The Russian-born American conductor Yakov Kreizberg currently holds the posts of Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestras, and Principal Guest Conductor to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He relinquished the post of Generalmusikdirector of the Komische Oper Berlin at the end of the 2000/01 season, and from 1995 to 2000 was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Both positions attracted much international critical acclaim.
Yakov Kreizberg's career has taken on international breadth with a wide range of engagements as guest conductor with orchestras in Europe and elsewhere, including the Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, WDR Köln, NDR Hamburg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden and London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, NHK Symphony and he has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms. During this season Mr Kreizberg will tour Germany with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra on an extensive tour of Japan.
Yakov Kreizberg's list of North American engagements is impressive and guest conducting engagements include Philhadelphia Orchestra (with whom he toured the Americas in 2003), Pittsburgh, Dallas, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, St Louis, Boston, Washington National, Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.
As well as having recorded for Decca and Oehms Classics, Yakov Kreizberg's collaboration with Pentatone Classics and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been extremely successful. Their third release, Wagner's Preludes and Overtures, is available from August 2004 and will be followed by Beethoven and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerti (Vesko Eschkenazy) in November 2004. Additionally with Pentatone Classics, Mr Kreizberg has recorded a disc with Julia Fischer and the Russian National Orchestra which is also available from August 2004, and there are future discs planned with Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Mr Kreizberg established a fine reputation at the Komische Oper in a wide variety of repertoire including Berthold Goldschmidt's Der gewaltige Hahnrei, Verdi's La Traviata, Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Beethoven's Fidelio, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and König Hirsch by Hans Werner Henze.
Elsewhere, Yakov Kreizberg has conducted for Canadian Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and English National Opera. His outstanding debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera when he conducted Jenufa received great critical acclaim – “one of the most sensational debuts here in living memory” said The Sunday Times – and led to a re-invitation for the 1995 Glyndebourne Festival to conduct Don Giovanni and a return in Summer 1998 to conduct Katya Kabanová. Last season Mr Kreizberg conducted Iolanthe with Netherlands Opera, Weill's Der Protagonist and Royal Palace with Vienna Symphony Orchestra as part of the Bregenz Festival, and in 2006 will conduct a production of Macbeth at the Royal Opera House.
Born in St Petersburg, Yakov Kreizberg started taking piano lessons at the age of five. He studied conducting privately with Ilya A. Musin, (the renowned Professor of Conducting from the St. Petersburg Conservatory) before emigrating to the United States in 1976. There he was awarded conducting fellowships at Tanglewood with Bernstein, Ozawa and Leinsdorf, and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Rapidly establishing a strong reputation in the United States, Mr Kreizberg won the Eugene Ormandy prize from the University of Michigan and in 1986 was awarded first prize in the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York. From 1985 to 1988 he was Music Director of Mannes College Orchestra in New York, and from 1988 to 1994 held a highly successful tenure as General Music Director of Krefeld / Mönchengladbach Opera House and the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker.