Ilan Volkov

Conductor

"Ilan Volkov showed himself again to be a conductor of great sensitivity, intelligently and unfussily guiding the orchestra through the three strikingly different works."
The Guardian

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. Volkov took up his new appointment as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2011/12 season.

Volkov’s arrival in post in Iceland coincided with the opening of Harpa, Reykjavík’s visually striking new concert hall. In March 2012 he curated and directed a three-day festival of contemporary music, Tectonics, celebrating the centenary year of John Cage, exploring works by Icelandic composers and introducing the world premieres of music by, among others, Jesper Pedersen, Frank Denyer, Guðmundur Steinn Gunnarsson and Áki Ásgeirsson. “How can an orchestra, the nineteenth-century beast, be more radical and experimental? Is it possible? This is one of the questions that started me on a journey that led to the first Tectonics festival,” notes the conductor.

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