Dmitry Ralko (Principal Chorus Master)|
Recipient of the 1st prize at the Vivat, Talent! international competition in
the category “Symphony Conducting” (St Petersburg, 2012)
Dmitry Ralko graduated from the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov
Conservatoire having specialised in choral and opera and symphony conducting. In
1996 he was appointed Principal Chorus Master and Conductor of the Ensemble of
Song and Dance of the Leningrad Military District. With this ensemble he gave
over three hundred performances in addition to appearances in France, Spain and
Finland. In 2003 he was made a conductor at the St Petersburg Conservatoire
Theatre of Opera and Ballet where he conducted Mozart’s operas Cosi fan tutte
and Le nozze di Figaro, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini’s La Bohéme,
Verdi’s La traviata, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and a series of children’s
performances and opera music galas.
From 2004 to 2006 he was a conductor of the St Petersburg State Cappella
Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with the Chelyabinsk Opera and Ballet
Theatre (Le nozze di Figaro) and the Concert Chamber Orchestra of the St
Petersburg Conservatoire. From 2007 to 2009 he was Principal Conductor of the
Full Student Symphony Orchestra of the St Petersburg Conservatoire. Has taught
opera at the vocal faculty of the Conservatoire.
From 2007 to the present he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the
Chamber Orchestra of the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College. In 2011 using this
orchestra and the college’s faculty of vocal studies he established the student
opera theatre-studio Mozarteum Theatre with which he has staged productions of
the operas Dido and Aeneas by Purcell and La serva padrona by Pergolesi.
Since 2007 he has been the Children’s Chorus Master at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Under his baton, the Children’s Chorus has taken part in many of the theatre’s
projects including premieres of the operas The Brothers Karamazov, Die Frau ohne
Schatten, Attila, Le nozze di Figaro (production by Alexander Petrov) and A
Midsummer Night’s Dream, George Balanchine’s Ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
performances of the cantata Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Third and Eighth
Symphonies, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a recording of the opera Parsifal on
the Mariinsky label.