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 history¾he 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 have included 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.
As a guest conductor, Seaman has recently performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Detroit, Houston, St Louis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Seattle symphony orchestras, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He frequently visits Australia and Asia where he has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Taiwan, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Singapore symphony orchestras, amongst others.
As a recording artist Christopher has worked with the Royal Philharmonic RPO amongst others, and his RPO recordings have received great critical acclaim
In May 2009, the University of Rochester made Seaman an honorary doctor of music, acknowledging his outstanding leadership as conductor, recording artist, teacher, and community arts partner. 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.