In January 2013 Anton Lubchenko has been nominated General Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the newly built State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladivostok. The new opera house will be opened in October 2013. Guest conducting engagements outside of Russia lead him to the Bruckner Festival in Linz, where he will conduct the opening concert in September 2013, and the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy.
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 has for instance, 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. The list of his engagements is impressive, and includes the following:
- In November 2012, at the Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy, he conducted the world premiere of symphonic fragments of Sergey Prokofiev’s last opera "Story of a Real Man", originally written in 1948 and reconstructed by A. Lubchenko.
- In June 2012 he performed his Symphony No. 7 ("Orthodox Russia") for the first time with the Academic Symphony Orchestra St. Petersburg. This performance inaugurated the celebrations of the 1150th anniversary of the origin of Russian Statehood in St. Petersburg.
- His cantata, "The Voice", based on words by Mikhail Lomonosov, has been awarded 1st prize, as well as the Special Prize of the Moscow Conservatory at the "An Ode for Lomonosov" Competition in Moscow 2011. The cantata was subsequently performed in the presence of the Government of the Russian Federation at a concert devoted to Lomonosov’s 300th anniversary at the Moscow State University and at Moscow’s International House of Music.
- In October 2011 his opera company in Ulan-Ude was invited to present Anton Lubchenko’s ballets “Dzambuling” and “Souvenir de Bach” at the Bolshoi Theater Moscow.
- In 2010 Anton Lubchenko conducted a concert-requiem at the castle of Brest, Belarus. The program included works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and A. Lubchenko. This project was sponsored by the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation and the Federal Agency for CIS Affairs “Rossotrudnichestvo”.
- In August 2010 he conducted works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev in Philadelphia (USA) and, in October of the same year, became organizer and Artistic Director of the International Music Festival "The Four Seasons".
- In 2009 he premiered and conducted his ballet, “In Colors”, in Toronto with the National Ballet of Canada.
- In 2006 Telemost - Studios showed a documentary film about Anton Lubchenko, "The Man of April", (director D. Lavrinenko). The film was nominated for the national award "Lavr-2007" as best television documentary. Also in 2006, his opera "The Son of Man", in memory of the victims of the Beslan tragedy, was premiered in Vladikavkaz, Russia.
- A performance of his "Liturgy of St. Johann Chrystosom" at the opening of the 12th Easter Festival in 2003 was the beginning of the, at the time only 18 year old, composer’s career.
Cooperating 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 Anton Lubchenko recorded works by Prokofiev with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
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) and in the piano class of Natalya Brovermann. He also studied conducting with Prof. Vladimir Altschuler (St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra). Having participated in several conducting master-classes, he has worked with distinguished conductors like Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Valery Polyanski, Zubin Mehta and Rudolf Barshai. His talent was discovered and encouraged by Valery Gergiev, who in 2007 invited him to be an apprentice at the Mariinsky Theatre. During this time he prepared a large number of operas, giving him very valuable and extensive experience as a conductor.
Anton Lubchenko is a prizewinner of many international competitions and was given the honorary title of "The Muses of St. Petersburg".