// Biography //

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 the Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonieorchester, RSO Wien, the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Teatro Massimo, the Badische Staatskapelle, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,The Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov”, the Russian National orchestra, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theates in St. Petersburg, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Tapiola sinfonietta, the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj-Napoca, the Novosibirsk philharmonic and the Ural Philharmonic.

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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.  Upcoming seasons highlights include debuts with Teatro Comunale Bologna, Stuttgart opera, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the South Netherlands philharmonic, the Vlandeeren orchestra, the New Japan symphony orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt opera, the Orchestra della Toscana, as well as numerous re-invitations and activities with leading Russian orchestras and opera houses. 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.

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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.