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Yuri Temirkanov
Yuri Temirkanov is one of the world's most distinguished conductors and musicians. His association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been a long and distinguished one. In 1977, he made his London debut with the Orchestra and, during the 1979-1980 season, he became Principal Guest Conductor. In September 1992 he succeeded André Previn as Principal Conductor, a position he held until the beginning of the 1998-1999 season when he was appointed Conductor Laureate.

In 1988, he succeeded Evgeny Mravinsky as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he regularly undertakes major international tours and recordings. His performances with this orchestra - in the concert hall and in recording - have created a legendary reputation throughout the world.

Yuri Temirkanov has appeared with all the leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Santa Cecilia, Rome. He is a regular visitor to the United States where, each season, he conducts the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. At the beginning of the 1999-2000 season he assumed the position of Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In 1988, Yuri Temirkanov began a recording relationship with BMG/RCA. His numerous recordings include the complete Stravinsky ballets with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, he has recorded with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky as the soundtrack to Eisenstein's film of the same name.

Yuri Temirkanov has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra since the start of the 1998/99 season.