Evgeny Brazhnik was a distinguished Russian conductor. He was a recipient of both the USSR State Prize and the People’s Artist of Russia. Brazhnik passed away on September 10, 2023.
Early Life and Education
Brazhnik received his musical education at two prestigious institutions: the Saint Petersburg Conservatory and the Ural Conservatory. These formative years laid the groundwork for his illustrious career in conducting.
Over the course of his career, Brazhnik conducted more than 50 operas worldwide. He showcased his talents in a variety of countries, including:
One of his early notable performances was The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya. However, he gained wider recognition for his conducting of David Lloyd-Jones‘ version of Boris Godunov. This was performed at the Yekaterinburg Opera for the first time in Russian history.
Helikon Opera and Awards
Since 1999, Brazhnik was affiliated with the Helikon Opera. By 2012, he had received the Golden Mask award for his exceptional conducting of The Tales of Hoffmann. This performance took place at Moscow’s Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre.
Brazhnik leaves behind a rich legacy in the world of classical music. He was a celebrated conductor whose work transcended borders, touching audiences around the globe. His contributions to Russian and international opera will continue to be studied and admired for years to come.