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Russian conductor Yuri Khatuevich Temirkanov was born in Nalchik on 10 December 1938 and studied in Leningrad. His career was launched in 1966 by winning the All-Soviet National Conducting Competition.
He was principal conductor of the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra (1968-76), then music director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet and, from 1988, artistic director and chief conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
He became the first Russian artist allowed to perform in the USA after cultural relations were resumed with that country in 1988. Later he was music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 2000 until 2006. He was also principal guest conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and conductor laureate of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was also known for his outspoken views against women conductors.
Yuri Temirkanov died on 2 November 2023, aged eighty-four.
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