Valery Ovsyanikov graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatoire as a Chorus Master in 1985 and as an Opera and Symphony Conductor in 1991.
He has worked with different orchestras in Russia and abroad including the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestras of Rochester, Mexico, and Seoul, the symphony orchestras of Shanghai, San Jose, and Kansai, the Kennedy Centre Orchestra, the orchestras of the opera houses of Turin, Madrid, and Ankara, the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, and the Lithuanian State Orchestra. As a Guest Conductor, he has worked with the following opera houses: the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Finnish National Opera, the Swedish Royal Opera, and the Bavarian State Opera among others. He also regularly performs with the Mariinsky Ballet.
Since 1990, Valery Ovsyanikov is the Musical Director of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Since 2005, he is a Guest Conductor of the Lithuanian National Opera. Since 2010, he performs as a Guest Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Ovsyanikov’s repertoire includes the operas Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Faust by Charles Gounod, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini, Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the ballets The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev, Manon by Kenneth MacMillan, La bayadère and Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, Giselle by Adolphe Adam, La Sylphide by Herman Løvenskiold, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Boris Asafyev, Le Corsaire, Jewels, and others. He has also conducted symphonic compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, and others. He recorded three CDs with the Covent Garden Orchestra and several CDs of chorus religious music and Russian symphony music.