Alexey Bogorad is a rising young resident conductor of Moscow's acclaimed Bolshoi Theatre. His 2011 triumph at the Lovro von Matacic International Conducting Competition in Zagreb pushed him to the front ranks of today's generation of European conducting talent.
Born to a family of musicians, Maestro Bogorad started studying music at the age of three. After completing Moscow's prestigious Central Music School, he first studied clarinet and then studied conducting with Maestro Gennady Rozhdestvensky at the Moscow State Conservatory. In 2009 he completed his conducting studies with honors, including master classes with Mikhail Jurowsky and Colin Metters.
In 2010, Bogorad was awarded a fellowship by the American Academy of Conducting to study and perform at the Aspen Music Festival under Music Director Robert Spano. In the same year, he won second prize and special recognition from the Ukraine National Symphony in the Stefan Turchak International Conducting Competition in Kiev. Also in 2010, he was selected by Maestro Vladimir Jurowsky to be assistant conductor of the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra.
An experienced solo clarinetist and chamber musician, Bogorad was a principal player of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra from 1997 to 2011. In addition, he was a soloist of Mikhail Pletnev's Russian National Orchestra from 2001 to 2012.
Recognized for his mastery in conducting opera and ballet repertoire, Maestro Bogorad leads a wide range of programs at the Bolshoi. His opera experience includes Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila; Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night and The Tsar’s Bride; Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Evgeny Onegin and The Queen of Spades; Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel; Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman; Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Tosca and La Boheme; Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges; and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.
Of the ballet repertoire, he has conducted Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Raymonda, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Bayadere, Jewels, La Sylphide and Marco Spada, which among other Bolshoi productions led by Bogorad, was widely broadcast by Bel Air Classiques. He has worked with such artists as Svetlana Zakharova, Albina Shagimuratova, and Natalia Gutman.
Regularly invited to conduct the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra, Bogorad has mastered an extensive symphonic repertoire. With Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra he has recorded a double CD of classical ballet music for Columbia Records label.
Maestro Bogorad performs as guest conductor at various Russian opera companies and symphony orchestras including the Russian National Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, and Perm Opera Theatre. In 2013 he substituted for Valery Gergiev conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra during the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg. In 2015 he was honored with an invitation to conduct the piano finals of the XV Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, live-streamed by Medici TV with more ten millions viewers worldwide.
Outside Russia Bogorad has achieved debuts with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway), Oita Symphony (Japan), Teatro di San Carlo (Naples, Italy), Craiova Opera Theatre (Romania), Belgrade and Prague National Theater.