Russian conductor Valery Ovsyanikov made his Royal Ballet debut in 1997 conducting La Bayadère. He has since returned to conduct regularly for the Company, in such repertory as Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Onegin, Jewels, Rhapsody, Pavane pour une infante défunte, Symphony in C and Marguerite and Armand.
Ovsyanikov was born in Moscow and trained at the St Petersburg Conservatory. He is a Music Director at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, a conductor at the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres in St Petersburg and a guest conductor of companies around the world, including Tokyo Ballet, Vienna State Opera, Finnish National Opera, Swedish Royal Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Paris Opéra and Bavarian State Opera. In symphony repertory he has conducted St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, San José Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Philadelphia Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has toured to the USA, Mexico, Japan, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Finland, Sweden and Germany. In addition to his Royal Ballet credits his repertory includes La Sylphide, Manon, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Les Sylphides, Anna Karenina, Le Corsaire and Faust.
Ovsyanikov has conducted numerous gala performances, including Maya Plisetzkaya’s 80th Anniversary, the annual Russian Ballet Icons galas in the London Coliseum (since 2006) and the World Ballet Festivals in Tokyo.
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