Valery Gergiev


Valery Gergiev, Director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, home to the Kirov Opera and Ballet, is also Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera from 1997 – 2002.

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev studied conducting at the Leningrad Conservatoire and at age 23, won Berlin's "Herbert von Karajan Competition". He made his Kirov Opera debut in 1978 with War and Peace and in1988 was designated Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. In 1996, the Russian government appointed him Director of the Mariinsky Theatre. He has appeared with all the leading orchestras of the former Soviet Union and has guest conducted most of the world's major orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, London's Royal Philharmonic, Rome's Santa Cecilia, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Tokyo's NHK Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Maestro Gergiev is the organizer of St. Petersburg's annual “Stars of the White Nights” Festival and is the founder and artistic director of many international music festivals including “For Peace in the Caucasus” (Vladikavkaz), the Mikkeli Festival (Finland), the Red Sea Festival (Eilat), the Kirov Philharmonic (London), the Rotterdam Philharmonic-Gergiev Festival (Netherlands) and the Moscow Easter Festival.

His recordings on CD and video include The Maid of Pskov Khovanshchina Sadko War and Peace The Queen of SpadesIolantaRuslan and LyudmilaThe Fiery AngelPrince IgorLa Forza del Destino, several orchestral albums and recitals, and the complete ballets Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty . Recent releases include The GamblerMazeppaKashchei the ImmortalBetrothal in a Monastery and Ivan the Terrible.

Among Valery Gergiev's numerous international honors are Musical America's "Conductor of the Year" award, as well as Russia's Dmitri Shostakovich Award, Golden Mask Award, and "People's Artist of Russia," the country's highest cultural award.

Valery Gergiev appears in the following:

Valery Gergiev

Sunday, March 06, 2011

While conductor extraordinaire Valery Gergiev was in town last week to complete his Mahler Cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra, he stopped by to talk with Gilbert Kaplan, host of “Mad About Music.”


In Conversation: Valery Gergiev

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Valery Gergiev is the epitome of the jet-age conductor.  Famous (or infamous) for an insane schedule that occasionally sees him conducting in two countries within a single day, Gergiev is one of the biggest names in classical music – and in Russia, where his friends include Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.  He joins us to talk about bringing Mahler’s music and the London Symphony Orchestra to New York.

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Valery Gergiev on Prokofiev

Monday, November 10, 2008

Valery Gergiev, Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, returns to Lincoln Center with the Kirov Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariisnky Theatre to perform Sergei Prokofiev’s music for stage and film (Nov. 9-17). More info and tickets at


Have You Heard the Word?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Vernon Jordan talks about how the power of words has helped African-Americans to assert their rights and pass on their culture. Also: Mavis Staples on her long gospel and soul singing career! Valery Gergiev talks about the works of composer Sergei Prokofiev. Plus, Frank Gifford looks back on his life ...


The Power of Music

Sunday, August 05, 2007

You won't want to miss this remarkable show on the power of classical music in the lives of 25 high-profile guests with riveting stories told to host Gilbert Kaplan by Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Ehud Barak, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Patrick Stewart, Mike Nichols, Renee Fleming, Valery Gergiev, Philippe de Montebello and many others.

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Sunday, July 03, 2005

"Maestros" a Summer Special with three world-renown conductors: Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel and Pierre Boulez – who share the music they listen to when they're off the podium; the conductors who most influenced them; how they manage the tricky relationship with their orchestras and where they envision their place in history.


Valery Gergiev

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Few conductors have exploded on the global scene as Valery Gergiev has in the past 10 years. He has rebuilt his Kirov Opera and was appointed as principal guest conductor at the Met, where he introduced neglected Russian operas.