Personalities | Valery Gergiev | Contemporary | Classical
From 1978 Gergiev served as assistant conductor at the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Opera, eventually becoming chief conductor, artistic director and general director. He was later appointed principal guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera 1997–2008, and principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic 1995–2008 and the London Symphony (from 2005). He has recorded most of the major nineteenth-century Russian operas (by Borodin, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Tchaikovsky), as well as symphonies by Mahler, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
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