Russian conductor Pavel Sorokin made his Royal Ballet debut in 2007 conducting Swan Lake. He has since conducted regularly for the Company, in repertory including Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Serenade and DGV: Danse à grande vitesse. Other engagements at the Royal Opera House include conducting Bolshoi Ballet’s performances of Spartacus, Giselle and The Flames of Paris.
Sorokin was born in Moscow into a musical family and studied piano and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory. He began work as a ballet pianist for the Bolshoi Theatre in 1983 and in 1987 received a scholarship to the Paris Conservatoire. In 1989 he became an apprentice to Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Later that year he was appointed a conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre, with which he continues to maintain a rich and collaborative relationship. At the Bolshoi he has conducted ballets including Petroushka, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide, Swan Lake, The Bright Stream and The Bolt, and in 1996 was assistant conductor to Mstislav Rostropovich on Khovanshchina. He was appointed chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Russia in 2003.
Sorokin’s engagements around the world have included performances at the Kennedy Centre, Paris Opéra, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Bunka Kaikan, Teatro Colón and Opéra-Bastille. His wide discography includes works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Grieg. In 1998 he was made an Honoured Artist of Russia.