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Music Director: Orchestre National de Belgique
Music Director Designate: Naples Philharmonic
Music Director: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
Principal Guest Conductor: Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi


Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko is one of the most exciting and dynamic conductors to emerge from Eastern Europe in recent years. He is currently Music Director of the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi in San Sebastian.  Additionally, he becomes Music Director of Florida’s Naples Philharmonic in 2014/15.

As a guest conductor, Boreyko has worked with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Filharmonica della Scala, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, and most recently The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights of the coming seasons include engagements with the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto, St Louis, Houston Symphony, and London Philharmonic orchestras. Further ahead he will work with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, San Francisco Symphony and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

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"Boreykos approach is a success in every respect. Magnificent the first movement, above all. He manages to shape the extreme crescendi and diminuendi in the most captivating way. Stunning, how cautiously he forms the dotted ascending and descending intervals of the introduction, where so many others get into straining after effect - here the starting point for a genuine profound experience." (Klassik.com, August 2014)

"This was a memorable concert, which gained more and more power and class, finally culminating in a brilliant interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony."  (Wolfram Goertz, Rheinische Post, March 2014)

"Andrey Boreyko’s stock is evidently riding high at the New York Philharmonic. And he came with good ideas about repertory, drawing heavily on the heady period when late Romanticism was giving way to early modernism. [...] “The Mermaid” is a lush example of supersaturated late Romanticism, rich and vibrant, and the orchestra played it robustly yet with considerable polish, as it did everything under Mr. Boreyko."  (James R. Oestreich, The New York Times, January 2014)

"The fragmentation of the work [Lutosławski’s Symphonic Variations] was overcome by a single line of development… brilliantly mastered by Boreyko, who managed to assemble the variations into one entity." (Vladimir Oyvin, NEWSmuz.com, September 2013)

"The SWR Symphony Orchestra plays absolutely flawlessly, with utmost, almost frightening perfection. Many conductors tend to work with scrupulous precision, polishing up all the corners and edges in Shostakovich's music. Thank goodness this doesn't happen with Boreyko. The top level technique and focus with which he leads the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra deserves deep respect. This is a recording of highest calibre and definitely one of the best readings of the two symphonies that I have heard recently. In fact, I would place the CD among the cycles of Barshai and Haitink, which might remain unrivalled, but find in Boreyko a contender who has what it takes to join the ranks of the very great. Since the fabulously subtle, brilliant and simply pleasant sound of the recording is the best that I encountered in this year, this CD is definitely on our "shortlist" as CD of the year. Awesome!” (Rainer Aschemeier, The Listener, August 2013)

“Boreyko.... brought a strong but never flashy presence and a clear and authentic musical vision to the podium. The second half of the programme was a beautifully idiomatic reading of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor. Boreyko and the orchestra were perfectly in tune with its vision in every way. The strings played with burnished sound; the woodwinds were in uniformly good voice, and the brass made the most of the opportunities the composer had provided them. It is to be hoped that Boreyko returns next season.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 2012)

"Mr. Boreyko conducted an arresting and dramatically hued interpretation [of Brahms’ Symphony No.1].  The bittersweet melodies unfolded with soulful élan; the brass chorales in the finale sounded strong and clear." (Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times, on Andrey Boreyko’s concert with New York Philharmonic, July 2012)

"The Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the conductor Andrey Boreyko overwhelmed with the most thrilling interpretation of the last two movements of Shostakovich's first Symphony, expressing the 20th Century's apocalyptic atmosphere, allowing the plaintive melodies to break through the steely outer shell of the music that burned and fizzed with concentrated energy." (Neue Musikzeitung, March 2011)

"Here was a performance defined by its architecture. No measure did Boreyko take for granted. Rather, he endowed each bar with identity and purpose, like a puzzle-master keeping one eye on details and the other on the emerging image....Yielding to exuberance in the final Allegro, Boreyko and the orchestra hit on a sort of articulate joy wherein technical brilliance only served to heighten the already festive atmosphere. Prokofiev himself couldn't have asked for a livelier reading." (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, February 2011)