Yuri Temirkanov

Born in the Caucasus city of Nal'chik, Yuri Temirkanov began his musical studies at the age of nine, graduating from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1965. After winning the prestigious All-Soviet National Conducting Competition in 1966, Mr. Temirkanov was invited by Kiril Kondrashin to tour Europe and the United States with legendary violinist David Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

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After a year as Assistant Conductor to Yevgeny Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic, Mr Temirkanov has held the posts of  Principal Conductor of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra (1968-1976), Music Director of the Kirov Opera (1976-1988) and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (1988-present). He has also been Principal Guest Conductor (1977-1992) and Principal Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic (1992-1998), Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic (1992-1997), Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1998-2008), Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (2000-2006) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre.

Maestro Temirkanov has appeared with leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Rome and La Scala Milan. He is a regular visitor to the USA, where he conducts the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. His numerous recordings include collaborations with the St Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. For ten days over the Christmas holiday, Maestro Temirkanov hosts the annual International Winter Festival Arts Square in St Petersburg, Russia, to which he invites many of the world’s leading soloists.

He has received many distinguished awards in Russia. In 2003, President Vladimir Putin bestowed the President’s Medal on Maestro Temirkanov. In 2002, he received the Abbiati Prize for Best Conductor, and in 2003 was named Conductor of the Year in Italy. Recently, he was made an Honorary Accademician of Santa Cecilia.