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Temirkanov Yuri Hatuyevich

    Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg State Philharmonic named after D.D. Shostakovich, Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic's Academic Symphony Orchestra.
   Born December 10, 1938 in Nalchik, Northern Russia. Graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatory named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, specializing in viola performance and conducting, under the direction of I.A. Musin. Graduated from the Conservatory's Graduate School, where he studied under I.A. Musin.
   Yu.H. Temirkanov debuted as musician and conductor in the M. Gorky Major Dramatic Theatre orchestra in mid 1950's, while still attending the Conservatory. He debuted officially in 1965 in the Academic Minor Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Worked as Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic's Academic Symphony Orchestra (1968-76).
   Since 1976 he has been Chief Conductor and later (simultaneously) Artistic Director of the S.M. Kirov Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Since 1978 he has been working as a permanent guest conductor at the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and also at the Philadelphia Orchestra, while continuing his work with the Kirov Theatre. In 1988 he has headed Russia's accomplished Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
   In 1992 he became Chief Conductor of the London Royal Symphony Orchestra, in 1994 - Chief Guest Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic's Orchestra, in 1997 - Chief Guest Conductor of the Danish Radio Orchestra.
   Works by J. Brahms, H. Mahler, R. Strauss, P. Chaikovsky, S. Rakhmaninov, I. Stravinsky, S. Prokofiev, R. Schedrin and many other composers are in Yu.H. Temirkanov's repertory.
   He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with the Cleveland Orchestra, with the National Orchestra of France, with the Symphony Orchestra of the Berlin Radio, with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras.
   Chairman of the Association of Concert Performers of the Russian Federation.
   Honourary member of the International Academy of Industry, Education and Art Studies (California, U.S.).
   Laureate of the National Conductor's Contest (1966), of the U.S.S.R. and Russian Federation's State Awards (1971, 1976, 1985). People's Artist of Russia (1976) and of the U.S.S.R. (1981).
   Awarded the orders of Lenin, "For Service to the Country" (3rd degree), of Sts. Kirill and Methodius (Bulgaria).
   Has a son.

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