Stanislav Gorkovenko (Artistic Director)|
Stanislav Gorkovenko was born in Baku (Azerbaijan) in 1938 into an artistic family. His father was a painter.
Stanislav started to play piano at the age of 6. He graduated from a musical school and joined college in Baku, specializing in choral conducting. In order to pursue his goal - to become a Symphony conductor, the young musician moved to Leningrad and joined the Leningrad Conservatory. His professor and tutor was the famous Nikolai Rabinovich.
After graduating Gorkovenko joined the postgraduate program that he completed in 1970. While still a student, Stanislav toured extensively as a symphony conductor all over USSR.
Maestro‘s conducting gesture is very expressive and musical. Somehow he succeeds in preserving St.Petersburg musical tradition while introducing the audience to classical, ballet and opera music. He also is capable of giving the symphonic sound to a movie score. Maestro Gorkovenko can make the orchestra play just anything ... but always perfectly.
Maestro started to be in charge of the Leningrad Radio Orchestra in 1978 and the orchestra just flourished under his baton.
While in Rome when Maestro conducted the Roman orchestra playing Gavrilin‘s ballet score for "Aniuta" the reviewers were referring to him as a "conductor with great talent".
Performance in "The St.Carlos Theatre" in Napoli was another noticeable success.
Gorkovenko conducts ballets by Chaikovsky rather admirably. "Swan Lake" and , "Sleeping Beauty" by Tchaikovsky, "Fountain of Bakhchisarai" by Boris Asafiev, symphonic music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and contemporary composers, such as Georgy Sviridov, Valery Gavrilin and Andrei Petrov.
As of early 1990s, the Radio Orchestra under Stanislav Gorkovenko toured extensively in Europe and Asia.
As one of the reviewers wrote after the tour in Latin America in early 90s: "Performance was wonderful, but Maestro Gorkovenko created a performance within the performance, that was just as admirable".
Birmingham Post (UK) joined the excitement: "I have seen many performances of the Swan Lake, but was never able to feel the music like I have done last evening. Excellence of this orchestra under the baton of Stanislav Gorkovenko was more then noticeable".
British, Italian and Japanese audience is particularly fond of Maestro and every tour is awaited long in advance.
Maestro thinks that in music it is most important to be excited about what one does and only then one can really share ones views with the audience.
Stanislav Gorkovenko and St. Petersburg Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra recorded a lot of Audio CD with Sony Music, Unlimited Classics and other leading recording companies.
Full list of Stanislav Gorkovenko Audio CDs at Amazon.com (over 60 Audio CDs)