DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
VIDEO PODCAST: Find out about composers from unusual places, including Gerard Schurmann, Giya Kancheli, Nazib Zhiganov and Nodar Gabunia, about singing in cars, and meet Jim Hutton from the RLPO and some of our regular contributors in this eighty-minute February 2021 video.
Russian conductor and composer Yevgeny Svetlanov was born in Moscow on 6 September 1928. He studied piano at the Gnesin Institute, and then piano, composition and conducting at the Moscow Conservatoire. Heinrich Neuhaus, who taught him piano, was especially inspirational.
He worked as an assistant at the Bolshoi and was later principal conductor (1962-4). Following work with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, he became known in the West, conducting much in London, where his last concert was just a few days before his death, on 3 May 2002 in Moscow, aged seventy-three.