Guest Musicians 2016

Alan Buribayev


Alan Buribayev began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin in September 2010.  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.  From the 2014/15 season, he will take up the role of Principal Guest conductor of the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra.

His collaborations have included performances with the Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg, DSO Berlin, Tonkünstler Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Fundación Excelentia in Madrid, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.  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 he now works with them on a regular basis, including a recent tour to Germany, Austria and Switzerland in April 2014.

Recent and future highlights include engagements with the Orchestre National de Belgique, Basel and St. Gallen Symphony orchestras, Ulster Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, as well as performances with the Kyushu Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra and Ural Philharmonic Orchestra.

Alan Buribayev has previously worked with many of Europe’s major orchestras, such as 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 and Ulster Orchestra.  He 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 the Sendai Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra.

From 2004 to 2007 Alan Buribayev was Principal Conductor of the Astana Symphony Orchestra, a group that he worked with extensively.  He succeeded in bringing the group to a very high level, culminating in a greatly acclaimed performance in Berlin.  During his tenure as Music Director of the Meiningen Theatre in the same time period, he enjoyed an 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.  From September 2006 to June 2011 he was Chief Conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, taking the orchestra on highly successful tours to the Czech Republic as well as to Vienna. From season 2007/08 to 2011/12 he was also Chief Conductor of the Brabants Orchestra in the Netherlands.

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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