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VORONKOV, Guerassim

1960

Guerassim Voronkov was born in Moscow in 1960. He studied violin at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory. He completed his violin studies and orchestral and opera conducting as an honor student at the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Between 1981 and 1990 he played first violin in the Bolshoi Orchestra, where he founded, in 1988, the Bolshoi Chamber Orchestra. In 1989, he was appointed music director of the Symphonic Orchestra of the School of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, performing concerts and making recordings in Russia, Austria and France. 

In 1991 he moved to Barcelona and since then has pursued his work as conductor, concert promoter and arts manager, including the founding of the Camerata Mediterranea Orchestra in 1993. Since 1998, Guerassim Voronkov has led the Simfònica del Conservatori Superior del Liceu in Barcelona and, since 2004, has been the regular conductor of the Simfònica de l’Acadèmia of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. 

Guerassim Voronkov has conducted the Symphonic Orchestra of the Liceu, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Filarmónica de Bogotá. He has worked with artists such as Rolando Villazon, Montserrat Caballé, Plácido Domingo, Elena Obraztsova Piotr Beczala, among many others.

His highlights as a composer include a new ending to the opera Khovanshchine of Mussorgsky that was premiered in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in 2007, and soundtracks to Buster Keaton’s silent movie The General (2013), Laurel and Hardy (2016) to Harold Lloyd’s movie Safety lust (2015).

He is now an Associate Professor (Master of Conducting) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

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