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
Berlioz: Les Troyens / Gergiev, Matos, Viviani, Ryan, Cutler, Milling
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 706008   Number of Discs: 2
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Scriabin: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Gergiev, Halsey, London Symphony
Release Date: 05/13/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 770   Number of Discs: 1
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Berlioz: Les Troyens / Gergiev, Matos, Viviani, Ryan, Cutler, Milling [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 706104   Number of Discs: 2
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Prokofiev: War and Peace / Gergiev, Othotnikov, Prochina
Release Date: 06/30/2015   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 109092   Number of Discs: 2
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Scriabin: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 / Gergiev, London Symphony
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 771   Number of Discs: 1
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Rodion Shchedrin,  Robert Craft
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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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:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Mily Balakirev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    From The History Of The Tchaikovsky Competition Phonodocuments
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002349 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Naum Shtarkman,  Stefan Ruha,  Victoria Stefanescu,  Lev Vlasenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Boris Khaikin,  Neeme Järvi,  Fuat Mansurov  ... 
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    Mahler Symphonies No 4 & 5 / Gergiev, World Orchestra For Peace [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 731304 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Camilla Tilling
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  World Orchestra for Peace
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    Prokofiev: War And Peace / Gergiev, Othotnikov, Gergalov, Prochina [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109093 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Nikolai Othotnikov,  Irina Bogachova,  Alexandr Gergalov,  Yelena Prokina  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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    Prokofiev: War and Peace / Gergiev, Othotnikov, Prochina
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109092 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yelena Prokina,  Alexandr Gergalov,  Irina Bogachova,  Nikolai Othotnikov  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
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  • 19.
    Nobuyuki Tsujii [3-DVD Set]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2061268 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  John Musto,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Liszt,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Nobuyuki Tsujii,  Yuri Vorobiev,  Olga Sergeyeva
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Unesco Concert For Peace /  Gergiev, World Orchestra For Peace
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730108 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Roxanna Panufnik,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  World Orchestra for Peace
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    Unesco Concert For Peace /  Gergiev, World Orchestra For Peace [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 730204 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Roxanna Panufnik,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  World Orchestra for Peace
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  • 22.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 9, Violin Concerto No 1 / Kavakos, Gergiev
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 524 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos / Gergiev, Mariinsky
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107551 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov,  Timur Martynov,  Denis Matsuev,  Veronika Dzhioeva  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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    Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies & Concertos / Gergiev, Mariinsky [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107552 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov,  Timur Martynov,  Denis Matsuev,  Veronika Dzhioeva  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Chorus
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    Arif Melikov: Legend of Love, A Ballet in Three Acts
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002326 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arif Jangirovich Melikov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
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