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One of today’s foremost young conductors, Christian Knapp is known for his dynamic stage presence and energy on the podium. He has led prestigious orchestras around the world including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among many others.

His successful debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led to an immediate re-engagement at the Hollywood Bowl.  Other successful return engagements include the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony. In March 2014, Maestro Knapp will also appear with Palm Beach Opera Association to conduct Les Contes d'Hoffmann.  He also appears regularly in subscription with the Seattle Symphony, where he served as Associate Conductor from 2004 to 2006.

In February 2011 Mr. Knapp made his debut at the Mariinksy Theater in St. Petersburg, conducting Strauss' Elektra at the invitation of Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev. Knapp's success cemented a lasting collaboration as a regular guest conductor at this world-renowned opera company, and a close artistic relationship with Maestro Gergiev.  Since his debut at the Mariinsky, Mr. Knapp has prepared and premiered new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos and Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted Così fan tutte, and made his White Night's Festival debut in Spring 2011 with Der Fliegende Holländer. During the 2012 White Night's Festival he stepped in for an ailing Maestro Gergiev on just a few hours' notice to conduct Les Contes d'Hoffmann.  Future highlights at the Mariinsky include repeat performances of Ariadne auf Naxos and Der Fliegende Holländer as well as productions of Carmen, Aida, Don Carlo, Turandot, Pique Dame and Rigoletto.  In St. Petersburg, he will also assist Maestro Gergiev in performances of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.

A passionate proponent of new music, Knapp has led such groups as the Perspectives New Music Ensemble in London, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the Seattle Chamber Players.  He has conducted works by John Adams, Julian Anderson, Kaija Saariaho, Pascal Dusapin, Gerard Grisey, George Crumb and Thomas Adès, among others. In 2005, Knapp conducted the world premiere of Paul Dresher's opera The Tyrant with the Seattle Chamber Players. He has appeared with ICE in New York, conducting the U.S. premiere of Zona by Magnus Lindberg as part of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival in 2006 and a program of the music of Philippe Hurel at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre.  Knapp returned to the Miller Theatre in the 2012-2013 Season  to lead performances of the music of Sofia Gubaidulina with ICE.

The recipient of several honors for his artistic achievements, Mr. Knapp was a prize-winner in the Third International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in 1999. That same year he was also awarded the prestigious Woodhouse Junior Fellowship in Conducting from the Royal College of Music in London, working with its orchestras, new music ensembles and opera theater. In 2003 he was selected to participate in the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony, and in 2005 Mr. Knapp and the Seattle Symphony were awarded a grant from the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation.

Born in the United States, Mr. Knapp received bachelor's degrees in piano performance from the New England Conservatory and in philosophy from Tufts University. He studied conducting at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena under Yuri Temirkanov and Myung-Whun Chung; he then earned a post-graduate diploma in conducting from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia, where he studied with the renowned pedagogue, Ilya Musin, and Mariinksy conductor Leonid Korchmar.

 

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