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Alexander Vedernikov’s international reputation has gone from strength to strength. Recently designated future Chief Conductor of the Danish National Opera, he also works regularly with Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, NHK Symphony, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana (with Martha Argerich at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano), Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestra Verdi Milan, London Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gothenburg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic. He has also worked with the Sydney Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, China Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC and many others.
Currently Chief Conductor of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, Alexander has brought this orchestra to a new level of international recognition and is currently working on a three-year project to perform Wagner’s Ring Cycle in concert.
In the field of opera, Alexander has conducted at Berlin’s Komische Oper, and has worked throughout Italy at La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Regio in Turin and Opera di Roma. He has conducted productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bastille Opera in Paris, the Finnish National Opera, Zurich Opera, Frankfurt Opera and Royal Stockholm Opera, as well as the Danish National Opera.
Alexander Vedernikov was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre from 2001 until 2009 and has been credited with rebuilding the Bolshoi Theatre’s historical reputation for artistic excellence, conducting Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina and Boris Godunov (a new production in the original Mussorgsky orchestration), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Puccini’s Turandot, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, War and Peace and The Fiery Angel, Leonid Desyatnikov’s The Children of Rosenthal (world premiere, commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre), Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla, and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
Under his direction, the orchestra of the Bolshoi toured extensively, including a season of opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2006 (including The Fiery Angel and Boris Godunov), where the orchestra in particular was singled out for its exceptional playing. Opera and symphonic performances at La Scala were equally successful.
Since 2003, he has been a member of the conductors’ collegium of the Russian National Orchestra, with whom he has toured in France, Germany and the United States. In January 2004, as part of the Russian National Orchestra’s tour of nine cities, Alexander Vedernikov made his debut at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre, Washington.