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Karel Mark Chichon

Karel Mark Chichon

Principle Conductor and Artistic Director at Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria GM ART & MUSIC
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Karel Mark Chichon
Karel Mark Chichon
Karel Mark Chichon
Karel Mark Chichon
Karel Mark Chichon
Karel Mark Chichon

British conductor Karel Mark Chichon continues to thrill international audiences with his temperament, passion and musicianship. In recognition to his services to music, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England made Chichon an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2012. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his achievements within the profession.

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. From 2011 to 2017 he was Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, enjoying critically acclaimed seasons and receiving praise for his profound interpretation of a wide repertoire and transformative music-making with the DRP. A further testament to his outstanding partnership with the DRP has been the unanimous critical success of the release of the complete orchestral works of Dvorák for the record label Hänssler Classic. Critics said “Karel Mark Chichon scores significantly over several esteemed rivals” and praised the CD recordings as “the finest versions available”.

In May 2017 he was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and has recently renewed his contract until 2025. Critics and public alike have credited Chichon to have transformed the orchestra, undertaking several acclaimed recordings for the world’s leading recording company Deutsche Gramophon, as well as attracting the world’s finest conductors and soloists and in so doing firmly establishing the orchestra as one of the leading ensembles of Europe.His previous positions include Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (2009-2012) and Chief Conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra (2006-2009).

Chichon regularly conducts at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Belgique, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Russian NationalOrchestra.

He regularly performs at venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall London, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Munich Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Alter Oper Frankfurt, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid and Seoul Arts Center SouthKorea.

In early 2016 he made a highly acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York, conducting an entire run of thirteen performances which included one broadcast live on HD via satellite into at least 2,000 cinemas in 66 countries, reaching millions of people worldwide. Since then he has become a regular guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and was recently chosen to conduct the Closing Gala Performance of the season on 11th June 2022.

From 2006 to 2010 he was Music Director of the “Christmas in Vienna” concerts held yearly at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and broadcast on Television to millions of viewers all over the world. He is also a regular Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, having recorded numerous CD’s and DVD’s for the renowned record label.

General Management

Gianluca Macheda
ul. Grzybowska 43a, lok. 72 00-855
Warsaw Poland
gmacheda@gmartandmusic.com

Logistics

Stefania Ramacciotti
Via Romana 578/B 55100 Lucca Italy
+39 3479762848
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Reviews

“Mr. Chichon’s debut demonstrated he is a very fine artist, able to coax delicate impressionistic tone color
from the massive Met orchestra. Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s most popular operas, but it
doesn’t play itself; it takes a perceptive maestro like Mr. Chichon to present this score at its best’”
James Jorden

“Under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon, Puccini’s music truly invades your soul.”
Biz Community

“Karel Mark Chichon, in his debut on the Met podium, conducts a robust reading of the score…..he elicits
all of the pathos in the music, especially in the Intermezzo between the two scenes of Act 2 and the so-
called “Humming Chorus” as Cio-cio-san settles to wait for Pinkerton’s return.”
Wilborn Hampton