Christoph König

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Maestro Christoph König is current Principal Conductor & Music Director of the Solistes Européens Luxembourg and Principal Guest Conductor of the Real Filharmonia de Galicia. He has previously served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música from 2009 until 2014.

Celebrated for his clarity, precision, and elegant approach, König is in high demand as a guest conductor in North America and abroad. Since his debut in the US in 2010 he has conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Grant Park, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Engagements abroad include the Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Bremer Philharmoniker, Danish National Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Dresden Philharmonic, Radio Orchestra (RTVE) in Madrid, Deutsche Radio Phiharmonie Saarbrücken, Malaysia Philharmonic, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, whom he led on a highly successful tour of China (2008).

This 2017-18 season Maestro König guest conducts the Detroit Symphony, Japan Century Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wiener Concertverein, Bournemouth Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, and Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria.

Maestro König’s opera experience includes: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte, and Il Turco in Italia at Zurich Opera; Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart; and Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

CD recordings: Melcer Piano Concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion), Beethoven Symphonies with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (DB Productions) and Prokofiev and Mozart with the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg (SEL Classics).

König's most impressive work was in Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 ("Pastorale"), which completed the concert. He offered a fresh, sensitive, elegant, and totally unmannered interpretation. Beethoven's full textures were uncommonly well balanced.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The German conductor had the BSO delving into Sibelius Seventh with considerable communicative weight, the strings and brass producing a wonderfully dark, rich tone. The music's unbroken arc... was tautly sustained.
The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra