Australian Conductor Vladimir Fanshil is Guest Conductor of the State Hermitage Orchestra, the youngest ever appointed. At the same time, he recently completed his Masters of Conducting at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire, St Petersburg, Russia. He is currently working as assistant conductor to Ivan Fischer with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Berlin Konzerthausorchester.
In 2009 Vladimir was appointed (the youngest ever) Guest Conductor of the State Hermitage Orchestra, where he has performed with world-renowned artists in the most esteemed halls of St Petersburg (including the St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall). One such concert has been commercially released on the Monte-Carlo label ‘Bel-Air’.
His acclaimed recent appearances included the “XXth Avant Garde to Today” Festival where he world premiered several pieces and was labeled ‘the discovery of the festival’ by The International Music Magazine of St Petersburg and a debut performance with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra.
He has conducted Australian, Italian and Russian operas including Tchaikovsky’s Evgeny Onegin, Verdi's La Traviata and Aida etc. His multi-lingual skills allow him to rehearse any opera effectively in the original language, resulting in moving and insightful collaborations.
Vladimir has studied extensively with and assisted an array of top conductors including D. Robertson, A.Polyanichko, V.Yamolsky, T.Dasguard, S.Sandeckis, V.Altschuler and V.Sinaiisky. He has been awarded numerous scholarships and grants including The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, Opus 50 charitable Trust Scholarship, The Ian Potter Foundation Trust grant, Ars Musica Scholarship and is a beneficiary of Abaf.
Vladimir’s dry humour and wit have made him a sought-after public speaker, both on the podium to discuss music and as a master of ceremonies.
Outside of music, Vladimir’s passions are spending time with nature and writing poetry. His writing has been published and he studied with the revered poet Yuri Mikhailik.