Born in Moscow into a family of famous Bolshoi Theatre artists — the singer Tamara Sorokina and the dancer Shamil Yagudin. In 1985, he completed his studies with distinction at the piano department (Lev Naumov’s class) of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, and in 1989, also with distinction, he graduated from the Conservatoire’s department of opera-symphony conducting (Yury Simonov’s class).
In 1983, Pavel Sorokin joined the Bolshoi Theatre as ballet accompanist. From
At the Bolshoi Theatre he has conducted the following productions: Iolanta (1997); — and the ballets: Petroushka by Stravinsky (1991), Adam’s Le Corsaire (1992, 1994), Prokofiev’s Prodigal Son (1992), Lovenskjold’s La Sylphide (1994), Swan Lake (a revival of Yury Grigorovich’s first version, 2001), Arik Melikov’s A Legend of Love (2002), Glazunov’s Raymonda (2003), Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream (2003) and Bolt (2005), Asafiev’s The Flames of Paris (2008).
In 1996, he was assistant to Mstislav Rostropovich when the latter directed a production of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina (Shostakovich version) at the Bolshoi. When Maestro Rostropovich stopped conducting this production himself, he handed it over to Pavel Sorokin.
The conductor’s repertoire also includes the operas: Ivan Susanin by Glinka, The Oprichnik, The Maid of Orlenas, Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, Prince Igor by Borodin, Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky (Rimsky-Korsakov version), The Tsar’s Bride, Mozart and Salieri, The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov, Francesca da Rimini by Rachmaninov, Betrothal in a Monastery and The Gambler by Prokofiev, Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth by Verdi; and the ballets: Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, Shostakovich’s The Golden Age, Schnittke’s Sketches, Giselle, Chopiniana; and symphonic works.
The conductor’s discography includes recordings of the works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Grieg made with the Moscow State Philharmonia’s Academic Symphony Orchestra and the Radio and Television State Symphony Orchestra.
At the present time, Pavel Sorokin conducts the following operas at the Bolshoi Theatre: Khovanshchina, Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, The Tsar’s Bride, The Golden Cockerel, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Macbeth, Carmen; — and the ballets: Giselle, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Spartacus, The Bright Stream, Bolt, A Legend of Love, Chopiniana, Carmen-Siute.