Valery Oreshkin

He studied conducting at the Sveshnikov Choral School and Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow; he attended baroque music conducting and interpreting seminars under Helmuth Rilling and continued studying conducting under Theodore Antoniou. While still studying, he worked as a chorister and assistant conductor with various Moscow-based choirs. He founded the Athens-based vocal ensemble Emmeleia (Nov. 1994), with which he held many concerts of pre-classical and contemporary music. As a chorus master he collaborated with the Greek Composers’ Union, the Orchestra of Colors and the Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music. He was chorus master for the world premieres of the operas: Bacchae, by Theodore Antoniou (directed by Georg Rootering, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1995), Eumenides, by Vasil Tole (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 2005), as well as other works, mostly by Greek composers, and for Heinrich Von Kleist’s play Penthesilea, directed by Peter Stein (Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, 2002). He is chorus master and orchestra conductor with the Philippos Nakas Conservatory and the Moraitis School children’s choir. Choirs under his baton have performed in major concert halls of Athens, such as the Athens Concert Hall, Goethe Institute, Hellenic-American Union, Palace Theater, Parnassos Literary Society Hall, Philippos Nakas Conservatory, German Evangelical Church, Lycabettus Theater, Onassis Cultural Center, etc. Since 2006 he is assistant staff conductor with the GNO Ballet; he has conducted the productions: Solitaire - The Afternoon of A Fawn - Sylphides (Acropol Theater, 2006/07), Giselle (Acropol Theater, 2007/08) and Paquita - The Moor's Pavane - Divertissements from Napoli (Acropol Theater, 2007/08).