Imant Kotsinsh - Biography
Praised in the early days of his career by the great conductor Evgeny Svetlanov as a “fine musician whose performance brought me to tears,” Latvian conductor Imant Kotsinsh went on to become a prominent artist in his native country and abroad. His talent and experience brought him a recognition that propelled him to several resident conductor positions including such orchestras as The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, and Symphony of New Russia. Mr. Kotsinsh had many guest appearances with orchestras including the Moscow Philharmonic, The National Latvian Symphony, Gyunggi Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of Russia, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and more than 20 orchestras across former USSR. As an Artistic Director he also led such orchestras as Daugavpils Symphony, Yaroslavl Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan.
Mr. Kotsinsh conducted several productions at the National Latvian Opera, The Tchaikovsky Perm Opera & Ballet, The Alisher Navoi Opera, Riga Operetta among others. At the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet he conducted the national premiere of the ballet Cyrano de Bergerac, choreographed by the legendary Roland Petit. His extensive opera, ballet, operetta and musical repertoire ranges from Giselle to Rite of Spring, from Eugene Onegin to Il Trovatore.
Throughout his career Mr. Kotsinsh was happy to collaborate with many prominent artists like mezzo soprano Irina Arkhipova, baritone Vladimir Chernov, bass Ildar Abdrazakov; pianists Boris Berezovsky, Derek Han, Dubravka Tomšič, Diane Walsh, Dmitry Bashkirov; violinist Mikhail Bezverkhny and many others. As an enthusiastic artistic director, Mr. Kotsinsh initiated and participated in several festivals, including Skaneateles Festival in New York State, International Arkhipova Festival in Moscow and International Sobinov Festival in Yaroslavl. A true champion of modern music, Mr. Kotsinsh premiered and performed at the International Moscow Autumn Festival many works of contemporary composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Evgeny Svetlanov, Sergey Slonimsky, Sergey Berinsky and others.
Conductor’s core repertoire includes virtually all major symphonies and oratorios by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Shostakovich, just to name a few. Russia’s top record label Melodia released five discs of Mr. Kotsinsh’s performances and his career brought him to the stages of Latvia, Russia and as far as France, Germany, South Korea and USA. Trained first as a violinist at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga, Mr. Kotsinsh also studied conducting with Professor Vassily Sinaisky (currently the Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre). Later his other mentors were the great conductors Ilya Musin and Arvīds Jansons of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Mr. Kotsinsh rose to become a violin and conducting teacher as a Professor at the Saratov State Conservatory. Educational programs for youth were always an important part of Mr. Kotsinsh’s performing career. Education was a focal point in his position as Artistic Director of the Gloria Symphony Orchestra at the orchestra’s foundation in 2003, and now he wishes to bring that same educational focus with the Gloria Symphony once more.