Valery Gergiev has conducted all the world’s great symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Royal Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Symphony.
During the tenth Gergiev Festival (2005) Valery Gergiev was made a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. He was awarded the Rotterdam Promotion Prize 2006 a year later.
Gergiev ended his time as principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2008. At his departure mayor Ivo Opstelten presented him with the Johan van Oldebarneveldt Medal, the city of Rotterdam’s highest award, and he was appointed honorary conductor by the orchestra.
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