Evan-Alexis Christ

Born in Los Angeles into a family of musicians with Greek roots, Evan-Alexis Christ spent his childhood in Las Vegas. He played oboe and piano at an early age and studied mathematics and composition at Harvard University and conducting at the Leipzig Conservatory of Music.

Since 2020 he has worked regularly with the Sofia National Opera in Bulgaria. There he led the Bulgarian Premiere of Richard Strauss' Elektra and has collaborated on numerous opera performances. In April 2022 he will conduct the premiere of Ariadne auf Naxos.

He has worked extensively with German Orchestras and Opera Houses, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR- Radiophilharmonie Hannover, SWR Radio-Sinfonie Stuttgart, MDR Sinfonie-Orchester Leipzig, WDR-Funkhausorchester Cologne, Bremer Philharmoniker, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Staatstheater Hannover, Theater Bonn, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Aalto Theater Essen, and the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Internationally he has collaborated on return engagements with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, Theater and Symphony Orchestra St. Gallen and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in the summer of 2011, conducting Salvatore Sciarrino's opera Macbeth with the Klangforum Vienna. He has been a regular guest conductor with the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Portugal and the Immling Opera Festival in Bavaria, Germany since 2018.

Evan-Alexis Christ has gained recognition for his innovative concert programs. His cycles of the complete Mahler and Beethoven symphonies and the complete Ring by Richard Wagner were regarded with critical acclaim. He has conducted 65 world premiere performances and numerous film music, midnight, educational, flash-mob and cross-over programs. In addition, he has conducted more than 50 stage productions, including all the Mozart operas and numerous German, Italian and French repertoire.

Evan-Alexis Christ was Music Director of the Brandenburg State Opera in Cottbus from 2008 to 2018, making him at the time one of the youngest music directors in Germany. The orchestra made several CDs and international tours for the first time in their 100-year history. In 2011 the orchestra won the publishers prize (Boosey and Hawkes, Peters, Breitkopf, etc.) for the best concert program of all German orchestras. In 2010 the citizens of the city of Cottbus voted Christ “Cottbuser of the Year.” In the regular subscription series, the audiences went from 70 to 95 percent capacity. From 2009 to 2018, they performed a world-premiere performance in every subscription concert and collaborated regularly with contemporary music ensembles Court-Circuit Paris and Ensemble Mosaik Berlin. The high quality of the orchestra's artistic work was recognized and supported by numerous generous grants from the Ernst-von-Siemens Foundation, Berlin Academy of the Arts, German “Excellent Orchestra landscape” National Foundation and Impuls Neue Musik.

After a brief stint in 2003 as vocal coach at the Portland Opera (USA), he was First Kapellmeister and Associate Music Director at the Würzburg Opera between 2003 and 2005. From 2005 to 2008, he was First Kapellmeister at the Wuppertal Opera.

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