Alan Buribayev RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor
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Kazakh conductor Alan Buribayev began his tenure as the Principal Conductor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in September 2007, and took up the role of Chief Conductor of Brabants Orchestra in the Netherlands in September 2008 . Both orchestras invited Alan to take up a role within their organisation after just one day of rehearsal - a true testament to his wonderful musicianship and communication skills.
Previously Alan Buribayev was Generalmusikdirektor of the Meiningen Theatre in Germany. His tenure in Meiningen began in September 2004 and ran until summer 2007. His productions have included Offenbach: Tales of Hoffman, Mozart: Idomeneo and Marriage of Figaro, Janacek: Jenufa, Weber: Der Freischutz and Strauss: Salome, and he also conducted six symphonic programmes per season. Productions in the past season included Max von Schillings Mona Lisa, Verdi Trovatore and Wagner The Flying Dutchman.
This season Alan has returned to conduct the Oslo Philharmonic and NDR Hamburg Symphony Orchestras and made highly successful debuts with the Berne Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic and KBS Orchestra in Seoul, and toured the Czech Republic with the Norrkoping Symphony. Upcoming highlights include debuts with the Tokyo Symphony and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, multiple projects with the Winterthur Orchestra and a tour of Italy with the Stuttgart Philharmonic.
Alan Buribayev works regularly with major orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi Milan, Bournemouth Symphony and Trondheim Symphony . Other orchestras he has worked with include the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Nuremberg Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Oregon Symphony, DSO Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Lucerne Symphony, Osaka Century Orchchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Kyushu Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Bretagne, St Petersburg Philharmonic, NDR Symphony-Hamburg, Stuttgart Philarmonic and Sendai Philharmonic. He also conducted a production of Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades at the Opéra National de Lyon.
Alan stepped down from his role as Principal Conductor of the Astana Symphony Orchestra in 2006, a group that he worked with extensively. He succeeded in bringing the group to a much higher level, and brought them to perform in Berlin to great acclaim.
Alan Buribayev was born in 1979 to a family of musicians; his father is a cellist and conductor and his mother is a pianist. He graduated with honours from the Kazakh State Conservatory as both violinist and conductor, and continued his conducting studies at the University of Music, Vienna with Professor Uros Lajovic.
His victory at the Lovro von Matacic Conducting Competition in Zagreb brought him to international attention and this success led to invitations from several European orchestras. In 2001, he reached the final of the Malko Conducting Competition in Copenhagen in which, where no first prize was awarded, he was awarded a Special Prize, which recognized his "outstanding talent and promise". Alan Buribayev went on to win First Prize in the Antonio Pedrotti Competition in 2001.