Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Urals Academic Philharmonic Orchestra
• People’s Artist of Russia
• Recipient of the State Prize of Russia
Dmitry Liss is a representative of the Moscow school of conducting, a graduate of the class taught by Dmitry Kitaenko at the Moscow Conservatoire and his assistant with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra from 1982–1983. He was Principal Conductor of the Kuznetsk Basin Symphony Orchestra between 1991 and 1995 and of the American-Russian Youth Orchestra from 1997–1999. Since 1995 he has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Urals Academic Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1999–2003 he was a conductor of the Russian National Orchestra and took part in the ensemble’s tours and recordings. In recent years, Dmitry Liss has worked with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre National d’Île de France, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal and Poland among other countries.
Taking over at the helm of the Urals Philharmonic Orchestra in 1995, Dmitry Liss has taken one of Russia’s oldest symphony music ensembles to new creative heights. The Urals Academic Philharmonic Orchestra gives a total of between eighty and one hundred and ten concerts each year, making it Russia’s most “productive” ensemble.
Under the direction of Dmitry Liss the orchestra has toured to ten countries, undertaken over twenty concert tours, appeared at prestigious international festivals and recorded some twenty discs commissioned by recording companies in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Japan, the USA, France and Great Britain. The orchestra’s most recent recordings were produced in partnership with Warner Classics International and Mirare.
The musician is Artistic Director of the Eurasia international festival, which has been held in Yekaterinburg since 2011.
Dmitry Liss has received numerous prizes and awards. In 2008 he received the State Prize of Russia (literature and the arts) “for his outstanding contribution to the development of philharmonic music in Russia”, while in 2011 he was named a People’s Artist of Russia. Dmitry Liss also won the I Lovro von Matačić International Conducting Competition in Zagreb (Croatia, 1995) and received the Sverdlovsk Region Governor’s Prize for Literature and the Arts (2001, 2011) as well as being named “Conductor of the Year” by the newspaper Musical Review (Moscow, 2002).