Russian 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 2016/17 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 more than fifty titles, including Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Boris Godunov, Khovanshchina, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades, Aida, Otello and War and Peace.
In 1982 Gruzin was named People’s Artist, the highest Russian title for work in the arts.