The Christopher Seaman Chair, Supported by Barbara and Patrick Fulford and The Conductor Laureate Society
British conductor Christopher Seaman has a reputation for inspirational music making. Having relinquished his post as Music Director to the RPO in 2011, he was subsequently bestowed the title of Conductor Laureate. During his 13-year tenure - the longest in the orchestra’s history – he attracted much attention for raising the orchestra’s artistic level, broadening its audience base and creating a new concert series that was recognized with an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In May 2009, the University of Rochester made Christopher an Honorary Doctor of Music, acknowledging his outstanding leadership in music as a conductor, recording artist, teacher and community arts partner. In the US, he has also held the positions of Music Director to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor-in-Residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor of the San Antonio Symphony. In the UK, Christopher has held the position of Principal Conductor with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia.
Videos of Christopher Seaman
Symphony No. 5, Second mvt.
Symphony No. 5, Fourth mvt.
Highlights in 2014-15 season and beyond include the Warsaw and Rochester philharmonic orchestras, Milwaukee, Nashville and Adelaide symphony orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia, and the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Recent guest conducting engagements include concerts with the orchestras in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, St Louis, Seattle, and Minnesota. He is also a regular guest at the Aspen Music Festival. He frequently visits Australia and Asia, and has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the National Taiwan, Sydney, Melbourne, and Singapore Symphony orchestras.
Christopher’s diverse musical interests are reflected in his range of repertoire and he is particularly well noted for his interpretations of early 20th century English music, Bruckner, Brahms and Sibelius. He makes a point of encouraging young talent and has held the post of Course Director of the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program for many years, devoting a number of weeks each year to teaching and directing training programs for young conductors. He has also worked with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama a number of times.
Christopher’s recordings with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra have received great critical acclaim, and their 2012 Harmonia Mundi recording featuring Vaughan Williams’s A London Symphony was described by The Sunday Telegraph as a “fine recording of an English classic… as impressive as I have ever heard”. He has also conducted recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
The University of Rochester Press published his first book, Inside Conducting, in July 2013 which illustrates Christopher’s wealth of experience as a conductor and a teacher. The book was chosen by both The Financial Times and Classical Music magazine as one of their books of 2013; The Spectator wrote that it “demystifies the art and the figure of the conductor”.