Mikhail Granovsky was born in Moscow in 1971. In 1994 he graduated from the Department of Choral Conducting (class of Boris Tevlin) and in 1998 from the Department of Opera and Orchestral Conducting (class of Gennady Rozhdestvensky) of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. In the 1990s he participated as a pianist in a masterclass given by Vitaly Margulis in Freiburg (Germany) and as a conductor in masterclasses given by Helmuth Rilling in Moscow and Stuttgart.
In 2001 he joined the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia as a trainee conductor. He was an assistant to the principal conductor of a production of La Damnation de Faust by Berlioz and Khovanshchina by Musorgsky. In 2002 he became an assistant conductor and subsequently a conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he worked until 2013.
Has appeared with the Orchestra of Patras (Greece), the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra), the State Hermitage Orchestra, the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow City Symphony Russian Philharmonic, the Ulyanovsk and Saratov academic symphony orchestras, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra The Seasons and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the North-Caucasian State Philharmonic named after V.I. Safonov.
In 2005 as a conductor he worked on the opera The Snow Maiden at the Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre (Ufa). In 2006–2007 with the New Music Studio ensemble he performed a series of 20th century works, among them Schoenberg’s mono-drama Erwartung (Russian premiere of an arrangement for chamber orchestra, produced by Faradj Karaev).
From 2008 to 2018 he was Principal Guest Conductor at the Yekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, where among other works his repertoire included Glass’ Satyagraha and Weinberg’s The Passenger; with a production of the opera Madama Butterfly he toured to Lisbon and other cities in Portugal.
Since 2009 he has collaborated with the Russian National Orchestra and the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012 he conducted the ballets The Lady of the Camellias (to music by Verdi, choreography by Vasily Medvedev) and Swan Lake at the Sarajevo National Theatre in addition to a premiere of the ballet La Esmeralda to music by Pugni at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. In 2013 he conducted La traviata at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
From 2013 he was a guest conductor with Universal Ballet (Seoul). In 2014 he toured with the company to Bogotá (Colombia) with the ballet Shim Chung. In Seoul Mikhail Granovsky has conducted premieres of the ballets Onegin (2013; music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by John Cranko), Giselle (2014; Mariinsky Theatre production revised by Oleg Vinogradov), La Bayadère (2015) and a world premiere of the ballet Giselle (2015; composed Christopher Gordon and choreographed by Graeme Murphy).
Since September 2018 he has been Principal Conductor of the Tomsk Academic Symphony Orchestra. In 2018–2019 with the orchestra he performed the world premieres of Dmitri Smirnov’s opus Three Portraits, Alexey Chernakov’s Siberian Poem for symphony orchestra and Andrei Tikhomirov’s symphony The Mirror, as well as staging Edison Denisov’s opera Ivan the Soldier.
In 2019 he conducted performances at theatres in Seoul of the ballets The Love of Chunhyang and The Blind Man’s Daughter to music by Tchaikovsky and Kevin Barber Pickard.
In the 2020–21 season he presented several Tomsk and indeed Russian premieres, among them Mahler’s Tenth Symphony, Bohuslav Martinů’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, Josef Suk’s Meditace na staročeský chorál “Svatý Václave” (Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale “St Wenceslas”), Alexander Lokshin’s symphonic poem Les Fleurs du mal and Pärt’s Fratres for violin, strings and percussion.
Information for November 2021