The maestro’s people have just posted his stats:
Last Tuesday Valery Gergiev has conducted the final concert of his season, which he started last August. In the 2012/13 season he conducted a total of 261 performances with 14 orchestras. Four fifths of his performances (202) were with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (including the ones alongside the Mariinsky Ballet,Mariinsky Opera and Mariinsky Chorus).
Maestro Gergiev conducted the London Symphony Orchestra (of which he is Principal Conductor) on 32 occasions. In the 2012/13 season he continued his long-term collaboration with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, World Orchestra for Peace (for the first time in the USA), Die Münchner Philharmoniker (of which he will assume the position of Principal Conductor in 2015), Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala andTeatro alla Scala.
Valery Gergiev was the first conductor who conducted and took on tour the newly founded National Youth Orchestra of the USA. In the 2012/13 season he also appeared with such orchestras as the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Teatro Colón, Oxford Philomusica , Verbier Festival Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. A half (129) of Valery Gergiev’s performances took place in Russia, 85 of them were in St Petersburg.
How many times he skipped rehearsal, arrived late for a concert, circled overheard by helicopter – real or metaphorical (see Gareth Davies’s vivid LSO memoir, The Show Must Go On) – or simply phoned in a performance is not recorded. These statistics will linger in the Guinness Book of Records longer than many of the performances will last in public memory. They are a physical triumph for a man of 60 and they are unlikely to be trumped by others in his profession.
What cannot be erased, however, is Gergiev’s achievement in building a second Mariinsky Theatre and controlling every detail of production on both stages – a phenomenal feat of political liaison, organisation and memory.