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Anton Lubchenko

Conductor

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Biography highlights

Anton Lubchenko is a graduate of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Alexander Mnatsakanian).


In 2003 at the St Petersburg Conservatoire came the first performance of his Liturgy of St John Chrystosom. In 2004 the composer received a grant from the Governor of St Petersburg Valentina Matvienko for his Fourth String Quartet.


In 2006 on the initiative of Larisa Gergieva he wrote the opera The Son of Man in memory of the victims of the tragedy in Beslan. It was staged in Vladikavkaz in 2006 for the first time. The same year, Kultura TV commissioned the documentary Man of April about the life and work of Anton Lubchenko. In 2009 he made his debut as a conductor at the Toronto Opera. The composer conducted his own ballet In Colours.


In June 2010 there was a performance of Lubchenko’s cantata Brest Fortress at the concert In Memory of the Guard at the Brest Fortress. The composer was also Artistic Director and Conductor of the concert.


In the 2010–2011 season Lubchenko led the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Buryatia as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Since October 2010 he has been Director of the international music festival The Seasons. In 2011 at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia there was a premiere of the one-act ballets Dzambuling and Souvenir de Bach. Since 2011 the musician has been a permanent jury member of the international Competizione dell’Opera in Linz. In 2012 at Smolny Cathedral in St Petersburg there came the premiere of his symphonic epos Orthodox Rus.


In 2012 Lubchenko created a new orchestral version of Prokofiev’s last opera The Story of a Real Man. Deferring to late examples of the composer’s work, he decoded “markers” of Prokofiev’s orchestration which the latter had left in the manuscript clavier score, as well as restoring the composer’s original text. In 2012 he conducted a suite of works in Nancy, while on 9 May 2015 at the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladivostok came the premiere of his new version of the opera. In November 2015 the production was conducted by Anton Lubchenko at the Mariinsky Theatre.


In 2013 Anton Lubchenko became the first Russian conductor to open the International Bruckner Festival in Linz.


In the 2014–2015 season he was commissioned by the Regensburg Opera to compose the opera Doctor Zhivago and supervised the production. The work caused a sensation in Russian and international press. He was an invited conductor for Beijing Symphony Orchestra for two seasons since 2014.


From 2013–2015 Lubchenko was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre where he put on stage such productions as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mazepa, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Bizet’s Carmen, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan, Puccini’s Tosca, Adam’s ballet Le Corsaire, Stravinsky’s The Firebird among others.


2015 – 2016 season he was invited conductor to Mariinskiy Theatrewhere he conducted Tchaikovsky’s Mazepa, Iolanta, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of Tsar Saltan and May Night.
He composed and conducted a soundtrack for the Russian film Three days to the Spring which was recorded with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra.


In April 2016 he made a premiere with his composition Troparion ad gloriam Theotokos of Port Arthur reveal during the Easter Moscow Festival of Valeriy Gergiev. Anton’s 9th Symphony made a premiere in Brucknerhaus Linz during the 2016 - 2017 season.


At the moment he is an Artistic Director of Sochi Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of Alexandrinsky Theatre St. Peterburg.


He has also appeared as a conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, the Brucknerhaus Symphony Orchestra and the Dresdner Staatskapelle Symphony Orchestra among other ensembles.


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October 2018
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Tchaikovsky / Shostakovich / Khachaturian - Concert - Conductor

Sochi Symphony Orchestra
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August 2018
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Sea symphony - Festival of Classical Music - Conductor

Olympic Park, Sochi

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Olympic Park, Sochi
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Olympic Park, Sochi
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"Russian Musical Bridge" concert - Conductor

Sochi Symphony Orchestra
July 2018
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Schubert / Zemlinsky / Rakhmaninov / Lubchenko - "Musical bridge" concert - Composer

Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

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Schubert / Zemlinsky / Rakhmaninov / Lubchenko - "Musical bridge" concert - Composer

Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
June 2018
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Tchaikovsky / Prokofiev - "Dialogue of eras" concert - Conductor

Sochi Symphony Orchestra

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Symphonic Music concert - Conductor

Organ and Chamber Music Hall, Sochi
May 2018
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Tchaikovsky - The Swan Lake - Conductor

Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

April 2018
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Tchaikovsky - The Swan Lake - Conductor

Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

March 2018
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The Moscow Rachmaninov Trio

South Beach | Schloss Wartegg

Natalia Savinova, Cello

Mikhail Tsinman, Violin

Victor Yampolsky, Piano

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Brucknerfest

Echte Zusammenarbeit sieht ein wenig anders aus, aber das Ergebnis des Konzerts des Orchesters der Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz unter Anton Lubchenko am Dienstag im Rahmen des Brucknerfests war mehr als überzeugend.

 

Nach dem sehr langen ersten Teil folgte die VII. Symphonie "Orthodoxes Russland" von Anton Lubchenko. Ein 70-minütiges Werk, das hervorragend instrumentiert ist und von großen Steigerungswellen, die ins opulent Pathetische ausufern, geprägt ist. Gleichzeitig wirkt es wie eine bunte Collage, die viele Stilrichtungen der vergangenen 150 Jahre vereinen möchte und oft abrupt aufeinanderprallen lässt. So eine durchaus witzige Jazzepisode, die von einem Bartókschen Fugeneinsatz abgelöst wird, auf den wiederum ein russischer Choral folgt, wie man ihn seit Mussorgsky idiomatisch kennt.

 

Ein wüstes Sammelsurium an vielfach tollen Einfällen, die aber – ausgearbeitet – für mindestens zehn Symphonien reichen würden. Aber vielleicht ist es gerade die bunte Vielfalt, die die jungen Musiker anspornte, das mitreißende Werk auch so zu musizieren und damit das leider nur sehr spärliche Publikum zu begeistern.

- OÖ Nachrichten, Michael WrussRead the article


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