Lauded for his creative, intelligent and ambitious artistic leadership, Mark Kadin is Music Director of the Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico. His previous positions include Chief Conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra 2017-2023, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra 2004-2014, Principal Guest Conductor of the Lithuanian National Musical Theatre in Klaipeda 2015-2017, Resident Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra 1997-2004, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra 1994-2004 and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra 1999-2003.
He 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 Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Kristof Barati, Simon Trpčeski, Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Sumi Jo, Mikhail Pletnev, Nikolay Lugansky, Alena Baeva, Lucas Geniushas, Rafael Aguirre, Johan Dalene and many others.
Mark was born in Ukraine and started his musical life in Kharkiv. He studied conducting at the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow 1987-1993. While still a student he began his conducting career in 1990 as an Assistant conductor of the Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music and the Youth State Symphony Orchestra “Young Russia”. He worked with Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Kent Nagano, Valery Gergiev, Evgeny Svetlanov, Alexander Lazarev and Paavo Berglund.
His debut with the BNR Symphony Orchestra took place twenty years ago (2003), which led to regular cooperation. He took the lead at the BNR SO in 2017 and 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), Bulgarian National TV, BBC 3 and Euroradio Premium Concerts. 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.
At the heart of Mark's activity with the BNR Symphony Orchestra was a broad list of recordings. Among recent works are a serie of symphonies of Haydn, music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Reger, Elgar, Stravinsky, music by composers of the Russian and Bulgarian Avant Garde, “forgotten” during the Communist period. But the popularization and promotion of the orchestra's activities is not limited to concerts and recordings. Mark Kadin was the author and host of the radio show 'Classical Question', the first Bulgarian podcast about classical music. During his collaboration with the orchestra his innovative ideas, glittering interpretations, creative energy and endeavors 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.
As an Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra, Mark was responsible for the success and growth of the orchestra. In addition to conducting 40 symphonic programs every season, he established summer academy for young musicians from various cities of the Siberian region and a groundbreaking Summer Open Air Festival in Krasnoyarsk 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. He has been recognized with a string of awards for his contributions to cultural life of Krasnoyarsk Region, that including the 2013 Award of the Mayor of Krasnoyarsk City, 2014 Awards of the Governor and the Minister of Culture of Krasnoyarsk Region.
As a Resident Conductor of the Russian National Symphony, the Moscow Radio Symphony and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Mark has conducted annually about 30 concerts in Russia, notably leading the RNO and Moscow Virtuosi on European tours to the France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany including concerts at the Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and the Munich Herkulessaal.
His guest engagements include the Filharmonia Artur Rubinstein, Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic, Roma Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Moscow State and Russian Philharmonic, Sweden’s Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Moravian and Sofia Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony, Israel Sinfonietta, Cyprus Symphony, Slovak Radio Symphony, Liepaja, Kaunas and Klaipeda Symphony Orchestras, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and Istanbul Symphony Orchestra, Transylvanian Philharmonic, Gyeonggi Philharmonic, Yucatan Symphony and Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra in Mexico, National Symphony Orchestras of Costa Rica and Philippines, Christchurch Symphony, Parana Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, Xiamen Philharmonic and others.
Mark Kadin often looks beyond the mainstream in his strikingly conceived programs. Alongside the core repertoire (including Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rimski-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Sibelius, De Falla, Mahler, Bartok, Stravinsky, Bernstein) he also has a strong affinity to rarely heard music by Silvestrov, Stenhammar, Kurpinsky, Walton, Kancheli, Schnittke, maintaining a close relationship with new music having conducted more than 100 works written after 1960: “He likes to do this type of conceptual, thematic, genre-summarizing concerts, with the aim of intriguing the audience and the orchestra in different ways.” - Decrescendo.net