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Christian Knapp


One of today’s foremost young conductors, Christian Knapp is known for his dynamic stage presence and energy on the podium. He has led prestigious orchestras around the world including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among many others.

Since his 2011 debut at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Mr. Knapp has prepared and premiered new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos and Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted Così fan tutte, and made his White Night’s Festival debut in Spring 2011 with Der Fliegende Holländer. Future highlights at the Mariinsky include repeat performances of Ariadne auf Naxos and Der Fliegende Holländer as well as productions of Carmen, Aida, Don Carlo, Turandot, Pique Dame and Rigoletto.

A passionate proponent of new music, Knapp has led such groups as the Perspectives New Music Ensemble in London, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Seattle Chamber Players. He has conducted works by John Adams, Julian Anderson, Kaija Saariaho, Pascal Dusapin, Gerard Grisey, George Crumb and Thomas Adès, among others. In 2005, Knapp conducted the world premiere of Paul Dresher’s opera The Tyrant with the Seattle Chamber Players. He has appeared with ICE in New York, conducting the U.S. premiere of Zona by Magnus Lindberg as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2006 and a program of the music of Philippe Hurel at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. Knapp returned to the Miller Theatre in the 2012-2013 Season to lead performances of the music of Sofia Gubaidulina with ICE.