Alexander Vedernikov has been named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg from the 2019/20 season. In February 2019, he will conduct two operas: Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. His first production as Music Director will be Verdi’s Aida in November 2019.

Vladimir Kekhman, Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre said: “First of all, I would like to congratulate Alexander on his 55th birthday, an “excellent” age for major appointments. I am delighted that we are collaborating with this representative of the Moscow conducting school. The most important challenge that we will be tackling together will be developing the orchestra to a new level and making it as recognizable a brand as the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s ballet and opera companies.”

Alexander Vedernikov: “After ten years abroad, it has been a pleasure to be invited to work in my homeland once again. The Mikhailovsky Theatre and I face a multitude of creative challenges, and we have already planned a series of interesting productions and concerts. I am certain that, together, we will succeed in giving fresh momentum to the Mikhailovsky Theatre and to the brilliant reputation that it enjoys both in Russia and abroad.”

A conductor of great international renown, Alexander Vedernikov joined the Royal Danish Opera as Chief Conductor from September 2018.  He previously held positions as Chief Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra (2009 – 2018) and Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre (2001 – 2009), during which time he was credited with rebuilding the Bolshoi Theatre’s historical reputation for artistic excellence.

In spring 2018, Vedernikov conducted an acclaimed production of the Ring Cycle at Odense’s new Odeon Theatre, a major project which concluded his tenure there as Chief Conductor. Additional opera highlights include frequent productions at Berlin’s Komische Oper and at major houses including Italy’s La Scala, La Fenice, Teatro Comunale, Teatro Regio and Opera di Roma; and the Metropolitan, Bastille, Finnish National, Zurich, Frankfurt, Royal Stockholm operas; Savonlinna Festival; and Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

Vedernikov enjoys a distinguished symphonic career leading top orchestras including Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Czech Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, China Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic and St Petersburg Philharmonic orchestras.  He works regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and has performed a broad range of repertoire with them including Prokfiev’s 3rd Symphony at The Proms, and works from Haydn and Brahms to Schinttke, Tippett and John Adams.

Alexander Vedernikov was born in Moscow into a musical family. His father was renowned bass and People’s Artist of the USSR Alexander Vedernikov, and his mother the organist Natalya Gureeva.  He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in opera and symphony conducting, following which he completed postgraduate studies. He worked at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Musical Theatre in Moscow and in the Gosteleradio Grand Symphony Orchestra (now the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra), and for ten years was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Russian Philharmonia symphony orchestra, which he founded.