Teodor Currentzis is the artistic director of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre and the artistic director of the ensemble musicAeterna and of the musicAeterna Choir, both of which he formed in 2004 during his tenure as principal conductor of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (2004–2010). Since the autumn of 2018 he has also been the principal conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra. During his first season with the Stuttgart-based orchestra he conducted performances of Mahler’s Third and Fourth Symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, also taking the players on tour to the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Cologne Philharmonie.
In 2018/19 Teodor Currentzis conducted performances of La traviata with musicAeterna in Dortmund, Hamburg and Luxembourg, additionally making guest appearances in Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Brussels in programmes that included Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, Philippe Hersant’s Tristia and Verdi’s Requiem. He also took musicAeterna on their first tour of Japan, including a concert in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
Recent highlights of Teodor Currentzis’s career include a residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus during the 2016/17 season, when he conducted the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata and musicAeterna; Peter Sellars’s production of La clemenza di Tito, which was first seen at the 2017 Salzburg Festival before being revived at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, where conductor and orchestra made their debut in 2018; a concert with musicAeterna at the BBC Proms in 2018 and their subsequent return to the Salzburg Festival for a cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies performed before sold-out houses.
Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna are exclusive Sony Classical artists. Their most recent recording is Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony. Their recording on DVD and Blu-ray of Peter Sellars’s production of Purcell’s The Indian Queen received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2017. The previous year their recording of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps received an ECHO Klassik Award in the category of Symphonic Recording of Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Teodor Currentzis has been awarded Russia’s most prestigious theatre prize, the Golden Mask, on no fewer than seven occasions, most recently in 2017 for a production of La traviata directed by Robert Wilson in Perm. He was born in Greece but settled in Russia in the early 1990s in order to study conducting with Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatory.