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Anton Lubchenko
Anton Lubchenko

In January 2013 Anton Lubchenko was appointed General Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the newly built State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladivostok. The new opera house was opened in October 2013 and, in 2014, the Symphony Orchestra he created for the Theatre was hailed as one of the best in Russia by Orpheus Radio. Guest engagements outside of Russia led him to the Bruckner Festival in Linz, where he conducted the opening concert in September 2013, and the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy. Since 2014 he is the Artistic Director of the international music Festivals “Kulturbrücken” and "Primorski Schlüssel". In May 2014 he participated in the ‘Day of Slavic Written Language and Culture‘ where his concert was broadcast live to Red Square.

Critics worldwide hail the young Russian composer and conductor for his exceptional musicality and maturity. Born in 1985, he is one of Russia’s youngest conductors and, until October 2011, held the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Buryatia in Ulan-Ude.

Highlights from 2012 include the world premiere of his reconstruction of symphonic fragments of Sergey Prokofiev’s last opera "Story of a Real Man”, originally composed in 1948, at the Opéra National de Lorraine and the world premiere of his Symphony No. 7 ("Orthodox Russia") with the Academic Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg at the opening of the celebrations to mark the 1150th anniversary of the Russian State, in St. Petersburg.

In 2011, his cantata "The Voice", based on poems by Mikhail Lomonosov, was awarded 1st Prize , as well as the Special Prize of the Moscow Conservatory, at the "An Ode for Lomonosov" Competition in Moscow and was performed at the celebrations to mark Lomonosov’s tricentennial. In October of the same year his Ulan-Ude opera company was invited to present his ballets “Dzambuling” and “Souvenir de Bach” at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow.

Engagements in 2010 included a concert-requiem at the castle of Brest, Belarus. The program included works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and his own compositions. He also performed in North America, presenting Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev in Philadelphia and, in 2009, conducting the premiere of his ballet, “In Colors”, in Toronto with the National Ballet of Canada. In October 2010 be became the Artistic Director of the International Music Festival "The Four Seasons".

In co-operation with the recording company “Bomba-Piter” (St. Petersburg) and the association of “Dan Revival Projects” (Paris), he recorded the album “Karmadonskya Sonata” (2008). The CD features several of his compositions, including his 3rd Symphony. In 2010 he recorded works by Prokofiev with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and, in 2006 Telemost Studios made "The Man of April", a documentary about Anton Lubchenko himself. The film was nominated for the national award "Lavr-2007" as best television documentary.

Anton Lubchenko graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg in 2008 in the composition class of Aleksander Mnatsakanyan (a student of Dmitri Shostakovich). Whilst still a student, his opera "The Son of Man", in memory of the victims of the Beslan tragedy, was premiered in Vladikavkaz, in 2006, and his "Liturgy of St. Johann Chrystosom" was performed at the opening of the 12th Easter Festival in 2003.

He studied piano under Natalya Brovermann and conducting with Prof. Vladimir Altschuler (St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra). Having participated in several conducting master-classes, he has worked with distinguished conductors including Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Polyanski, Zubin Mehta and Rudolf Barshai and has performed with prominent artists such Denis Mazujew, Boris Beresowski, Alexei Wolodin, Sergei Roldugin, Vladimir Galouzine and Jelena Obraszowa.

Anton Lubchenko is a prizewinner of many international competitions and was given the honorary title of "The Muses of St. Petersburg". He is a permanent jury member of the international singing competition “Competizione dell’Opera”.

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