This fall, Russian-born conductor Semyon Bychkov inaugurated a multi-season, international project devoted to Tchaikovsky, Beloved Friend. It began with a concert series with the BBC Symphony in October, and will continue with the NY Philharmonic’s three-week festival, “Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky and His World,” in January and February of next year. In September, Russian Life Editor Paul Richardson caught up with Bychkov via Skype, at his home in France.
How long have you been conducting. Is it over 40 years now?
It is longer than that. I am over 60 now, and began conducting at 17, with the choir in Leningrad.
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