The symphony orchestra of the Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic will be performing under the baton of Russian conductor Yuri Simonov today and tomorrow, starting from 7 p.m. in the symphonic concert held on occasion of the opening of the 2013-2014 season of the Philharmonic, Mediafax reports. The musical compositions to be performed are: the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini, Siegfried’s Journey to the Rhine, Siegfried’s Death and Siegfried’s Funeral March by Richard Wagner, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15. Tickets are available at the ticket office of the Romanian Athenaeum. Yuri Simonov was born in Saratov, USSR, studied at the Leningrad Conservatoire with Rabinovich and assisted Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. Following his success in the Santa Cecilia Conductors’ Competition in Rome in 1968, he made his debut at the Bolshoi Opera in 1969, where he was appointed chief conductor. Thus Simonov became the youngest conductor in the history of this opera and, with his appointment ending only in 1985, also the longest serving. In this capacity, he reintroduced Wagner to the repertoire after a forty-year absence and he was on tours in cities such as Paris, Vienna, New York, Milan, Washington. Over this period, he has conducted the Leningrad and Moscow Philharmonics, USSR State and Moscow Radio Orchestras and Philharmonic Orchestras of Kiev, Minsk and Riga.