Moscow conductor Nikolai Khondzinsky is a recipient of the Boris Tchaikovsky Prize (2008), a prize-winner at international Bach festivals (2009, 2010) and a recipient of the City of Moscow Government Prize (2014).
In 2011 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (faculty of opera and symphony conducting). At the Moscow Conservatory he studied composition and orchestration under Yuri Abdokov. Trained under Professor Edward Serov at the St Petersburg Conservatory.
Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Russian Conservatoire chamber cappella. This ensemble has won a reputation for reviving forgotten masterpieces of 20th century Russian music and European baroque music unknown in Russia. The Russian Conservatoire chamber cappella under Khondzinsky has given the first performances of many works by Zelenka, Bach, Telemann and Sviridov. The ensemble has also featured in projects of Yuri Abdokov’s international arts workshop Terra Musika.
Khondzinsky’s discography includes the first recordings of all of Shebalin’s choral cycles (Toccata Classics), Songs for the Front by Shostakovich (Toccata Classics) and many works by Sviridov, Abdokov and Zelenka.
Nikolai Khondzinsky has conceived several unique projects, among them the first performance in Russia of all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s religious cantatas. The musician’s skill received equally high praise from Karen Khachaturian, who called his work as a conductor “dazzling” and referred to the maestro himself as “one of the most vivid and talented musicians of the new generation.”
Since 2016 he has been Artistic Director of the concert hall of the Sobornaya Palata, which is based at Moscow’s Diocesan House. In 2018 he led the Symphony Orchestra of the Pskov Regional Philharmonic. The conductor’s arrival in Pskov resulted in the music of Wagner, Mahler and Elgar being performed there for the first time, alongside many works by 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 orchestras of the St Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Volgograd, Yaroslavl and Saratov Philharmonic Societies and Russian theatres and ballet companies.
Information for September 2019