"The guest conductor was Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who led the ensemble in some of its best work in recent memory. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture had a dark, burnished hue — Musorgskian, really — and was kept tightly in check until pent-up energy was released at its vigorous close... The orchestra’s ambitious principal piece was Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, which Solzhenitsyn led with sure-footed pacing. The strings effectively rendered the “icy” flavor of the somber first movement — meteorological descriptions are de rigueur in Sibelius — and the finale had a real dramatic sweep and, in places, a sense of the visionary." James Kellor, Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe Symphony) October 2016
"In his Utah Symphony debut Friday, Solzhenitsyn brought a cool, professional demeanor to the Abravanel Hall podium that belied the vividness of his interpretations of music by Prokofiev, Hindemith and Mozart. The musicians responded with a light, flexible sound, illuminating the composers’ masterful orchestrations...There was an air of conviviality between him and the chamber-size orchestra; his interaction with oboist Titus Underwood, who sat across the piano from him, was particularly engaging — like friends chatting over drinks or dinner." Catherine Reese, Salt Lake Tribune (Utah Symphony) October 2014
"Guest conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn held the podium like a controlled tempest, injecting just the sort of energy expected of the all-Russian program. The palette at his disposal was accordingly rich with contrast" Tyran Grillo, Cornell Sun, (Mariinsky Orchestra US Tour) October 2013
“Solzhenitsyn coaxed the best playing of the season from any guest conductor, creating sharply drawn statements, allowing this mysterious but captivating music to fully emerge.” Rick Walters, Milwaukee Shepherd Express, February 2013
Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn is both Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, which he served as Music Director for six seasons.
Maestro Solzhenitsyn is in demand as a guest conductor internationally, having led the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Moscow Symphony, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), and the Czech National Symphony (Prague).
In North America, . . . he conducts the orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Seattle, Toronto, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Jersey, North Carolina, Phoenix, and Toledo, and has partnered with such world-renowned soloists as Richard Goode, Gary Graffman, Steven Isserlis, Leila Josefowicz, Sylvia McNair, Garrick Ohlsson, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Mitsuko Uchida.
Successful conducting débuts with the Bolshoi Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Opera's much-anticipated revival of Lady Macbeth, led to multiple re-engagements with both the Mariinsky Opera and Orchestra. After leading Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in January 2013, Solzhenitsyn was immediately invited by Valery Gergiev to join him on tour to conduct the Orchestra in three cities on the next North American tour.
Solzhenitsyn regularly returns to Philadelphia as Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, most recently playing and conducting Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 and leading the “Eroica” Symphony. He lead the orchestra in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts at the Kimmel Center in April 2013.
In recent seasons, his extensive touring as an internationally concertizing pianist has included concerto performances on the world’s major concert-hall stages with the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington, Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, Israel, and Sydney, and collaborations with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, James DePreist, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Valery Gergiev, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Gerard Schwarz, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Maxim Shostakovich, Yuri Temirkanov and David Zinman.
In addition to his recital appearances in the United States at New York’s 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, St. Paul's Ordway Theatre, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium, Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and many others from coast to coast, Mo. Solzhenitsyn has also given numerous recitals in Europe and the Far East in such major musical centers as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney.
An avid chamber musician, Solzhenitsyn has collaborated with the Emerson, Borodin, Brentano, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, and in four-hand recital with Mitsuko Uchida. He has frequently appeared at international festivals, including Salzburg, Evian, Ludwigsburg, Caramoor, Ojai, Marlboro, Nizhniy Novgorod and Moscow’s famed December Evenings.
A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ignat Solzhenitsyn serves on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, returning this season as guest conductor to have the US premiere of Penderecki’s Double Concerto in Spring 2014. Mr. Solzhenitsyn also resides with the Tanglewood Music Center as a member of the piano and chamber music faculty. He has been featured on radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. Born in Moscow, Solzhenitsyn resides in New York City with his wife and three children.
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Ignat Solzhenitsyn's Tour Dates: October 7 ( Ithaca, NY ...February 25, 2013
Ignat Solzhenitsyn to conduct Mozart Requiem & Beethoven Symphony No. 9, and works of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Bruckner.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn followed up his recent success conducting Bruckner Symphony No. 5 with ...