Since his prodigious breakthrough as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 19, Ilan Volkov has matured into a versatile conductor whose interpretations of familiar repertoire are sought after internationally. He enjoys a long- standing relationship with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as Principal Conductor from 2003 and Principal Guest Conductor since 2009. The 2022-23 season sees the start of Volkov’s tenure as Principal Guest Conductor with the Brussels
A musical omnivore, Volkov also serves as a dynamic figurehead of the international contemporary
music scene. He launched the Tectonics Festival in 2012, which has since become one of the world’s
most diverse and acclaimed celebrations of new music, with festivals in Adelaide, Oslo, New York, Tel
Aviv, Krakow, Athens, Glasgow and Reykjavík. In 2020 he co-founded the I&I Foundation with Ilya
Gringolts to support the development and performance of new music.
Volkov’s repertoire with a variety of ensembles spreads far and wide, and he often appears at the
world’s foremost festivals, such as Salzburg, Edinburgh, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Unsound Krakow,
Musikprotkoll and Berlin.
Equally at home in opera, his extensive operatic ventures have included Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
for San Francisco Opera, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Glyndebourne Festival, Peter
Grimes for Washington National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival, and Gerald Barry’s The Importance
of Being Ernest at the Lincoln Center with New York Philharmonic, Bach’s Actus Tragicusat Stuttgart
Opera, and Olga Neuwirth’s The Outcast in Vienna and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. Recently he
conducted the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s new work The Listeners with Norwegian National
Opera, and Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s new creation L’Apocalyspe Arabe for the Aix Festival.
Volkov’s diverse discography includes Stravinsky’s ballet scores and a Gramophone Award- winning
recording of Britten’s complete works for piano and orchestra, both for Hyperion, and a critically
acclaimed survey of Liszt’s three Funeral Odes with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has a
podcast for Radio Halas, in which he explores his extensive musical tastes and interviews colleagues.
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