Yuri Simonov was born in 1941 in Saratov, USSR, studied at the Leningrad Conservatoire with N. Rabinovich and Y. Kramarov.
In 1968 he was the first Russian conductor to win the Santa Cecilia Conductors Competition in Rome.
In 1969 Mr. Simonov was invited to make his debut at the Bolshoi Opera with "Aida", after which he was almost immediately appointed to the post of company's Chief Conductor, making him the youngest Chief Conductor in the history of the company and subsequently the longest serving, holding the position until 1985.
During 1980 – 1990’s Mr. Simonov performed with the largest European and American symphony orchestras. He was a frequent guest at various international festivals and produced a number of operas at the world’s largest theatres.
During the last two decades Mr. Simonov has also continued his long-lasting contact with Budapest Opera, conducting a Wagner opera every year, including the complete Ring cycle.
In 1998, Yuri Simonov became Music Director of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has worked with them extensively, not only in Russia but also on tours to the UK, the USA, Germany, Spain and the Far East. He also toured Japan with the NHK Orchestra in 2002.
Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (artistic director and chief conductor — Yuri Simonov) will participate in the Opening Ceremony of the 17th International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'Nutcracker' (29 November 2016) and the Final round (6 December 2016) that will take place at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.