born on 5/8/1932 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Alias Wladimir Fedosejew
Links www.fedoseyev.com (English, German)
Vladimir Ivanovich Fedoseyev (Russian: Владимир Иванович Федосе́ев, born 5 August 1932, Leningrad, Russia, USSR) is a Russian conductor.
Fedoseyev graduated from the Gnessin State Musical College (1957), and Moscow Conservatory (1972, post-graduate course under professor L.M. Ginsburg). When still a student, Fedoseyev became a conductor of the USSR Radio Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra, and then for fifteen years he was its leader. From 1974 until 1999 he was artistic director and chief conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio. He has also served as principal conductor of the Vienna Symphony 1997-2004. As of 2006, he is music director of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio.
When in winter 1975, the USSR Radio and Television Orchestra was on tour in Japan, a reviewer of the "Hota Shimbun" newspaper wrote : « Fedoseyev has worked out his own style, the gist of which is the accentuation of rhythm colours and melody design and the imparting of clarity and simplicity to complicated music compositions. From the first to the last bar he performed the Fifth Symphony by Shostakovich in a clear and precise way, and this performance of his cannot be subjected to criticism, as it is faultless. »
Fedoseyev has particularly championed the operas of Rimsky-Korsakov and the music of Valery Gavrilin.
He is a recipient of the Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR, the Order "For Labor Valor", and distinction as a 'Dweller of the siege of Leningrad. The asteroid 7741 Fedoseev was named in his honor.
In October 2012 issue of "Seven Arts" (Семь Исскуств) the conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky recalled Fedoseyev at the time of the removal of Jewish musicians from the Moscow Radio Symphony (Большой Симфонический Оркестр, БСО). According to the source Rozhdestvensky felt that Fedoseyev seemed like a participant in an anti-Semitic purge.
His recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night was awarded Orphée d'Or by the French Académie du Disque Lyrique.
In 2002-2003 the Swiss label Relief published a series "Anni in Concordia 1974-1999", primarily reissues of Melodiya recordings, in tribute to Fedoseyev's work with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. This series notably featured Cyrillic librettos to operas otherwise little known in the West.