Uzbek conductor Boris Gruzin made his debut at the Royal Opera House in 2000, conducting the Kirov Opera in Mazepa. He has since conducted regularly for The Royal Ballet, in repertory including Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Sylvia, The Firebird and in the Life Reimagined gala. In the 2015/16 Season he returns to conduct The Nutcracker for the Company.
Gruzin was born in Tashkent and studied piano, theory, opera and symphonic conducting at the Moscow Conservatory. He has conducted concerts, opera and ballet performances in countries including Germany, France, Japan, Holland, USA, Spain and Finland, and was a principal conductor at the Novosibirsk and Odessa Opera and Ballet theatres. In 1992 he joined the Mariinsky Theatre and was invited to work as a professor at the St Petersburg Conservatory. He is currently the invited guest conductor with the Holland Symfonia. His repertory in opera and ballet includes, in addition to his repertory with The Royal Ballet, Eugene Onegin, Khovanshchina, The Queen of Spades, War and Peace, Otello, Aida and Carmen.
In 1982 Gruzin was named People’s Artist, the highest Russian title that can be awarded for work in the arts.