conductor & piano
Recognized as one of today’s most gifted artists, Ignat Solzhenitsyn enjoys an active career as both conductor and pianist. Maintaining his position as principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, he is also conductor emeritus of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia after a six-year tenure as their music director.
Most recently, Solzhenitsyn conducted the Fort Worth, Utah and Bolshoi symphonies and the Slovenian and Yekaterinburg philharmonics. Past seasons include appearances with the Cincinnati, Toronto and Elgin symphonies. After successful conducting debuts with both the Bolshoi Orchestra and the Mariinsky Opera’s much-anticipated revival of Lady Macbeth, Solzhenitsyn is also regularly reengaged with the Mariinsky Orchestra. Upon Valery Gergiev’s request, he guest conducted the Mariinsky on both their 2013 and 2015 North American tours.
As a guest conductor, Solzhenitsyn has led the St. Petersburg and Moscow philharmonics, the Moscow and Czech National symphonies and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. In North America, he is engaged by the orchestras of Baltimore, Dallas, Fort Worth, Toronto, Nashville, North Carolina, Phoenix and Toledo. He has partnered with world-renowned soloists and conductors including Richard Goode, Steven Isserlis, Leila Josefowicz, Garrick Ohlsson, Mitsuko Uchida, Mstislav Rostropovich, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, André Previn, Gerard Schwarz, Yuri Temirkanov and Maxim Shostakovich.
As a concert pianist, Solzhenitsyn gives recitals in such major musical centers as London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney and performs frequently with the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Montreal, Toronto, London, Paris, Israel and Sydney. In December of 2014 he released a live album of Prokofiev’s complete “War” Sonatas.
A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Solzhenitsyn serves on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. He has been featured on radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. Born in Moscow, Solzhenitsyn now resides in New York City with his wife and three children.