Alexander Polishchuk, Guest Artist

Alexander Polishchuk

Bestowed with the high honor of «Honored Artist of the Russian Federation», conductor Alexander Polishchuk graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1991, following in the footsteps of a historic tradition and a long line of distinguished Pupils of Professor Ilya Musin. Following his graduation, Polishchuk was asked to remain at the conservatory for another two years to assist Professor Musin – an honor given to a highly selected few. A prize-winner at the Sixth All-Union Conductors’ Competition in 1988.

Polishchuk has, since 1990, performed regularly with the legendary Saint Petersburg Philharmonic; conducted numerous performances with Mariinsky Theatre, as well as touring with them internationally; led new production at Royal Opera House in Covent Garden; appeared with the Russian National Orchestra at the «Concert on Red Square» in Moscow.

Alexander Polishchuk regularly collaborates with the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ekaterinburg, Helikon (Moscow) and the National Opera and Ballet House of Ukraine (Kiev). From 1989 to 1991, Polishchuk was conductor of the Mussorgsky Opera and Ballet Theatre (now the St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre), touring with them abroad and to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.

In 1991, Polishchuk was appointed Principal Conductor of the St. Petersburg Municipal Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for four years. In 1996, Polishchuk became Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Petersburg State city Symphony Orchestra.

In 1998, Alexander Polishchuk was appointed Chief Guest Conductor of the Russian Chamber Orchestra of London, Great Britain.

From 2001 to 2008, Polishchuk served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, where he also conducted the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, as well as implemented the Festival Orchestra Project of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society for touring abroad.

A much sought-after conductor, Polishchuk has been conductor at the St. Petersburg House of Music from 2008 to the present.

A versatile musician, Alexander Polishchuk’s breadth of repertoire is wide-ranging, whether conducting ballet, operatic or symphonic repertoire. Since 1989 Alexander Polishchuk has toured in the USSR and Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Great Britain, France, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Singapore, Hungary, Ukraine and other countries. Alexander Polishchuk has taken part in many Russian and foreign festivals including: «Stars of the White Nights» (St. Petersburg), «Musical Collection» (St. Petersburg), «Musical Kremlin» (Moscow), «Classic and Modern» (Novosibirsk), Christmas Festivals in Novosibirsk; La Roque d’Antheron, «Classical Nights» in Megève, «Music in the Mountains» in Courchevel, «Pablo Casals Festival» in Prades – France; as well as numerous other festivals in Germany, Switzerland etc.

A great believer in education, he is also a sought-after and revered teacher. Polishchuk has been a professor of conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory since 1993, and has also served as Artistic Director of the «Peter the Great Master Class and Workshop in St. Petersburg» for conductors from 1995 to 2002. During the 1998-1999 season, Polishchuk was Guest Professor of Conducting at the Royal Academy College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. He has also given master classes at universities in Finland, Scotland, Singapore, Portugal, Austria, Sweden, and the USA. Maestro Polishchuk’s pupils have won many international conducting competitions and hold distinguished posts around the world.