Biography

Lauded for his creative artistic leadership, Mark Kadin has held the position of Music Director of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2017. His inspiring work with the orchestra is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, brilliant intellect, and generosity of spirit, which leads to unforgettable performances of sincere emotional power. Together, they have built up an extensive and highly regarded media library of live concert recordings in recent years. Mark Kadin’s concerts with the BNR Symphony Orchestra are regularly broadcast on Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Swedish and Danish Radio, Portuguese National and Spanish National Radio, Musiq 3 (Belgium) and BBC 3. 

At the heart of Mark's activity with the BNR Symphony Orchestra is a broad and eclectic list of recordings. Among recent works are a serie of symphonies of Haydn, music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Reger, Elgar, music by composers of the Russian and Bulgarian Avant Garde, “forgotten” during the Communist period. In 2018 Mark and the BNR SO performed for the first time at the World Orchestra Series in South Korea, with concerts in Daegu and Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul. Apart from Sofia's concert season the BNR SO has been a regular visitor to the prestigious Balkan festivals: Varna Summer and March Music Days in Ruse. But the popularization and promotion of the orchestra's activities is not limited to concerts and recordings. Mark Kadin is the author and host of the first Bulgarian podcast about classical music 'Classical Question'. 

During his collaboration with the orchestra his innovative ideas, glittering interpretations, creative energy and endeavours to expand the audience were highly praised and rewarded by Bulgarian culture and media institutions. The last one is the 2022 National Award Crystal Lyra - for achievements in the performing art.

“...an enchanting dialogue between the mind and emotions, which creates a balance in his interpretations while freeing the music from pathos and sentimentality.”

Kultura.bg

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Alongside the core repertoire (including Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rimski-Korsakov, Sibelius, Mahler, Bartok) Mark Kadin maintains a strong affinity to rarely heard works by Stenhammar, Kurpinsky, Walton, Silvestrov, Schnittke and others. In the 2022/23 season he performs masterpieces by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Ravel, De Falla, Bernstein, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Rachmaninov. 

Mark Kadin has maintained a regular relationship with many orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand and has worked with top artists such as Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Kristof Barati, Sumi Jo, Mikhail Pletnev, Viktor Tretyakov, Hibla Gerzmava, Boris Berezovsky, Nikolay Lugansky, Alena Baeva, Lucas Geniushas and many others.

Mark Kadin's guest engagements include the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow State and Russian Philharmonic. He has collaborated with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and he has conducted annually about 30 concerts in Russia, notably leading the orchestra on European tours to Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany including concerts at the Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and the Munich Herkulessaal. He has also appeared with orchestras in London, Roma, Singapore, Brisbane, Istanbul and Copenhagen. Mark Kadin has led the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonia Artur Rubinstein and Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic, Moravian and Sofia Philharmonic, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian and Transylvanian Philharmonic, Gavle Symphony in Sweden, Liepaja, Kaunas and Klaipeda Symphony in Latvia and Lithuania, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and Israel Sinfonietta, Gyeonggi Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan and Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra in Mexico, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, Christchurch Symphony in New Zealand, Xiamen Philharmoniс and others.

Mark Kadin was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2014, where he was responsible for the success and growth of the orchestra. In addition to conducting 40 symphonic programs every season, he established a groundbreaking Summer Open Air Festival in Krasnoyarsk and other cities in the Siberian region which were attended by tens of thousands of spectators. He led the orchestra on three Asian tours to China and South Korea with concerts in prestigious concert halls including the Seoul Arts Center.

Mark was born in Ukraine and started his musical life in Kharkiv. He studied conducting at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. While still a student he began his conducting career in 1990 as an Assistant conductor of the “Young Russia” State Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music. He subsequently became Associate conductor of the Moscow Radio Concert Orchestra (1994-2004).