Mark Ermler

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Mark Fridrikhovich Ermler (Russian: Марк Фридрихович Эрмлер; 5 May 1932 – 14 April 2002) was a Russian conductor.


Mark Ermler was born in Leningrad in 1932. His parents were Vera Bakun, a film set designer, and Fridrikh Ermler, a film director.[1] He began to study piano at age 5.

His first conducting appearance at the Bolshoi Theatre was in a 1957 production of Cavalleria rusticana. His other noted operatic engagements included conducting the first performances of Sergei Prokofiev's last opera, The Story of a Real Man.

Ermler was especially noted for his conducting of ballets. He conducted, among others, Swan Lake, Petrushka, The Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker. He made complete recordings of all three of Tchaikovsky's ballets and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He became principal guest conductor of the Royal Ballet, London, in 1985.

Ermler died after a rehearsal with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. His wife Dina and daughter Masha survived him.

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See also: Ermler
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Vassily Sinaisky
Music Director, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Yuri Simonov
Preceded by
Alexander Lazarev
Music Director, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Succeeded by
Alexander Vedernikov
Preceded by
Gyeong-Su Won
Principal Conductor, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Seung Gwak