Christoph von Dohnányi is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent orchestral and opera conductors. His appointments have included opera directorships in Frankfurt and Hamburg, and principal orchestral conducting posts in England, Germany, and Paris. He enjoys a longstanding partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he served as principal conductor and artistic adviser for ten years and is honorary conductor for life. He is renowned the world over for his legendary 20-year tenure as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Mr. Dohnányi began the 2013–14 season with concerts at the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals, followed by season-opening concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to which he returns for a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle with Yefim Bronfman in the spring. He leads concerts with Zurich’s Tonhalle, Orchestra and with the Philharmonia in London; subscription weeks with the leading orchestras in New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago; and a pair of gala concerts in San Diego.
Recent highlights include concerts with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; a Philharmonia Orchestra residency in Vienna’s Musikverein and one at Paris’s Théâtre du Chatelet, and a United States tour with that orchestra; landmark series of all-Beethoven and all-Brahms concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia; and the complete Brahms symphonies with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Mr. Dohnányi frequently leads productions at the world’s great opera houses, including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, and those of Berlin and Paris. He has led the Vienna Philharmonic in many Salzburg Festival appearances, including the world premieres of Henze’s The Bassarids and Friedrich Cerha’s Baal. He also regularly appears with the Zurich Opera and at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
Christoph von Dohnányi has made many critically acclaimed recordings for the London/Decca label, featuring his performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. With the latter he recorded a variety of symphonic works and a number of operas, including Beethoven’s Fidelio, Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. His discography with The Cleveland Orchestra includes concert performances and recordings of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Das Rheingold; the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann; symphonies by Bruckner, Dvořáak, Mahler, Mozart, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky, and among many others; as well as works by Bartók, Berlioz, Ives, Varèse, and Webern.