive tours of Europe, North America and Asia.

His record releases with the Mariinsky Orchestras and London Symphony Orchestra continually win awards in Europe, Asia and America. Recent releases include a Mahler Symphonic Cycle, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, Massenet’s Don Quixote, Shchedrin’s Enchanted Wanderer and Wagner’s Parsifal to name only a few.

Gergiev has led numerous composer cycles in New York, London and other international cities including Berlioz, Brahms, Dutilleux, Mahler, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner’s Ring and he has introduced audiences around the world to several rarely performed Russian operas.

Valery Gergiev’s many awards include the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Netherland’s Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun and the French Order of the Legion of Honor.

Upper right picture : © Marco Borggreve / Decca. Central picture : © Marco Borggreve / Decca.