In 1997, he became Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In 1999, Seiji Ozawa named Volkov the Assistant Conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Volkov became Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) in January 2003, having made his debut appearance with them in 1998. At the time, he was the youngest chief conductor appointed to a BBC orchestra. He was named the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Musician of the Year in 2004 in recognition of his work with the BBC SSO.
In September 2007, the orchestra announced that Volkov is scheduled to step down from the chief conductorship in September 2009, to be succeeded by Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles. In December 2008, the BBC SSO announced the appointment of Volkov as its principal guest conductor, to commence after the conclusion of his tenure as chief conductor, for an initial contract of 3 years with 4 weeks of scheduled guest-conducting appearances. Volkov has made a speciality of recording long-unperformed or never before recorded works by neglected artists. He himself has spoken of his affinity with music written "between 1909 and the 20s". Volkov has made several recordings for the Hyperion label. Volkov and his partner Maya Dunietz have a daughter, Nadia, born in August 2007 in Israel.
In Tel Aviv, Volkov and the jazz musician Assif Tsahar have established the performing venue Levontine 7. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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