“The discovery of the festival was Vladimir Fanshil, under whose leadership the State Hermitage Orchestra presented a convincing programme (...) Fanshil felt at ease in this modern music programme. His charming wit and fine sense of humour ensured a firecracker of an ending to the festival.”
Behind Vladimir Fanshil’s music-making lies a deep artistic hinterland. The Australian conductor, a published poet, skilled linguist and fine pianist, has an ear for the finest tonal details and a heart open to every nuance of emotion. His compelling artistry stands on foundations securely built upon studies at the St Petersburg Conservatory and the experience of a four-year term as assistant to Iván Fischer in Budapest and Berlin.
Fanshil’s approach to programming is informed by innovation, imagination and a determination to liberate classical music from audience-limiting conventions. His 2016-17 season saw a series of landmark debuts, including concerts with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and Konzerthausorchester Berlin, a critically acclaimed account of Prokofiev’s Symphony No.7 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and his first appearance at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall with the Mariinsky Orchestra and pianist Alexei Volodin.