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The Russian conductor ANDREY BOREYKO is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. He is currently Chief Conductor of the Berner Symphonie-Orchester as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (SWR) and of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi. From the start of the 2009/10 season he will also become General Music Director of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, during which time he will conduct one opera production per season at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
As a guest conductor, Boreyko has worked with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras. In Germany and Austria he has conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and the Wiener Symphoniker. Elsewhere in Europe he has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Filharmonica della Scala, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In the United States and Canada he has conducted the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Dallas, and Cleveland. Highlights of this season include return visits to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Numerous CDs as well as TV and radio recordings demonstrate Andrey Boreyko’s artistic versatility. His discography includes Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate and Valentin Silvestrov’s Symphony No. 6, both recorded with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and released by ECM. In 2006 Hänssler Classic released a live recording – again with the SWR – of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 and the world-premiere recording of the original version of the Suite, Op. 29 from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Boreyko was born in St. Petersburg, where, at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, he studied conducting and composition (with Elisabeta Kudriavtseva and Alexander Dmitriev), graduating summa cum laude. Throughout his career he has held several positions, including Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (2001-2006), Principal Guest Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (2000-2003), Chief Conductor of the Hamburger Symphoniker (2004-2008), and conductor of the Jenaer Philharmonie between 1998 and 2003. With Jenaer Philharmonie, Boreyko received awards for the most innovative concert programming in three consecutive seasons from the German Music Critics (Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband) – an unprecedented achievement in the entire history of this prize.