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Christoph Eschenbach


Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is in great demand by the finest orchestras and opera houses the world over.

He and the NSO have successfully undertaken their first two tours together, the Americas Tour 2012, and this season's tour of Europe and Oman. He and the NSO are also performing for the first time together at Carnegie Hall this season. Washington highlights of 2012-2013 include a residency with Lang Lang, with three different Beethoven concertos and a duo-piano recital, among other performances. Maestro Eschenbach and the NSO have participated in the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool 2013 festival; and as pianist he will perform chamber music with NSO musicians and guest artists on the Millennium Stage and in the Concert Hall. Particularly noteworthy among his engagements with other orchestras are the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm; and a number of engagements in Vienna, including concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic and Lang Lang; Schubert Lieder recitals with Matthias Goerne at the Musikverein; and conducting Capriccio at the Vienna State Opera. He will conduct and record Eugene Onegin in Budapest, conduct the London Philharmonic in London and on tour, and will also lead the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, NDR-Hamburg, WDR-Köln, and the Munich Philharmonic. In this country he will make guest appearances with the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in addition to his ten weeks of concerts with the NSO. Maestro Eschenbach will return to the Beijing Symphony, China National Symphony for the New Year's concerts, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

A prolific recording artist over five decades, Christoph Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. Currently recording projects with the NSO are under discussion with Ondine; his first recording with the National Symphony was released last season, Remembering JFK. Maestro Eschenbach's discography includes recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Ondine), the Orchestre de Paris (Ondine and Deutsche Grammophon), London Philharmonic (EMI/LPO Live), London Symphony (DG/BMG), Vienna Philharmonic (Decca), NDR Sinfonieorchester (BMG/Sony and Warner), and Houston Symphony (Koch), among others, and many performances as pianist. His recordings have received critical acclaim and prestigious honors, including BBC Magazine's Disc of the Month, Gramophone's Editors' Choice, and the German Record Critics' Award. His recent Ondine recording of the music of Kaija Saariaho with the Orchestre de Paris and soprano Karita Mattila won the 2009 MIDEM Classical Award in Contemporary Music. Of particular note is his recording and filming of the full cycle of Mahler symphonies, available on his web site for free streaming.

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(Current as of March 21, 2013)

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/8/2012: Citibank Classical Night: Christoph Eschenbach and Nurit Bar-Josef

Kennedy Center and NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef present an evening of classical music.

Christoph Eschenbach