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Biography highlights

Scion of the great Russian conducting tradition, Mikhail Agrest has honed his craft at the Mariinsky Theatre for over a decade, acquiring a considerable body of operatic and symphonic repertoire and gaining crucial insights into orchestra development and artistic leadership.

 

Recent and upcoming projects include a new production of The Fiery Angel for Scottish Opera, Eugene Onegin for the Finnish National Opera and further projects with Semperoper Dresden, Opernhaus Zurich and Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. On the concert field he returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and debuts with St, Petersburg Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Bruckner Orchestra Linz amongst others.

 

During the previous seasons, Mikhail Agrest made his Canadian debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and returned to Seattle Symphony, Bremer Philharmoniker and Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz in Germany. His opera projects included La Traviata and Weinberger’s Švanda dudák at Semperoper Dresden and a new production of Eugene Onegin. Mr. Agrest’s appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in 2003 conducting the Mariinsky Theatre in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh keen interest within the global opera community.  He went on to lead a production of Tosca at the Swedish National Opera, Don Giovanni at Opera Australia, as well as the award-winning new production of Jenufa at the English National Opera. His collaboration with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden so far consisted of three well-received productions: Le Sacre du Printemps, Les Noces, and Romeo and Juliette.  His work with the BBC Symphony dates back to 2007 and includes a Gubaidulina Festival at the Barbican as well as a recording of Rodion Shchedrin’s Concerto Parlando. Following the success of a Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Richard Strauss program with Staatskapelle Dresden in 2013, Mr. Agrest was invited to lead a new production of Shostakovich’s Moscow-Cheryomushki, directed by Christiane Mielitz.

 

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Mr. Agrest immigrated to the United States with his family as a teenager and received a degree in violin performance.

 


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Liszt - Mayerlink - Conductor

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Borodin / Tchaikovsky /Prokofiev - Russian Troika - Conductor

New West Symphony

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Borodin / Tchaikovsky /Prokofiev - Russian Troika - Conductor

New West Symphony

Philippe Quint, Скрипка

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Liszt - Mayerlink - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
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Liszt - Mayerlink - Conductor

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Liszt - Mayerlink - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
April 2019
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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera

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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
March 2019
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Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera

3018:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
February 2019
0319:00

Chopin - Lady of the Camellias - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet

0519:00

Chopin - Lady of the Camellias - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
1419:30

P2 Prisen 2019 - Conductor

Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
December 2018
0619:00

Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet

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Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
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Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

November 2018
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Sibelius / Nielsen / Schumann - Goldene Fäden. 3. Philharmonisches Konzert - Conductor

Bremer Philharmoniker

Lisa Jacobs, Скрипка

1219:30

Sibelius / Nielsen / Schumann - Goldene Fäden. 3. Philharmonisches Konzert - Conductor

Bremer Philharmoniker

Lisa Jacobs, Скрипка

1418:05

Vielseitig viersaitig - Works for Violin and Orchestra by Halvorsen, Svendsen, Gade

Bremer Philharmoniker

Lisa Jacobs, Скрипка

October 2018
0519:00

Lemba / Szymanowski - Symphonic concert

Szczecin Philharmonic

Mihkel Poll, Пиано

3120:00

Gershwin, Copland, Carpenter, Bernstein - America - Concert

Saint-Petersburg Philharmonia

Alexander Maslov, Пиано

September 2018
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Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

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Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

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Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

July 2018
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Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

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Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

June 2018
0119:00

Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

0619:30

Shchedrin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov Concert

Brucknerhaus, Linz

Tzimon Barto, Пиано

May 2018
0614:00

Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

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Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

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Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

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Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

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Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

2320:00

Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

April 2018
2819:00

Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

December 2017
0315:00

Prokofiev - The Fiery Angel, in concert

November 2017
0920:00

Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Conductor

Semperoper Dresden | National Arts Centre Canada

1020:00

Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Conductor

Semperoper Dresden | National Arts Centre Canada
1120:00

Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - Conductor

Semperoper Dresden | National Arts Centre Canada
October 2017
0719:00

Brahms, Holst, Szymanowski Concert

Odessa National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Excerpt from Symphony no 3, op 44 by Rachmaninov.
Sibelius - Finlandia, Op. 26
Excerpt from Romeo and Juliet, Suite no 1, op 64 bis by Prokofiev.
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6 with Enescu Philharmonic
W A Mozart Symphony No 38
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Stuttgart Ballet - Liszt - Mayerlink, May 2019

Three cheers too for Mikhail Agrest and the Staatsorchester who have audibly worked hard to bring out the extraordinary richness and varied sonorities of John Lanchbery’s masterful arrangement of Liszt. In Stuttgart, this score was a new experience for both conductor and orchestra who have approached it with engagement and respect, making it sound fresh and singularly right. Agrest elicited magnificent playing, with warm string sound and emphatic brass. Time and time again, the detailing in the score was brought out in a way not heard in London.

- G. J. Dowler, Classical SourceRead the article


Finnish National Opera - Tchaikovsky - Eugene Onegin

“Mikhail Agrest’s direction of the orchestra was pure poetry and emotion. Affection, hope, intellect, and beauty – every element was cherished like a petal of a flower. He led the orchestra through the musical narrative, like a good shepherd.” 

- Demokraatti, Finland, Matti SauramaRead the article

"It was a  performance, so rare in our days,  that showed integrity and unity of the musical and theatrical incarnations. In many respects this is due to the intelligent manner of the conductor,
music in the blood. A former student of Mariss Jansons, he led the orchestra, bringing out inner details and nuances , and musicians obediently trusted each of his maningful gestures "  

- Vladimir Dudin, Nezavisimaya Gazeta


Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

"Always meaningful and always generating a coaxing romantic line and intensity... I Was also impressed with how patient [Mr. Agrest] was in establishing soft atmospheric textures with suspension and feeling, a trouble spot for many young conductors." 

- Vancouver Classical Music, CanadaRead the article


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