Mikkeli Festival är en internationell musikfestival som ibland kallas Gergiev-Festivalen
VALERY ABISALOVICH GERGIEV, is a Russian conductor and Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. One of the world’s best-known conductors, he also works with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the New York Metropolitan Opera and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Born to Ossetian parents in Moscow on May 2, 1953, Valery Gergiev grew up in the town of Vladikavkaz in the Republic of North Ossetia. He studied orchestral conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatoire and in 1978 was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Kirov Opera, where he made his debut in Sergei Prokofiev’s opera War and Peace. He was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Kirov Opera (now the Mariinsky Theatre) in 1988, and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in 1996.
Maestro Gergiev and his orchestra have visited Finland many times and view the Mikkeli Music Festival, in particular, with great affection. Valery Gergiev has been Artistic Director of the Mikkeli Music Festival since 1993.