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The 58th International Master Class in Orchestral Conducting


Maestro Alexander Polyanichko (Russia)

and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

Ilya Musin Technique
Dates: 02 - 08 January 2018
Fee: Active Participant - €2000, Auditor (Passive Participant) - €700

Repertoire choice (2-3 pieces from the list):

  • B. Bartók:
    Romanian Folk Dances
  • L. v. Beethoven:
    Symphonies n°s 1, 2, 5;
    Overtures Coriolan, Egmont
  • B. Britten:
    Simple Symphony
  • A. Dvořák:
    Czech Suite
  • E. Elgar:
    Serenade for Strings
  • M. de Falla:
    Danza ritual del fuego from «El Amor Brujo»
  • G. Fauré:
    Prélude from «Pelléas et Mélisande» Orchestral Suite
  • J. Haydn:
    Symphony n° 44
  • F. Mendelssohn:
    Die Hebriden;
    all Symphonies
  • W. A. Mozart:
    Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    Symphonies n° 29, 40, 41
    Overtures to Don Giovanni, Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Figaro
  • G. Rossini:
    Sinfonia from «La Cenerentola»
  • F. Schubert:
    Symphony n°s 5, 9
  • J. Sibelius:
    Symphony n° 2
  • P. I. Tchaikovsky:
    Serenade for Strings
    Symphony n° 5

Preliminary schedule

  • Tuesday, January 2nd:

  • Wednesday, January 3rd:
    10:00 - 14:00 Sessions with 2 pianos
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal I
    Venue: Radio House, Italyanskaya Street 27

  • Thursday, January 4th:
    10:00 - 14:00 Sessions with 2 pianos
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal II
    Venue: Radio House, Italyanskaya Street 27

  • Friday, January 5th:
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal III
    Venue: Radio House, Italyanskaya Street 27
    TBA Video sessions viewing
    Venue: Guest House, Nevsky Prospect 40-42

  • Saturday, January 6th:
    15:00 - 19:00 Orchestra rehearsal IV
    Venue: Radio House, Italyanskaya Street 27

  • Sunday, January 7th:
    12:00 Dress rehearsal
    15:00 Final public concert
    Venue: TBA

  • Monday, January 8th:

Master class venue:
Radio House, Italyanskaya Street 27
Master class information:

  • This workshop is open to conductors at all levels of proficiency, from beginners to professionals.
    There is no age limit.
  • The official language is English and Russian.
  • Participants will work with the orchestra for 4 days. Each participant will conduct the orchestra every day for at least 30 minutes (total 2 hours on podium, plus the dress rehearsal and the concert).
  • Assistance with Visa issuance (i. e. Invitation Letter) for Russia is available at no additional cost (required for most nationals).
  • Assistance with finding accommodation.
  • All sessions can be videotaped.
  • Final public concert will be videotaped. The performance DVD will be sent to each participant free of charge (i. e. included in the price of the master class).
  • All active participants will conduct at the final public concert.
  • The workshop fee covers all master class sessions.
A Certificate of Completion will be issued to each participant, whether active or passive, after the final public concert.

Places are limited - please inquire today.
About the Faculty:

Alexander Polyanichko (Polianichko)

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg

Alexander Polyanichko, an internationally renowned conductor and educator regularly leads conducting master classes in cooperation with Peter the Great Music Academy, Royal Baltic Festival, Hermitage Theatre, and St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. A graduate of the Leningrad State Conservatory, and former pupil and assistant of the eminent Ilya Musin (whose students include Yuri Temirkanov, Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, among many others), maestro Polyanichko has been one of Musin’s biggest proponents, carrying on the great tradition of the St. Petersburg school of conducting.

Maestro Polyanichko’s artistry, knowledge, his genuine willingness to share his experiences, sense of humor, friendly and respectful manner of communication, creates a free exchange of ideas, a spirit of collaboration as he and his students search for ways to resolve emerging issues, and a comfortable and productive master class atmosphere.

Master classes traditionally consist of two parts: the first is accompanied by two experienced pianists, and the second gives students the opportunity to work with a professional symphony orchestra. The dress rehearsal preceding the concert is always open to the public, and the culmination of the master class is the final concert which is professionally video/audio recorded.

During the almost twenty years of teaching master classes, Alexander Polyanichko has worked with conductors from countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Students have consistently expressed their appreciation the pedagogical skills of Maestro Polyanichko and his master classes, and have gone on to conduct many successful performances of their own in their respective countries and beyond.


• The Honoured Artist of Russia (2009)
• First Prize Laureate in the Sixth All-Union Conductor’s Competition (1988)

Formerly a violinist in the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Philharmonic Orchestra under Evgeny Mravinsky, Alexander Polianichko studied conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with Prof. Iliya Musin. In December 1988, he was awarded first prize in the Sixth All-Union Conducting Competition. In February 1989, he was invited by Maestro V. Gergiev to join to the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre as a House Conductor. Alexander toured with the Company throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.

In 1994, Polianichko made his London debut conducting English National Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin. This led to him conducting two productions of Tchaikovsky’s operas with the Royal Opera Covent Garden: a revival of Queen of Spades with Placido Domingo and a new production, The Tsarina’s Slippers, by Francesca Zambello of Cherevichki.

As a guest conductor, Polianichko has appeared at many renowned opera houses, including Bolshoi Theatre, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Deutsche Oper, San Francisco Opera, Australian Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Danish Royal Opera, Stuttgart Oper, Colorado Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Norwegian Royal Opera, and Swedish Royal Opera. In 1996, he was invited to take the Opéra National de Paris to New York for their appearances at the MET.

Polianichko has worked with leading orchestras around the world - Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Radio Orchestra, English and Irish Chamber Orchestras, among many others.

From 1986 to 1989, Polianichko was the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Belorussian State Chamber Orchestra in Minsk. He also taught conducting in Belorussian and Leningrad State Conservatoires. From 1996 to 1999, he was the Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra. He also served as the professor of the conducting department of the Rostov State Conservatoire.

From 2005, Polianichko gave orchestral master classes for the Swedish National Orchestra Academy, Symphony Orchestra of the Royal College of Music, London, Chamber Orchestra of the Cambridge University, and Britten-Pears Youth Orchestra. Since 2002, he has been holding annual conducting master classes in St. Petersburg organized by Peter the Great Music Academy, the Royal Baltic festival, and the Theatre of Hermitage Museum, to which students come from all over the world.

Polianichko appears at many prestigious music festivals in Russia and abroad, including Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Savonlinna, Golden Mask, White Nights and Chaliapin Opera Festivals, and had the privilege to work with many world famous artists and singers, such as Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Elena Obraztsova, Dawn Upshaw, Olga Borodina, Makvala Kasrashvili, Larissa Diadkova, Irina Bogacheva, as well as Placido Domingo, Jonas Kaufmann, Vladimir Galuzin, Ildar Abdrazakov, Sir Thomas Allen, Pata Burchuladze, Sergey Leiferkus, John Tomlinson and many others.

Jury member at the Rimsky-Korsakov Opera Singers’ Competition (1996)
Jury member at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition (2011).

Featured in DVD recording of Julia & Romeo by Mats Ek with Royal Sweden Ballet (2013);
Featured in DVD recordings Cherevichki/Tsarina’s Slippers with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (2009);
Featured in recordings of Beyond the Score with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2008);
Featured in television recordings and live radio broadcasts worldwide;
Featured in audio recordings on the label Melodia in Russia.

For more information, please visit

Maestro A. Polyanichko's personal page on the official website of the Bolshoi Theatre

Maestro A. Polyanichko's personal page on the official website of the Mariinsky Theatre

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