Russian conductor Valery Ovsyanikov made his Royal Ballet debut in 1997 conducting La Bayadère. He has since returned to conduct regularly for the Company, on productions including 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 graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory. He is a Music Director at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, a conductor at the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres and a guest conductor of companies including Tokyo Ballet, Finnish National Opera, Swedish Royal Opera and Bavarian State Opera. He has conducted such orchestras as the San José Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Philadelphia 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, Le Corsaire and Faust.
Ovsyanikov has conducted numerous gala performances including Maya Plisetzkaya’s 80th Anniversary, Diaghilev’s Centenary (London) and the 12th and 13th World Ballet Festivals (Tokyo, 2009 and 2012).