MIKHAIL TATARNIKOV studied music at the St.Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire under Prof.Ilya Ioff (violin class). After graduating from the Conservatoire in 2003 he subsequently continued his studies at the faculty of opera and symphony conducting (class of Alexander Polishchuk).
Mikhail Tatarnikov began his career at the Mariinsky Theatre as a violinist. In 1999 he joined the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra (first violins). While with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Mikhail Tatarnikov had a busy concert schedule. The most interesting artistic highlights of this period include appearances with the World Orchestra for Peace under Valery Gergiev in St.Petersburg and in Moscow.
Mikhail Tatarnikov made his debut as a conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in November 2006. At the Mariinsky Theatre, he has conducted performances of the operas May Night, Christmas Eve, Sadko, Kashchei the Immortal, Eugene Onegin, Love for Three Oranges, The Enchanted Wanderer, Il viaggio a Reims, Lucia di Lammermoor, I pagliacci, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Der Fliegende Holländer, Dvořák's The Rusalka, and the ballets Prodigal Son, Apollo, Cinderella a.o.
As a guest conductor, Mikhail Tatarnikov has participated in productions of Antonín Dvořák's opera Rusalka at the Teatro Regio (Turin, Italy). In autumn 2006, having received a scholarship from the Ermenegildo Zegna Foundation, Mikhail Tatarnikov took part in master classes given by Gianandrea Noseda, subsequently appearing at the international festival Settimane Musicali di Stresa e del Lago Maggiore (Italy). Mikhail Tatarnikov has also conducted the Orchestras of the Novosibirsk Philharmonic (2005) and the St.Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (2007), and in July 2007 he was Valery Gergiev's assistant for performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen tetralogy at the Metropolitan Opera. He has conducted such ensembles as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the National Orchestra of Russia and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.