Conductor

Yuri Temirkanov

Yuri Temirkanov

Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and the Principal Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988. Among other positions held, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. After winning the prestigious National Orchestra Conducting Competition in 1966, Temirkanov was invited by Kirill Kondrašin to take part in the European and United States tour with the legendary violinist David Ojstrach and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
His debut with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra - Leningrad orchestra back then - dates back to early 1967, after which he was invited to join the orchestra as Evgenij Mravinskij's assistant conductor. In 1968 he was named Principal Conductor of the Leningrad Symphonic Orchestra, a position he held until he was appointed Music Director of the Kirov Theatre (currently Mariinskij) from 1976 to 1988 directing works by Evgenij Oneghin and The Queen of Spades which went down in the history of the theatre.
He has conducted the main European orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. After his London debut in 1977, Temirkanov was named Principal Guest Conductor and then Principal Conductor (from 1992 to 1998) of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (from 1998 to 2008).
A permanent guest in the United States, he conducts the New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles orchestras. He was the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2006 and the Teatro Regio Music Director from 2010 to 2012.
His numerous recordings include collaborations with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with which he recorded all Stravinsky's ballets and symphonies by Tchaikovsky.
He received several prestigious awards in Russia. The Russian President Vladmir Putin bestowed him the President's Medal in 2003. A Santa Cecilia Honorary Academician, in Italy he won the Abbiati best Conductor award in 2002 and was subsequently named conductor of the year in 2003. He was named Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity in 2012. He received the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli award in 2014 whereas he was honoured with the Order of the Rising Sun and received the "Una vita nella musica" award in 2015.
Yuri Temirkanov was named Honorary Conductor of Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra last December.