Pavel Sorokin was born in Moscow. He graduated from the Central Music School attached to the Moscow Conservatoire (piano section) in 1980 and in the same year entered the Conservatoire (the piano section, Professor Lev Naumov’s class). At the same time, he started to study conducting in Professor Yuri Simonov’s class. In 1983, he joined the Bolshoi Theatre in the capacity of ballet orchestra leader. From 1987 to 1989 he studied conducting at the Paris Conservatoire in Professor Jean-Sebastian Berrault’s class. In the summer of 1989, he took part in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Festival. He studied under Serge Osawa and Leonard Bernstein. At the end of his studies in Paris, having been given an excellent certificate, he auditioned for the Bolshoi Theatre and was accepted into the Company.
At the Bolshoi Theatre he has conducted the opera production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (1997), and ballet productions of Prokofiev’s Prodigal Son and Stravinsky’s Petroushka (1991), Adam’s Le Corsaire (1992, 1994), Lovenskjold’s La Sylphide (1994), Balda to music by Shostakovich (1999), Swan Lake (2001), Arik Melikov’s A Legend of Love (2002), Glazunov’s Raymonda (2003), Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream (2003) and Bolt (2005), Carmen Suitó to music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin (2005), Asafiev’s The Flames of Paris (2008), Dream of Dream to music of Sergei Rakhmaninov’s (2012), Stravinsky’s Apollon Musagète (2012), Jewels - Ballet by George Balancine in three parts (Emeralds to music by Gabriel Fauré; Rubies to music by Igor Stravinsky; Diamonds to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky; 2012), Classical Symphony to music of Sergei Prokofiev (2012), Onegin to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (2013), Lady of the Camellias to music by Frédéric Chopin (2014).
He was assistant to Mstislav Rostropovich on the 1996 production of Khovanshchina. The conductor’s repertoire includes the following, among other, operas: Glinka’s Ivan Susanin, The Oprichnik, The Maid of Orlenas, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, Prince Igor by Borodin, The Tsar’s Bride, Mozart and Salieri, The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov, Khovanshchina and Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini, Betrothal in a Monastery, The Gambler, War and Peace by Prokofiev, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth, Nabucco by Verdi, Bizet’s Carmen; ballets Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, Khachaturian’s Spartacus, Shostakovich’s The Golden Age, Schnittke’s Sketches, Giselle, Chopiniana; and symphonic works. From 2000-02, Pavel Sorokin was chief conductor of the Radio and Television State Symphony Orchestra. From 2003-07, he was chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Russia. From 2007, he has been a guest conductor at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
His discography includes recordings of the works of Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov and Grieg, with the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Philarmonia, and the Radio and Television State Symphony Orchestra.