Semyon Bychkov: An admired and prolific recording artist, Bychkov’s discography features over 30 CDs and DVDs and he continues to record extensively with WDR Sinfonie-Orchester Köln – recent releases include Wagner Lohengrin, Verdi Requiem, Rachmaninov The Bells Op.35 and Symphonic Dances Op. 45 (Profil, Edition Günter Hänssler, also released on DVD (Arthaus Musik) coupled with Rachmaninov Symphony No 2) and Shostakovich No 4, No10 and No 11 on Avie, as well as two recordings of Strauss operas - Daphne and Elektra - for Decca Records and Profil, Edition Günter Hänssler respectively. His recording of Shostakovich Symphony No 5 (for Philips Classics) with the Berlin Philharmonic was the winner of the Belgian Caecilia Award and Stereo Review’s 'Record of the Year’ and his recording of Eugene Onegin (with Orchestre de Paris) was selected by Opera as one of the thirty all-time great opera recordings.
A pupil of the legendary Russian pedagogue Ilya Musin, Bychkov came to international prominence in the mid-eighties following a series of high-profile cancellations. Following his relationship with the Buffalo Philharmonic (first as Principal Guest Conductor and later as Music Director 1980-1989), concerts with the Concertgebouw, New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras, led to an exclusive recording contract with Philips Classics. Bychkov has since held the positions of Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris (1989-98), Principal Guest Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic (1990-94), Principal Guest Conductor of Maggio Musicale in Florence (1992-98); Chief Conductor of the Dresden Semperoper (1998-2003); and, most recently Chief Conductor of WDR Sinfonie-Orchester Köln (1997-2010).