Christoph Eschenbach

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    AfterWords: Verdi's Requiem

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    Christoph Eschenbach discusses Verdi's Requiem

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    Era of Christoph Eschenbach

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    Fortas - 2014-2015 Season Annoucement

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 1/6 (Mozart Excerpt). Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major.

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 2/6 (Mozart Excerpt). Sonata for Piano 4 hands in F major.

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 3/6 (Schubert Excerpt). Fantasie for Piano 4 hands

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 4/6 (Schubert Excerpt). Duo in A minor, "Lebenssturme".

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 5/6 (Schubert Excerpt). Deux marches caracteristiques: Marche No. 1

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    In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach 6/6 (Debussy Excerpt). Petite Suite: Mvt. IV, Ballet

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    National Symphony Orchestra - 2014-2015 Season Annoucement

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    NSO 2011-2012 Season Highlights

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    NSO In Your Neighborhood: U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle

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    Portrait Series: Christoph Eschenbach

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    The NSO Youth Fellowship Program

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    Welcoming Christoph Eschenbach



Biography

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.

   Now in his fifth season with the NSO and Kennedy Center, he has, during his first four seasons, taken the NSO on two international tours, the Americas Tour 2012 and the Europe/Oman Tour 2013, earning great acclaim in the nine countries visited.  He and the NSO have also performed together at Carnegie Hall. Washington highlights of the current season include the programming focuses of Fantasy & Fate:  Tchaikovsky Masterworks and Mahler Explored, as well as participation in Iberian Suite:  global arts remix, a major festival highlighting the cultures of Portugal and Spain and the impact they have had around the world, as well as the vast influence this region has embraced from other cultures. Maestro Eschenbach continues to appear as pianist on the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts and on other Kennedy Center series, often with NSO members.  Additionally, he continues his focus on featuring NSO members in solo roles with the Orchestra, with eight members featured in the current season. 

   Highlights of other engagements include Mozart's Idomeneo at the Wiener Staatsoper, and his long-standing collaboration with Matthias Goerne continues with recitals of Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe in Paris, Köln, and Salzburg, and Shostakovich's Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarotti in Milan's La Scala.  Additionally he conducts the Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic (in Vienna and on tour in Europe and Asia), DSO Berlin, NDR Hamburg, and other distinguished ensembles.

   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. His first recording with the National Symphony was released in 2011 on the Ondine label, 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 the 2014 Grammy for "Best Classical Compendium, BBC Magazine's Disc of the Month, Gramophone's Editors' Choice, and the German Record Critics' Award. His 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 with the Orchestre de Paris, available on his web site for free streaming.

   Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Maestro Eschenbach has enjoyed a career which has included music directorships of the Orchestre de Paris (2000-2010), Philadelphia Orchestra (2003-08), Ravinia Festival (1994-2003), NDR Sinfonieorchester (1998-2004), and Houston Symphony (1988-1999). He has also served as artistic director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (1999-2002) and as chief conductor and artistic director of the Tonhalle Orchestra (1982-1986). His many honors include the Légion d'Honneur; Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; Officer's Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit; and the Commander's Cross of the German Order of Merit for outstanding achievements. He also received the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Pacific Music Festival, where he was co-artistic director (1992-1998).

   Maestro Eschenbach frequently mentors gifted young performers, and works regularly with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.  In Washington, he also offers rehearsal opportunities to the students of the NSO's Youth Fellowship Program, side-by-side with the Orchestra.

   For more information, please visit christoph-eschenbach.com and nationalsymphony.org.

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Remembering JFK with Maestro Eschenbach and the NSO - 2 CD Set
Remembering JFK with Maestro Eschenbach and the NSO - 2 CD Set

Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra make their first recording together, a live recording of the concerts the National Symphony ...
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