Christian Kluxen

Christian Kluxen held the position of Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2010-2013. During this time he conducted the orchestra in a variety of concerts and played an active role in engaging audiences and communities throughout Scotland. His immediate and enduring success in this post was testament to the maturity and intelligence he displays on the podium, along with his youthful exuberance and natural charisma.

In his native Denmark, Kluxen has worked with all the regional orchestras and last season conducted the opening concert of the Carl Nielsen International Music Festival. He has appeared with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, and in August 2013 makes his debut with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

A number of other important debuts were made throughout Europe last season including the Trondheim Symphony, Helsingborg Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic and RTÉ National Symphony in Dublin. Kluxen’s musical collaborators to date include acclaimed soloists such as Andreas Brantelid, Nicola Benedetti, Simone Dinnerstein, Benjamin Schmid, Nicholas Daniel and John Lill.

In recent years Kluxen has formed a strong link with the Philharmonia Orchestra, with further invitations over the next two seasons. Other highlights of the current season include a return to the Philharmonie Südwestfalen in Germany and an appearance at the prestigious Kronberg Academy Festival, where Kluxen conducts the Kremerata Baltica and Mischa Maisky amongst other distinguished artists.

A protégé of conductor Giordano Bellincampi, Kluxen has served as assistant on major opera productions in Denmark and elsewhere. In March 2012 he made his debut at the Danish National Opera, leading a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

From 2003 to 2010 Kluxen held the position of Music Director of the City of Copenhagen Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure he led the orchestra in numerous tours throughout Europe and performed at Germany’s ”Neubrandenburger Jugendorchestertreffen” as well as the International Festival of European Youth Orchestras.

Born in 1981 in Copenhagen, Kluxen began his musical training at 7 and started conducting at the age of 15. He was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and later studied conducting at the Zurich University of the Arts with Professor Johannes Schlaefli. He has participated in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Bernard Haitink. In 2010 he was selected to become a member of the “Dirigentenforum” of the German Music Council, remaining on the programme until 2013.

Christian Kluxen has twice been the recipient of the Arne Hammelboe Education Scholarship, given by the Danish Conductors Association, and in 2007 he was awarded the Jacob Gade Grand Priz to fund one year’s conducting studies in New York City. In 2011 the Danish Richard Wagner Society awarded Kluxen the Bayreuth Bursary to visit the legendary festival in the summer and in 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Gladsaxe Music Prize.

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