Sibelius: Symphony No. 7, Finale
“One thing became evident: König has got the makings of a great conductor. We saw a musician who possesses everything: perfect technique, huge musicality and an infallible instinct for formal structures and sound.”
Christoph König is a conductor of deep intelligence and musicality. His conducting is marked by an energetic and serious approach to musical collaboration and a commitment to thoughtful and stimulating programming. He currently holds positions as Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto at the Casa da Música, and Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Solistes Européens in Luxembourg.
Following a string of recent successes with symphonies such as Baltimore, Houston and Toronto, Mr. König’s upcoming debuts include the North Carolina symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as re-invitations to the symphonies of Indianapolis, New Jersey and Pittsburgh. He has also conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of Calgary, Cincinnati, Colorado, Milwaukee, Oregon, Pacific (Costa Mesa), and Vancouver. Among Mr. König’s worldwide highlights are debuts with the Dresden Philharmonic, Euskadi Symphony and St. Gallen Symphony, as well as re-invitations to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orquesta de la Communidad de Madrid, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Real Filharmonia de Galicia and the Stuttgart Philharmonic. He has also appeared with the Barcelona Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony (including a highly successful tour of China in 2008), Beethoven Orchestra/Bonn, Danish National Symphony, the Dresdner Staatskapelle, Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, Orchestre de Paris, Netherlands Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Oslo, RTVE/Madrid, Tampere Philharmonic and the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna.
Christoph König has also been Principal Conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. With both orchestras he conducted a wide range of repertoire from Haydn and Mozart to Ligeti, Henze and Turnage.
Equally at home in the theater, Mr. König’s reputation as an opera conductor rose swiftly after stepping in at short notice to successfully direct the Zürich Opera’s 2003 production of Jonathan Miller’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has also led the Zurich Opera in productions of Die Zauberflöte and Il Turco in Italia with Cecilia Bartoli and Ruggero Raimondi. Other operatic productions include Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Teatro Real/Madrid, Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper/Stuttgart and Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. With the Malmö Symphony, he conducted concert performances of Madama Butterfly and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
For the Ao Vivo label, Christoph König has recorded works by Schoenberg, Prokofiev, Saariaho and Sibelius with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto. For Hyperion, he has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of music by Henryk Melcer, with pianist Jonathan Plowright and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His recording of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the same orchestra was featured on the front cover of BBC Music Magazine in September 2009. Other noteworthy recordings include Beethoven symphonies with the Malmö Symphony (DB Productions), and Prokofiev and Mozart with the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg (SEL Classics).
Christoph König was born in Dresden, where he sang as a boy soprano in the famous Dresdner Kreuzchor. He later studied conducting, as well as piano and voice, at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. Mr. König also participated in masterclasses given by such renowned conductors as Sergiu Celibidache and Sir Colin Davis, who subsequently invited him to be his assistant for both concerts and opera productions with the Sächsische Staatskapelle in Dresden.