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Yakov Kreizberg



Biography

In demand across the globe, the Austrian-American conductor Yakov Kreizberg has conducted most of the major orchestras throughout Europe, North America and Asia.He currently holds the posts of Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestras, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In January 2008 he was appointed Artistic Director to the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra to which he will be Music Director from September 2009.He has previously held the posts of Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Generalmusikdirektor of the Komische Oper Berlin.

Notable European engagements have included the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus, WDR Köln and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras. In the UK he has worked with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is a frequent guest at London's BBC Proms and returned in 2008 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

Within North America, Yakov Kreizberg has conducted prestigious orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra (with whom he toured the Americas), Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, the Minnesota and Cincinnati Symphonies and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic Orchestras. In Asia he has worked with the NHK, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras as well as the Pacific Festival in Sapporo.

Forthcoming plans include tours of Germany and Spain with the Netherlands Philharmonic, performances at the Beethoven Festival, Warsaw with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and engagements with the Orchestre National de France, Hessischer Rundfunk, Dresden Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington and National Orchestra of Spain to name a few. Yakov Kreizberg will be Artist in Residence for the opening of the Alte Oper Frankfurt's 2008/09 season and this is the first time a conductor has been presented with this honour. In addition to symphonic concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Frankfurter Museumsgesellschaft, Mr Kreizberg will present several chamber concerts as part of his residency. After many years of absence from performing the piano, he has resumed giving recitals and will be performing with Julia Fischer and Daniel Mueller-Schott.

As well as having recorded for Decca and Oehms Classics, Yakov Kreizberg's collaboration with Pentatone Classics and the Netherlands Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras has been highly successful. His many recordings for Pentatone have included symphonies by  Shostakovich (5 and 9) and Dvorak (8, 9 and 6), a number of discs with Julia Fischer, whilst his first recording with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra - Bruckner's Symphony No.7 - was nominated in two categories (including best orchestral performance) for the 2006 Grammy Awards. On the Orfeo label, Mr Kreizberg has recorded the Shostakovich cello concerti with Daniel Mueller-Schott.

As an opera conductor, he established a fine reputation at the Komische Oper in a wide variety of repertoire. Elsewhere, he has conducted for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera, English National Opera, Bregenz Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in 2006 made his debut at the Royal Opera House with Macbeth. With Netherlands Opera he has recently conducted Iolanthe and Katya Kabanova.

In October 2007, Mr Kreizberg was bestowed the ‘Ehrenkreuz' by the Austrian president in recognition of his achievement in the Arts. Mr Kreizberg actively encourages and dedicates time to inspiring youth in music and for a number of years he was Music Director of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra.

Born in St Petersburg, Russia, Yakov Kreizberg studied conducting privately with the legendary Ilya A. Musin, before emigrating to the United States in 1976. There he was awarded conducting fellowships at Tanglewood with Bernstein, Ozawa and Leinsdorf, and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1986 he won first prize in the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York.

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Yakov Kreizberg