Master class of Professor Yuri Ivanovich Simonov
On 17th April an outstanding conductor, teacher and Professor Yuri Simonov held a master class to the symphony orchestra of the Saratov Conservatoire. It was the fourth master class of Maestro in Saratov. This time he rehearsed with the students’ orchestra the 88th symphony of J. Haydn.
Yuri Ivanovich was born in Saratov. At the age of 7 he entered the local central music school, and at 15 he became an assistant to Dmitry Rumshevich, the Head of the ten-year music school at Leningrad Conservatoire. After leaving the school, Yuri Simonov entered Yuri Kramarov's viola class and Nikolai Rabinovich's conducting class of the conservatoire. At the age of 26 he became the chief conductor of the Kislovodsk Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1998 Yuri Simonov has been the artistic director and chief conductor of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his direction the orchestra has played more than two hundred programs in Moscow and all over Russia, as well as in the United States, Britain, Germany, Spain, China, South Korea, Japan and other countries.
The conductor has special links with Saratov conservatoire. The conductor's debut of Yuri Simonov took place in the Great Hall of the Saratov Conservatoire. On 12th January, 1953 he conducted the Symphony No. 40 of W. Mozart with the school symphony orchestra. In April 2017, Yuri Simonov was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of Saratov Conservatoire.
During the master class Yuri Ivanovich spoke about problems of performing art, the role of a musician in the orchestra and shared his conducting experience with the students of the Conservatoire focusing on technical aspects of performance. The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. With good humor Yury Simonov spoke about the difficulties of conductor’s profession addressing not only to the orchestra members, but to the audience as well. At the end of the event, the Rector A.G. Zanorin and Professor N.N. Vladimirtseva thanked the musician on behalf of Saratov Conservatoire and gave him memorable gifts.