The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and The Conductor Laureate Society
Joined the RPO in 1998
British conductor Christopher Seaman has an international reputation for inspirational music making. His diverse musical interests are reflected in his range of repertoire and he is particularly known for his interpretations of early 20th century English music, Bruckner, Brahms, and Sibelius.
Seaman was music director of the RPO from 1998-2011 and was subsequently named conductor laureate. During his 13-year tenure—the longest in RPO history—he raised the orchestra’s artistic level, broadened its audience base, and created a new concert series. This contribution was recognized with an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Other key positions he has held include music director of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor-in-residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and artistic advisor of the San Antonio Symphony. In the U.K. he was principal conductor with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.
The 2015-16 season includes engagements with North American orchestras such as the Cinncinati, Baltimore, Vancouver, Milwaukee, and Hawaii symphonies. He also opens the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s season and makes debuts with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in Norway and the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Seaman’s recordings with the RPO have received great critical acclaim. His recordings also include performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
In May 2009, the University of Rochester made Seaman an honorary doctor of music. In 2013, University of Rochester Press published Seaman’s Inside Conducting, a wise but entertaining look at the art of conducting.
Videos of Christopher Seaman
Symphony No. 5, Second mvt.
Symphony No. 5, Fourth mvt.