Dmitry Vasiliev

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Omsk Academic Symphony Orchestra

Dmitry Vasiliev graduated from the Rostov and Nizhny-Novgorod Conservatoires. He studied under Alexander Skulsky, Alexander Vedernikov and Vladimir Ziva.

In 1997 under the direction of Vasiliev the Tambov Symphony Orchestra was formed, with which he collaborated as Principal Conductor until 2005. During this period the ensemble toured to France, took part in various festivals and appeared at the Rachmaninoff International Youth Piano Competition. The conductor ran the International Rachmaninoff Festival (2001 and 2002), the Musicians of Tambov festival (1999, 2000 and 2001) and the Musical Province festival (2002).

In 2002 the musician received a Russian Presidential Grant, and in 2003 he won a diploma at the IV International Prokofiev Competition in St Petersburg. From 2003–2005 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Sochi Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005 Vasiliev was appointed Principal Conductor of the Omsk Academic Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction, the ensemble has performed world premieres of works by Mieczysław Weinberg, Tolib Shakhidi, Yuri Kozulin, Efrem Podgaits, Mikhail Bronner, Alexander Tsygankov and Ilya Heifets, as well as the Russian premiere of Alexander Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio. The orchestra’s repertoire now also includes jazz, music from rock-operas, musicals and soundtracks from popular films.

Under the direction of Vasiliev the Omsk Symphony Orchestra has taken part in the project The United Orchestra of the Moscow and Omsk Philharmonic Societies (2008) and world and European ballroom dancing championships. The conductor also initiated the projects A Festival of New Music (2008, 2010 and 2012), Jam-Session, The Russian Field, Symphonic Cinema, Ringtone Party, A Trivial Concert and Oh, Kamarinskaya! as well as the young musician’s competition “Soloist of the Orchestra”.

In 2009 the Omsk Symphony Orchestra under Vasiliev took part in the IV Festival of the World’s Symphony Orchestras in Moscow. In 2010 the conductor and the orchestra appeared at the Symphony Forum of Russia in Yekaterinburg, where they presented the world premiere of Tolib Shakhidi’s Clarinet Concerto.

Under the conductor’s baton the orchestra has recorded discs of Suites Nos 1, 2 and 3 by Vissarion Shebalin, Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony No 21 and Sinfonia Pascale and Cargoes by Philip Spratley (Toccata Classics, Great Britain).

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