Gergiev Valery Abisalovich (born in 1953) - is soviet and russian conductor, is  Artistic Director and General Director of the Mariinsky theatre since 1988, principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic orchestra, from 2007 to 2015 he headed the London Symphony orchestra. Dean of the faculty of arts of St. Petersburg state University. Chairman of the all-Russian choral society. Hero Of Labor Of The Russian Federation (2013). People's artist of Russia (1996). Three-time laureate of the state prize of the Russian Federation (1993, 1998, 2016) and the RF Government prize (2015). Honorary Consul of Luxembourg in St. Petersburg. 

 Gergiev's conductor's art is characterized by a bright emotionality and individuality of reading the score. The conductor's extensive discography includes operas, symphonic and concert works. He has made numerous recordings of works by bartók, Borodin, Brahms,  Wagner, Verdi, Debussy, Donizetti, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Shchedrin.

   V.Gergiev is a People's artist of Russia, his musical and social activities have been awarded three state prizes of Russia and many other Russian and foreign awards.

The auditorium of the Mariinsky theatre

Conductor Valery Gergiev

Mariinsky theatre. Saint-Petersburg