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Kirill Karabits - NOSPR

Kirill KarabitsConductor

photo by Konrad Ćwik

Kirill Karabits has been Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and their relationship has been celebrated worldwide. Together they have made many critically acclaimed recordings, performed regularly at the BBC Proms and appeared together at London’s Barbican Centre as part of the Beethoven celebrations in the 2019–2020 season.

He has worked with many of the leading ensembles of Europe, Asia and North America, including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony orchestras, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – including a concertante version of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Barbican Centre.

Recent highlights included his debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as return visits to the Minnesota Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, as well as the BBC Proms with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has also recently enjoyed conducting at the the Edinburgh Festival and joining Mikhail Pletnev on extensive European and North American tours which included his New York debut at the Lincoln Center.

Highlights of the 2021–2022 season included his debut with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as a number of US debuts which include the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras. He also returned to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the Opéra Montpellier for a production of Pelléas et Mélisande.

A prolific opera conductor, he has worked with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich (Boris Godunov) and Staatsoper Stuttgart (Death in Venice), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (La bohème and Eugene Onegin), Staatsoper Hamburg (Madama Butterfly), English National Opera (Don Giovanni), Bolshoi Theatre and he conducted a performance of Der fliegende Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival in celebration of the composer’s anniversary. Music Director of the Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar from 2016–2019, he conducted acclaimed productions of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tannhäuser as well as Mozart's Da Ponte Cycle (Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte).

Working with the next generation of bright musicians is of great importance to Karabits and as Artistic Director of I, CULTURE Orchestra, he conducted them on their European tour in August 2015 with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist and a summer festivals tour in 2018, including concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Montpellier Festival. In 2012 and 2014 he conducted the televised finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award (working with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), and has recently debuted with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on a UK tour including a sold out and critically acclaimed performance at the Barbican.

He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.


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