Vladimir Fedoseyev is the music director and principal conductor of the State Academic Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (since 1974), the first guest conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2000), permanent guest conductor of Opernhaus Zurich (since 1997) and Zurich Tonhalle (since 2000). He has achieved worldwide acclaim with the interpretations of music of all eras and styles.
During his long career, Fedoseyev has received countless awards and titles, including: several Russian orders, Golden Orpheus of the French Academy du Disque Lyrique, the silver Asahi Award of the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun Foundation, Austria’s Silver Cross, Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler society, and others.
From 1997 to 2006, Fedoseyev was the principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He has been a guest conductor in the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Köln Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berliner Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. During the 2004-2005 season, he was the guest conductor of the Detroit and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.
At the beginning of his career, Fedoseyev extensively collaborated with contemporary composers Shostakovich and Sviridov, later with David Rose (USA), Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland), Vladimir Rubin and Ragnar Søderlind (Norway).
Critics have always highly praised Fedoseyev’s peculiar performance, the content of his programmes and innovative approach to well-known pieces. Fedoseyev’s most successful productions are operas by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Janáček, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich and Verdi in Vienna, Paris, Milan, Zurich, Bregenz, Florence and elsewhere. He also has a wide range of recordings of symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Taneyev, Dargomyzhsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. The recording of Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov is particularly favoured by critics and listeners.
Vladimir Fedoseyev was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), he graduated from Gnesins’ Academy of Music in Moscow and Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Professor Leo Ginzburg). Immediately thereafter, Evgeny Mravinsky invited the young talent to conduct the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. Fedoseyev also made his opera debut in his native town in the Mariinsky Theatre.