“A shining star of the new German conductor generation”
(Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
Die Neue Züricher Zeitung calls him “a shining star of the new German conductor generation.” A truly modern and multi-faceted conductor, Christian Schumann is rapidly establishing a reputation not only as an opera and symphonic conductor, but as a leading international force in the contemporary and film conducting world.
Opening the 2017/18 season, Christian Schumann conducts two James Bond film-in-concert performances at Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg followed by symphonic and film concerts in the Netherlands including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Later in the season, he will conduct Harry Potter shows in Frankfurt and Munich, before embarking on an all-German tour featuring film-in-concert productions of Star Wars.
Miklós Rózsa - Julius Caesar (Caesar Now Be Stil,1953)
Schumann came to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Conducting Competition in Budapest. He then went on to secure the International Allianz Academy for Conductors Scholarship which led to a number of important debuts including London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Since then, he has worked with a number of important orchestras including the Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Münchner Symphoniker, Brussels Philharmonic, Trondheim Symfoniorkester and Staatskapelle Weimar as well as such new music groups as Ensemble Intercontemporain and Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik. Last season he debuted with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Turku Philharmonic, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, while the 2017/18 season sees his debuts with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,Orchestre National de Lille, Copenhagen Philharmonic and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras. Among the opera highlights is a brand-new production of Peter Eötvös’ iconic opera Three Sister at Teatro Colón.
“The interaction of the two orchestras provides real depth, and we must acknowledge the work of Christian Schumann in the pit and Santiago Santero on the stage, who together managed to take the orchestra from the smallest nuances to the most explosive playing.”
“The music is fresh, colourful, powerful and precise under the direction of Christian Schumann. […] From Christian’s timid but elegant dynamic gestures it’s easy to understand how deeply he understands John Williams’ compositions. He seems to know exactly how to bring the orchestra to the highest level.”
“Christian Schumann’s body language shows the drama of the tiger’s eye… After the first act, there is roaring applause and at the end a standing ovation. This was musical perfection, both exciting and funny.”
“Christian Schumann who was asked to conduct the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at short notice did a fine job- particularly at the end of the symphony (Shostakovich Symphony No.1) where the orchestra played seamlessly together like it was guided by “group intelligence”.
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