Since leaving St. Petersburg in the mid 1970s, Semyon Bychkov has been a guest on the podiums of the world's finest orchestras and major opera houses.
A pupil of the legendary pedagogue, Ilya Musin, Semyon Bychkov's name came to international attention while Music Director of Michigan's Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic in the USA. Moving to Paris, he was appointed Music Director of Orchestre de Paris (1989), Principal Guest Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (1990), Principal Guest Conductor of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1992), Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony, Cologne (1997) and Chief Conductor of Dresden Semperoper (1998).
He also holds the Otto Klemperer Chair of Conducting Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
As guest conductor he has led the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna, Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, the London Symphony and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic Orchestras and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has conducted many opera productions at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, Teatro Real Madrid and the Metropolitan Opera. His festival appearances include Salzburg, the BBC Proms and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Semyon Bychkov's numerous recordings of the symphonic and operatic repertoire have earned him prestigious awards.
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