The name of the conductor Dmitry Hochlov
has permanently been at the concert placards of Russia and of the best concert halls of the world.
Graduate of two Conservatoires – of Leningrad (class of prof. E. Kudryavtseva) and of Moscow (class of prof. B. Haykin), he was asked yet before graduation to be a conductor of the State symphonic orchestra of Kazakhstan. And the first public recognition came to him at the I All-USSR festival of creative youth of theatres, opera and ballet, and then he was invited to work as assistant conductor to the famous troupe of the Kirovsky (Mariinsky) theatre.
1977 was the year of the conductor's debut at the stage of the Great hall of the Leningrad Philarmonic and of the fortunate meeting with the great musician E. Mravinsky. Observing the rehearsals of Hochlov with the Philarmonic Academic Symphonic Orchestra, the master recognized the developed artistic taste of the young conductor, his creative aspiration and creativity at performing the complicated program.
Having finished his internship in the Kirovsky Theatre, Hochlov becomes an assistant conductor at the Leningrad Philarmonic and is present at all repetitions of E. Mravinsky. The master, that has foreseen for Hochlov his interesting artistic path, was not mistaken for the conductor, then yet very young.
Intensive concert and guest tours activity of Dmitry Hochlov with the Mariinsky Theatre, the Grand Theatre of the Belorussian SSR, the orchestras of the Moscow and Leningrad Philarmonics, - formed at the beginning of the 80-s a mature master from Dmitry Hochlov. It gave to the Ministry of Culture of the USSR an opportunity to send him to work as the principal conductor of the State Symphonic Orchestra of the Mongolian Republic.
An undoubtable merit of Hochlov in that period is the professional growth of the Mongolian musicians, forming of the interest for the world’s classic music in them, emerging of the chamber music-making as a genre. “He is extraordinary laborious and sophisticated” – that was written about him by the critics in those years, and for his achievements he was awarded the title “Honored culture worker of the Mongolian People’s Republic.”
After return to his native country, Dmitry Hochlov becomes the art director and the principal conductor of the Andreyev Orchestra(the former “Imperial Russian orchestra”), that went through tough times then. Close before the preparation for the 100th anniversary of the ensemble the new director had to complete a great amount of work.
The superb musician who went from an excellent conductor school, in his work with the Orchestra Hochlov overcomes the limits of traditional versions of the Russian folk songs and orchestral miniatures composed especially for folk instruments, forms programs that are diverse in genre and style, creates an emotional and at the same time classically exact manner of performance.
The 100th anniversary of the Orchestra in 1988 was celebrated with a great success. Under the leading of Hochlov, the Andreyev Orchestra appears before the audience not as a “Russian exotics,” but as a thorough and highly professional musical ensemble, that became a ground for awarding it the title “Academical.”
The repertoire of the Andreyev Orchestra consists more than of one hundred miniatures and long compositions of Ginka, Musorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Khachaturyan, Sviridov, many foreign authors, as well as composers from St. Petersburg, that willingly work together with the talented conductor, that trust him to perform the first execution of their works. The expressive character of the performance, delicate lyrism, charm and laconism, intricate elegance of every phrase − this all characterises the manner of the conductor Dmitry Hochlov.
Within more than 20 years of work with the Andreyev Orchestra Hochlov has prepared and performed great number of concert programmes with distinguished Russian and foreign vocalists: Nesterenko, Solovyanenko, Noreyko, Obraztsova, Borodina, Gorchakova, Khvorostovsky, Marusin, Gerello, Chernomortsev, Dalayman (Sweden) and many others. Within these years the Orchestra has gained back his former worldwide fame. “A perfect, uncomparable ensemble of musicians” − the musical critics wrote about it after the concerts in Wachington’s Kennedy-Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Dmitry Hochlov continues to work in different musical genres: he works as a conductor of the State Symphonic Orchestras of Kazakhstan and Karelia, the orchestras of the St. Petersburg Philarmonics: the Honored ensemble of Russia and Academic symphonic orchestra. In April 1999 he set the opera “Iolanta” in New York, in which participated Russian and American musicians.
In 2001 there was a concert of Russian music played with the Japanese chorus and orchestra in Tokyo, in the same year the conductor participated the ferstival “Days of the Russian culture in Kazakhstan” with symphonic orchestras.
In the years 2002-2008 D. Hochlov many times performed with there ensembles, as well as with opera theatres of Belorussia, Moldavia and Kazakhstan, with symphonic orchestra “Kansai Philarmonic” in Osaka (Japan), with National symphonic orchestras in Azerbaijan, Moldavia, Kazakhstan, Bashkiria. In 2005 in response to the invitation of the Ministry of culture of Kazakhstan he participated in the gala concert in Astana on the occasion of summit Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) before the leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan and Uzbekistan.
Since 1988 till present time D. Hochlov is a professor of conducting in the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1979, Evgeny Hochlov
studied at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, graduating with honors from the Choral Conducting program in 2002 as a student of Professor E. Kudryavtseva, and from the Opera/Symphony Conducting program in 2007 (Professor Dmitry Hochlov). He subsequently trained with Roman Kofman in 2008, and with Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Leonid Grin in 2009.
Splitting his time between Minsk and his hometown of Saint Petersburg, Hochlov has been a conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus since 2003. In his time there, he has conducted more than 30 concerts, including many of the premiere works of Belarusian composers. In 2008, he staged an acclaimed production of Stravinsky's The Wedding (Les Noces), on the stage of the Belarusian State Philharmonic.
Hochlov has been a conductor of the Andreyev Imperial Russian Orchestra in Saint Petersburg since 2006, and of the “Saint Petersburg Chamber Opera” since 2008, with whom he maintains a repertoire of more than ten operas. Hochlov has additionally presided over productions of Eugene Onegin and The Marriage of Figaro as a Guest Conductor at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Theater of Opera and Ballet. He also had the honor of making his conductorial debut on the storied stage of the Grand Hall of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic in 2006.
As a participant in the highly selective master class of Roman Kofman, Hochlov had the pleasure of conducting the renowned Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn in 2008. In addition to his work in Minsk and Saint Petersburg, 2009 saw Hochlov conduct both the National Youth Symphony Orchestra and Youth Chamber Orchestra of Estonia. He continues to regularly lend his talents to a wide array of competitions and festivals in Saint Petersburg ("Art Modern," "From the Avant-garde to Our Time," "The Andreyev Orchestra and its Friends") and in Minsk ("The Musical Springtime of Belarus"), and frequently collaborates with contemporary composers in Russia and Belarus, where he recently completed a series of recordings with the Belarussian State Television and Radio Company.