Valery Gergiev

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Birthday
2, 1953
Birthplace
Russia
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
2, 1953 (age 66)
Birthplace
Russia

About

Musician who became principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and general and artistic director for the Mariinsky Theatre. He also served as artistic director for the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg.

Before Fame

He studied piano at Leningrad Conservatory from 1972 until 1977. He was trained by the famed Ilya Musin.

Trivia

He was awarded the 2006 Polar Music Prize.

Family Life

He married the musician Natalya Dzebisova in 1999. His sister Larissa Gergieva was a pianist and served as director of the Mariinsky singers' academy.

Associated With

He was a personal friend of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.