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Ilan Volkov

Born in Israel in September 1976, Ilan Volkov began his conducting career at the age of nineteen. Following studies at London’s Royal College of Music, he secured positions as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony. In 2003 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became its Principal Guest Conductor in 2009.

Between 2011 and 2014 he has held the post of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure in Iceland, he created the Tectonics Festival, featuring programmes of classical modern music combined with other new music genres such as improvisation, electronics and rock. Since 2014, Tectonics expanded even further with residencies in cities like Glasgow, Adelaide, Oslo, New York, Tel Aviv and London.

A frequent guest with leading orchestras worldwide, Ilan Volkov works regularly with a wide range of ensembles, and appears in many of the foremost Festivals of the world, including Salzburg, Edinburgh, BBC Proms, Lucerne and Berlin. Highlights of his recent and forthcoming schedule include performances with the BBC Symphony and Stuttgart Opera, as well as CBSO, SWR Stuttgart and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Equally interested in opera, Volkov is conducting Barry’s Importance of being Earnest at the Lincoln Centre in New York in 2016.