Alexander Anissimov

The People’s Artist of Belarus, laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Anissimov is one of the most authoritative musicians of our time. The conductor received recognition both on the opera and philharmonic stage. Several decades of the creative history of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus is asso ciated with the name of maestro Anisimov.

In 1980-84, 1989-2003 Alexander Anisimov was the principal conductor of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus. As a musical director, he has performed a number of significant productions, including Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Mikhail Glinka’s Ivan Susanin, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Sergei Prokofiev’s Maddalena (the first production in the USSR), Eugeny Glebov’s Kurgan and The Master and Margarita, Yury Semenyako’s Novaya zemlya.

Anisimov was the principal conductor of the Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (he was the first who conducted the premiere of The Fiery Angel by Sergei Prokofiev in USSR, 1984), National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Philharmonic Orchestra of Busan (South Korea), Rostov Musical Theatre and Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in different years.

From 2002 to the present he has been the principal conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus.

As a guest conductor, Alexander Anisimov worked at opera houses and concert halls in many cities of the former Soviet Union, including the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Maestro Anisimov conducted performances at the Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Colón in Argetina, State Opera of South Australia, Teatro La Fenice Venezia, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Gran Teatro del Liceo and Puccini Festival in Klagenfurt (Austria.) He works with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Monte Carlo and Rotterdam, Lithuanian and Hungarian National Symphony Orchestras, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Nuremberg's Philharmonic State Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After the concert in Rome the orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia presented Anisimov Leonard Bernstein’s baton.  Maestro constantly works with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. With them he prepared and conducted Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. He also works with the Irish National Opera and Wexford Festival Opera. Alexander is the President of the Wagner Society of Ireland. He is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Music Honoris Causa from the National University of Ireland.

In 2014 Alexander Anisimov was awarded the French order of merit of the highest degree.

Since 2018 Alexander Anisimov has been appointed to the post of conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus and adviser to the general director on the prospects of musical development of the theatre.

National Theatre Prize in the nomination "The Best Conductor’s Work in Musical Production" (Peer Gynt, 2021).