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principal conductor of Studio for New Music ensemble
Honoured Artist of Russia
professor of The Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Igor Dronov was born in Moscow. In 1992 he graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied under Professor Boris Tevlin (Choral Conducting) and Professor Dmitri Kitayenko (Opera and Orchestral Conducting). He has participated in master classes given by Sir Georg Solti and Pierre Boulez.
Since 1991, Dronov has been conducting at the Bolshoi Theater, where his repertoire has included operas such as Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", Gounod's "Faust", Verdi's "Il Tovatore" and "La Traviata" Rachmaninov's "Aleko" and "The Covetous Knight", Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Leonid Desyatnikov's "The Children of Rosenthal".
From 2004–2007, Dronov was the musical director of a large number of musical productions, including: an evening of one-act ballets "Chamber N.6" to the music of Arvo Part, "Magrittomania" by Yuri Krasavin, "Lea", to the music of Leonard Bernstein (2004); John Neumeier's ballet "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the music of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Gyorgy Ligeti and traditional mechanical music (2005); George Balanchine's ballets "Serenade" to the music of P.I.Tchaikovsky, Christopher Wheeldon's ballet "Miserecordes" on the music of Symphony No.3 by Arvo Part (world première, 2006), Flemming Flindt's ballet "The Lesson" to the music of Georges Delerue (2007).
Dronov also performs with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater in orchestral concert programs. He has also frequently appeared as a guest conductor with other well-known music ensembles and orchestras, including the "Russian National Orchestra", and the "Ensemble Modern" (Germany), to name but two.
Since 1993, Dronov has been the chief conductor of the "Studio for New Music" ensemble, with which he has conducted over 500 compositions by 20th century composers, including dozens of world premières. He has also been the chief conductor of the "Moscow Forum" contemporary music festival since its creation in 1994. Finally, since 1994, he has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the youth chamber ensemble "Premiera".
Since 1992, Dronov has been teaching at the Moscow Conservatory, within its Department of Opera and Orchestral Conducting. In 2002, he was named Professor.
Dronov has recorded a series of compact discs of contemporary music, both Russian and non-Russian. He frequently tours the countries of Europe and Asia, as well as the USA.