Andrey Boreyko

Andrey Boreyko

Conductor

• Born 1957

Biography

Conductor Andrey Boreyko has been a consistent presence on both the European and the North American conducting scenes since winning major international competitions in the late 1980s. He was named the artistic director and music director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.

Boreyko was born in Leningrad in the Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia) on July 22, 1957. Boreyko attended the city's Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, studying conducting with Elisabeta Kudriavtseva and Alexander Dmitriev. In the late 1980s, he won prizes in conducting competitions beyond the Soviet Union: at the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice, Poland, in 1987, and the 1989 Kirill Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in Amsterdam. He became an early member of the wave of Russian conductors who began working in the West, and in 1998, he began a five-year stint as music director of the Jena Philharmonic in Germany. He moved to the Hamburg Symphony in 2004 and has held positions with various other orchestras, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada, where he received high marks for shepherding the group through a difficult financial period in the early 2000s. Boreyko was the principal conductor of the Bern Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2010, general music director of the Düsseldorf Symphony from 2009 to 2014, and music director of the National Orchestra of Belgium from 2012 to 2017. He ascended the podium at the Naples Philharmonic in Florida in 2014, and in 2018, he was named conductor designate of the Warsaw Philharmonic, effective in 2019.

Boreyko has made recordings with various orchestras, not always those where he held official positions. He led the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in a recording of Ernest Bloch's Three Jewish Poems for orchestra on the BIS label in 2002. He has since recorded for Hänssler Classic, Oehms, ECM, Nonesuch, and other labels, often leading performances of Russian music. In 2020, Boreyko returned to BIS jointly with other conductors on a Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra recording of music by composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas.

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