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
Summer Night Concert Schoenbrunn 2011 / Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic
Release Date: 08/16/2011   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 001582102   Number of Discs: 1
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Shostakovich: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 / Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Mariinsky  
Catalog: 545   Number of Discs: 2
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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3, Symphony No 5 / Matsuev, Gergiev
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Mariinsky  
Catalog: 549   Number of Discs: 1
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    Shostakovich: Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 / Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 545 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    A Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki / Mutter, Muller-Schott, Dutoit
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20276 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Krzysztof Penderecki
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Roman Patkoló,  Daniel Müller-Schott,  Arto Noras  ... 
    Conductor:  Krzysztof Urbanski,  Charles Dutoit,  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus,  Warsaw Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Brahms: German Requiem / Gergiev, Maltman, Matthews, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 748 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Christopher Maltman
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1227072 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Craig Ogden,  Ji Liu,  Henk Rubingh  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Andrew Litton,  Neeme Järvi,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel / Gergiev, Gorchakova, Leiferkus, Mariinsky Theater
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100391 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin,  Konstantin Pluzhnikov,  Valery Lebed,  Vladimir Galusin  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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    Lang Lang: The Romance Of Rachmaninov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002003702 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Vadim Repin,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Yuri Temirkanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3, Symphony No 5 / Matsuev, Gergiev
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 549 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin /  Netrebko, Beczala, Gergiev, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1994259 Release Date: 03/11/2014  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Piotr Beczala,  Mariusz Kwiecien
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Netrebko, Beczala, Gergiev, Met
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1994309 Release Date: 03/04/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Piotr Beczala,  Mariusz Kwiecien
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 / Matsuev
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 548 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 / Gergiev, Wiener Philharmoniker [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001993746 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Symphony No 8 / Gergiev, Mariinsky
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 525 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Gergiev, Amonov, Khudoley,  Savova, Umerov
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 543 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Edem Umerov,  Mlada Khudoley,  August Amonov,  Olga Savova  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Gergiev, Amonov, Khudoley, Savova, Umerov [blu-ray]
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 544 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Olga Savova,  August Amonov,  Mlada Khudoley,  Edem Umerov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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    Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Gergiev
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 733 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Szymanowski: Symphonies 3 & 4, Stabat Mater / Gergiev, Spence, Matsuev, Matthews
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 739 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Toby Spence,  Denis Matsuev,  Sally Matthews,  Ekaterina Gubanova  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Gergiev, Pape, Putilin, Popov, Gubanova
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 526 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Zlata Bulycheva,  Viktoria Yastrebova,  Alexey Markov,  Nikolai Putilin  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Massenet: Herodiade / Gergiev, Domingo, Fleming, Zajick
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802202 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dolora Zajic,  Juan Pons,  Kenneth Cox  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird / Mariinsky
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 241 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert / Gergiev
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072618 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergey Semishkur
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Salzburg Festival 2012 Opening Concert / Semishkur, Gergiev, Vienna Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072614 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergey Semishkur
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    The Verdi Edition - 12 Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Peter Hoare,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes,  Antonio Ros-Marbá  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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    Prokofiev: The Gambler / Gergiev, Galuzin, Aleksashkin, Mariinsky  Theater
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 536 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sergei Aleksashkin,  Nikolai Gassiev,  Larissa Dyadkova,  Nadezda Serdyuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: The Gambler / Gergiev, Galuzin, Aleksashkin, Mariinsky Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 540 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Vladimir Galouzine,  Andrei Popov,  Tatiana Pavlovskaya,  Alexandr Gergalov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Szymanowski: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Gergiev, LSO
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 731 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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