Mikhail Agrest will assume his duties as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Ballet in September 2020. He succeeds James Tuggle who retired at the end of the 2019-2020 season after 25 years with the Stuttgart Ballet. Mikhail Agrest was born in St. Petersburg and studied the violin at the University of Indiana in Bloomington before returning to his native city to study conducting with Ilya Musin and Mariss Jansons. In 2001, at the invitation of Valery Gergiev, he became conductor of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, where he conducted not only opera and ballet but also symphonic works until 2014. Following successful performances with the Mariinsky at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Agrest embarked on an international career which has taken him to the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the English National Opera, the Finnish National Opera, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Lyon Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Australian Opera and the Scottish Opera.
In the 2018/19 season Mikhail Agrest continued his longstanding collaboration with the Zurich Opera House, the Theater San Carlo di Napoli and the Ballet of the Semperoper in Dresden. He has also made his debuts at the Philharmonic in Seoul, the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz and the Scottish Opera, among others. Since September 2020 Mikhail Agrest is Music Director of the Stuttgart Ballet. Even before taking up his position, he had already been musical director of John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, John Neumeier's The Lady of the Camellias and Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling in Stuttgart for the past two seasons.