Vladimir Ponkin

Vladimir Ponkin was born in Irkutsk, graduated from the M. Gorky Conservatory, the Moscow Conservatory with a specialization in “Opera and Symphonic Conducting” and completed the traineeship (training course of Professor G. Rozhdestvensky). Ponkin was the First Prize winner at the 5th Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition in London (1980), twice winner of “The Golden Mask” National Theatre Award (2001, 2003), was awarded the Medal For Culture Merits (1996), Second Class Medal For Merits in the Kuban Region Development (2001), First Class Cross “Defender of the Motherland” (2005), Order “For Service to Russia” (2006), First Class Order “For Love and Fidelity to the Motherland” (2006), Order of Friendship (2012). Vladimir Ponkin is a People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (2002). In 1980 Ponkin worked in the Boris Pokrovsky Chamber Musical Theater, gave concerts with the philharmonic orchestras of Riga, Alma-Ata, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Omsk, and Tomsk, conducted the State Cinema Committee Symphonic Orchestra, the Yaroslavl Philharmonia Orchestra. In early — 1990s he was the Chief Conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland). Vladimir Ponkin has been the Art Director and the Chief Conductor of the State Symphonic Orchestra of the Moscow State Academic Philharmonia since 1990, and Music Director of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre since 1996. In 2002 Ponkin became the Chief Conductor of the “Helikon-Opera” theatre. He also worked as the Chief Conductor of the Vishnevskaya Opera Singing Center (2002–2006) and the Kuban Symphonic Orchestra. As a guest conductor he gave concerts with the BBC Symphonic Orchestra (Great Britain), Swedish Radio Symphonic Orchestra (Sweden), the Guido Cantelli Milano Symphonic Orchestra, the Bergamo Orchestra (Italy), and the Jena Symphonic Orchestra (Germany).

Since 2004 Vladimir Ponkin has been a professor of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He is also a Chairperson of the Opera and Symphonic Conducting Department of the Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov State Musical Pedagogical Institute, chairs the panel of judges for the Ilya Musin All-Russian Competition of Young Conductors.

Vladimir Ponkin's website  www.vladimir-ponkin.ru http://www.vladimir-ponkin.ru/

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