Alexander Anissimov

Alexander Anissimov is currently Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, Conductor Emeritus of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), Principal Conductor of Busan Philharmonic (Korea). He is an Honored Artist of Russia.

Alexander Anissimov is currently Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus, Conductor Emeritus of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland, Principal Conductor of Busan Philharmonic, Korea. He is an Honored Artist of Russia.

Alexander Anissimov graduated from the Leningrad and Moscow conservatories. He began his professional career in 1975 in the Leningrad Academic Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1980 he became principal conductor of the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus in Minsk, where he worked for more than 20 years. During this long period Maestro Anissimov fulfilled several projects which became significant marks both in the cultural life of the collective and in his artistic biography - the first performances in the USSR of “Maddalena” by Prokofiev, “Master and Margarita” by Glebov, “New Land” by Semenyako, and the “King Stakh’s Wild Hunting” by Soltan, for which he was awarded the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus. With an interval of five years he went to Perm, Russia, to be Principal Conductor, and held this position until 2002. He is a regular guest conductor of Kirov Opera and St Petersburg Philharmonic. From 1995-2001 he was Principal Guest Conductor and then Principal Conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland.

In 2001 the Belarusian Ministry of Culture appointed Alexander Anissimov the chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus. Under his baton the orchestra and the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society have found new ways and forms of their concert activities - symphonic cycles “Life Classics”, “Land of Symphony”, “Revival of Classics”; regular concert tours of the orchestra throughout the whole country, recordings of Belarusian symphony music, premier performances of works by modern Belarusian composers Smolsky, Gorelova, Pytalev, Mdivani, Korolchuk and others.

He is a regular guest conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. In August 2002 Alexander Anissimov conducted two Wagner Ring Cycles in concert performance with them. His Wagner Ring Cycles was acclaimed as the musical highlight of 2002 in Birmingham UK from Birmingham Post, and received the Allianz Business2Arts award in Ireland as the outstanding arts event of 2002. He works regularly for Opera Ireland and Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland and is Honorable President of the Wagner Society of Ireland.

Alexander Anissimov has the world as his podium. His work has taken him to the Kirov Opera, Leningrad Philharmonic, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow and Warsaw Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colon Argentina, State Opera of South Australia, Orchestra of St Cecilia, Roma, Opera Venezia at La Fenice, Opera Genoa, Hannover Staatsoper, Hamburg Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Bastille, Opera Garnier in Paris, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Simpfonia Filharmonia Narodowa w Warszawie, and the State Wroclaw opera.

In addition to his work in Ireland, Russia, Korea and Belarus in the year ahead his programme has included work with the Puccini Festival in Klagenfurt, Austria, Holland Sinfonia and Nuremberg Philharmonic, in Sydney conducting Shostakovitch 10th Symphony with the Australian Youth Orchestra and a full Beethoven programme in Spain with Orquestra Simfonica de l'Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu.

In the period 1994-1998 he recorded eight CDs for NAXOS with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the nine symphonies of Glazunov, all the ballets including Raymonda, and also recorded all the Rachmaninov symphonies including the choral symphony “The Bells” with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. His recently released EMI DVD recording of Shostakovitch’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk recorded in Teatro Liceu Barcelona has received international acclaim. He has also released the 10th Symphony of Shostakovitch with Australian Youth Orchestra on MELBA label. Future engagements in addition to his work in Europe and Korea include Evgeniy Onegin with the Tokyo Opera, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Anissimov regularly acts as a jury member and conductor on international competitions named after P.Tchaikovsky, M.Glinka, G.Otts, F.Shaliapin. He also often takes part in festivals “Irina Arkhipova invites”, Mariya Bieshu sings”, “White Nights’ Stars”. He is a permanent participant of the International Festival pen Air in Solohturn (Switzerland).

In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music Honoris Causa from the National University of Ireland for his services to music in Ireland. In 2002 he became the President of Wagner Society in Ireland.

Alexander Anissimov had the honor to conduct the charitable Gala-concert in Dublin dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl Tragedy, took part in project “Chernobyl after 20 years” in Minsk (2006).

Maestro Anissimov was awarded several state awards and honorable titles, and not only in Belarus:
1993 “Santa Cecillia” orchestra (Roma, Italy) presents him conductor baton of Leonard Bernstein,
1995 “Conductor of the Year” - Moscow newspaper “Music Elite”
1996 Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus,
1997 Francysk Skorina Medal (Belarus),
2005 Laureate of the Theatre Prize “Gold Masque”,
2006 Gold Medal of The People’s Artist of the USSR I.Arkhipova Fund.
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