The young composer and conductor Anton Lubchenko, born in 1985, is valued by critics all over the world for his extraordinary musicality.
In 2010, at the age of 25 years, Anton Lubchenko became the youngest artistic director and chief conductor in the history of Russia, heading the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Buryatia in Ulan-Ude. In 2013 he was appointed General Director, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the newly built State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladivostok. There, it was his task to create a new symphony orchestra, choir, ballet and ensemble of opera singers.
During his three-year tenure in Vladivostok, Anton Lubchenko staged 15 opera and ballet performances. Thanks to his initiative no less than 9 international festivals were held at the State Primorsky Theatre and he was invited, together with his orchestra and ensemble, to perform in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and the Bruckner Haus in Linz, Austria.
Since 2015, Anton Lubchenko is composer in residence for the annual ball at Dresden’s Semperoper. On the occasion of the premieres of his compositions, he conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden.
Since 2016, he is the official composer for Lenfilm (St. Petersburg), the oldest film studio in Russia. Until now Anton Lubchenko has created the music for 5 feature movies.
From 2017 to September 2020 Anton Lubchenko held the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Sochi Symphony Orchestra. Since January 2021 he is the Artistic Director of the Tsaritsynskaya Opera House in Volgograd.
The list of his other engagements is impressive, and includes the following:
- In 2019 his string sextet op.106 Souvenir de Leonardo accompanied the exhibition “Mona Lisa - a smile for Europe” in the Red City Hall in Berlin. The work was written especially for this exhibition on the occasion of the elections to the European Parliament.
- In 2018 his very own 9th Symphony (Linzer Symphony) had its world premiere in Austria at the Brucknerhaus in Linz under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev. Together with Mozart’s Linzer Symphony it was later recorded and released in the album “Two Linzer Symphonies”.
- In the 2017/18 season, he acted as Music Director for the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
- In 2015, his opera Doctor Zhivago, based on the world-famous novel by Boris Pasternak, had its world premiere under the composer’s baton at the Theater Regensburg, Germany, to much critical acclaim. Later, that year, the opera was also performed at the State Primorsky Theatre, Vladivostok.
- During the 2015/16 season, following an invitation of Valery Gergiev, he performed several operas (Iolanta, Mazeppa, May Night, The Tale of Tsar Saltan, and The Story of a Real Man) as a guest conductor for the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg. He also recorded the soundtrack he had written for the film Three Days Before Spring with the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra.
- In 2014/15, at the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing, he conducted two programs of Russian symphonic music including works of Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glinka and the world premiere of his own symphonic poem Anna Karenina with Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
- In 2012, at the Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy, he conducted the world premiere of symphonic fragments of Sergey Prokofiev’s last opera The Story of a Real Man, originally written in 1948 and reconstructed by Anton Lubchenko.
- Also, in 2012, he performed his own Symphony No. 7 (Orthodox Russia) for the first time in St. Petersburg. This performance inaugurated the celebrations of the 1150th anniversary of the origin of Russian Statehood.
- His cantata, The Voice, based on words by Mikhail Lomonosov, has been awarded 1st prize, as well as the Special Prize of the Moscow Conservatory at the "An Ode for Lomonosov" Competition in Moscow 2011. The cantata was subsequently performed in the presence of the Government of the Russian Federation at a concert devoted to Lomonosov’s 300th anniversary at the Moscow State University and at Moscow’s International House of Music.
- In 2010 Anton Lubchenko conducted a concert-requiem at the castle of Brest, Belarus. The program included works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and himself. This project was sponsored by the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation and the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States “Rossotrudnichestvo”.
- In 2009 he premiered and conducted his ballet, In Colors, in Toronto with the National Ballet of Canada.
- In 2006, his opera The Son of Man, in memory of the victims of the Beslan tragedy, was premiered in Vladikavkaz, Russia.
- A performance of his Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at the opening of the 12th Easter Festival in 2003 was the beginning of the, at the time only 18-year-old, composer’s career.
Anton Lubchenko graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg in 2008 in the composition class of Aleksander Mnatsakanyan (a student of Dmitri Shostakovich) and in the piano class of Natalya Brovermann. He is a prizewinner of many international competitions including the renowned Silver National Prize “Pure Sound” for the best recording of Russian music with Prokofiev's opera The Story of a Real Man, op. 117.
His compositions currently include nine symphonies, four operas, several ballets, chamber music and numerous other works for orchestra, choirs and pianoforte. He was given the honorary title of "The Muses of St. Petersburg".
Future plans include engagements with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Tonhalle Zurich and the world premiere of another new opera, which was commissioned by the Regensburg Theater.