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Kirill Karabits

In his eleventh year as its Chief Conductor, Kirill Karabits enjoys an internationally celebrated relationship with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with which he has made many critically acclaimed recordings and appeared regularly at the BBC Proms. He has worked with leading international ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre national de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice, and BBC Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys a special relationship with the Russian National Orchestra with which he returned to the Edinburgh International Festival in the 2018 / 19 season and more recently embarked on an extensive North American tour with Mikhail Pletnev, which included his New York debut at the Lincoln Center. He also recently made his debuts with the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Melbourne, and with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein, as well as a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin.

The 2019 / 20 season will include a number of returns and debuts, in North America, on the European continent, in Australia, and South Korea. It will also see him embark on a European and South American tour with the Russian National Orchestra, which will include performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. A prolific conductor of opera, Kirill Karabits has appeared at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Stuttgart, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Staatsoper Hamburg, English National Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, and Wagner Geneva Festival, in a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Britten. A champion of the next generation of bright musicians, he is Artistic Director of the I, CULTURE Orchestra which he conducted on a European tour in August 2015, with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist, and on a tour of summer festivals in 2018, which included concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Montpellier Festival. Most recently, in the course of a UK tour, he conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for the first time. The Royal Philharmonic Society named Kirill Karabits Conductor of the Year in 2013.

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