Liudmila KONOVALOVA

Principal dancer, VIENNA STATE BALLET

Liudmila was born in Moscow (Russia). She graduated from Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and joined the Russian State Ballet in 2002. In 2004 she was appointed First Soloist. In 2007 she joined the StaatsBallett Berlin and was appointed Soloist in 2009. In 2010 she joined the Wiener StaatsBallett as a Soloist. In 2011 she was appointed First Soloist (world known as Principal).

AWARDS AND HONOURS:
1st Place: ÖTR-Contest in Vienna as well as in the Ballet Competition "Premio Roma" (2007).
International Ballet Competition KIBC in Seoul, Special Price from the Serge Lifar Ballet Competition in Kiev (2006).
"Young Russian Ballet" in Krasnodar (2004).

AS GUEST DANCER she appears in many European Countries and overseas:
During the season 2014-2015 she appeared as a guest soloist in Vicenza, at the Nurejew Festivals in Ufa and Kasan, in "Swan Lake" at the Opéra National de Bordeaux (five performances), at the World Ballet Festival in Tokio (August 2015) and at the Kremlin Palac Moscow (21th September 2015).
In March 2016 (London Coliseum) she had the honour to take part in the Ave Maya Gala in memory of Maya Plisetskaya.
In 2017 she participated in the Golden Celebration of Dance Gala in Auditorium theatre in Chicago. 


 

Maestro Valery PLATONOV

Conductor, PERM OPERA BALLET THEATRE

  

Conductor for ballets and dance performances, symphonic concerts.
Honored Artist of Russia. People’s Artist of Bashkiria.
Winner of National Theatre Prize “Golden Mask” for best conducting of the Alexander Tchaikovsky’s opera “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”, 2010.
Two-time winner prize of the Perm Region Government for culture and arts.

 

Valery Platonov was born in the city of Beloretsk in the Republic of Bashkortostan. He graduated from the Ufa State Institute of the Arts in 1977 (class of Mikhail Golubitsky) and from the Ural State Conservatory in 1987 (class of Mark Paverman). He began his career at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1981. From 1991 until 2001, he was Principal Conductor at the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2001, he returned to work in Perm.

He has been the Musical Director of international festivals such as Diaghilev Seasons: Perm – Petersburg – Paris (2003–2011), Feodor Chaliapin Evenings in Ufa city, and the Rudolf Nureyev International Festival of Classical Ballet in Kazan (1991–2001).

The conductor’s repertoire encompasses works from various periods and styles: from classical to contemporary, from widely known compositions by Mozart and Shostakovich to rarely performed operas by Monteverdi and Georg von Albrecht. Platonov conducted the first Russian performances of Massenet’s operas "Cléopâtre" (2001) and "Cendrillon" (or "The Tale of Cinderella") in 2007, Shchedrin’s "Lolita" (2003), and Monteverdi’s "Orfeo" (2007). He also conducted the première of the ballet "Medea" in 2009, music by Maurice Ravel. These productions all featured at the Perm State Opera.

Maestro Platonov has conducted leading Russian and European orchestras: the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres. He has conducted orchestras from Germany, Ireland, the USA, Ukraine, and Belarus. He has worked with stars of the opera world such as Irina Arkhipova, Maria Biesu, Vladimir Minin, Vladislav Piavko, Hibla Gerzmava and Ildar Abdrazakov.

In January 18th, 2008 Valery Platonov performed at Carnegie Hall with the Perm Opera Ballet orchestra.

In 2017 Maestro Platonov conducted with great success the orchestra of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Place des Arts in Montreal with an audience of more than 17,000 people.