Valery Gergiev joins Felsner Artists
Valery Gergiev has signed an agreement with Felsner Artists for international representation. Maestro Gergiev, the Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre and Music Director of the Münchner Philharmoniker, retains the firm founded by Marcus Felsner in Munich, at a time of fundamental change for the performing arts, for a specific set of new needs: "Reaching worldwide audiences through new media channels and protecting artists' legacies have become critically important. Marcus' background in law, business administration and the non-profit sector, and his understanding of the arts are a particularly valuable combination," Valery Gergiev commented.
Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre will continue to build the exceptionally close relationships with many of the world's greatest orchestras, festivals and opera houses. Long recognized as one of the leading conductors of our time, Valery Gergiev came to immediate worldwide recognition when, still a conservatory student, he won the Herbert von Karajan Competition in Berlin in 1977 and, as of the 1980s, was quickly invited to conducting débuts at Teatro alla Scala, the Concertgebouw Orkest, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, and many of the leading festivals and orchestras of the world, creating sensation wherever he appeared.
His performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 1988 and 1989, next to those led by Leonard Bernstein and Sergiu Celibidache, were considered major milestones in the festival's history, as were his débuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, which both made him their music director in 1995 and 2007 respectively. Maestro Gergiev also led the way in building a lasting presence for the Mariinsky Theatre in Asia, first leading groundbreaking tours to Japan, and created an especially close following among audiences in the US, with historical tours of opera, ballet and symphonic performances to North America.
As the Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1996, Valery Gergiev has turned the Mariinsky complex into one of the most respected artistic institutions of the world, with a truly global audience, leading digital broadcasting and unparalleled touring activities. The close partnerships formed in three decades with leading presenters, concert halls and festivals on all continents will continue. We are honoured to welcome Maestro Gergiev at Felsner Artists!