David Afkham

David Afkham is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of the most sought after conductors to emerge from Germany in recent years. The past two years saw highly successful debut engagements with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, DSO-Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker, Spanish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Seattle Symphony. David Afkham also stepped in at short notice to lead the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester’s extensive 2012 Easter tour, attracting unanimous critical acclaim in major European.

In May 2013, David Afkham was appointed as the next Principal Conductor of the Spanish National Orchestra, a tenure which will begin in the season 14/15.

Highlight over the next two seasons include return projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, DSO-Berlin, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and a tour with the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester. David is also looking forward to debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony and NHK Symphony, as well as a New York debut at the 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival.

David Afkham was Assistant Conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester for three years, a tenure which ended in Summer 2012.

In August 2010, he became the first recipient of the “Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award”. He was also the winner of the 2008 Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London, resulting in him becoming the Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra for two years. 

Born 1983 in Freiburg, Germany, David Afkham entered the  city’s University of Music at 15 to study piano, music theory and conducting, going on to  complete his conducting  studies at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. David Afkham was the first recipient of the "Bernard Haitink Fund for Young Talent and continues to work on a regular basis with Haitink, whom he has assisted on a number of projects including major symphony cycles with the Chicago Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. 

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