Christopher Seaman
Conductor

British Conductor Christopher Seaman is noted for his inspiring and authoritative music making.

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Katie Cardell-Oliver +44 (0)20 3725 9149
Tom Philpott +44 (0)20 3725 9139

Biography

Conductor Laureate: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Director: Symphony Services International Conductor Development Programme

 

Highlights of Chrisopher Seaman’s 2014/15 season and beyond include the Warsaw and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras,Milwaukee, Nashville and Adelaide Symphony orchestras, and the Auckland Philharmonia and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He has recently worked with Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orchestra of Opera North, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Christopher was Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York) until 2011, and was subsequently named Conductor Laureate. Previous positions

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Conductor Laureate: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Director: Symphony Services International Conductor Development Programme

 

Highlights of Chrisopher Seaman’s 2014/15 season and beyond include the Warsaw and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras,Milwaukee, Nashville and Adelaide Symphony orchestras, and the Auckland Philharmonia and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He has recently worked with Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orchestra of Opera North, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Christopher was Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York) until 2011, and was subsequently named Conductor Laureate. Previous positions include Music Director to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (Florida) for ten years, Conductor-in-Residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and recently Artistic Adviser of the San Antonio Symphony.

Recognised for his wealth of repertoire, which ranges from baroque to contemporary and in particular for his Bruckner, Brahms and Sibelius and British works, Christopher Seaman is also highly regarded for his work with younger musicians. He has held the post of Course Director to the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Programme for many years.

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Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Katie Cardell-Oliver +44 (0)20 3725 9149
Tom Philpott +44 (0)20 3725 9139

Reviews

“The orchestra exuded intensity and energy, at the height of musicality, showing a renewed sense of purpose… With Seaman at the helm, the listener could hear the import inherent in every note.” (Daniel J. Kushner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 2014)

“There was no autopilot in play in this Messiah, a danger in this warhorse. Guest conductor Christopher Seaman has an insightful grasp of the piece, infusing it with Baroque style, rhythmic vigor and insightful drama. A parade of stylish, persuasive, ear-catching details came through, movement after movement.” (Rick Walters, Milwaukee Express, December 2013)

“Seaman used dynamic contrasts as expressive tools and as a means to draw

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“The orchestra exuded intensity and energy, at the height of musicality, showing a renewed sense of purpose… With Seaman at the helm, the listener could hear the import inherent in every note.” (Daniel J. Kushner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 2014)

“There was no autopilot in play in this Messiah, a danger in this warhorse. Guest conductor Christopher Seaman has an insightful grasp of the piece, infusing it with Baroque style, rhythmic vigor and insightful drama. A parade of stylish, persuasive, ear-catching details came through, movement after movement.” (Rick Walters, Milwaukee Express, December 2013)

“Seaman used dynamic contrasts as expressive tools and as a means to draw the audience beyond the music and into the text of the work. This was particularly evident in the dynamics he applied to the choral sections of the oratorio. He demanded and got a host of colors from the MSO Chorus members, treating them at times like members of a chamber ensemble. He saved full-voiced sounds for rousing moments such as his soaring take on the "Hallelujah" chorus. This approach was thoroughly engrossing and compelling.” (Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 2013)

“Careful attention to detail, rhythmic energy, scrupulous balance and a fine ear for the inner life of the more animated music and real poetry in inward looking passages, where Seaman often secures a really rapt pianissimo. His pacing is excellent…the results are most effective in what is a thoroughly rewarding performance… it has something fresh to say about the music, and does so with insight and conviction. Recommended.” (International Record Review, May 2012)

“It sounds as though he’s really taught them how to perform the music he loves. Christopher Seaman’s obviously maintained and built on the standards set by his predecessors Goossens, Leinsdorf and Zinman...it’s a well-played and beautifully shaped performance. Everything about it tells you of the respect in which Christopher Seaman’s held in Rochester as he takes his leave" (BBC Radio 3, April 2012)

"He exercised unflappable control over the roiling, mercurial moods of Elgar’s Symphony No. 1…Seaman shaped its opening theme as an expansive, majestic procession. The RPO sounded robust and colorful in the development’s intricate turbulence, kept in synch by Seaman’s clear beat. He pointed up the delicate, pastoral touches in the brisk second movement, drew lush playing from the cellos and violins in the Adagio and built the finale’s restless pageant of past themes into a hymn-like climax." (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, March 2012)

"Conductor and harpsichordist Christopher Seaman led a stirring, thoughtful performance of the oratorio, using each recitative, aria and chorus as a step in a staircase leading to the triumphant meaning "Hallelujah" chorus and "The trumpet shall sound" aria near the end of the work." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 2011)

"Under the sure, energetic leadership of conductor Christopher Seaman, all parties played and sang as if Handel’s ghost were in the room to pass judgment." Third Coast Digest, December 2011)

“I have come to look forward to the concerts Seaman conducts. In fact, this season, I have been positively spoiled by the quality of his work. Seaman is a true artist. Thursday night was no exception. The orchestra was well prepared, fully engaged in the music, and comfortable under Seaman's leadership. Seaman had a clear, artistic vision for both works.” (Rochester City Newspaper, June 2011)

"Seaman's experienced, insightful leadership yielded not only confident but consistently interesting performances from the orchestra, which appeared to enjoy his presence on the Ohio Theatre podium.  Seaman's style is one of understated authority. There is little flash or folderal. He appears to be all about the business of making music and lets the interpretations speak for themselves, which they did last night -- resoundingly...  Last night's lovely, unhurried rendition brimmed with inner life, and great care had obviously been taken in shaping phrases in expressive, musical ways and putting dynamic contrasts in all the right places." (The Columbus Dispatch, March 2010)

“Christopher Seaman skillfully navigated the busy and significant orchestral writing, keeping the RPO locked in with Athayde.” (Democrat and Chronicle, January 2010)