Guest Artists 2018

Alan Buribayev


Alan Buribayev is Chief Conductor of the Astana Opera House and Principal Guest conductor of the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra in Osaka.

Highly acclaimed for his intensity and spontaneity, his precision and musicianship is equally praised, and his success brings him regular invitations to guest conduct at the highest level.  Recent and future highlights include engagements with the NHK Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Basel Symphony, Stavanger Symphony and Ulster Orchestras, as well as performances with the St. Gallen Symphony, Kyushu Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra and Deutsche Symphony Orchester in Berlin.

Previous collaborations have included Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, DSO Berlin, Tonkünstler Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Düsseldorf, City of Birmingham and Gothenburg Symphony orchestras, London and Dresden Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. 

Alan has also conducted a production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades at the Opéra National de Lyon.  Elsewhere he has worked with the Baltimore and Oregon Symphony orchestras and Melbourne Symphony.  He also maintains a strong name in Japan having conducted most of the country’s major orchestras.  His debut with the Bolshoi Orchestra on tour in the UK resulted in an immediate invitation to conduct Prokofiev’s Love of Three Oranges in December 2011 and has worked with them on a regular basis, including a tour to Germany, Austria and Switzerland in April 2014.

From 2010 to 2016 Alan was Chief Conductor of the RTE Orchestra, and prior to that he was Chief Conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 201 and from 2007 to 2012 he was also Chief Conductor of the Brabants Orchestra in the Netherlands. His first roles were as Chief Conductor and Astana Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Meiningen Theatre, where he gained extensive operatic experience, with productions including Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Mozart’s Idomeneo and Le nozze di Figaro, Janacek’s Jenufa, Weber’s Der Freischütz and Strauss’s Salome.

Alan Buribayev was born in 1979 to a family of musicians; his father is a cellist and conductor and his mother is a pianist.  He graduated with honours from the Kazakh State Conservatory as both violinist and conductor, and continued his conducting studies at the University of Music in Vienna with Professor Uros Lajovic.  His victory at the Lovro von Matacic Conducting Competition in Zagreb brought him to international attention and this success led to invitations from several European orchestras.  In 2001, he reached the final of the Malko Conducting Competition in Copenhagen in which, where no first prize was awarded, he was awarded a Special Prize, which recognized his “outstanding talent and promise”.  Alan Buribayev went on to win First Prize in the Antonio Pedrotti Competition in 2001.




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