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
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  • 1.
    Silver Age / Daniil Trifonov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 003293502 Release Date: 12/04/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariinsky Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Gergiev, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Munchner Philharmoni   Catalog: 802532 Release Date: 11/06/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Lozakovich, Gergiev, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 003234302 Release Date: 10/23/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Daniel Lozakovich
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Gergiev, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Unitel Edition   Catalog: 802608 Release Date: 06/05/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  René Pape,  Marina Rebeka,  Luca Salsi,  Charles Castronovo
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Gergiev, Wiener Philharmoniker [Blu-ray]
    Label: Unitel Edition   Catalog: 802704 Release Date: 06/05/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  René Pape,  Marina Rebeka,  Luca Salsi,  Charles Castronovo
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 7
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1409 Release Date: 05/01/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos.4 & 5 / Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 17 Release Date: 09/06/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariinsky Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos.9 & 15, Festive Overture, Scherzo
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1362 Release Date: 05/03/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariinsky Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra,  USSR Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 / Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 04/19/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariinsky Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Petrushka & Jeu de cartes / Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 10/19/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariinsky Orchestra
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    Diva: The Very Best of Anna Netrebko
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002880402 Release Date: 08/24/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ernesto De Curtis,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Boaz Daniel,  Rolando Villazón,  Yusif Eyvazov  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Jader Bignamini,  Bertrand De Billy,  Valery Gergiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Kirov Orchestra  ... 
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    Summer Night Concert 2018 / Gergiev, Netrebko, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 583399 Release Date: 08/10/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Francesco Cilča,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verbier Festival: 25 Years of Excellence / Various
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4835143 Release Date: 08/10/2018   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Luciano Berio,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Malena Ernman,  Yuja Wang,  Martha Argerich,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Kurt Masur,  Gábor Takács-Nagy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, Stabat Mater / Matsuev, Gergiev, London Symphony
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 & Symphonic Dances / Gergiev, London Symphony
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 816 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Mily Balakirev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Munchner Philharmoniker Live from the 2016 BBC Proms
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110572 Release Date: 02/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Galina Ustvolskaya,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Behzod Abduraimov
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos / Matsuev, Gergiev, Mariinsky Orchestra
    Label: Mariinsky   Catalog: 599 Release Date: 02/02/2018  
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariinsky Orchestra
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    Piano Masters
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002732802 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov,  Evgeny Kissin,  Krystian Zimerman,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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    Romanza (Deluxe Edition) / Netrebko, Eyvazov
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002714002 Release Date: 09/29/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Krutoy,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Emmerich Kálmán  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Yusif Eyvazov,  Saimir Pirgu,  Elina Garanca  ... 
    Conductor:  William Ross,  Ben Foster,  Jeremy Holland-Smith,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Session Orchestra,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Strauss: Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben / Gergiev, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: Münchner Philharmoniker   Catalog: 21121 Release Date: 03/31/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
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    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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  • 23.
    Evgeny Kissin: The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875127202 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: 5078 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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