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Vladimir Fedoseyev


Vladimir Fedoseyev was born in St Petersburg and studied in Moscow at the Gnesins Musical Academy and then at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with professor Leo Ginzburg. In 1971 he was invited by the great Evgeny Mravinsky to guest conduct the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. Such was the success of this concert that many conducting invitations followed and Fedoseyev’s conducting career was launched.

In 1974 Fedoseyev became Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. During a period of almost 27 years in this role he has formed a very special relationship with the musicians and developed a distinctive profile for the Orchestra. Under his leadership the Orchestra has made many successful international tours of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Spain the USA, South America, Hong Kong and Japan. In 1996 Fedoseyev was awarded the prestigious Russian award for “Services to the Motherland” and in December 1996 he also received from the Austrian Republic the Silver Cross for his services to music in Austria.

During recent years Maestro Fedoseyev has worked with many distinguished orchestras including the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Koln Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 1996 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a highly acclaimed operatic conductor, Fedoseyev is a regular guest conductor at the Zurich Opera where his performances of Verdi’s Attila, Un Ballo in Maschera, Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar and Tchaikovsky’s Dame de Pique have been very successful. Other notable operatic engagements have included Rubenstein’s Demon at the Bregenz Festival in 1997 and L’Amore dei Tre Re by Montemezzi in 1998.

In 1997 Vladimir Fedoseyev was appointed Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Since taking up this position he has conducted a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonic works at the Musikverein, culminating in a performance of the Missa Solemnis on New Year’s eve 2000.

Future engagements include concerts with the Orchestre de Paris, the Cleveland Symphony, Detroit Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.

Amongst Fedoseyev’s numerous recordings, his discography encompasses the symphonies, operas and ballets of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Scriabin, Shostakovich, Brahms and Mendelssohn.
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