Alexander Vedernikov

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Alexander Alexandrovich Vedernikov (Александр Александрович Ведерников) (born 11 January 1964, in Moscow) is a Russian conductor. His father, Alexander Filipovich Vedernikov, was a famous Russian bass who sang at the Bolshoi Theatre, and his mother, Natalia Nikolaevna Gureeva, was a professor of organ at the Moscow Conservatory.[1]

Vedernikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1988, where he studied under Leonid Nikolaev. He also took classes from Mark Ermler. Upon his graduation he worked as a conductor in the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre from 1988 to 1991. He was also an assistant conductor to Vladimir Fedoseyev at the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio from 1988 to 1995. In 1995 he established Russian Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra and served as its artistic director and chief conductor until 2004.

Vedernikov became music director of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2001.[2] He had a contract with the company until 2010, but in July 2009 resigned on the first day of the theater's summer tour, citing disagreements with its management.[3][4]

In the 1990s Vedernikov conducted in Milan, Turin and Rome. He made his Covent Garden debut in 1996, where he conducted Prokofiev' Cinderella and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. He became a chief conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in 2009, with an initial 3 year contract. At one occasion he conducted the third part of Wagner's Der Ring with a swan feather instead of a conducting baton, receiving a harsh critique accusing him of the lack of aesthetics.[5] In June 2011, his initial Odense contract was extended to 2014.[6] In November 2016 the Royal Danish Opera (Det Kongelige Kapel) announced Vedernikov's appointment as its next chief conductor, effective from the 2017-2018 season.[7]

Vedernikov has recorded commercially for such labels as Pentatone, Hyperion and Naive.[8][9][10]

Selected Recordings[edit]


  1. ^ 'BBC Symphony Orchestra - Shostakovich, Aho, Sibelius', BBC Radio 3 broadcast, 20 May 2012
  2. ^ Amelia Gentleman (6 July 2001). "Quiet young conductor tries to tame the Bolshoi snakepit". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. ^ Ирина Муравьева (Irina Muraviev) (15 July 2009). "Большие перемены". Российской газеты (Rossiyskaya Gazeta). Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. ^ Miriam Elder (22 March 2011). "Bolshoi rocked by scandal and intrigue". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  5. ^ Anne Drud (3 November 2009). "Maestro Vedernikov". Fyens Stiftstidende. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. ^ Peter Hagmund (1 June 2011). "Stjernedirigent forlænger kontrakten". Fyens Stiftstidende. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Det Kongelige Kapel ansætter stærk russisk dirigent" (Press release). DR (Denmark Radio). 25 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b Andrew Clements (20 May 2004). "Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila: Bolshoy Theatre, Moscow/ Vedernikov". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  9. ^ Andrew Clements (21 February 2013). "Glazunov: Violin Concerto; Schoeck: Concerto Quasi una Fantasia, etc – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  10. ^ Andrew Clements (15 May 2014). "Chopin: The Piano Concertos review – moments of grandeur, too little subtlety". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2016.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Music Director, Bolshoi Theatre
Succeeded by
Vassily Sinaisky
Preceded by
Paul Mann
Chief Conductor, Odense Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by