Career in Europe
From 1989 to 1998, Bychkov was music director of the Orchestre de Paris. He became Principal Guest Conductor of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990, Principal Guest Conductor of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 1992, Chief Conductor of Dresden's Semperoper in 1998 and chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne in 1997. He remained in Cologne until 2010, during which time he made a series of recordings including Brahms Symphonies No. 1-4, Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11, Mahler Symphony No. 3, Rachmaninov The Bells and Symphonic Dances, Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben and Ein Alpensinfonie, Verdi's Requiem, as well as Richard Strauss' Elektra and Daphne and Wagner's Lohengrin which won BBC Music Magazine's Record of the Year 2010.
Bychkov made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2003 with a new production of Elektra and returned later that year to conduct Boris Godunov. He conducted Queen of Spades (2006), Lohengrin (2009), Don Carlos (2009), Tannhäuser (2010) and La bohème at Covent Garden, and Boris Godunov (2004) and Otello (2007) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In Italy, Bychkov conducted Tosca (1996) and Elektra at La Scala, Milan; a new production of Don Carlo in Torino (2006); and numerous productions at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, including award-winning productions of Jenůfa (1993), Schubert's Fierrabras (1995) and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1997). Bychkov made his Paris Opera debut with Ballo in maschera (2007) and returned to conduct Tristan und Isolde (2009); and in Vienna he has conducted Elektra (2000), Tristan und Isolde (2001), Daphne (2003) and Lohengrin (2005), as well as Der Rosenkavalier (2005) at the Salzburg Festival.
2012 marks Bychkov’s 60th year which he will celebrate with performances with the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna and Tel Aviv. In 2012, he assumed the newly-created Günter Wand Conducting Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. During 2012-13 he will also conduct Verdi’s Otello at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Japan, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony.
Semyon Bychkov holds the Otto Klemperer Chair of Conducting Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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