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Pavel Sorokin

Pavel Sorokin, Russia



Honored Artist of Russia, conductor Pavel Sorokin, was born in Moscow into a family of famous Bolshoi Theatre artists - the singer Tamara Sorokina and the dancer Shamil Yagudin. In 1985 he completed his studies at the piano department of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Lev Naumov's class) and in 1989 he graduated from the Conservatory's department of opera-symphony conducting (Yury Simonov's class). In 1983, being student, worked as a ballet accompanist in Bolshoi.

In1987-89 was improving his conductor's skills in Conservatoire de Paris in the class of Professor Jean-Sebastien Berreau and in Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein and after that was invited in Bolshoi as a full time conductor.

During the work in the theatre Pavel Sorokin carried out the following productions: opera «Iolanta» by Tchaikovsky and the ballets: «Petroushka» by Stravinsky, «Korsar» by Adan, «Prodigal Son» by Prokofiev, «Sylphide» by Lovenskiold, «Swan Lake» by Tchaikovsky, «The Legend of Love» by Arif Melikov, «Raymonda» by Glazunov, «The Bright Stream» and «The Bolt» by Schostakovich, «The Flames of Paris» by Asafiev.

In 1996, he was assistant to Mstislav Rostropovich when the latter directed a production of Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina at the Bolshoi. When Maestro Rostropovich stopped conducting this production himself, he handed it over to Pavel Sorokin.

The conductor's repertoire also includes the operas «Ivan Susanin» by Glinka, «The Oprichnik», «The Maid of Orlenas», «Eugene Onegin», «The Queen of Spades» by Tchaikovsky, «Prince Igor» by Borodin, «Khovanshchina» by Mussorgsky, «The Tsar's Bride», «Mozart and Salieri», «The Golden Cockerel» by Rimsky-Korsakov, «Francesca da Rimini» by Rachmaninov, «Betrothal in a Monastery» and «The Gambler» by Prokofiev, «Katerina Ismailova» by Shostakovich, «Il Barbiere di Siviglia» by Rossini, «La Traviata», «Un ballo in maschera», «Macbeth» by Verdi, «Carmen» by Bizet and the ballets «Giselle» by Adan, «Nutcracker» and «The Sleeping Beauty» by Tchaikovsky, «The Golden Age» by Shostakovich, «Spartacus» by Khachaturian, «Carmen suite» by Shchedrin, «Sketches» by Schnittke, as well as plenty of symphony works of west European, Russian and modern composers.

From 2000-02 Pavel Sorokin was headed the Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and from 2003-07 - the Symphony Orchestra of Russia.

The conductor's discography includes recordings of the works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Grieg in collaboration with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow State Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.