Det Kongelige Teater’s chief conductor dies of coronavirus

Luke Roberts
October 30th, 2020

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Alexander Vedernikov, one of the world’s most famous conductors, had been working in Denmark for eleven years

One of the world’s most sought-after guest conductors, Alexander Vedernikov, has died at the age of 56 as a result of COVID-19 complications.

Prior to his death, he spent a short period on a ventilator, but it was in vain.

He was due to take to the stage for a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony tonight.

Great talent
In 2016, the esteemed Russian conductor joined Det Kongelige Teater after a seven year stint as chief conductor at the Odense Symphony Orchestra. Before that, he had been musical director at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

In 2009 he made headlines in a dramatic exit from his role at the Bolshoi Theatre, claiming that it was putting “bureaucratic interests before artistic ones”.

A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, he previously conducted some of the world’s most famous orchestras, including the Orchestre de Paris and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


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