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Vassily Sinaisky

Music Director, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (from 2020/21) / Conductor Emeritus, BBC Philharmonic / Conductor Emeritus, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra / Honorary Conductor, Malmö Symphony Orchestra

  • One of the foremost Russian conductors in the great tradition of Musin and Kondrashin, Vassily Sinaisky has a 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 becomes Music Director of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava.

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  • Sinaisky holds the position of Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, where memorable projects include 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 out more widely for his great experience and regularly guest conducts orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony, Galicia Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, the Houston and São Paulo symphony, the Hong Kong, Seoul, Taiwan, China and New Japan philharmonic orchestras, as well as the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Russian National orchestras.

    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 Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. Sinaisky is a noted and influential teacher and holds the position of Professor of Conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.

    2020/21 season / 393 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Orchestral highlights

The Cleveland Orchestra
Los Angeles Philharmonic
National Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony
London Philharmonic Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Symphoniker
SWR Stuttgart
Dresden Philharmonic
Helsinki Philharmonic
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Orchestre National de France
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Russian National Orchestra
Hong Kong Philharmonic

Opera highlights

Theater an der Wien
Tchaikovsky Iolanta 
Rachmaninov Francesca da Rimini

San Francisco Opera
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov

English National Opera
Bizet Carmen
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier

Bolshoi Theatre
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin 
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer
Verdi Don Carlos 

Komische Oper
Prokofiev The Fiery Angel

Hungarian State Opera
Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades

"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."

The Times, January 2019

"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."

Bachtrack, May 2016

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.

Skanskan, October 2014

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