Christoph Campestrini, conductor
The Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini received his musical education in the United States. He studied music in New York at The Juilliard School and at the prestigious Yale University/Affiliate Artists Conducting program, where he worked with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Sanderling. In addition he studied languages and philosophy at Columbia University.
Recognized internationally as a conductor of enormous musical variety and deep introspection, he has conducted more than 100 orchestras on all 5 continents. Among them are the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Cologne Radio Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Vienna Radio Symphony, Orquestra Metropolitana Lisbon, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestre Lamoureux Paris, Queensland Philharmonic (Australia), National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Israel Sinfonietta and many others.
Soloists he has orked with include Lang Lang, Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Rudolf Buchbinder, Alisa Weilerstein and Julia Fischer.
Campestrini is equally in demand as an accomplished opera conductor. He has served as 1.Kapellmeister (Principal Conductor) at the prestigious Essen Aalto Musiktheater in Germany, where he has appeared in over 100 performances. In addition he has conducted opera productions at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Zagreb National Opera, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Minnesota Opera and repeatedly in Japan at the Sakai City Opera Osaka.
Within the last few seasons he established an impressive presence in North America. He appears regularily with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Chicago Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Florida Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Calgary Philharmonic and many others.
In Asia Campestrini has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra (KBS) as well as the Hongkong Academy.
In Europe he recently conducted New Year's concerts at the Teatro Regio Torino (Italy), the Carinthian Summer Festival (Austria), the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla (Spain) and on tour in France with the Wiener Concertverein. With the leading Belgian orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, he performed in Liège and Brussels, as well as in an acclaimed tour appearance at the famous Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.
In 2012 Campestrini was also appointed musical director at the prestigious Oper Klosterneuburg Festival outside Vienna, where he debuted with Don Pasquale (Donizetti). 2013 he will conduct a new production of Manon (Massenet) there.
Highlights of his 2012/13 season include return engagements with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, his debut with the Orquesta Filharmonica de Gran Canaria, a new production of Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Edmonton Opera (Canada), tours of Austria with the Polish National Radio Symphony Katowice and the Wiener Concertverein as well as debut performances in China and Taiwan.
Christoph Campestrini also holds a degree in composition and has composed Lieder cycles, chamber and symphonic music.
Recordings include the labels ORFEO (Munich), SIGNUM (Heidelberg), as well as for the Austrian (ORF), West German (WDR) and Czech (CR) radio stations.