Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he regularly undertakes major international tours and recordings.
Born in the Caucasus city of Nal’chik on December 10, 1938, Yuri Temirkanov began his musical studies at the age of nine. When he was thirteen, he attended the Leningrad School for Talented Children where he continued his studies in violin and viola. Upon graduation, he attended the Leningrad Conservatory where he completed his studies in viola and later returned to study conducting, graduating in 1965. After winning the prestigious All-Soviet National Conducting Competition in 1966, Temirkanov was invited by Kirill Kondrashin to tour Europe and the United States with legendary violinist David Oistrakh and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
Temirkanov made his debut
with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Leningrad Philharmonic)
in early 1967, and was then invited to join the orchestra as Assistant
Conductor to Yevgeny Mravinsky. In 1968, he was appointed Principal Conductor
of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra [shown in photo of LP below]
where he remained until his appointment as Music Director of the Kirov
Opera and Ballet (now the Mariinsky Theatre) in 1976. He remained in this
position until 1988 and his productions of Eugene Onegin and Queen
of Spades have become legendary in the theatre’s history.
Maestro Temirkanov has appeared with leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome and La Scala, Milan and others.
After making his London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977, he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor, and then in 1992 named Principal Conductor, a position he held until 1998. From 1992 to 1997 he was also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and from 1998 to 2008 Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. A regular visitor to the USA, he conducts the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He was the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2000 till 2006, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre until 2009. In 2010 – 2012, he was Music Director of Teatro Regio di Parma.
His numerous recordings include collaborations with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestras, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he recorded the complete Stravinsky ballets and Tchaikovsky symphonies.
For twelve days over the Christmas holiday, Maestro Temirkanov hosts
the annual International Winter Festival Arts Square in St. Petersburg,
Russia. Unique in its concept, the festival gathers artists of the highest
caliber, confirming the status of St. Petersburg as one of the cultural
capitals of Europe. The 15th festival in December 2014 featured Jonas Kaufmann,
Olga Peretyatko and Christian Blackshaw, among others.
-- From the website of IMG Artists (text only,
with slight corrections; photos and link added)
-- Note that names which are links throughout
this webpage refer to my interviews elsewhere on my website. BD
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© 1997 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Highland Park, Illinois, on July 17, 1997. Portions were broadcast on WNIB the following year. This transcription was made in 2018, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.