Biography

Alexander Polianichko (March 26, 1953, Frolovo, Volgograd Oblast, Russia) appears to be Russian conductor and teacher.

He graduated from the Rostov State Conservatoire as a violinist (professor Matvey Dreier, 1977). In 1988 he graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatoire with honours, having studied the Opera-Symphonic conducting (professor Ilya Musin) and in 1991 he received the Doctor of Musial Arts Degree. From 1984 till 1987 he was working as a violinist in the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Evgeny Mravinsky.

In 1988 he was awarded the first prize in the Sixth All-Union Conductor’s Competition (there was no second prize at all).

He was the main conductor of the State Chamber Orchestra of the Belarus Republic (USSR, 1986-1989), Bornemouth Sinfonietta (UK, 1996-1999), Rostov Academic Symphony orchestra (Russia, 2012-2015).

In 1985-1987 he was working at the department of Opera-Symphonic conducting at the Leningrad State Conservatoire and in 1986-1989 at the Belarusian State Academy of Music. In 2012-2015 he was an assistant professor at the Rostov State Conservatoire.

Since 1989 he performed as conductor with the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theatre and went on tours with them to Europe, Israel, China, USA, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

He performed as a guest conductor at the major scenes of the world, among them were Opera Australia, English National Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, Welsh National Opera, Goetheburg Opera, Danish Royal Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Opera de Lyon, Nationale Reisopera of The Nederlands, Opera New Zealand, Norwegian Opera, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Opera Colorado, San Francisco Opera, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Massima of Palermo, Zurich Opera, Swedish Royal Opera, Stuttgart Opera.

Alexander works with the leading symphonic orchestras of Russia, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, France, USA (including the Chicago Symphony orchestra).

Alexander Polianichko has audio recordings on “Melodia”, TV and radio records in Russia and abroad, and also a number of DVD records including Tchaikovsky’s opera The Tsarina’s Slippers/Cherevichki with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (directed by Francesca Zambello, 2009), a concert program “Beyond the score” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2008), and the world premiere of the ballet “Julia and Romeo”by Mats Ek (Swedish Royal Opera, 2013).

Together with the Royal Baltic Festival and Peter the Great Music Academy Alexander organizes conducting master-classes on a regular basis.