The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and The Conductor Laureate Society
Christopher Seaman assumed the role of Conductor Laureate in the 2011–2012 Season, and will return annually to conduct the RPO. Seaman was the RPO’s longest-tenured music director: the 2010–2011 Season marked his 13th in this position.
Recognized worldwide as one of today’s leading conductors, he previously served as principal conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony and Northern Sinfonia, conductor-in-residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. In May 2009, the University of Rochester awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Music degree.
Highly sought-after internationally as a guest conductor and noted for his strong command of a broad repertoire, Seaman has regular engagements in North America, Israel, Eastern Europe, the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as in Great Britain.
Videos of Christopher Seaman
Symphony No. 5, Second mvt.
Symphony No. 5, Fourth mvt.
Recent guest conducting engagements in North America have included the orchestras of Vancouver, Columbus, Seattle, Omaha, and San Antonio, and the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. He previously has conducted the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Utah, New Jersey, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Colorado, Louisville, and Atlanta. For several summers, he has conducted concerts at the Aspen Festival and also taught at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.
Abroad, his schedule includes concerts with all of the London orchestras; the major United Kingdom orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, and the various BBC orchestras. He also has led the symphony orchestras of Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Trondheim, and the North German Philharmonic, among others, and will make return visits this season to Portugal and the Czech Republic.
He visits Australia annually, conducting the major orchestras there (often including concerts in the Sydney Opera House) and also leading master classes for young Australian conductors.
Seaman's recordings include performances with the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra of Britain. Seaman has recorded two CDs with the RPO, one with pianist Jon Nakamatsu released in 2001, and one with pianist Olga Kern, released in 2003 and hailed by the Democrat and Chronicle as “sensational.”
His third and final RPO recording project, featuring Vaughan Williams's "London" Symphony and Serenade to Music, was released on harmonia mundi in March, 2012, and was hailed by the press as "first rate," impressive," and "a fine recording of an English classic."