Alexander Zhilenkov

Conductor
Alexander Zhilenkov

He graduated from the Gnessins Russian Academy of Music (Prof. Liberman’s class); he also took an optional course of conducting. In 2001-2019, he was an accompanist at the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, at present he works as assistant conductor (in 2012-2015 and since 2016).

In 2008, he began to work as a conductor at the Russkaya Opera non-repertory theatre. In 2008-2010, he appeared as an accompanist in concerts with Russian pop stars such as Renat Ibragimov, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Sergey Zakharov. In 2010-2011, he was the Chief Conductor of the Ivanovo State Philharmonic and a conductor at the Ivanovo Regional Music Theatre. In 2013-2014, he worked as a conductor at the Moscow Puppet Theatre. In 2016-2017, he was the chief conductor of the Tsaritsyn Opera (Volgograd). In 2019, he has been a conductor of the Opera Theatre of the Moscow Conservatory.

As a guest conductor he worked with the Kostroma State Philharmonic orchestra, and the Tzaritsinskaya Opera theatre in Volgograd. With the Ivanovo Philharmonic Orchestra he participated in the Chaliapin International Competition titled Voices over Plyos and collaborated with the Moscow Camerata orchestra in the Moscow International Performing Arts Center. In collaboration with Constantine Orbelyan he conducted a concert of soloists of Metropolitan Opera (New York, USA) and Tzaritsynskaya Opera.

He produced Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Mussorgsky’s Sorochinskaya Yarmarka at the Russkaya OperaTheatre in Moscow; Offenbach’s Un mari à la porte musical comedy at the Ivanovo Regional Music Theatre; Prokofiev’s Peter and Wolf at the Moscow Puppet Theatre; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride at the Tsaritsynskaya Opera Theatre in Volgograd.

In 2014–2015, he conducted Eugene Onegin and Iolanta (both by Tchaikovsky),Puccini’s Tosсa, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti. Also, he conducted the following ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Adam’s Giselle (all at the Tsaritsynskaya Opera). In May 2015, he conducted the premiere of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the North Caucasus State Philharmonic (Kislovodsk).

At the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow he prepared and held chamber programmes in the Mirror Foyer: Around Wagner (in collaboration with Tatyana Sotnikova) and Oleg Shagotsky’s recital. He participated in a series of portrait concerts during the Opera Garden Contemporary Music Festival where he presented the programmes Alice through the Looking Glass (a scenic composition to Podgaits’s music) and Poet. Marina (vocal cycles by Alexander Zhurbin). He takes part in the theatre's concerts at the State Darwin Museum.

Awards and Honours:

  • winner of the 1st prize of the All-Russian Chamber Ensembles’ Competition
  • winner of the 1st prize of the Rubinstein All-Russian Pianists’ Competition (Moscow)
  • diploma holder of the Bella Voce International Vocal Competition, nomination “best accompanist” (2002)

Productions:

Shelygin's The Toy Seller — Music Director and Conductor
Martynov's The School for Wives — Conductor
Engelbert Humperdinck's The Gingerbread House, or Hänsel und Gretel — Conductor
Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia — Conductor
Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux — Conductor

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