The Great Waltz
Undoubtedly waltz takes special place among all dances. Nowadays it’s impossible to imagine, but at the end of the 18th century the motions of waltz were considered indecent. Indignation concerning the fact that “sensual and obscene dance” waltz was included in the royal ball program was expressed by “The Times”. Nevertheless waltz rapidly became extremely popular, and in the 19th century became the main dance of all balls. Waltz began its great move from Vienna thanks to famous compositions by “waltz king” Johann Strauss the Son. It’s interesting to know that waltz has penetrated into “serious” music: into ballet, opera, then into symphony, and finally becomes separate concert form.
Sergey Kondrashev graduated from Moscow State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky majoring in choral conducting (class of Professor V. Goriunov) and in opera and symphonic conducting (classes of Professors M. Ermler and G. Rozhdestvensky). Being a student, Sergey Kondrashev started his career in conducting. In 2000 he was invited as a conductor to Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theatre and as Musical Director and Chief Conductor to Chuvash State Chamber Orchestra. In 2001 he was admitted to the State Academic Bolshoy Theatre of Russia as an assistant conductor.
Sergey Kondrashev worked with National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov), Russian National Orchestra (Artistic Director – Mikhail Pletnev), and with Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Artistic Director – Veronica Dudarova) as well. Since 2005 to 2009 Sergey Kondrashev was a conductor of Moscow City Symphony – Russian Philharmonic. Since 2011 Sergey Kondrashev is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Orpheus Radio station. Tours – USA, China, Germany. In 2005 broadcasting company “The Voice of Russia” decided to call Sergey Kondrashev “The person of the year”. The conductor’s discography includes the records of compositions by Andrey Eshpay (2004).