Teodor Currentzis was born in Athens and studied at the Greek National Conservatory. He has lived in Russia since 1994, where he then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory with Ilya Musin. Between 2004 and 2010 he was principal conductor of the Novosibirsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and since 2011 has been artistic director of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre. At the start of the 2018/19 season he will take over as principal conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart.
Highlights of his career include Don Carlos at the Paris Opéra, Weinberg’s The Passenger with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Bregenz, Così fan tutte with the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Ensemble in Baden-Baden, Wozzeck and Don Giovanni at the Bolshoi Theatre, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Zurich, Iolanta and Persephone at Teatro Real, Madrid, Purcell’s The Indian Queen in a Perm Opera co-production with the Teatro Real and English National Opera, Dmitri Kourliandski’s Nosferatu and Syumak’s Cantos at the Perm Opera, Das Rheingold with musicAeterna at the Ruhr Triennale and La clemenza di Tito at the 2017 Salzburg Festival.
Conducted by Teodor Currentzis, Robert Wilson’s staging of La traviata, in a co-production with the Perm Opera Theatre, Unlimited Performing Arts of Copenhagen, the Linz State Theatre and Les Théâtres de la Ville in Luxembourg, became a milestone in the performing history of Verdi’s opera. For his work, Teodor Currentzis received the Golden Mask Russian National Theatre Award, his seventh such award.
Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna record with Sony Classical. Their releases include Le nozze di Figaro, which won the 2014 Echo Klassik Award for opera recording of the year, Così fan tutte, which won CD of the year in Opernwelt in 2015, and Don Giovanni. Other recordings include Rameau: The Sound of Light, Le Sacre du printemps, which won the 2016 Echo Klassik Award for symphonic recording of the year, Les Noces and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’ Symphony. Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna’s earlier recording of Dido and Aeneas, with Simone Kermes as Dido, received international acclaim when it was released in 2008.
Teodor Currentzis is artistic director of the International Diaghilev Festival in Perm and founder and artistic director of the musicAeterna Orchestra and Choir. He is also co-founder of Moscow’s Territoria Festival and a recipient of the Order of Friendship and the Alfred Toepfer Foundation’s Kairos Culture Prize.