Maestro Alexander Vakoulsky
Alexander Vakoulsky is considered as one of the most gifted Russian conductors of his generation. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg Conservatory and was strongly influenced by Evgeny Mravinsky and Evgeny Svetlanov, the two great maestros under whom he studied.
In 1976, he moved from Russia to Holland, where he is the Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra and was the Principal Conductor of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra for twenty three years. He has toured frequently around the world with both of these orchestras.
In 2009, Alexander Vakoulsky was appointed Honorary President for life of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.
He was also invited by Maestro Svetlanov to conduct the Russian National State Orchestra in Moscow in 1993. He has conducted this orchestra every season since this concert and become its chief permanent guest conductor. He has made many recordings with the Russian National State Orchestra, including Dvorak's symphonies and works by Debussy, Ravel, Respighi and Schumann.
He has been awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
"Alexander Vakoulsky is a striking, talented conductor. He is an excellent professional musician and has an extremely broad repertoire. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to conduct the world's leading orchestras."
Alexander Vakoulsky has also conducted the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. French concertgoers have acclaimed Alexander Vakoulsky's work following his appearances with many French orchestras, accompanying famous soloists including Yefim Bronfman, Evgeny Kissin, Vadim Repin, Boris Berezovsky, Andrey Korobenikov, Henri Demarquette, Plamena Mangova and Alexander Kniazev.
In 2013, Maestro Vakoulsky will conduct tours in Russia, Brazil, Denmark and France.