artistic director/chief conductor of the orchestra
Russian-born Vladimir Verbitsky is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatoire where he studied piano together with choral, operatic and symphonic conducting. Following graduation he studied with Yevgeny Mravinsky, Chief Conductor of the legendary Leningrad Philharmonic, and made his Moscow debut at the invitation of outstanding pianist Emil Gilels, with whom he subsequently appeared on numerous occasions.
In Russia he regularly conducts all major orchestras as well as continuing his long association with the Voronezh Philharmonic of which he has been Chief Conductor and Music Director since 1972. He also held position of Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic, and Music Director of Orchestra Victoria, Australia, Chief Conductor of Saratov Philharmonic, Russia. Since 1997 he has been Conductor Laureate of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra .
As a Guest Conductor of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Verbitsky performed in most countries of Europe, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, countries of South America. He conducts concerts at the Russian Winter Festival in Moscow, the “Strars of the XXI century – Young Talents of Russia” concert series of the St.Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonics, Platonov’ International Festival in Voronezh and others. He has conducted many world premieres of works by Russian, Australian and New Zealand composers.
The year 2012 was a very special year for Vladimir Verbitsky: the Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra and Voronezh Academy of Arts celebrated the 40th Anniversary of their fruitful collaboration, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra marked the 25th Anniversary of their successful association with two Gala Concerts. In June 2013 Vladimir added one more medal to his collection: the Medal from the Governor of the Voronezh Region “For the Labour to the Good of Voronezh Land”.
His recent engagements in 2015-2016 have included concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg , Australia, Switzerland, Belorussia, Bulgaria, USA, France and Grand Final concert of Singapore International Violin Competition in Singapore.
Maestro Verbitsky's biography appears annually in Who is Who in Western Australia,Who is Who in Australia, Who is Who in the World annual editions: Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who Publications; EUROPA WORLD PLUS, Routledge Europa Biographical Reference Series/ International Who’s Who in Classical Music.
Igor Verbitsky was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. He graduated the famous Leningrad Conservatoire named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov with the highest honor in choir conducting in 1989 (professor E. Kudryavtseva); then in operatic and symphonic conducting in 1995 (professor R. Martynov). He spent one year in Germany in 1991 as an excellent student under training of professors H.-D. Resch and J. Starek at the High School for Music and Theatre in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Since 1992 he has been the Resident Conductor of the Voronezh Symphony Orchestra, Russia. He performed various symphonic works with this orchestra from barocco music to Bartok, Stravinsky and Richard Strauss. He managed the orchestra in many prestige musical festivals: The Rachmaninov Festival in Tambov, The Tchaikovsky Festival in Izhevsk and Votkinsk, The Platonov International Arts Festival in Voronezh and others. He successfully cooperated with internationally acclaimed soloists N. Petrov, D. Geringas, B. Berezovsky, А. Knyazev, A. Gindin, M. Kasrashvili, Z. Sotkilava, P. Laul, S. Tarassov, A. Baeva, T. Alikhanov and others. Extremely active as a guest conductor, Igor Verbitsky had a great number of successful concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Belgorod, Kislovodsk, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saratov, Tambov, Volgograd (Russia), cities of Albania, Azerbaidjan, Czech Republic, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and others.
In 1995 he successfully managed the Voronezh Symphony Orchestra during their very first Germany tour. Their performance of the Oratorio “To the unknown God” by contemporary Swiss composer A. Jenny with the Berlin Commune “Lindenkirche” church Choir in Berlin and in Dresden was received with critical acclaim. Their concerts of Russian and German classic music had also great success. From 1996 to 2008 Maestro Igor Verbitsky was the Conductor and the Musical Adviser of the St. Petersburg Music Comedy Theatre. In addition to performing of the main repertoire he took the lead in world premiere of opera “Caliph the Stork” by Russian composer Olga Petrova. Recent years were full of fruitful collaboration with The International Piano Duos Festival of The St. Petersburg Conservatoire, The Students Chamber Orchestra of St. Petersburg Conservatoire and The Chamber orchestra of St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum.
In 2009 the name of I. Verbitsky was included in the encyclopedia “Who is Who in Russia” as other well-known musicians of Russia. In 2011 he got from Governor of the Region a special title “The Honored Artist of Voronezh Region”. In autumn 2011, together with the Voronezh Symphony Orchestra he managed a very successful tour in Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovenia. In 2012 he received the diploma of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation "For the big contribution to development of culture". In 2013 he was awarded the honorary diploma of the Union of composers of Russia for participation in the national festival "Panorama of Russian Music in Voronezh". In 2015 he performed a series of concerts devoted to the 90 anniversary of the Voronezh Symphony Orchestra in Voronezh and in St. Petersburg. In 2016 he was awarded by the government of the Voronezh region "Gratitude from the Land of Voronezh"