Christian Zacharias

SPCO Artistic Partner

The qualities that make Christian Zacharias one of the world’s most celebrated pianists have also enabled him to make his mark as a conductor, festival director, musical thinker, writer, and broadcaster: integrity married to individualism, deep musical insight matched by a sure poetic instinct, brilliance in communication, and a charismatic and commanding platform manner. Zacharias first made his name as a pianist and continues to appear in concertos and recitals worldwide. His career to date has also been distinguished by important chamber music relationships with esteemed colleagues, including the Alban Berg Quartet, the Leipzig String Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, and Frank Peter Zimmermann. Since 2000, Zacharias has been Principal Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, with which he made a number of critically acclaimed recordings. He has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since the 2002–2003 season. In 2009, Zacharias became an Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He also enjoys long-term relationships with orchestras such as the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, he has embarked on an operatic career with productions of three different works: Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Liège) and his opera seria La clemenza di Tito (Geneva) as well as Offenbach’s opera bouffe La belle Hélène.