Teodor Currentzis is chief conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart, and artistic director of the ensembles musicAeterna Orchestra and musicAeterna Choir, resident at the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2011 to 2019.
During his first season with the SWR Orchestra in 2018/19 Teodor Currentzis conducted Mahler’s Symphonies Nos 3 and 4, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in Stuttgart and also in Vienna, Hamburg and Cologne, followed by a performance of Shosta^lkovich’s Seventh Symphony at the 2019 Salzburg Festival. The 2021/22 season has featured tours around Germany and Spain and to Vienna.
Currentzis and musicAeterna regularly tour Europe, appearing in leading music venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, La Scala, Milan, and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. In 2017 they made their debuts at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart’s Requiem and in a production of La clemenza di Tito directed by Peter Sellars, in which they also made their Dutch National Opera debut in 2018. Since then, they have appeared at Salzburg Festival in a cycle of Beethoven symphonies (2018), Idomeneo in collaboration with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (2019) and Don Giovanni (2021). In 2018 Currentzis and musicAeterna made their debuts at the BBC Proms and in 2019 made their first appearances in Japan (with concerts in Tokyo and Osaka) and also in New York, where they performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in The Shed.
Recent highlights of Currentzis’s career also include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, an Artist Residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus, during which he conducted concerts with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, the SWR Symphony Orchestra and musicAeterna, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the musicAeterna Choir and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm and on tour in Europe, Berio’s Coro on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem at the 2017 Salzburg Festival and Verdi’s Macbeth at Zurich Opera House.
As the former artistic director of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, Currentzis has commissioned several works, by composers including Philippe Hersant, Dmitri Kourliandski, Alexey Syumak and Sergey Nevsky. Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna are exclusive recording artists with Sony Classical. Their recordings of works by Mozart, Mahler, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rameau and Stravinsky have been acclaimed by the critics and have won numerous awards, among then the ECHO Klassik, the Edison Klassiek, the Japanese Record Academy Award and the Opera Award from BBC Music Magazine. Currentzis has been awarded the Gold Mask – the most important Russian theatre prize – nine times so far. In 2016 he received the KAIROS Prize from the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and was named Conductor of the Year by the magazine Opernwelt for his Macbeth in Zurich.
Teodor Currentzis comes from Greece and began his conducting studies with the legendary Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatory.