Ignat Solzhenitsyn

"The guest conductor was Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who led the ensemble in some of its best work in recent memory. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture had a dark, burnished hue — Musorgskian, really — and was kept tightly in check until pent-up energy was released at its vigorous close... The orchestra’s ambitious principal piece was Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, which Solzhenitsyn led with sure-footed pacing. The strings effectively rendered the “icy” flavor of the somber first movement — meteorological descriptions are de rigueur in Sibelius — and the finale had a real dramatic sweep and, in places, a sense of the visionary."
James Kellor, Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe Symphony) October 2016

"In his Utah Symphony debut Friday, Solzhenitsyn brought a cool, professional demeanor to the Abravanel Hall podium that belied the vividness of his interpretations of music by Prokofiev, Hindemith and Mozart. The musicians responded with a light, flexible sound, illuminating the composers’ masterful orchestrations...There was an air of conviviality between him and the chamber-size orchestra; his interaction with oboist Titus Underwood, who sat across the piano from him, was particularly engaging — like friends chatting over drinks or dinner."
Catherine Reese, Salt Lake Tribune (Utah Symphony) October 2014

"Guest conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn held the podium like a controlled tempest, injecting just the sort of energy expected of the all-Russian program. The palette at his disposal was accordingly rich with contrast"
Tyran Grillo, Cornell Sun, (Mariinsky Orchestra US Tour) October 2013

“Solzhenitsyn coaxed the best playing of the season from any guest conductor, creating sharply drawn statements, allowing this mysterious but captivating music to fully emerge.”
Rick Walters, Milwaukee Shepherd Express, February 2013


Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn is both Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, which he served as Music Director for six seasons.

Maestro Solzhenitsyn is in demand as a guest conductor internationally, having led the Mariinsky Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Moscow Symphony, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), and the Czech National Symphony (Prague).
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