Recognized internationally as a conductor of enormous musical variety and deep introspection, Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini has conducted more than 100 orchestras on all 5 continents. He is equally in demand as an accomplished opera conductor. In 2012, he was appointed musical director at the prestigious Oper Klosterneuburg Festival outside Vienna, where he debuted with Don Pasquale.
Within the last few seasons he has established an impressive presence in North America, appearing regularly with orchestras in Philadelphia, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Oregon, Indianapolis, Colorado, Columbus, Florida, San Antonio, Vancouver, Ottawa, Québec, Calgary, and many others.
He received his musical education in the United States, studying music in New York at The Juilliard School and at the prestigious Yale University/Affiliate Artists Conducting program, where he worked with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, and Kurt Sanderling. In addition, he also studied languages and philosophy at Columbia University.
Christoph Campestrini also holds a degree in composition and has composed Lieder cycles, chamber, and symphonic music. Recordings include the labels Orfeo (Munich), Signum (Heidelberg), as well as for the Austrian, West German, and Czech radio stations.
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