Honored Artist of Russia, Nikolai Alexeev, graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory where he majored in choir conducting (class of Avenir Mikhailov) and opera and symphonic conducting (class of Mariss Jansons). He is a laureate of such international competitions as the Herbert von Karajan Foundation Competition (West Berlin, 1982), V. Talikh (Prague, 1985) and Min-On (Tokyo, 1985).
The maestro’s concert activity covers the countries of Europe and Latin America, Japan and the United States. He was head of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (State Prize of the Republic of Estonia), conducted the Bolshoi Symphony and the Russian National Orchestra, the Berlin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic.
Since 2000, Nikolai Alexeev has been the conductor of the St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed all the symphonies of Brahms, a number of works by Stravinsky and Prokofiev, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, “Gurrelieder” by Schoenberg, “Turangalîla-Symphonie” by Olivier Messiaen and regularly presents premieres of works by contemporary composers.
Maestro’s 2012/2013 season program is dominated by music of the first half of the twentieth century – the works of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Korngold and Ravel, Poulenc and Bartok. The performance of the full version of Beethoven`s “Egmont” became event of the season.