Born in 1981, into a family of musicians, Denis Vlasenko is rapidly emerging as one of the brightest Russian conductors of his generation. He was a pupil of Victor Popov at the Moscow Chorus Academy before going on to study with Vladimir Ponkin at the State Conservatore, from where he moved later to the St. Petersburg State Conservatory studying under Alexander Titov. In his early years in Moscow he was fortunate to study with many of the great Russian musicians; Svetlanov, Temirkanov, Rozhdestvensky, Zedda, Barshai, Fedoseev and Spivakov.
In 2005 he was appointed Assistant Conductor – to Spivakov – at the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia then Conductor at the Kobolov “Novaya Opera” in Moscow for the season 2009/10.
Since that year he has also been a Permanent Conductor at the “New Russia State Symphony Orchestra” at the invitation of Maestro Yuri Bashmet.
In Russia he has worked regularly with the Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Academic State Symphony and the “National Orchestra of Ukraine”. He has been in increasing demand elsewhere in Europe and Asia where engagements include the “Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra”, “Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna”, “Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice Genova”, “Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano” and the “Brussels Philharmonic”.
Equally adept in the opera world he became the first Russian conductor to perform at the “Rossini Festival” in Pesaro with “Il viaggio a Reims”. Other Italian productions include “Turandot” at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.
Last year engagements include: “La traviata” at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, “Eugene Onegin” at the V Sochi International Festival of Arts (Artistic Director - Yuri Bashmet), successful debut at the famous music Festival “Crescendo” (Artistic Director - Denis Matsuev) and made his Spanish debut in Valladolid with “Lucia di Lammermoor” . In September 2013 he made his company debut with Latvian National Opera in Riga with “Eugene Onegin”.
His future plans include a Wagner Gala at Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. He will also make his company debut with the Japan Opera Foundation of Tokyo conducting “Le Comte Ory” by Rossini.