Stanislav Kochanovsky


Stanislav Kochanovsky was born and studied in St. Petersburg where he was singled out early on in his career as a unique talent and is now considered one of the brightest and most promising young conductors heralding from Russia today. With an in-depth knowledge and experience of a wide range of symphonic and operatic repertoire gleaned during his formative years conducting at the Mikahilovsky Theatre in St Petersburg and as Principle Conductor of the State Safonov Philharmonic Orchestra, Kochanovsky is now receiving attention from orchestras and opera houses around the world.

Stanislav’s highly successful debut with Italy’s Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in 2014 immediately resulted in a return invitation, as did his debut at Opernhaus Zürich where he conducted Pique Dame in 2016 and a new production of Eugen Onegin the following year. Other recent debuts include concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI di Torino, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre National de Lyon, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Malaysian Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Symphony Orchestra. Recent opera engagements have included Iolanta at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Prince Igor at the National Opera Amsterdam and Boris Godunov at the Korean National Opera in Seoul.

After the successful debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in 2018, highlights of the 2018/19 season include debuts with the Orchestre de Paris, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Guerzenich Orchestra, the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic. Kochanovsky is invited back to perform with all the mayor orchestras he already debuted with, including the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Brussels National, the Russian National Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, the Melbourne Symphony, among many others.

After his 2017 debut at Verbier Festival with the production Eugen Onegin, he will return this summer, which marks the 25th anniversary season of the Festival, conducting one concert and the opera Rigoletto.

Stanislav Kochanovsky attended the Glinka Choir School in his home town of St Petersburg before going on to graduate with honours at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, where he studied choral conducting with Prof. Tatiana Khitrova (2004), organ with Prof. Nina Oksentyan (2004) and opera-symphonic conducting with Prof. Alexander Titov (2008).

His collaboration with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg began in 2007 where, from the age of 25, he was given the invaluable opportunity to conduct over 60 opera and ballet performances.

From 2010 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor of the State Safonov Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 2012 has worked in close partnership with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” in Moscow. He also regularly performs with the St. Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya” and Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra. 

Stanislav Kochanovsky lives in St Petersburg with his wife and two children.