Valery Gergiev’s inspired leadership as Music Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has taken Mariinsky ensembles to 45 countries and has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution, now in its 228th season.
At home in St. Petersburg, his leadership has resulted in the new and superb Mariinsky Concert Hall, which opened in November 2006, and the Mariinsky Label, which was launched in 2009. The new Mariinsky Theatre is scheduled to open in 2012 and immediately after the original and classic Mariinsky Theatre (currently celebrating its 150th anniversary) will be renovated to bring its staging facilities to 21st century standards.
The Mariinsky Label releases in the first year included Shostakovich’s “The Nose” and Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15, a Tchaikovsky disc of short pieces, Rodion Shchedrin’s “The Enchanted Wanderer”, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and “Paganini Variations” and Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” and “Oedipus Rex”. The label’s first two recordings received five Grammy Nominations. In the fall of 2010 the Mariinsky Label released Wagner’s “Parsifal” and DVD’s of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, and 6.
Presently Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and The World Orchestra for Peace, Valery Gergiev is also founder and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival and New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel.
Maestro Gergiev is the recipient of a Grammy Award, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, Netherlands’s Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, Valencia’s Silver Medal, the Herbert von Karajan prize and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honor.
Although now recording for the Mariinsky and LSO Live Labels, he has recorded extensively for Decca (Universal Classics), and appears on the Philips and Deutsche Grammophon labels.