Nikolay Alexeev

Conductor
*appeared with touring orchestra only

Biography

People’s artist of Russia, Deputy artistic director of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Nikolay Alexeev graduated from the Leningrad Glinka Choral School as well as the Leningrad Conservatory majoring in choral conducting under A. Mikhailov and opera and symphony conducting under M. Jansons. He did an internship at the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theater under Maestro Temirkanov’s supervision.

The laureate of Herbert Von Karajan Fund’s International Award (Western Berlin, 1982), n.a. V. Talich (Prague, 1985) and Min-On (Tokyo, 1985) has an immense creative work. He directed the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, performed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Russian National orchestras. Additionally, he has worked with several foreign orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam, Dresden, Stuttgart and Copenhagen Philharmonic orchestras, the Berlin and Baltimore Symphony orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic.

From 2001 to 2010, Nikolay Alexeev led the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the oldest one in the Baltic States (in 2006 he was awarded the 3rd degree Estonian order of the White star for his work with the orchestra and a few years later, the Estonian State Culture prize). Alexeev’s concert activity scope ranges from Europe (Germany, France, Italy, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Slovenia, Greece, Latvia, and Lithuania) to Latin America, South Korea, Japan and the United States. In 2018, Nikolay Alexeev became the Chief Conductor of the Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea).

Since 2000, Nikolay Alexeev has been the conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Musician’s repertoire includes Viennese classics, works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. The orchestra performed all of Brahms ' symphonies, a number of works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, Mahler's Eighth Symphony, called "Symphony of a Thousand", Schoenberg’s “Gurrelieder” and Messiaen’s "Turangalila" with Nikolay Alexeev. Maestro regularly introduces new works to the public. He conducted a number of premiere performances: Tishchenko’s Second and Fifth "Dante-Symphonies", Slonimsky’s Thirteenth Symphony, Korolev’s "Figure of speech" and "Heretic ", Korchmar’s “Tsar's Chants”, Borisova-Ollas ‘s First Symphony "The Triumph of Heaven" and "Wunderbare Leiden”, Varenbergh’s “Romeo and Juliet" fantasies for piano and orchestra, inspired by Rachmaninoff’s Symphony № 1, Shchedrin's "Concerto Cantabile" and Paganini’s Fifth violin concerto.

Last season, the conductor led a concert-offering from the artists of the Distinguished orchestra of Russia to the anniversary of Yuri Temirkanov, joint performances with pianists Boris Berezovsky, Denis Kozhukhin, Vadim Rudenko, violinist Sergei Dogadin, cellists Narek Hakhnazaryan and Edgar Moreau, as well as German baritone Matthias Goerne (within the International “Arts Square” Festival).

The performed works featured: Shostakovich's Eighth (to the 75th anniversary of its creation) and Fifteenth symphonies, Poulenc's Double Concerto, Schubert's Fifth Symphony, Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony, Stravinsky's Suite from the Firebird ballet.

The joint cultural and educational cycle of the Philharmonia and the State Hermitage Museum initiated by Nikolay Alexeev featured “Dante” Symphony No. 5 “Paradise” by Tishchenko (to the 80th anniversary of composer's birth) and Walton's Cello Concerto.

For the second season, the conductor has been actively cooperating with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Thus, the opening and closing concerts of the season in September 2018 and July 2019 were held under the baton of Nikolay Alexeev. This season, the conductor leads a number of concerts with the Orchestra, including the opening and closing of the orchestra's season, as well as tours in China (September 2019), the UK (May?June 2020) and the USA (June 2020).

In the 2019/20 season, violinists Sergey Dogadin (for the first time in the status of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition winner), Joshua Bell (as part of the International “Arts Square” Festival) and Sergey Khachatryan; pianists Nikolai Lugansky, Barry Douglas and Garrick Ohlsson, cellists Boris Andrianov and Anastasia Kobekina perform with the conductor; Violin concertos by Sibelius and Brahms, Cello Concerto by Saint-Saens, Franck's Symphony In D Minor, Brahms' Third, Mahler's and Shostakovich's two Seventh symphonies. Nikolay Alexeev will also present the program of the Hermitage cycle "Dialogues about art” ? it includes the Bach’s Second Suite and rarely performed Martin’s "Frescoes of Piero della Francesca".
In 2017, the conductor was awarded the St. Petersburg Government Award for the 2016 concert programs.

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