Biography

The Moscow-born conductor, Alexander Vedernikov, grew up in a musically gifted family – his father a bass soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre, his mother a professor of organ at the Moscow Conservatory, where Alexander studied as well.
During the last two years of his studies, he already conducted at the Stanislawski-Nemirowitsch-Dantschenko Music Theater and until 1995 he was assistant to the chief conductor at the Gosteleradios Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra (today known as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra).
 
In 1995, he founded the Russian Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed artistic director and chief conductor until 2004. Furthermore, he conducted the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg.
Between 2001 and 2009, Vedernikov was musical director at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he took part in productions such as Mussorgsky’s Chowanschtschina, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Glinka’s Ruslan und Ludmilla, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, War and Peace, and Cinderella, Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal (world premiere, commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre), Puccini’s Turandot, and Tschaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He also did a new production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.
Under his baton, the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre went on numerous tours, e.g. to Athens, Hamburg, Paris, and to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, where its playing was highly praised.
In May 2009, Vedernikov took on the job as chief conductor at the Odense Symfoniorkester in Denmark, where he will stay until the end of season 2016/17.
 
Alexander Vedernikov regularly works with renowned orchestras such as Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Sydney, and Budapest, the philharmonics of Tokyo, London, Stockholm, and Hamburg, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Teatro Colon Orchestra, the Bayeriches Rundfunk Orchestra, the Opera Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Orchestra de la Svizzera Italiana.
 
In the field of opera, Alexander Vedernikov has frequently conducted at Berlin’s Komische Oper, and as a guest he has been to leading opera houses such as the Teatro alla Scala, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Torino, and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, as well as the Royal Stockholm Opera, the Danish National Opera, and the Opera in Frankfurt.
In 2005, he debuted at Opéra Bastille in Paris with Boris Godunov (staged by Francesca Zambello), and in 2010 he conducted for the first time at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki Tschaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
In 2012/2013, he undertook the musical direction of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at the Opera Zürich, and subsequently conducted for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Eugene Onegin).
 
Highlights of the past seasons were Lady Macbeth and Lohengrin in Copenhagen, Otello in Stockholm, Eugene Onegin and Turandot at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cunning Little Vixen at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Eugene Onegin at the Bolshoi Theatre, and Siegfried in Odense, among others.
 
Upcoming engagements take him, once again, to the Bolshoi Theatre with Eugene Onegin as well as to the Deutsche Oper Berlin with Turandot.

By the beginning of season 2017/18, he will join the Royal Danish Opera as Chief Conductor Designate and, among other things, conduct Puccini’s La fanciulla del West.
 
In Alexander Vedernikov’s work lies a deep commitment to Russian repertoire that reaches far beyond the central range of romantic and 20th-century masterworks.

Management

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Natascha van Randenborgh
Associate Director
natascha@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-7 76 88 20
 
 
 
 
Ingunn Sighvatsdóttir
Artist Manager
ingunn@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-2 067 821

Press

 

CBSO & Steven Osborne / Birmingham Symphony Hall / 17.02.17 / bachtrack.com


"They work well together" 

BBC Proms / Royal Albert Hall London / 24.08.16 / bachtrack.com


"a compelling interpretation" 

BBC Proms / Royal Albert Hall London / 24.08.16 / seenandheard-international.com


"An impressive Proms Debut" 

CBSO & Tasmin Little / Birmingham Symphony Hall / 26.05.16 / bachtrack.com


"a superb performance" 
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