music director who attended the Moscow Conservatoire and went on to work
for the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko
Music Theatre from 1988 to 1990 while completing his postgraduate
degree. As if he wasn’t
busy enough, he also held the post of associate conductor from 1988 to 1995
with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In 1995, he
became the chief conductor and artistic director of The Russian Philharmonia.
This was followed by engagements at Covent Garden, Lincoln Center, and
The Metropolitan Opera, where he conducted a production of Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev.
In 2001, he
became the principal conductor and musical director of the Bolshoi Theatre
in Moscow. A few of the
highlights from his tenure at the Bolshoi include Hector Berlioz’s Le Damnation de Faust, Mikhail
Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila,
and Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot.
In 2003, he
became a member of the Russian National Orchestra’s collegium of conductors, which allowed him to tour in
Germany, France, and the U.S.
He also inked a deal with PentaTone
Classics, and made a few recordings with the Russian National Orchestra,
notably ballet suites from The Bolt
by Dmitri Shostakovich, Romeo and
Juliet by Prokofiev, and Spartacus
by Aram Khachaturian.
In 2004, he
made his debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie
Hall in New York. Then he
debuted at the Paris National Opera (also known as The Bastille Opera or
Opera Bastille) as the conductor and music director of Modest Mussorgky’s Boris
In 2005, the
Bolshoi Theatre underwent repairs and the orchestra began performing at the
Moscow Conservatoire in a joint deal with the Moscow State Philharmonia.
The orchestra also toured quite a bit, traveling to France, Germany
and Greece in 2008 and a one-year stint at The Royal Opera House at Covent
Garden in London, England.
As of 2009,
the Bolshoi Theatre was still undergoing repairs, and Alexander decided to
call it quits. He honoured his obligation to finish an ongoing tour and
then packed his bags for Denmark, where he serves as chief conductor with
the Odense Symphony Orchestra.
Netherlands Radio Symphony recordings
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (Kees van Baaren)
– Alexander Vedernikov
– David Kuyken