Semyon Bychkov: Since leaving St Petersburg in 1975, Semyon Bychkov has enjoyed a career taking him across the globe conducting some of the greatest orchestras in the United States, Europe, the Far East and the former Soviet Union. Since his appointment as Chief Conductor of WDR Sinfonie-Orchester Köln in 1997, Bychkov has maintained a full concert schedule in Cologne while increasing the orchestra’s touring commitments considerably – touring to North and South America, the Far East, as well as extensively in Europe – in addition to building an impressive archive of recordings and broadcasts. Recognised for re-creating familiar music in compelling new ways, Bychkov’s performances stand out for the clarity of his interpretation and the translucency of his sound, communicated through a technique that is both elegant and eloquent.
He is a frequent guest with the world’s best-known orchestras including those of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Vienna, Berlin, Munich and London; where he is also regularly invited to conduct opera. Recent and future productions include Don Carlo, Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Elektra, Boris Godunov and La Bohème in London; Un Ballo in Maschera and Tristan und Isolde in Paris (and on tour in Japan); Boris Godunov, Otello and Rigoletto in New York; Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, Otello, Elektra and Daphne in Vienna; Elektra and Die Frau ohne Schatten in Milan; Elektra in Madrid and Der Rosenkavalier at the Salzburg Festival.