Valery Gergiev

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About Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is a Moscow-born conductor best known for his association with the Mariinsky (formerly Kirov) Theatre and his recordings of Russian composers. ∙ In 1976, while still a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory, Gergiev won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition, named for the legendary Berlin Philharmonic maestro. ∙ Gergiev started making a name for himself in 1978, when he served under Music Director Yuri Temirkanov as assistant conductor of the Kirov (now Mariinsky) opera. ∙ His first appointment as a Principal Conductor came from the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, which he led from 1991 to 1995. ∙ The 1993 Mariinsky Orchestra recording of Prokofiev: War And Peace earned Gergiev the first of his 17 Grammy nominations. ∙ The Russian government named Gergiev Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, responsible for the orchestra, opera, and ballet companies in 1996. ∙ In 2006, he was awarded the international Polar Music Prize, in recognition “for how he has managed to develop and amplify the importance of artistic music in these modern, changing times.”

Moscow, Russia
May 2, 1953