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5th May 2021

Interview with Reportér magazine

Semyon Bychkov spoke with Reportér magazine’s Adéla Dražanová for an in depth interview about his life to date: from growing up in Leningrad and studying at the Glinka Choral School in the 1960’s; emigrating to the USA via Vienna; and how he came to be the Czech Philharmonic’s current Chief...

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20th August 2020

Semyon Bychkov speaks to El País

Semyon Bychkov: “Perfection depends on what you are looking for”
Lockdown has made the conductor addicted to Beethoven and a tour of northern Spain is planned
Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Only conducting music that he can’t live without.  Lockdown has made him addicted to Beethoven and he is touring northern Spain with the Euskadiko Orkestra and the Third Symphony (Eroica) starting on Saturday in San Sebastián and continuing in Santander. The combination of interpretation and human discussion has the musicians dazzled. Semyon Bychkov (born in St. Petersburg, 67 years old) is one of those rare great conductors whose charisma depends on rigour and exigency with the best possible manners: an example of artistic integrity and fundamental goodness.

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20th December 2019

Pictures from the International Tchaikovsky Residencies

Semyon Bychkov and the Czech Philharmonic presented Tchaikovsky residencies in Prague, Tokyo, Vienna and Paris this autumn following the release of their The Tchaikovsky Project on Decca Classics earlier in the summer. Click below to flick through shots taken in Japan and France:

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17th December 2018

Pictures from The Inaugural Tour with the Czech Philharmonic

Autumn 2018 saw Semyon Bychkov embark on his first international tour with the Czech Philharmonic as their new Chief Conductor and Music Director. Starting in Prague for the beginning of the Orchestra’s 2018-19 season, Bychkov and the Orchestra then travelled to London, across the USA and Vienna. Click below to...

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