Karel Mark Chichon

Hailed as one of today’s most exciting young conductors, Karel Mark Chichon was described by the New York Times as “A conductor of genius” and continues to thrill international audiences with his temperament, passion and musicianship.
In September 2009 he begins his tenure as Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and was formerly Chief Conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2009.

In addition to his post at the Latvian National Symphony, the 2009-10 season will see him conduct at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Real Madrid, Palau de les Arts Valencia, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and with orchestras such as the Wiener Symphoniker, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, English Chamber Orchestra, SWR Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Russian National Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Orchestra Bolzano in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Moscow, Barcelona and Valencia.
Born in London in 1971, Chichon hails from Gibraltar. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and was assistant conductor to Giuseppe Sinopoli and Valery Gergiev. He has worked with artists such as Carlos Álvarez, Grace Bumbry, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, José Cura, Juan Diego Flórez, Edita Gruberova and Ramón Vargas. Since 2003 he has been a regular guest conductor with the English Chamber Orchestra and in 2004 he was invited by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct concerts at their International Orchestra Institute in Salzburg and made highly successful return visits in 2005 and 2006.
Chichon’s debut at the Vienna State Opera (Barbiere di Siviglia) in September 2008 was received to great acclaim by the Viennese public and critics and as a result he has been invited to return for numerous performances of Tosca, Barbiere di Siviglia and Elisir d'amore for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
He is a frequent guest conductor with leading orchestras throughout the world at venues such as the Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Royal Festival Hall London, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Berlin Philharmonie, Munich Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Alter Oper Frankfurt, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid and Seoul Arts Center South Korea.

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