Principal Guest Conductor
Alevtina Ioffe has swiftly proven herself one of the most promising and versatile women conductors of her generation. In 2009 Alevtina was awarded third prize at the Victor de Sabata International Conducting Competition in Trieste where she also received a special prize from the orchestra. In 2011 Alevtina has been appointed as the Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Moscow State Academic Theatre named after Natalia Sats and in 2015 as the Principal Guest Conductor of Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic the Sakha. In addition, Alevtina is the guest conductor at the Teatro Massimo Bellini (Sicily, Italy).
Alevtina graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. She held (have held) Conducting Internship Positions at the Moscow State Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, as well as the assistant conductor position at the San Francisco Opera.
At the San Francisco Opera Alevtina has collaborated with the music director and principal conductor Donald Runnicles on a productions of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (D. Hvorostovsky, Barbara Frittoli) and Mozart’s Idomeneo (Kurt Stright, Genia Kumayer, Alice Coote). She also worked on a production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (Samuel Ramey, Vladimir Ognovenko, V. Gryvnov, Vitaly Kovalev) with Vassily Sinaisky and on Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (Ramón Vargas, Ji Young Yang, Inva Mula) with Bruno Campanella.
Before Alevtina’s appointment (as the chief conductor and music director of) at the Sats Moscow State Academic Theatre, she worked at the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre (2008-2011) and has been the chief conductor at the Mari State Opera and Ballet Theater (2006-2008).
Alevtina is a co-creator of many music projects and an active participant in ballet, opera and concert events around the world. Among those are collaborations with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Novaya Rossiya Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Krasnodar Symphony Orchestra, the Krasnoyarsk State Opera, Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Volgograd Music Theatre, Opera North (England), Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi (Trieste), The Oldenburg State Orchestra (Germany) and the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre.
From 2003 through 2004 Alevtina worked as a conductor at the world-famous Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre.
In 2011 she worked as one of the conductors at the Placido Domingo’s “Operalia” competition. In 2013 she took part in Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s anniversary concert in the Kremlin.
During the 2012/13 season Alevtina was a music director of “Opera Queens” project, which featured the performances of the most prominent (world’s leading) singers of our time such as Jessye Norman, Maria Guleghina, Elina Garanca, Angela Gheorghiu and Natalie Dessay.
As the music director and conductor Alevtina collaborated with People’s Artist of Russia Andris Liepa on his “Russian Seasons of XXI Century” project, where in 2012 she worked on the productions of “The Firebird” and “Petrushka” by Igor Stravinsky, in 2013 on Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel” and in 2014 on Michel Fokine’s ballets “Scheherazade”, “Les Sylphides”, “Polovtsian Dances”. These productions took place in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and in London at London Coliseum. Among other notable ballet collaborations are the production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” with People’s Artist of Russia Nikolai Tsiskaridze and the premiere of Khachaturian’s ballet “Spartacus” with Yuri Grigorovich.
In 2016, at the invitation of Denis Matsuev, Alevtina took part in his festival. While on tour, she performed at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Vilnius Opera and Ballet Theatre, Minsk Opera Theatre, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory.
Alevtina’s original project “Portraits of Composers” introduced the audience rarely performed in Russia works: “Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge” by Britten, “Concerto in D” by Stravinsky, “Concerto da camera, for flute, english horn & string orchestra” by A. Honegger, “Verklärte Nacht” by Schoenberg -, “In search of the Holy Grail” by Bronner, “Stabat Mater” by Dvorak. The concert program also included Beethoven’s 6th and 9th symphonies, and Prokofiev’s cantata “Alexander Nevsky”.
In February 2017 the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow has launched a new project “Recognition” by Honored Artist of Russia ballet star Andrei Merkuriev, where Alevtina serves as a music director. The project featured the music of Arnold Schoenberg and Russian premier of Philip Glass’ Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.
Alevtina is currently working on the premieres of operas “The Barber of Seville” by J. Rossini and “Exercises and dances of Guido” by V. Martynov, contemporary ballet project on music of Ravel and Rachmaninov, the ballet “Masquerade” by A. Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6, and “Demn” by P. Hindemith.
This concert season Alevtina will tour China and participate in “Cherry Orchard” festival in the United States.