In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Since his appointment to these positions in 2008, he has played a key role in planning future seasons, international festivals and special projects for these two prestigious institutions. In 2011-12, in addition to conducting the National Symphony in its home at the Kennedy Center, Mr. Eschenbach led the orchestra on tour of South America. In 2012-13, he will lead the orchestra overseas again on a tour of Europe and Oman.
Mr. Eschenbach’s conducting activities in 2012-13 include performances in Europe with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, where he was Music Director from 1998 to 2004; Munich Philharmonic; Orchestre de Paris, the ensemble he led as music director between 2000 and 2010; a tour of Germany with the London Philharmonic; concerts in Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; and a tour of Australia and Europe leading the Australian Youth Orchestra. He will also return to the Vienna State Opera to conduct performances of Richard Strauss’s Cappricio. In the United States, in addition to leading the National Symphony Orchestra in the Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Eschenbach will return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.
In 2011-12, Mr. Eschenbach toured Australia and the Far East with the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as conducting the orchestra in Vienna. Other highlights of the season included performances with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China in Beijing; the London Philharmonic at Royal Festival Hall, and on tour in Oman and in Spain; the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he served as Music Director from 2003 to 2008, NDR Symphony Orchestra; the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia; the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including the orchestra’s concert at Carnegie Hall; the Orchestre de Paris; the Filarmonia della Scala; the Czech Philarmonic; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk; to name just a few. In the summer of 2012, Mr. Eschenbach conducted at the Tanglewood Festival and the Ravinia Festival. He has served as Principal Conductor of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival International Orchestral Academy since 2004, and appears regularly in Germany and on tour with the SHMF Orchestra ... read full bio