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Teodor Currentzis

Conductor

Biography

Teodor Currentzis is the Founder and Artistic Director of the musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir and the Chief Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart.

Born in Greece, Teodor has been calling Russia his home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the state conservatory of St. Petersburg under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin.

With musicAeterna, the ensemble he founded in 2004 in Novosibirsk, Teodor Currentzis regularly tours Europe with performances at the Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonie de Paris, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, La Scala Milan and the Madrid Auditorio, Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Aix-en-Provence Festival (France), RUHRtriennale (Germany), the Klara Festival (Brussels). They have a long-standing relationship with the Salzburger Festspiele; performances in Salzburg include a new production of La Clemenza di Tito directed by Peter Sellars in 2017, the full Beethoven symphony cycle in 2018 in five sellout concerts, and Idomeneo in 2019, directed by Peter Sellars in collaboration with the Freiburg Baroque and the musicAeterna choir.

Teodor and musicAeterna made their BBC Proms debut in 2018. Last year, they made their Japanese debut, as well as their New York debut at The Shed with Verdis Requiem alongside moving images from the late Jonas Mekas. In November 2019, Teodor Currentzis made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic.

In 2018/19, Teodor Currentzis was appointed Chief Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. In his first year with SWR, Teodor conducted Beethovens Symphony No. 5, Mahlers Symphonies No. 3 and 4, Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 5, and Shostakovichs Symphony No. 7 in performances in Stuttgart and on tour, visiting the Vienna Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Cologne Philharmonie amongst others. He finished his first season with SWR with a final performance of Shostakovichs Symphony No. 7 at the Salzburg Festival. In 2019/20, he took the orchestra on tour to Spain, Italy and France.

Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna are exclusive Sony artists. Met with much positive critical reception, their recordings of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rameau, and Stravinsky have received numerous international music awards: ECHO Klassik Award, Edison Klassiek, Japanese Record Academy Award, BBC Music Magazines Opera Award. Teodor has so far been awarded the Golden Mask (Russias prestigious theatre award) eight times in his career and was the recipient of the Toepfer Foundations prestigious Kairos Award. He was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation, the Greek Order of the Phoenix and the Bremen Musikfest-Preis.

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