Constantinos Carydis
Conductor

“He is wide awake as a performer, operating at the limits and giving shape even to the smallest musical phrase.” (Frankfurter Rundschau)

Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Milena Paul +49 89 679710451

Biography

"All that he does turns to musical gold. He is highly imaginative and perceptive, meticulous in preparation, equally accomplished in opera and symphonic music" are the words of Musical America when describing Constantinos Carydis. Following a celebrated new production of Bizet’s Carmen at Oper Frankfurt in June 2016, Constantinos Carydis made his highly successful debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in two Mozart matinee concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra only shortly afterwards. He has already been invited for more Mozart matinees in 2017.

Engagements of the 2016/17 season will lead him to the Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker at Bregenzer Festspiele, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Frankfurter Museumgesellschaft. In opera he will return to Oper Frankfurt for a new production of Händel’s Xerxes.

"All that he does turns to musical gold. He is highly imaginative and perceptive, meticulous in preparation, equally accomplished in opera and symphonic music" are the words of Musical America when describing Constantinos Carydis. Following a celebrated new production of Bizet’s Carmen at Oper Frankfurt in June 2016, Constantinos Carydis made his highly successful debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in two Mozart matinee concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra only shortly afterwards. He has already been invited for more Mozart matinees in 2017.

Engagements of the 2016/17 season will lead him to the Münchner Philharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker at Bregenzer Festspiele, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Frankfurter Museumgesellschaft. In opera he will return to Oper Frankfurt for a new production of Händel’s Xerxes.

In the past, orchestra engagements led him to orchestras such as Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia or Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

In the opera pit, Carydis works regularly at Bayerische Staatsoper and Oper Frankfurt. He conducted Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle at the Edinburgh International Festival and worked at the Royal Opera House Covent, Wiener Staasoper, Staatsoper Berlin, De Nederlandse, Komische Oper Berlin as well as Opéra de Lyon. Future opera highlights include invitations to Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Salzburger Festspiele.

Constantinos Carydis was born in Athens and studied piano in Athens and conducting in Munich. In 2011 he was awarded the Carlos Kleiber Prize by the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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Reviews

“What a superb combination – soloist, conductor and the musicians made the piece resound with brightness and strength. Here we witness the fine art of interaction, of making music together, and Constantinos Carydis proves a most impressive mediator. His rousing presence increases throughout in a display of masterly choreographic dexterity.” (klassik.com, September 2015)

“Constantinos Carydis developed a phonetically precise firework showing us Debussy at its best! Gentle piano on the one hand, but on the other an enthralling forte which clearly showed the contrast and beauty of the individual vocal timbres.” (Mittelbayerische Zeitung, July 2015)

Conductor Constantinos Carydis created a real experience this evening. Instead of producing a blurring soundscape Carydis showed us the colours and highlights of the score taking us on a deep and sparkling journey.” (Südwest Presse, July 2015)

“What a superb combination – soloist, conductor and the musicians made the piece resound with brightness and strength. Here we witness the fine art of interaction, of making music together, and Constantinos Carydis proves a most impressive mediator. His rousing presence increases throughout in a display of masterly choreographic dexterity.” (klassik.com, September 2015)

“Constantinos Carydis developed a phonetically precise firework showing us Debussy at its best! Gentle piano on the one hand, but on the other an enthralling forte which clearly showed the contrast and beauty of the individual vocal timbres.” (Mittelbayerische Zeitung, July 2015)

Conductor Constantinos Carydis created a real experience this evening. Instead of producing a blurring soundscape Carydis showed us the colours and highlights of the score taking us on a deep and sparkling journey.” (Südwest Presse, July 2015)

“Constantinos Carydis is one of the few truly interesting things to watch. At times it sounds as if he has taken a scalpel and peeled the skin off the score. You hear everything, often with merciless clarity, and while there is something almost brutal about the resulting loss of mystique, it is also exciting, fragile, and profoundly moving.” (Shirley Apthorp, The Financial Times, June 2015)

“[His conducting] is well suited to impressionistic [works], especially in places where the composition is soft, fragmented and complex. Here, he creates exactly the right balance between transparency and richness of texture.” (Rita Argauer, Süddeutsche Zeitung, January 2015)

“All that he does turns to musical gold. He is highly imaginative and perceptive, meticulous in preparation, equally accomplished in opera and symphonic music.” (Andrew Powell, Musical America Blogs, January 2015)

“One waited with much interest to see the manner in which Constantino Carydis would conduct Debussy’s La Mer, knowing that the Greek maestro will conduct one of the most anticipated productions in Munich this season, Pelléas et Mélisande by the same French composer. And his interpretation is one of the most promising: Carydis seems to penetrate the spirit of the composer to communicate the essence of his intentions with insightful sensitivity and real emotion. The idea to place this Debussy masterwork alongside Nielsen’s symphonic poem was a strong one, and is testament to the stylistic flair which drives this maestro.” (Munich and Co Blog Spot, January 2015)

“Constantinos Carydis conducts without baton – he shapes the sounds with both hands, yet controls very precisely every agogic shift of the music. His aura is palpable in the auditorium – and it is obvious that the orchestra is as fascinated by him as the audience. The result is a perfect, charismatic performance of Debussy […].” (Mainpost, December 2014)

“One could confidently speak of another magic moment in the 2014/15 concert season. Everything fitted here: The dramaturgy of the programme, the sound and the precision of playing. The Greek conductor Constantinos Carydis led the orchestra without baton with dance-like gestures and clear movements of the hands. He thus conveyed his idea of the impressionistic works with precision, full of musical vitality and excitement.” (Nordbayern, November 2014)

“….an impressive rendition of Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony. Shaping the music beautifully with a secure, baton-less hand, the […] Greek conductor stimulated the well-disposed musicians to unite the clear precision of their playing with a deeply felt expression. The performance had tragic impact, which was delivered with an impressive bravura of playing.” (Salzburger Nachrichten, November 2014)