Music Director Designate: Victoria Symphony Orchestra
Representation: General Management
Music Director Designate of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Danish conductor Christian Kluxen is an artist of intelligence, vitality and great musical integrity. Having already conducted orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Netherlands Philharmonic, Kluxen makes further debuts this season with the Royal Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic and Arctic Opera and Philharmonic. In 2016, he led a critically acclaimed tour of Madama Butterfly with Danish National Opera, and in the current season makes his debut with Komische Oper Berlin, conducting The Magic Flute.
Christian Kluxen is Music Director Designate of the Victoria Symphony in Canada, a position he takes up in the 17/18 season. With a joyful, charismatic energy that he brings to both the concert and operatic stage, Kluxen’s success is built on his fine conducting talent, artistic integrity and intelligent approach to music-making.
Since completing his three-year Assistant Conductorship at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2013, Kluxen has conducted many significant orchestras including the Gothenburg Symphony, Trondheim Symphony and RTÉ National Symphony Dublin, as well as Kremerata Baltica at the prestigious Kronberg Academy Festival 2013.
During the 14/15 season, Kluxen held the post of Dudamel Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same season he made his Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic and returned to the Philharmonia Orchestra for engagements in two of the orchestra’s regional series. The following season, Kluxen made successful debuts with the London Philharmonic and Royal Northern Sinfonia, returned to the Strasbourg Philharmonic and conducted an extensive and critically acclaimed tour of Madama Butterfly with Danish National Opera.
The current season sees further important debuts, including the Royal Philharmonic and Turku Philharmonic orchestras, and a Berlin performance debut with The Magic Flute at Komische Oper. Kluxen also makes a Norwegian debut, conducting Ariadne auf Naxos with the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic. Return engagements include the Victoria Symphony in Canada, the Helsingborg Symphony, two visits to the Norrköping Symphony and seven performances of Die Fledermaus with the Aarhus Symphony in Denmark.
Kluxen’s connections with his home country maintain a meaningful place in his career; he has worked extensively throughout Denmark, making his Danish National Symphony debut in 2013, and maintains regular relationships with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, South Denmark Philharmonic and Odense Symphony.
Born in 1981 in Copenhagen to Danish-German parents, Christian Kluxen has three times been presented with the Arne Hammelboe Scholarship by the Danish Conductors Association. In 2007 he was awarded the Jacob Gade Grand Prize to fund one year’s conducting studies in New York City, and in 2011 the Danish Richard Wagner Society awarded him the Bayreuth Bursary to visit the legendary summer festival. From 2010-2013 Kluxen was a member of the “Dirigentenforum” of the German Music Council, and in 2013 he was awarded the Gladsaxe Music Prize.
“At the helm was Christian Kluxen, nearing the end of his assistant conductorship of the RSNO… He revealed a connection with the band that was charismatic, confident and impressively competent. What’s more, his easy-going manner with the audience, through a series of intelligent, chatty introductions added warmth to the evening’s music.
Lars Erik Larrson’s Pastoral Suite proved a welcoming opener, Kluxen allowing its soft-grained expressiveness to unfold with liquid charm, not least in the gorgeous central Romance.