Son of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich, Maxim Shostakovich was born in 1938 in Leningrad. He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatoire with Yakov Flier and conducting with Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Igor Markevich. In 1971 he was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the USSR Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured worldwide including Western Europe, Japan and the United States and premiered many important works, including his father’s Symphony No. 15 at the Moscow Conservatoire on January 1st 1972. In 1979 he conducted his father’s opera The Nose at the English National Opera.
Maxim Shostakovich has conducted the major orchestras throughout the whole world, in America he has for instance worked with: the New York Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony, the Orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, San Diego, Dallas, Houston and others.
In the years 1986-1991 he was the Music Director of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic as Principal Guest Conductor, with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, the Symphony orchestras of the New Zealand and Jerusalem, the Kyoto Symphony, the Osaka Philharmonic, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic. He has conducted extensively in Europe. In Germany he has worked with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn, Dortmund Philharmonic and with the Hamburg Staatsoper for the Yuri Lyubimov´s production of D.Shostakovich´s opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Maestro Shostakovich also conducted in England with the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In Sweden he worked with the Symphony orchestras of Malmö, Helsingborg, Norrköping and with the Göteborg Symphony. He made a production of Lady Mcbeth of Mtsensk at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In Norway he conducted the Trondheim Symphony, in Switzerland with the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, in Italy with the Orchestra Della Toscana in Florence and the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome and in France with the Orchestre de Lille and Orchestre du Capitole in Toulouse. He also worked with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
Mr Shostakovich made his North America opera debut conducting D.Shostakovich´s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Juilliard School. In January 1984 he led the production of Tchaiikovsky´s Eugene Onegin at the Washington Opera to critical acclaim.
Maestro Shostakovich conducts regularly at the famous St. Petersburg White Nights Festival.
Mr Shostakovich records for labels Teldec, Koch/Schwann, Angel, Philips Records and Chandos. He has been involved in an ongoing project in collaboration with Supraphon, recording his father’s symphonies with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Mr Shostakovich is a doctor of Arts of the Maryland University.
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1992, while he was engaged to conduct at the Grant Park Music
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