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Ilan Volkov


"...Volkov moved into a different sphere, took the SSO with him, and produced one of the greatest musical experiences I have encountered... He is amazing to watch, the results are out of this world, and I can only beg music lovers to hear it for themselves..." The Herald (Glasgow)

Ilan Volkov succeeded Osmo Vänskä as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in January 2003. He first conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1998. As Chief Conductor of the BBC SSO he will conduct some 26 performances over 12 weeks each season, and will play an important role in the orchestra's continuing commitment to contemporary music, as well as performing at key music festivals in the UK.

Ilan Volkov's debut at the BBC Proms season with the BBC SSO in August 2003 received critical attention. The Guardian said: 'Volkov has been chief conductor of the BBC SSO since the beginning of the year, but they have already achieved a formidable partnership. His interpretation of Brahms' Fourth Symphony revealed the strength of the work's architecture, and generated an irresistible musical momentum; the finale built inexorably through the variations to a shattering coda.'

Ilan Volkov, born in Israel in 1976, is one of the most outstanding young conductors of his generation. At the age of 19 he was appointed Young Conductor in Association to the Newcastle-based Northern Sinfonia. In 1997 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and two years later was invited by Seiji Ozawa to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Conductor.

Volkov's guest conducting appearances have included concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie - Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Iceland Symphony, NDR Hamburg, Russian National, Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Hallé, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Residentie and Scottish Chamber orchestras. He has worked in Israel with the Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem, Israel and Haifa Symphony orchestras and Israel Chamber Orchestra. Volkov has worked with such distinguished soloists as Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emmanuel Ax, Viktoria Mullova, Heinrich Schiff, Thomas Zehetmair, Stephen Kovacevich and others.

Future debut engagements include Philharmonia, Cleveland, Stockholm Philharmonic and National Symphony - Washington.

Ilan Volkov made his debut with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2002, conducting Eugene Onegin, and conducted this same work with San Francisco Opera in 2004. In the summer of 2006 he conducted Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Glyndebourne Festival Opera with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Posted: August 2006
Ilan Volkov