The Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Principal Conductor: Mark Gorenstein

Soloist: Gregory Konson, violin



Mark Gorenstein is one of the most brilliant conductors whom I was happy to come across
during my long life.
He is working wonders with his orchestra.

Ferenz Farkas, Hungarian composer

Mark Gorenstein
studied violin from the age of six in the famous Odessa Music School named after Prof. Stoliarski. While still a student at the Kishinev Conservatory, he was named concertmaster of the city's symphony orhestra. For several years, he worked as a Violinist in the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR, where he also performed from time to time as concertmaster. Later he began studying conducting at the Novosibirsk Conservatory, and, while still a student, won a prize at the conductors' competition of Russia.

Having worked with Moscow's top orchestras as a Violinist, he began conducting in the mid-70s, and ever since has been celebrated by audience and hailed by musicians and critics alike for his brilliant performance, depth and innovativeness of interpretation, and suggestiveness of personality.

In 1985, he was appointed Principal Conductor of Budapest's MAV Symphony Orchestra, which critics say he developed into one of the major Orchestras in Hungary. His range of duties with this ensemble included more than 100 concerts over three seasons in Budapest. With hisorchestra, he performed at such events as the Budapest Spring Festival and was founder of the now traditional New Year concerts in Budapest.

In 1989 he was appointed as Ärtistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Pusan City Symphony Orchestra (South Korea). Critics enthuse that under his baton, the orchestra became the best ensemble in the country. In 1993 being head of the Russian Symphony Orchestra, Gorenstein, by artistic reasons, had to change practically all the musicians in the orchestra and invite very young musicians from different cities of Russia and CIS. A combination of tireless work and great artistic talent very soon brought the results, Russian Symphony Orchestra had its face, its audience and its space in the musical life of this country. High professionalism of the orchestra could be proven by the release of 18 discs from different record companies both in Russia and abroad. Mark Gorenstein has again recommended himself as abrilliant teacher, educator, strong organizer and immensely talented musician, whose ear permits neither Intonation errors nor sound misbalance.

In 2002 Mark Gorenstein accepted the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the leading Russian Orchestra - State Academic Symphony Orchestra (formerly - State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR / Maestro Svetlanov). And already in autumn 2002 the orchestra went on tour to Italy with the final concert in the summer residence of the Pope, Castel Gandolfo, at the Vatican with Roberto Alagnia and Angela Gheorghiu as soloists.

Mark Gorenstein has collaborated with such world famous soloists as: violinists Viktor Tretyakov, Vadim Repin, Yuliy Rakhlin, Maxim Fedotov, Sergei Stadier, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Liana Isakadze, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Ilya Grubert, cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, Antonio Meneses, Gustav Rivinius, Alexander Knyazev, Alexander Rudin, pianists Nikolai Petrov, Eliso Virsaladze, Denis Matsuev, Nikolai Lugansky, Vadim Rudenko, Konstantin Livshits, Zoltan Kocsis, Dmitry Bashkirov, Barry Douglas, Pietro de Maria, Gustavo Romero, Lazar Berman, Boris Berezovsky, Dmitry Alexeev, Ayako Uehara, Boris Bloch, clarinetists Paul Meyer, Yulian Milkis, singers Elena Obraztsova, Roberto Alagnia, Angela Gheorghiu, Kathleen Battle.

He performed as guest conductor with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the USSR, the Leningrad Philharmonie Orchestra, the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonie Orchestra, the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonie Orchestra to name but a few.

The list of countries he has performed in includes Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Japan, and South Korea

Gregory Konson is well nown in Russia as a violinist-virtuoso and singer. He was born in 1983 in family of professional musicians in a town Klin some 50 miles out of Moscow (P.Tchaikovsky spent here last years of his life).

G. Konson began to perform, when he was a child of 4 years and from 9 his performances have been activity and permanent. He performed in different cities of Russia and abroad. He played 3 tours in USA , in Cultural program of The Olympic Games in Atlanta , in Washington and Philadelphia . He played 3 tours in Great Britain , in St. James's Palace ( Prince M. Of Kent was among the audience ), in Sydmonton Concert Hall (by personal invitation to International festival of composer A.L.Webber). He played 8 tours in France , including international festivals in Paris , Colmar , Tour ( art. director Yuri Bashmet ), 2 tours in South Korea . He performed in Grand Throne-room of King's Palace in Stockholm and in many towns of Spain , Hungary , Monaco , Japan . He appeared as soloist with a chamber and symphony orchestras under conducting Y. Bashmet, K. Krimets, K. Orbelian (USA), L.Petyzerar ( France ). Gregory performed in programs TV of Russia, Spain , USA , Gt. Britain , France , South Korea .

The name of the violinist Gregory Konson has been entered in Golden Book of Young Talents of Russia “XX – to XXI”.


The first teacher of Gregory was his father, Rafael Konson - violinist and painter.

1997 – he went to the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnesins in Moscow (class of prof. O.Vilkomirskaya ),

2000 – he began meister- college by prof. Z. Bron2002 - he graduated in Gnesins Academy with success and went to the post-graduated in Academy.2001 he is in a class of solo singing of prof. Zara Dolukhanova



Gregory Konson



Mr. Konson is prizewinner of:

+The National Violin Competition in Klin named P. Tchaikovsky (1989),

+The International Violin Competition in Ekaterinburg (1993),

+The International Competition “Classic stars” in Paris (Channel TV France-2, 1995 ),

+The International All Russian Violin Competition in Moscow ( 2000, chairman – prof. Z. Bron ),

Two special prizes:

“for virtuoso playing” in Moscow in 2000,

“Super-virtuoso” in Moscow in 1994.