The 2012–2013 season marks Michael Christie’s eighth and final season as music director of the Phoenix Symphony. Christie also continues into his thirteenth season as music director of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and begins his tenure as the first-ever music director of the Minnesota Opera.
With his orchestras, he has embarked on a series of ambitious projects focusing on interdisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, dance companies, and theater groups, as well as contemporary composers such as Gorecki, Ligeti, Adams, Golijov, and Tan Dun.
His symphonic conducting career includes appointments as music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, chief conductor of the Queensland Orchestra, and numerous guest appearances conducting Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and the symphonies of Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, in addition to many European engagements.
Michael Christie first came to international attention in 1995 when he was awarded a special prize for “Outstanding Potential” at the First International Sibelius Conductors' Competition. Following the competition, he was invited to become an apprentice conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he subsequently worked with Daniel Barenboim.
Christie graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music with a bachelor's degree in trumpet performance.
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