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 posts in England, Germany, and Paris. He continues a longstanding partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, where he served as principal conductor and artistic adviser for ten years and is now honorary conductor for life. Mr. Dohnányi is renowned the world over for his legendary 20-year tenure as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Dohnányi began the 2014–15 season in concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival. In Europe this season, he leads the Orchestre de Paris, the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in Milan, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In the U.S., Dohnányi presided over December’s two-week Dohnányi/Dvořák Festival at the New York Philharmonic, as well as conducting two subscription weeks with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Upon completing his tenure in Cleveland, Dohnányi was immediately invited to guest conduct other major orchestras in the United States, and he now enjoys ongoing relationships with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and, as music director laureate, the Cleveland Orchestra. Some recent highlights are landmark series of all-Beethoven and all-Brahms concerts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, the complete Beethoven piano concertos with Yefim Bronfman and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the complete Brahms symphonies with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Dohnányi frequently leads productions at the world’s great opera houses, including Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Opéra national de Paris. He has led the Vienna Philharmonic in many Salzburg Festival appearances, including the World Premieres of Henze's Die Bassariden and Cerha's Baal. He also regularly appears with the Zurich Opera and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Christoph von Dohnányi has made many critically acclaimed recordings for London/Decca with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. With Vienna, he recorded a variety of symphonic works and a number of operas, including Beethoven's Fidelio, Berg's Wozzeck and Lulu, Strauss’s Salome, and Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. With the Cleveland Orchestra, his discography includes concert performances and recordings of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Das Rheingold, the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann, symphonies by Bruckner, Dvořák, Mahler, Mozart, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky, and, among many others, works by Bartók, Berlioz, Ives, Varèse, and Webern.
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