Vladimir Fedoseyev graduated from Moscow's Gnesins Musical Academy and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and was invited by Mravinsky to make his debut with the Leningrad (now St Petersburg) Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his opera debut in the Mariinsky Theatre. He has been artistic director and chief conductor of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, now known as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, since 1974. He and the orchestra have just completed a tour of European capitals celebrating the Orchestra's 80th anniversary. From 1997 to 2004 he was chief conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In recent years he has worked with many of the world's leading orchestras such as the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Koln Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has a particularly close association with Japan, and was appointed principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996; he is principal guest conductor of Zurich Opera. Season highlights include Vienna's Musikverein with the Vienna Symphony; engagements with the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin. His vast discography encompasses symphonic music, operas, oratorios and ballets; Warner Classics recently released his complete recordings of the Brahms symphonies. Throughout his long career, Vladimir Fedoseyev has received numerous international awards including the Gold Medal of the International Gustav Mahler Society in recognition of his outstanding performances and recordings of the composer's works.