Peter the Great Music Academy

Alexander Polianichko (Conductor)

  • ► The  Honoured Artist of Russia (2009)
  • ► First Prize Laureate in the Sixth All-Union Conductor’s Competition (1988)
  • ► Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg

Maestro Polyanichko has been a conductor with the Mariinsky Theatre since 1989 and has toured with the company to Europe, Israel, the USA, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. As a guest conductor he has appeared at many renowned opera houses including the Australian Opera, English National Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, Welsh National Opera, the Danish Royal Opera, the Deutsche Oper, the Stuttgart Oper, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Norwegian Royal Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Opéra National de Paris, and with major symphony orchestras including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Colorado and Oregon Symphony Orchestras, ABC (Australia) and BBC Symphony Orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Danish National Radio Orchestra, Odense and Aalborg Symphony Orchestras, English Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestras, Novosibirsk Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Russian National Orchestra, and Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras.

He has served as Principal Conductor of the Rostov Academic Symphony Orchestra, Russia (2012-2015), Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Great Britain, (1997-1999), and Artistic Director of the Byelorussian State Chamber Orchestra, Minsk (1986-1989).



Has taught at the opera and symphony conducting faculty of the Rostov State Conservatoire (2012-2015), Leningrad and Belorussian State Conservatoire (1986-1989), and served on juries of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, Great Britain (2011), and the Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers' Competition, St. Petersburg, Russia (1996),. Together with the Royal Baltic Festival, the Hermitage Academy of Music and Peter the Great Music Academy he regularly gives international master classes in conducting.

Mr. Polyanichko has been featured on the DVD recordings including “Julia & Romeo” by Mats Ek with Royal Swedish Ballet (2013), “Cherevichki/Tsarina’s Slippers” with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London (2009), “Beyond the Score” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2008), on audio recordings on the Melodia label and on live radio broadcasts worldwide.



An Honored Artist of Russia, and formerly a violinist in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly Leningrad Philharmonic) under Evgeny Mravinsky, Maestro Polyanichko graduated with honor from the faculty of opera and symphony conducting of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (1988) and served an assistant to Professor Ilya Musin- an honor given to a highly selected few. He received the First Prize Laureate at the 6th All-Union Conducting Competition.