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Alexander Walker (conductor)


Alexander’s career has taken him all over the world. He is a regular guest conductor with the legendary Russian State Symphony Orchestra, which he has conducted in concerts at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and International Performing Arts Centre. Appearances during the last couple of seasons have included concerts with Prague Philharmonia in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, the Belgrade Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, the Belgrade Strings (broadcasting on national television), the Georges Enescu Philharmonic, Bucharest, the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Wrocław State Symphony Orchestra and the Russian Philharmonia.  Other engagements have included gala concerts at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester with the Manchester Concert Orchestra and at the Barbican with the London Concert Orchestra for Raymond Gubbay Ltd.  He recently made his debut conducting the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert which was broadcast in July.  In May, he will make his debut conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He works regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and has toured with the Royal Ballet to the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres in Russia, throughout the USA including to the Metropolitan Opera and Kennedy Center, as well as to Singapore, Korea, Japan and Turkey. He has conducted performances of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House. This season he conducted a production of Cinderella for Scottish Ballet.

Alexander studied with the legendary Ilya Musin at St Petersburg Conservatoire and has since performed throughout the former Soviet Union where many of his concerts have been broadcast on national television and radio. He is a regular guest conductor with a number of orchestras in Finland, Denmark, Poland, the Balkans, Turkey and  Romania.

His operatic repertoire includes the major operas of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Tchaikovsky as well as A Cunning Little Vixen, Tobias and the Angel, Carmen, A Life for the Tsar, Ariadne auf Naxos and Gli Equivoci nel sembiante and Paradise Moscow, for companies including Opera North, English Touring Opera, Oundle International Festival, Bampton Classical Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, European Chamber Opera, London City Opera, Swansea City Opera, Opéra de Baugé and the Ukrainian National Opera in Odessa. He recently conducted Tosca for the Cheboksary International Opera Festival with a cast including Nikolai Putilin and Virginia Kerr.

In 2009 he conducted a new production of Swan Lake by Kenneth Greve for the Finnish National Opera. Other engagements last season included concerts with the Targu Mures State Symphony in Romania, return visits to conduct the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, and the Lublin State Symphony in Poland, where he conducted Britten’s War Requiem to commemorate 70 years of the beginning of the second world war, with a chorus which included singers from ADMS. He is also Music Director of the Norfolk and Northampton Symphony Orchestras. Highlights of the current season include the first production of an opera by Benjamin Britten in Turkey with a new production of The Turn of the Screw for Istanbul State Opera, a new opera by Julian Grant for the Oundle International Festival, Le Postillon de Lonjumeau for Opera de Bauge, as well as work on Tristan und Isolde and Rusalka for Grange Park Opera.