Famous Russian Conductor, Valery Gergiev Is Coming To New York City To Promote New Releases Of Tchaikovsky Symphonies

Top Quote Meet legendary conductor VALERY GERGIEV at the Juilliard Store October 10th at 3:00 PM. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 30, 2011 - New York City - Valery Gergiev will be at the Juilliard Store in New York City to sign newly released DVD and Blu-Ray copies of his award-winning recordings Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, & 6 performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra.

    Valery Gergiev was born in Moscow in 1953, but grew up in the Caucasus, the mountainous area at the Southern end of Russia, which stretches from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. He began his musical studies in Ordzhonikidze, the Caucasian capital of Ossetia, and showed early prodigious talent as a pianist before taking up conducting in his teens. In 1977 at the age of 24 Valery Gergiev was appointed an Assistant Conductor at the Kirov Opera, where he made his debut conducting Prokofiev's War and Peace in 1978. Now, as one of music's busiest and most sought-after conductors, he is regularly applauded at the podiums of the major opera houses and orchestras of the world. Maestro Gergiev is the organizer of St Petersburg's annual "White Nights Festival," the "Rotterdam Philharmonic/Gergiev Festival," and is director and founder of the Mikkeli International Festival in Finland, the Peace to the Caucasus Festival, and the Red Sea International Music Festival in Eilat, Israel.

    Truly a great man, Valery Gergiev has been a consistent supporter of peace in the Caucasus, particularly in the conflict between the Georgian central government and South Ossetia. After the 2004 Beslan school massacre, Gergiev made an appeal on television for calm and against any revenge. He conducted concerts in tribute to the victims of the massacre. During the 2008 South Ossetia war, Gergiev accused the Georgian government of massacring ethnic Ossetians, triggering the conflict with Russia. He went to Tskhinvali and conducted a concert near the ruined building of the South Ossetian Parliament as tribute to the victims of the war.

    Gergiev will be on stage at Carnegie Hall on the evening of October 10 conducting Tchaikovsky's 3rd and 4th Symphonies. Of all Tchaikovsky's symphonies, the third best encapsulates all that made his ballet music so special. Balanchine used it in his famous ballet Jewels, and Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra present it here on a program that also includes the symphony that Tchaikovsky considered to be his best. Valery Gergiev will be at the Juilliard Store there at 3PM before his evening performance.

    The Juilliard Store is located at 144 W. 66th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City. If you aren't able to meet him in person, visit to purchase copies of Gergiev's new release, Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, & 6. Signed copies will be available online for a limited time. The Juilliard Store can be reached by phone at (212) 799-5000 ext. 237.

    About the Juilliard Store:
    An adjunct to the Julliard School, throughout its history the store has met the sheet music needs of music educators, professional performers, and amateur musicians. Today the Julliard Store is one of the last remaining sheet music retailers in New York City. The Juilliard Store also carries new and best-selling books as well as texts written and recommended by the world renowned Juilliard faculty. Julliard School themed apparel and gift selection are also sold at the Juilliard Store. Find them online at

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