Biography

Teodor Currentzis

Current as of July 2024

Teodor Currentzis is the founder and artistic director of the Utopia Orchestra and Choir, principal conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart and artistic director of the orchestra and choir musicAeterna.

He began his musical studies in his native Greece, and in 1994 entered the St Petersburg Conservatory, where he studied with Ilya Musin.

Teodor Currentzis regularly tours worldwide with his ensembles, and performs in numerous renowned concert halls, among them the Philharmonies of Berlin, Munich and Cologne, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and La Scala, Milan.

He appears as a guest conductor at many leading opera houses, among them the Paris Opéra, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Zurich Opera House, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In addition, he performs regularly at the Salzburg Festival, the Ruhrtriennale and the Lucerne and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. He has worked with directors including Robert Wilson, Romeo Castellucci, Peter Sellars, Dmitri Tcherniakov and Theodoros Terzopoulos. Since the 2016/17 season he appears regularly at the Vienna Konzerthaus, performing with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the SWR Symphony Orchestra and musicAeterna among others.

Teodor Currentzis has recorded works by Mozart, Mahler, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rameau and Stravinsky for Sony Classical. His recordings have won numerous international prizes, including the ECHO Klassik, the Edison Klassiek, the Japanese Record Award and BBC Music Magazine’s Opera Award. In 2016 he received the prestigious KAIROS Prize from the Alfred Toepfer Foundation. He is a recipient of the Greek award the Order of the Phoenix and in 2019 received the Bremen Musikfest Award.

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