Piotr Gribanov had a big influence on my conducting although I took just one masterclass and a few private lessons with him. He also was the person to give me my first concert with a professional orchestra - the St Petersburg Congress Orchestra which he was heading at that time. My program was huge and the main number was the symphonic poem Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov! I still consider that concert the start of my professional career.

Gribanov studied conducting with Georg Erzhemski, whom I also met on his masterclass - he gave a lecture about the psychological paradoxes of conducting. Gribanov is also a winner of an All-Russian conducting competition and his solid and professional podium manner is easily seen in the video clip above. I recently discovered an ad of his masterclass in the net - if there are still places left hurry up! He is a master teacher!