One of the great Russian conductors schooled in the tradition of Musin and Kondrashin, Vassily Sinaisky is known for his interpretations of Russian, German and English repertoire. Sinaisky also has a distinguished pedigree as an operatic conductor and from 2010 to 2013, was Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
Vassily Sinaisky’s international career was launched in 1973 when he won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Karajan Competition in Berlin. His early work with Kirill Kondrashin at the Moscow Philharmonic and with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatoire provided him with an incomparable grounding. Soon after his success at the Karajan Competition, Sinaisky was appointed Chief Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, a post he held from 1976 to 1987. He then became Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic, leading numerous high-profile projects with the Orchestra both in Russia and on tour.
In the 2016/17 season Sinaisky will conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra twice in Birmingham and on tour to China, the BBC Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, the SWR Stuttgart on tour, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Helsinki Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic and Nashville Symphony.
Sinaisky holds the positions of Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic. Memorable projects with the BBC Philharmonic have included the ‘Shostakovich and his Heroes’ festival, tours to Europe and China, as well as many appearances at the BBC Proms. Sinaisky has also held the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Music Director of the Russian State Orchestra. Whilst Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Sinaisky conducted many acclaimed productions including Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel directed by Kirill Serebrennikov and Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier directed by Stephen Lawless (the first ever staging of this work in Moscow).
Sinaisky has conducted Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini in new productions by Stephen Lawless at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien. He also conducted Boris Godunov at San Francisco Opera. Other projects have included productions of The Fiery Angel at Komische Opera Berlin, and The Queen of Spades at Hungarian State Opera, Carmen and Der Rosenkavalier for English National Opera and an acclaimed Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Hans Neuenfels at the Komische Oper Berlin.
Vassily Sinaisky’s recordings include a set of the symphonies of Franz Schmidt for Naxos with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. His other recordings include many with the BBC Philharmonic including works by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shchedrin, Glinka, Liadov, Schreker and Szymanowski. His most recent recording is of the Tcahikovsky and Grieg Concerti with Denis Kozhukhin and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin for Pentatone. Vassily Sinaisky is a noted and influential teacher, and holds the position of Professor of Conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatoire.
The Cleveland Orchestra
Los Angeles Philharmonic
National Symphony Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre National de France
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Russian National Orchestra
Hong Kong Philharmonic
Theater an der Wien
Rachmaninov Francesca da Rimini
San Francisco Opera
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov
English National Opera
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer
Verdi Don Carlos
Prokofiev The Fiery Angel
Hungarian State Opera
Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades
Classical Source, October 2014
Sinaisky is a greatly experienced conductor in this repertoire, and at once he brought this composer’s slightly forbidding but aristocratic and generous musical personality. His was a very subjective approach to the score, with expressive exploration of detail at all turns… The lyrical third movement was lovingly shaped, with a beautifully played clarinet solo.
Skanskan, October 2014
Rarely has an ovation been so well deserved...Vassily Sinaisky’s interpretation was formidable. Entirely in the spirit of Stravinsky…he let the music speak for itself with great care for both small details and the big picture.
Tagesspiegel, February 2012
The symphony lasted for more than an hour, and yet the time seemed to fly by. Sinaisky and the RSB created a vivid, apocalyptic sound-world... like a memorial in music for all those who had died.