Valery Gergiev, Conductor
Artistic & General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre "Gergiev carries a disproportionate share of the music world on his shoulders. He is something of a national hero in Russia for having kept alive the Mariinsky Theatre after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Under his leadership, the Mariinsky has become one of the most celebrated - and recorded - opera companies in the world." The New Yorker (April 1998) "We have all marvel Valery Gergiev at his truly inspirational music-making, which, ...