Vassily Sinaisky is one of the foremost Russian conductors in the great tradition of Musin and Kondrashin. He has had a highly distinguished career holding important positions with and guest conducting many of the world's leading orchestras and opera houses. Alongside his considerable experience and authentic voice in Russian repertoire, he is known for masterly interpretations of German and British repertoire, both symphonic and operatic and has made many acclaimed recordings. Most recently he held the position of Chief Conductor and Music Director of Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, and in September 2023 he will commence his fourth season as Music Director of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava.
Sinaisky holds the position of Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom memorable projects have included the ‘Shostakovich and his Heroes’ festival, tours to Europe and China, and many appearances at the BBC Proms. He is also Conductor Emeritus of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and has previously held the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic and Music Director of the Russian State Orchestra.
Sinaisky’s guest conducting has included the Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw both in Amsterdam and at the Lucerne Festival, Seoul Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Cleveland, St Louis, Houston and Utah Symphony Orchestras amongst others. He has been a regular guest conductor of many of the UK’s major orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with whom he toured Europe in 2022 with venues including the Paris Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Frankfurt Alte Oper. Highlights of his 23/24 season includes performances with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Musica, RTVE Symphony (Madrid), City of Birmingham Symphony and a return to the Far East for concerts with the Taipei Philharmonic, Guangzhou and Suzhou Symphony orchestras.
During his tenure as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Sinaisky's many critically acclaimed productions included The Golden Cockerel directed by Kirill Serebrennikov and the Moscow premiere of Der Rosenkavalier directed by Stephen Lawless. Elsewhere, Sinaisky has conducted Iolanta and Francesca da Rimini in new productions by Stephen Lawless at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, Boris Godunov at San Francisco Opera, Carmen and Rosenkavalier for English National Opera, and productions of Fiery Angel and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District with Hans Neuenfels at the Komische Oper Berlin.
"The Mahler was, if anything, even more successful, with greater textural clarity that allowed the solo colours to shine brightly. There was a folksy warmth to the strings in the first movement, and you could have taken a bath in the warm sound of the third."
"Sinaisky oversaw the drama of the final movement [Mahler Symphony No.2] with great authority and considerable ingenuity... After the wild outburst which launched the movement, the distant horn calls and soft tread of the brass’ march sent a shiver up the spine."
Rarely has an ovation been so well deserved...Vassily Sinaisky’s interpretation was formidable. Entirely in the spirit of Stravinsky…he let the music speak for itself with great care for both small details and the big picture.