Igor Dronov

Honoured Artist of Russia

Igor Dronov was born in Moscow. In 1992 he graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with prof. Boris Tevlin (Choral Conducting) and prof. Dmitri Kitayenko (Opera and Orchestral Conducting). He took part in master classes of Sir Georg Solti and Pierre Boulez.

Since 1991 he has conducted at the Bolshoi Theater, where his repertoire included such operas as Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", Gounod's "Faust", Verdi's "Il Tovatore" and "La Traviata" Rachmaninov's "Aleko" and "The Covetous Knight", Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Leonid Desyatnikov's "The Children of Rosenthal".

In 2004-2015 he became the musical director of several productions: the evening of one-act ballets "Chamber N.6" to the music of Arvo Pärt, "Magrittomania" by Yuri Krasavin and "Lea" to the music of Leonard Bernstein (2004); J. Neumeier’s ballet "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the music of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Gyorgy Ligeti and traditional mechanical music (2005); G.Balanchine’s ballets “Serenade” to the music of P.Tchaikovsky, Ch.Wheeldon’s ballet “Miserecordes” on music of Simphony #3 by Arvo Pärt (world premiere, 2006), F.Flindt’s ballet “The Lesson” to the music of Georges Delerue (2007), “La fille mal gardee” Y.Grigorovich ballet on music by Peter Ludwig Hertel (2009) , “Russian Seasons” A.Ratmansky ballet on music by L.Desyatnikov, Pétrouchka by Istravinsky (2010), Chroma Wayne McGregor ballet on music by Joby Talbot and Jack White (2011), Cinque Mauro Bigonzetti on music by A.Vivaldi (2011), “Symphony of Psalmus” Jiri Kylian ballet on music by Stravinsky (2011), “The Taming of the Shrew” BALLET of Jean-Christophe Maillot on music by D.Shchostakovich (world premiere 2014), “Hamlet” Declan Donnellan and Radu Poklitaru ballet on music by D.Shchostakovich (world premiere 2015).

He also performs together with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater with orchestral concert programs. He has frequently performed as a guest conductor with numerous well-known music ensembles and orchestras, including the Russian National Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern (Germany) and numerous others.

Igor Dronov is the chief conductor of the "Studio for New Music" ensemble, with which he has performed over 500 compositions by 20th century composers, including dozens of world premiers. Since the time of the founding of the "Moscow Forum" contemporary music festival Igor Dronov has been the chief conductor of the festival. Since 1994 he has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the youth chamber ensemble "Premiera".

Since 1992 he has taught at Moscow Conservatory at the Department of Opera and Orchestral Conducting (since 2002 he has been a professor).

He has recorded a series of compact discs of contemporary music of Russia and other countries. He frequently tours the countries of Europe, USA and Asia.