It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our chief conductor. Maestro Vedernikov passed away in Moscow on the 29th October 2020 due to complications with Covid-19. He will be sorely missed both as an artist and as a person.
Alexander Vedernikov was chief conductor at The Royal Danish Theatre from 2018-2020. He was educated from the Moscow Conservatory and had an ever growing international career. Vedernikov was a much sought after guest among the world’s largest orchestras and regularly worked with orchestras like Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Staatskapelle Dresden, Montreal Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D. C. and many more.
Between 2009 and 2018 Vedernikov was chief conductor for Odense Symfoniorkester and before coming to Odense, Vedernikov was Music Director and Chief Conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
In 1995 Alexander Vedernikov was one of the main forces in the establishment of the Russian Symphony Orchestra in which he functioned as both Artistic Director and Chief Conductor until 2004. The Russian traditions of theatre and music played a significant role in Vedernikov’s work and especially the composers Prokovfiev and Rachmaninov influenced his work. Music was always a part of Vedernikov’s life as his father, Alexander Filipovich Vedernikov, was a well-known bass-singer in the Soviet Union.