Biography

Ukrainian-born Mark Kadin is Music Director of the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was previously Music Director of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra from 2004-2014, Associate Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra from 1996-2004 and of the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra from 1999-2004. Mark Kadin has maintained a regular relationship with many orchestras in Russia, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia and has worked with top artists such as Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Mikhail Pletnev, Viktor Tretyakov, Boris Berezovsky, Nikolay Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Kristof Barati, Sumi Jo, Hibla Gerzmava and many others.


His debut with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra took place twenty years ago. There was a kind of «chemistry» between the musicians and the conductor from the very first rehearsals, which led to regular cooperation. He took the lead at the BNR SO in 2017 and his inaugural concert was perceived as very inspiring: «The opening was a triumph — the concert hall was full and among the audience there were the President of Bulgaria and famous politicians» (Kultura - Bulgaria).

 

From his first season Mark Kadin set out new directions for the orchestra's further development, by stepping up efforts to attract new listeners and introducing new program concepts, a global plan for recordings and digital activity. He combines repertoire hits and rarely performed masterpieces, works by contemporary classics and Bulgarian premieres. 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.

 

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. In 2018 Mark and the BNR SO performed for the first time at the prestigious World Orchestra Series in South Korea. Apart from Sofia's concert season the BNR SO has been a regular visitor to the prestigious Bulgarian festivals Varna Summer and March Music Days in Ruse.

“...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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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 Stravinsky, Reger, Denissov, Bulgarian symphonies, music by composers of the Bulgarian Avant Garde, “forgotten” during the Communist period, and works by contemporary Bulgarian musicians. 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'. It has proved highly successful and popular with BNR listeners.

His regular guest engagements include the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow State and Russian Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonia Artur Rubinstein in Lodz, National Philharmonic in Białystok and Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic, Israel Sinfonietta, Gavle Symphony in Sweden, Novosibirsk State Symphony (and the orchestras of Samara, Volgograd, Voronezh, Khabarovsk, Omsk, Irkutsk, Rostov), Sofia Philharmonic, Cyprus Symphony, Moravian and Macedonian Philharmonic, Transylvania State and Brasov Philharmonic, Istanbul State and Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony in Brisbane, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, Gyeonggi Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatan, Orquestra do Parana in Brazil, Xiamen Philharmoniс, Christchurch Symphony in New Zealand, Moscow Virtuosi and London City Chamber Orchestras, Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra in Mexico 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.

He was Associate Conductor of the Russian National Orchestra at the invitation of Mikhail Pletnev (1996-2004). He worked closely there with Valery Gergiev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Kent Nagano and Evgeny Svetlanov. At the invitation of Vladimir Spivakov he became Associate Conductor of the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra (1999-2003). Kadin 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.

Mark Kadin 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).