Nikolai Khondzinsky was born in Moscow in 1985. In 2011 he graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory where he studied conducting (class of Leonid Nikolayev), composition and orchestration (class of Yuri Abdokov). From 2008 to 2011 he trained under Professor Eduard Serov at the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory.
Recipient of the Boris Tchaikovsky Prize (2008) and the Moscow City Government Prize (2014). Grant recipient of the Government of the Russian Federation (2019). Prize-winner at the International Bach Festival From Christmas to Christmas (Moscow, 2009 and 2010).
Founder (2008), Artistic Director and conductor of the Russian Conservatory Chamber Capella. Under Nikolai Khondzinsky the ensemble has been the first to perform many works by Zelenka, Bach, Telemann and Sviridov in addition to taking part in projects of Yuri Abdokov’s International Artistic Workshop Terra Musika.
Since 2016 he has been Artistic Director of the Historical Cultural and Educational Centre Cathedral Chamber of the St Tikhon Orthodox Humanitarian University. Since 2018 he has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Pskov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (since December 2019 the Gubernatorial Symphony Orchestra of the Pskov Region). Nikolai Khondzinsky has conducted the first performances in Pskov of numerous works by Wagner, Mahler, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Brahms, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
As a guest conductor he regularly collaborates with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers, the Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestras of the St Petersburg Philharmonia, Pomeranian Philharmonic (Arkhangelsk), Yaroslavl Philharmonic, Saratov Philharmonic and Russian theatres and ballet companies. At the Mariinsky Theatre in 2019 he conducted the world premiere of David Krivitsky’s opera Doctor Zhivago.
Nikolai Khondzinsky’s discography includes the first recordings of all of Shebalin’s choral cycles, Shostakovich’s Songs for the Front and numerous opuses by Sviridov, Abdokov and Zelenka.
Information for April 2022