Ilan Volkov


Since his prodigious breakthrough as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age of 19, Ilan Volkov has matured into a versatile conductor whose interpretations of familiar repertoire are sought after internationally. He enjoys a long-standing relationship with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as Principal Conductor from 2003 and Principal Guest Conductor since 2009. Ilan is currently Principal Guest Conductor with the Brussels Philharmonic.

A musical omnivore, Volkov also serves as a dynamic figurehead of the international contemporary music scene. He launched the Tectonics Festival in 2012, which has since become one of the world鈥檚 most diverse and acclaimed celebrations of new music, with festivals in Adelaide, Oslo, New York, Tel Aviv, Krakow, Athens, Glasgow and Reykjav铆k. In 2020 he co-founded the I&I Foundation with Ilya Gringolts to support the development and performance of new music.

Volkov鈥檚 repertoire with a variety of ensembles spreads far and wide, and he often appears at the world鈥檚 foremost festivals, such as Salzburg, Edinburgh, BBC Proms, Lucerne, Unsound Krakow, Musikprotkoll and Berlin.

Equally at home in opera, his extensive operatic ventures have included Tchaikovsky鈥檚 Eugene Onegin for San Francisco Opera, Britten鈥檚 A Midsummer Night鈥檚 Dream at the Glyndebourne Festival, Peter Grimes for Washington National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival, Gerald Barry鈥檚 The Importance of Being Ernest at the Lincoln Center with New York Philharmonic, Bach鈥檚 Actus Tragicus at Stuttgart Opera, Olga Neuwirth鈥檚 The Outcast in Vienna and Hamburg鈥檚 Elbphilharmonie, and most recently George Benjamin鈥檚 Lessons in Love and Violence at Opernhaus Z眉rich. He also conducted the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli鈥檚 new work The Listeners with Norwegian National Opera, and Samir Odeh-Tamimi鈥檚 new creation L鈥橝pocalyspe Arabe for the Aix Festival.

Volkov鈥檚 diverse discography includes Stravinsky鈥檚 ballet scores and a Gramophone Award- winning recording of Britten鈥檚 complete works for piano and orchestra, both for Hyperion, and a critically acclaimed survey of Liszt鈥檚 three Funeral Odes with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has a podcast for Radio Halas, in which he explores his extensive musical tastes and interviews colleagues.