The first-prize winner of the 2017 Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt, Valentin Uryupin is a rising star in the Russian classical music world. His career is equally divided between the opera house and the symphonic stage, and he continues to perform as a solo clarinetist.
In 2015 Valentin took part in Kurt Masur’s international masterclass and shortly afterward won the Russian Conducting Competition in Moscow (formerly the All-Union Conducting Competition). In 2016 he was awarded third prize at the prestigious Mahler Competition in Bamberg.
Since 2011 Valentin Uryupin has held the position of permanent conductor at the Perm Opera with the MusicAeterna Orchestra. In 2015 he was named Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rostov-on-Don Symphony Orchestra.
Guest engagements have taken him to the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the RTE Symphony in Dublin, Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theates in St. Petersburg, the Novosibirsk opera, the Ostrava Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Transylvanian Philharmonic in Cluj, the Novosibirsk philharmonic and the Ural Philharmonic. He has performed with Teodor Currentzis, Yuri Bashmet, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Joyce DiDonato among others and has worked with Valery Gergiev, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Vladimir Jurowski as an assistant conductor.
In august 2017 Valentin Uryupin leads the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” on a China tour and will also conduct the Orchestra on a 14-concert tour of the UK in 2018. His conducting engagements for upcoming seasons also include invitations from the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Bregenz festival, the SWR Orchestra the Frankfurter Opern-und Museumorchester, the Saarbrücken radio orchestra, the Athens Opera, the Enescu Philharmonic, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the Russian National Orchestra as well as reinvitations from the Tapiola sinfonietta, the Transylvanian philharmonic orchestra, the Novosibirsk symphony orchestra and the Ural philharmonic, in addition to his performances in Perm and Rostov.
Valentin's repertoire includes more than 30 major operas and ballets and a wide range of orchestral music including a large number of contemporary works by composers ranging from John Adams, Giya Kancheli and Henri Dutilleux to Jörg Widmann and Kuzma Bodrov,
He also continues to enjoy an active career as a clarinetist, performing and giving masterclasses extensively in Russia, Europe, the USA, Japan and Singapore. He has been awarded prizes from more than 20 international clarinet competitions, including the most prestigious in Geneva, Munich, Ghent and Beijing.
Valentin Uryupin graduated from the Moscow Conservatory as a clarinet player (2009) and conductor (2012). His teachers include conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky and clarinetist Evgeny Petrov.