Now I know how Vladimir Verbitsky has lasted 25 years. He is a mix of quiet charm, inner conviction and strong work ethic. He is also the protege of maestro Yevgeny Mravinsky who conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic for 50 years (!) and Verbitsky has inherited that old-school professional loyalty.
Then there is something about the instant connection he had 25 years ago with the WA Symphony Orchestra that even he can’t explain.
I tried to convince him to retire here with his wife Nelly, and spend more time pursuing his favourite hobby – fishing. He smiled and gave nothing away. But he promises to keep coming back.
To celebrate his anniversary with WASO Verbitsky will recreate the program he conducted with them 25 years ago. The concert is July 23rd. Click here for more details.
Listen to the all-Russian program here.