Vassily Sinaisky, one of the foremost Russian conductors in the great tradition of Musin and Kondrashin, has had a highly distinguished career conducting and holding important positions with many of the world's leading orchestras and opera houses. Alongside his considerable experience and authentic voice in Russian repertoire, he is known for masterly interpretations of German and British repertoire, both symphonic and operatic. Most recently he held the position of Chief Conductor and Music Director of Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, and in September 2020 he became Music Director of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava.
Sinaisky holds the position of Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom memorable projects have included the ‘Shostakovich and his Heroes’ festival, tours to Europe and China, and many appearances at the BBC Proms. Sinaisky is also Conductor Emeritus of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and has previously held the positions of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Music Director of the Russian State Orchestra. He is sought after the world over for his wealth of experience. Recent guest conducting highlights include engagements with City of Birmingham Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Utah and Houston Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic Russian National orchestras. In 21/22 his engagements include performances with Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Musica, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, and Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna amongst others.
During his tenure as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Sinaisky's many critically acclaimed productions included The Golden Cockerel directed by Kirill Serebrennikov and the Moscow premiere of Der Rosenkavalier directed by Stephen Lawless. Elsewhere, Sinaisky has conducted Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini in new productions by Stephen Lawless at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Boris Godunov at San Francisco Opera, Carmen and Rosenkavalier for English National Opera, and productions of Fiery Angel and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District with Hans Neuenfels at the Komische Oper Berlin.
Sinaisky’s recordings include a set of the symphonies of Franz Schmidt for Naxos with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Other recordings with the BBC Philharmonic span across many works by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shchedrin, Glinka, Lyadov, Schreker and Szymanowski. His most recent recording is of Tchaikovsky and Grieg Piano Concerti with Denis Kozhukhin and the RundfunkSinfonieorchester Berlin. Sinaisky is a noted and influential teacher and holds the position of Professor of Conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.
"The Mahler was, if anything, even more successful, with greater textural clarity that allowed the solo colours to shine brightly. There was a folksy warmth to the strings in the first movement, and you could have taken a bath in the warm sound of the third."
"Sinaisky oversaw the drama of the final movement [Mahler Symphony No.2] with great authority and considerable ingenuity... After the wild outburst which launched the movement, the distant horn calls and soft tread of the brass’ march sent a shiver up the spine."
Rarely has an ovation been so well deserved...Vassily Sinaisky’s interpretation was formidable. Entirely in the spirit of Stravinsky…he let the music speak for itself with great care for both small details and the big picture.