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Mikhail Agrest

Conductor

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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. 


In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Agrest returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra with a Russian Epics program, and continues his long-standing collaborations with the Semperoper Dresden, Opernhaus Zurich and Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. He looks forward to his debuts with the Seoul Philharmonic and Bruckner Orchestra Linz, where he will conduct Scriabin’s Symphony No. 3, among other repertoire. Mr. Agrest has also been invited to conduct the Scottish Opera in a new production of The Fiery Angel and a symphonic program.


During the previous season, 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 Kitezhsparked 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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November 2018
1111:00

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

Bremer Philharmoniker

Lisa Jacobs, Violin

1219:30

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

Bremer Philharmoniker

Lisa Jacobs, Violin

1418:05

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

Bremer Philharmoniker

Lisa Jacobs, Violin

December 2018
0619:00

Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
0819:00

Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
0919:00

Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
2314:00

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

2318:00

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

2514:00

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

2518:00

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Conductor

February 2019
0319:00

Chopin - Dame with Camelias - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
0519:00

Chopin - Dame with Camelias - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
1419:30

P2 Prisen 2019 - Conductor

Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
March 2019
3014:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
3018:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
April 2019
0319:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
0519:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
0612:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
1119:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
1314:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
1318:00

Shchedrin - Anna Karenina - Conductor

Finnish National Opera
May 2019
0419:30

Borodin / Tchaikovsky /Prokofiev - Russian Troika - Conductor

New West Symphony

Philippe Quint, Скрипка

0515:00

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

Stuttgart Ballet
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Liszt - Mayerlink - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
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Liszt - Mayerlink - Conductor

Stuttgart Ballet
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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
0918:00

Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

1319:30

Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

1719:00

Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

July 2018
0118:00

Martinů - Heatscape - Conductor

0519:00

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

0619:30

Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

1020:00

Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

1320:00

Lazar - Faust - Conductor

Zürich Opera House

Milko Lazar, Композитор

Edward Clug, Режиссер

2114:00

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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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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