Alexander Lazarev Named Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic

Classic Arts News   Alexander Lazarev Named Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic
Alexander Lazarev has been named the principal conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. During his term from September 2008 to August 2011, he will focus on the works of Sergei Prokofiev and other Russian composers, reports the Itar-Tass news agency.

The 62-year-old Lazarev was born in Moscow and studied with Leo Ginsbourg at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1971 and 1972, he won first prizes in the Soviet Union's national conducting competition and the Karajan Competition in Berlin, respectively.

In 1987, Lazarev became the first person in over thirty years to hold simultaneously the positions of chief conductor and artistic director at the Bolshoi Theatre. During his tenure there, which lasted until 1995, he spearheaded tours in Japan, Italy, Scotland and the U.S.

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