Alexander Vedernikov’s 2013/14 season began with a hugely powerful reading of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion Day at London’s Barbican. John Allison writes in The Telegraph, “Vedernikov’s Rite had powerful individuality. Though not short of virtuosity, which the BBCSO delivered with trademark ease, it stood out for its melancholic tone, with even the big orchestral howls carrying unusual anguish. A characterful conductor, Vedernikov supplied his own wild-man choreography on the podium, very different from Nijinsky’s contribution”.
This season sees Vedernikov conducting concerts on five continents. In the coming months, he will lead the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, RAI Torino and the Orchestre National de Belgique amongst many others. He will also conduct Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City this December.