Alexander Dmitriev (Conductor)|
Was born in Leningrad in 1935, the son of a musician. He received a solid musical education at the Leningrad Conservatoire, having completed a full course in choral conducting and theory and composition. After graduating from the Conservatoire he continued his studies in conducting opera and symphony in Professor Rabinovich‘s master-classes.
In 1966 he won in the Second All-Union Competition of Conductors. From 1968 to 1969 he attended master-classes at the Vienna Music Academy. During 1970 he was associate conductor to Evgeny Mravinsky.
Dmitriev‘s musical career began early. For some ten years he directed the Symphony Orchestra of the Karel Autonomous Republic. Subsequently, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Maly Academic Opera House in Leningrad. Since 1977 Dmitriev has held two posts: that of Chief Conductor and Artistic director to The Academic Symphony Orchestra of The St.Petersburg Philharmonia.
At present Dmitriev is one of the leading Russian conductors. In his country and abroad Dmitriev has distinguished himself as an accomplished musician, having a wide and varied repertoire, and a man of great learning. He has toured extensively both in the Russia and abroad, and in the course of these tours he has been heard in many countries: Japan, the United States of America, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, France, etc. Wherever Dmitriev conducted he was the focus of attention from both professional musicians and music lovers. They are impressed by his subtle musicianship, impeccable musical taste and his adherence to profound intellectual interpretations.
Dmitriev‘s repertoire embraces - along with the masterpieces of the famed Russian composers Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Glazunov, Rachmaninov and Skriabin - symphonies by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. His artistic temperament is in concord with the music of Berlioz, Liszt and Sibelius. Therefore, his concert programmes feature compositions of virtually all epochs and styles. Dmitriev is also attracted by the rich musical resources of the 20th century. He is always alive to the nuances of modern music, and can give brilliant, sympathetic performances of modern compositions in all their originality.
At present, Alexander Dmitriev, People‘s Artist of the USSR, is professor at the St.Petersburg Conservatoire.
On April 8, 2005 President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin awarded Alexander Dmitriev with Order of Honour «For Merit in field of culture and art, long-term fruitful activity».