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Alexander Anissimov graduated from Leningrad and Moscow conservatories. He began his professional career in 1975 in the Leningrad Academic Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 1980 he became principal conductor of the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus in Minsk, where he worked for more than 20 years. 

During this period Maestro Anissimov fulfilled several projects which were significant milestones both in the cultural life of the collective and in his own artistic career: the first performance in the USSR of “Maddalena” by Prokofiev, the first performance of “Master and Margarita” by Glebov and “New Land” by Semenyako, and the first performance of “King Stakh’s Wild Hunting” by Soltan, for which he was awarded the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus. Led by Maestro Anissimov the orchestra of the theatre went on tour abroad for the first time in 1995. After this debut the orchestra has regularly performed Belarusian music arts in many countries in Europe, America and Asia

In 2001 the Belarusian Ministry of Culture appointed Alexander Anissimov the Principal conductor of the Belarusian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Under his baton the orchestra and the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society have developed new ways to bring music to audiences. These have included symphonic cycles such as “Living Classics”, “The Land of Symphony”, “Revival of Classics”, “Spring of Victory”,  regular concert tours of the orchestra throughout the country and recordings of Belarusian symphony music. Many famous musicians from all over the world come to perform with the orchestra. 

Maestro Anissimov regularly acts as a jury member and conductor at international competitions, including those named after P.Tchaikovsky, Glinka, G.Otts, and F.Shalyapin. He also often takes part in the festivals “Irina Arkhipova invites”, “Mariya Bieshu sings”,  and “White Nights’ Stars”. 

Alexander Anissimov had the honour of conduct the charitable Gala-concert in Dublin dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl Tragedy. He also took part in the project “Chernobyl after 20 years” in Minsk  in 2006. 

Maestro Anissimov has been awarded several state awards and honours for his many years of creative activity, abroad and in Belarus. These include: 

1985 – The Honourable Diploma of the Supreme Soviet of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic,

1996 – Laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus,

1997 – Francysk Skorina Medal (Belarus),

In 1993 the Orchestra of St. Cecilia in Rome presented him with the conductor’s  baton of Leonard Bernstein,

1995 – Moscow newspaper “Music Elite” called him “Conductor of the Year”,

In 2001 Maestro Anissimov received the degree of Doctor of Philosopy honoris causa from the National University of Ireland for his services to music in Ireland.

2002 – Maestro Anissimov was invited to take the position of Honorary President of the Wagner Society of Ireland.

2005 – He became a Laureate of the Russian National Theatre Prize “Gold Mask”,

2006 – He was awarded Gold Medal of The People’s Artist of the USSR by the I. Arkhipova Fund. 

Alexander Anissimov continues to tour a great deal presenting Belarusian music and art all over the world. Highlights of his work abroad include symphonic programmes in Paris, London, Vilnius, Boston and Chicago. He conducted “Boris Godunov” in Berlin, “Prince Igor” in Houston, Texas and Marseilles, “War and Peace” in San Francisco, “Don Carlos” in Genoa, “Madama Butterfly” at the Mariinski Theatr (in St Petersburg, “Eugene Onegin” at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.  9 with the Metropolitan Orchestra of Tokyo

Maestro Anissimov’s CD recordings include symphonic and ballet music by Glazunov, all the symphonies by Rachmaninov, including the Choral Symphony “The Bells” with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the 10th Symphony of Shostakovich with the  Australian Youth Orchestra under the MELBA label. His recent recording of Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” recorded in Teatro Liceu (Barcelona) and released by EMI on DVD has received international acclaim.