A Profile of Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev (Photo: Mariinsky Theatre)
Valery Gergiev: Last of the great autocrats
The Kirov could easily have dispersed or gone bankrupt but Gergiev, through titanic effort, held it together
By Ian Irvine [The Independent, 28 May 05]
What makes Valery Gergiev run? When the announcement came last week that he was to take over from Sir Colin Davis as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, it was obvious what the LSO got from the deal. It confirmed them as one of the world’s leading orchestras, able to attract (Sir Simon Rattle possibly excepted) the most talented and charismatic conductor of his generation. For Gergiev, however, it was just another high-profile post to add to his already prodigious workload.
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