Yuri Temirkanov has been the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 1988 and he regularly undertakes major international tours and recordings with this orchestra. Other positions he holds are Music Director Emeritus of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, and he has been appointed Music Director of the Teatro Regio di Parma from January 2009. Yuri Temirkanov made his debut with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Leningrad Philharmonic) in early 1967 and was then invited to join the orchestra as Assistant Conductor to Yevgeny Mravinsky.
In 1968, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra where he remained until his appointment as Music Director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet (now called the Mariinsky Theatre) in 1976. He remained in this position until 1988.