In 2013/14 season the artistic director of the St.Petersburg Philharmonia Yuri Temirkanov is celebrating a double anniversary – he is 75 years old and 25 years of conduction of the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Maestro is considered one of the first persons in the world conductors’ elite.
Last engagements of conductor include collaborations with The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the concert dedicated to Nobel laureates (2009), performance of Verdi`s Requiem with the orchestra and choir of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (2011), the title of the Musical Director of The Parma Royal Theatre (2009) and the participation in the Verdi Festival (Parma).
World-known collectives have been inviting the musician for cooperation for more than 30 years. Temirkanov collaborated with The Royal London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1979-1998, with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2000-2006, he was the principal guest conductor of The Dresden Philharmonic Symphony(1992-1997) and The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (1998-2008).
But Temirkanov says that his home has always been and remains St. Petersburg, where he has started his musical career. In 1967 Temirkanov as a the graduate student of The Leningrad Conservatory has performed on stage of the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia in the first time as a winner of the All-Soviet Competition. But only a year later the 29 years-old musician became the conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (now the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra). The collaboration has done a good to both – the conductor and the orchestra. They have given concerts in the Concertgebouw and in the Carnegie Hall.
The start of renaissance of the Mariinsky Theatre is connected with a name of Temirkanov. The musician was the artistic director and the chief conductor of the Theatre in 1976-1988. During this time true masterpieces were added in the repertoire: Tchaikovsky`s Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, Prokofiev`s The War and Piece, Petrov`s Petr I, Shchedrin`s The Dead Souls. The collective had a lot of tours to USA, Japan, Europe, concerts of the theatre orchestra were put back into practice.
A quarter of a century has passed since the start of collaboration of Maestro with the The St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. These 25 years included many concerts in different countries in the most known concert halls and in the highest Festivals such as Carnegie Hall (New-York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris), Barbican Hall (London), Berliner Philharmonie, La Scala (Milan), Wiener Musikverein, Concertgebouw. The orchestra gives regular concerts in the Grand Hall of The St Petersburg Philharmonia – its “home” hall.
Temirkanov makes a great present for his anniversary to listeners of the Philharmonia – he will conduct all concerts of the First Season Ticket named after maestro. The programme includes music of Temirkanov’s favorite composers – Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Soloists will be brilliant musicians.
Creative work of conductor has critics acclaim. Temirkanov has the Abbiati Prize awarded by The Association of Italian Music Critics, The State prize of the Russia, The Prize of the President of the Russian Federation, The Order "For Merit for the Country" of I degree, he is the Honoured artist of Russian Federation, the Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy, Honorary Academician of The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Honorary doctor of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory. And this is not a complete list of his prizes.
The Musician's life is dedicated not only to the concert stage. Projects of the Maestro Temirkanov International Foundation for Cultural Initiatives include the Evgeny Kolobov Memorial Foundation at the Novaya Opera Theater in Moscow and a personal scholarship fund for students of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory as well as for the specialized musical school-lyceum of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Temirkanov has been leading the International Winter Festival “Arts Square” for over ten years. The Festival unites in its programme many wonderful venues: the St.Petersburg Philharmonia, Russian Museum, Mikhailovsky Theatre, St.Petersburg theatre of Musical comedy. Unique in its conception, the Festival received recognition both of domestic and foreign audiences. “Arts Square” is the culmination of the winter season in St.Petersburg, confirming the status of the city as one of the European cultural capitals.
The XIV Festival dedicated the Temirkanov`s double anniversary. There will be a colossal gala in the opening of the Festival in the honor of maestro. M.Jansons, N.Alexeev, Y.Bashmet, P.Burchuladze, E.Virsaladze, N.Gutman, E.Kissin, D. Matsuev, V. Repin, S.Shoji and V.Yastrebova will participate in this concert. Later will take place concerts-offering to the conductor from musicians of his orchestra and Prize Winners of the Queen Elisabeth International Competition. The hero of the anniversary will participate in The Arts Square twice – he will perform opuses of Sibelius and Mendelssohn (St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, soloist – Julia Fischer) and also he will close the Festival with the concert of the Tchaikovsky music.