Valery Gergiev

Biography

Born: May 2, 1953   Country: Russia  
Valery Gergiev emerged in the 1980s as one of the most exciting new conductors, particularly of opera and ballet, and has maintained and enhanced his reputation ever since. He is also known for the rather gruff, unshaven appearance he cultivates. Born in Moscow to Ossetian parents, he showed tremendous musical talent in early childhood. Deciding while still in his teens that he wanted to become a conductor, Gergiev entered the conducting class of Read more Ilya Musin at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory. In 1975 and still a student, he won the All Union Conductors' Competition in Moscow in 1975. The following year, Gergiev won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors' Competition in Berlin. In 1977, the 24-year-old Gergiev was appointed assistant conductor at the Kirov Opera under Yuri Temirkanov. He made his debut the next year, conducting Prokofiev's immense opera War and Peace. This and other exciting opera performances marked the arrival of an extraordinary conductor. In 1981, Gergiev became director of the Armenian State Orchestra, conducting widely throughout the Soviet Union. He was appointed music director of the Kirov in 1988, when Temirkanov left to take over the Leningrad Philharmonic. Starting his tenure at the Kirov with immense energy and enthusiasm, Gergiev developed the company's orchestra to the point that it rivaled the famed Philharmonic. As director of the Mariinsky Theater (the historic home of the Kirov Opera and Ballet companies), he organized a successful annual Stars of the White Nights festival in St. Petersburg.

Gergiev has traveled widely, taking the Kirov companies all over the world. He has conducted several Kirov productions, including Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and Borodin's Prince Igor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His subsequent engagements also included a production of Boris Godunov at the Met.Gergiev has led major opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world. Principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera from 1997 to 2008, Gergiev was also principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra until August, 2008. He has been in charge of numerous festivals, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic/Gergiev Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival in Finland, the Peace to the Caucasus Festival, and the Red Sea International Music Festival in Eilat, Israel. Gergiev's many CD and video recordings include the classical Russian opera repertoire; symphonic works by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and Borodin; as well as the complete Prokofiev piano concertos. In addition to these recordings, he has become an acclaimed interpreter of Western symphonic fare, notably in his cycle of Mahler symphonies for LSO Live. Read less
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker / Gergiev, Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra
Release Date: 12/18/2012   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4786   Number of Discs: 1
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Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos / Gergiev, Mariinsky [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 04/28/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 107552   Number of Discs: 4
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  • 1.
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
    Label: Münchner Philharmoniker   Catalog: 211208 Release Date: 10/21/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 2
    Label: Münchner Philharmoniker   Catalog: 21120 Release Date: 10/21/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Olga Borodina,  Anne Schwanewilms
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5033827 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeny Kissin,  Mikhail Milman,  Boris Garlitsky,  Vladimir Spivakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Seiji Ozawa,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Stravinsky & Bartok: Orchestral Works / Gergiev, Bronfman, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: LSO5078 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker / Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 0593 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Semyon Kotko / Gergiev [Blu-ray + DVD]
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 0592 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Andrei Popov,  Stanislav Leontieff,  Nadezhda Vassilieva,  Varvara Solovyova  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 - Balakirev: Tamara / Gergiev, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 0784 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Mily Balakirev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Great Arias: Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109242 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Peter Robinson,  Riccardo Chailly,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
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    Great Arias: Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias & Scenes [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109243 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Peter Robinson,  Riccardo Chailly,  Evelino Pidň  ... 
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    Great Arias: Kuda, kuda - Famous Russian Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109246 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Mikhail Glinka,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Galina Gorchakova,  Anna Netrebko,  Vladimir Ognovenko,  Larissa Diadkova  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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    Great Arias: Kuda, kuda - Famous Russian Arias & Scenes [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109247 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Mikhail Glinka,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Galina Gorchakova,  Anna Netrebko,  Vladimir Ognovenko,  Larissa Diadkova  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
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  • 12.
    Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette / Gergiev, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 762 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Kenneth Tarver,  Olga Borodina,  Evgeny Nikitin
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Guildhall School Chorus,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Shchedrin: The Left-Hander / Popov, Gergiev, Marinsky Orchestra [Blu-ray + DVD]
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 588 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin
    Performer:  Vladimir Moroz,  Andrei Popov,  Edouard Tsanga,  Kristina Alieva  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Scriabin: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Gergiev, Halsey, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 770 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Ekaterina Sergeeva,  Alexander Timchenko
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    The Story of Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109210 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Story of Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109211 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Verdi: The Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459302 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 75
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Stuart Neill,  Maria Guleghina,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lamberto Gardelli,  James Levine,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Voices,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe; Bolero; Pavane / Gergiev, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 696 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 19.
    Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7; Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 577 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergei Babayan,  Alexei Volodin
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Scriabin: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 / Gergiev, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 771 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Shostakovich: The Cello Concertos / Capucon, Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552846 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Gautier Capuçon
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Prokofiev: Cinderella / Gergiev, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra [dvd & Blu-ray]
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 555 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Davies: Symphony No. 10; Panufnik: Symphony No. 10 / Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 767 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrzej Panufnik,  Peter Maxwell Davies
    Performer:  Markus Butter
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1; Shchedrin: Piano Concerto No. 2; Stravinsky / Matsuev, Gergiev
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 587 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Sergey Rachmaninov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
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    Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3; Balakirev: Russia / Gergiev, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 779 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mily Balakirev,  Sergey Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
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