Conductor

Marius Stravinsky


Founder & Music Director - St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra


Born into a musical family – and with conducting mentors including Mariss Jansons, Igor Golovchin, Thomas Sanderling, and Vladimir Ponkin (to whom he was Assistant Conductor at the Moscow Philharmonic and the Helikon Opera, 2002-2005) – Marius Stravinsky holds a musical pedigree of the highest order.  In 2007, he was awarded the post of Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming the youngest conductor in Russia to hold such a position.  Following his five-year tenure in this role, he then – at the personal invitation of Vladimir Jurowski – took up the position of Assistant Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2013/2014 season.  Stravinsky has since worked with top quality orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin Staatskapelle, Queensland Symphony, and the Tokyo Opera Philharmonic.  Enjoying a strong Russian profile, he regularly conducts performances at the Mariinsky Theatre, and enjoys a close collaboration with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (GASO). 

Marius Stravinsky launches new orchestra in St. Petersburg

24 Feb 2017

The brilliant Marius Stravinsky has launched a new orchestra in St. Petersburg – the St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra. They will debut at the beautiful Alexandrinsky Theatre on 27 February 2017,...

Marius Stravinsky conducts the Staatsballett Berlin

06 Dec 2016

Following on from his recent triumph conducting the Berlin Staatskapelle in performances of Giselle, Marius Stravinsky returns to the Staatsballett Berlin this month for a series of...

Marius Stravinsky conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin

13 Oct 2016

Marius Stravinsky will conduct the Staatskapelle Berlin for three performances of Giselle danced by the Staatsballett Berlin. These performances take place in the Schiller Theater of the...

Marius Stravinsky returns to the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra

16 Sep 2016

Marius Stravinsky will be returning to conduct the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (GASO) in three concerts at the end of September. The first of these concerts, which...

Marius Stravinsky joins ICA for worldwide general management

22 Aug 2016

ICA is delighted to welcome conductor Marius Stravinsky to its artist roster.  Born into a musical family – and with conducting mentors including Mariss Jansons, Igor Golovchin, Thomas...

“Stravinsky looks to be a major talent.”

Music OMH

“Stravinsky’s approach lent the music special charge.”

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Born in Kazakhstan to a musical family, Marius Stravinsky began playing the violin when he was four-years old.  Educated at the Moscow Central Music School and the Yehudi Menuhin School, he went on to become the first former-Soviet student to secure a scholarship to Eton College.  He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2002.

Marius Stravinsky’s passion for conducting began aged 13 after playing the Bruch Violin Concerto for Mariss Jansons – now one of his regular conducting mentors.  In 1998 he spent a summer assisting Claudio Abbado in Peter Brook’s production of Don Giovanni at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and his studies at the Royal Academy were led by Igor Golovchin and Thomas Sanderling, with masterclasses from Kenneth Kiesler and Eri Klas.

From 2002-2005, Stravinsky returned to Moscow to study conducting with Vladimir Ponkin, working as his Assistant Conductor in both the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Helikon Opera.  Whilst resident at Helikon Opera, his performances included fully staged productions of Berg (Lulu), Bizet (Carmen), Giorgdano (Siberia), Poulenc (Les Dialogue des Carmelites), Prokofiev (The Story of a Real Man), Rimsky-Korsakov (Kaschei the Immortal), Shostakovich (Lady Macbeth of the Mtensk District), and works by his forebear Igor Stravinsky (such as Mavra).

In 2007, Stravinsky was awarded the position of Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra, becoming the youngest conductor in Russia to hold such a post.  Following his five-year tenure in this role, he then – at the personal invitation of Vladimir Jurowski –  took up the position of Assistant Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2013/2014 season.  Since then he has gone on to work with orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Berlin Staatskapelle, Queensland Symphony, and Tokyo Opera Philharmonic.

Stravinsky enjoys a particularly strong profile in Russia, working with top orchestras and institutions including the Russian National Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.  He regularly conducts at the Mariinsky Theatre (both in symphonic concerts and operatic performances), and enjoys a close collaboration with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (GASO).

Stravinsky boasts a diverse repertoire, and a discography that includes world premiere recordings of Ignaz Brüll’s Violin Concerto and Symphony in E minor, Salomon Jadassohn’s Symphony No.1, and Pavel Pabst’s Piano Concerto, on the Cameo Classics Label.  During his tenure as Chief Conductor & Artistic Director, Stravinsky also released recordings of major works by Thomas Blower, Dororthy Howell, Joseph Holbrooke and Sergey Zhukov with the Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra.

Stravinsky bases himself between London and St. Petersburg.

April 2017