Perhaps most renowned for his tenure as the Music Director of the Bolshoi from 2001 to 2009, Alexander Vedernikov’s international reputation has gone from strength to strength over the past decade and he is in high demand as a guest conductor. He works regularly with a list of orchestras that includes the BBC Symphony, Orchestra Verdi of Milan, NHK Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (with Martha Argerich at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano), Netherlands Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. His recent debuts with the Orchestre de Paris and Bournemouth Symphony both resulted in an immediate re-invitation. In September 2009 Alexander took up the role of Chief Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.
In the field of opera, Alexander Vedernikov is now a frequent conductor at Berlin’s Komische Oper, and has worked throughout Italy at La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Turin and Opera di Roma. In 2010 he made a highly successful debut at the Finnish National Opera with Eugene Onegin. In 2012/13 he made his debut at the Zurich Opera with Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci and last season at The Metropolitan Opera in New York conducting Eugene Onegin.
Alexander Vedernikov was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre from 2001 until 2009 and has been credited with rebuilding the Bolshoi Theatre’s historical reputation for artistic excellence. He led many productions at the Bolshoi, including a new production of Boris Godunov in the original Mussorgsky orchestrations, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Puccini’s Turandot, Prokofiev's Cinderella, Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Leonid Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal (world premiere, commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre), Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
Under Vedernikov’s direction, the orchestra of the Bolshoi toured extensively, including to Athens, Hamburg and Paris and a season of opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Opera and symphonic performances at La Scala were equally successful.
Alexander completed his musical studies at the Moscow Conservatory in 1990 and from 1988-90, he worked at Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. From 1988-95, he was assistant to the chief conductor and second conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (formerly Gosteleradio’s Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra), whom he accompanied on many tours in Russia and abroad. In 1995, he founded the Russian Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of this orchestra until 2004. He has conducted Russia’s State Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2003, he has been a member of the conductors’ collegium of the Russian National Orchestra.
Russia’s great institutions of music and theatre and their distinctive traditions have played a decisive role in shaping Alexander Vedernikov’s artistry in many ways. The conductor, born in Moscow in 1964, was raised in a musical family. His father, also named Alexander, was famed throughout the Soviet Union and beyond for his interpretations of such roles as Boris Godunov and Kutuzov in Prokofiev’s War and Peace; his mother, Natalia Gureyeva was a professor of organ at the Moscow Conservatory.