Music Director: Victoria Symphony Orchestra
Chief Conductor: Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra
Representation: General Management
Photo: Marthe Mølstre, Arctic Philharmonic
Christian Kluxen is Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada and, since January 2019, Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway. Born in Denmark, Kluxen is an engaging and intelligent artist with great musical integrity. He has conducted orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Tasmanian Philharmonic, whilst in the operatic field he has worked with Danish National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Arctic Opera.
Christian Kluxen is Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada and Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway. Born in Copenhagen in 1981 to Danish-German parents, he has a natural affinity towards the Germanic and Scandinavian repertoire, particularly the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Nielsen and Sibelius, and he has been lauded for his bold, imaginative and energetic interpretations of this repertoire.
During the 14/15 season, Christian held the Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, acting as assistant conductor to Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Prior to this appointment he was Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2010 to 2013.
He has worked with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Royal Northern Sinfonia, RTÉ National Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Norrköping Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, Kristiansand Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Transylvanian State Philharmonic and in Australasia with the Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
In his home country, Christian enjoys close relationships with several orchestras, including the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Odense Symphony, and in May 2019 he stepped in at short notice for concerts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, replacing Yuri Temirkanov in concerts broadcast live on Danish National Radio.
The current season sees debuts with the Oregon Symphony, Bremer Philharmoniker, Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Norrlandsoperan symphony orchestra, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, and a return engagement with the Turku Philharmonic.
On the operatic stage, Christian has conducted extensive tours of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly with the Danish National Opera, and has made his Berlin debut conducting Die Zauberflöte at Komische Oper. He led highly successful performances of Die Fledermaus with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Ariadne auf Naxos with Arctic Opera and Philharmonic in 2017. Following celebrated performances of Carmen at Opera Hedeland in summer 2019, he reprises Bizet’s masterpiece in Norway with Arctic Opera and Philharmonic.
Christian’s concerts have been broadcast live in Denmark, the UK, Sweden, Norway and Canada. He has received several prestigious awards and prizes, and in 2016 he was nominated by the International Opera Awards as “Young Conductor of the Year”.
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Brahms’ Symphony No.3 / Victoria Symphony / Royal Theatre
“Kluxen managed to find more colours than many a conductor… there was a meticulous attention to detail… [The third movement] was simply delicious, taken at a slow tempo, to be sure, but not overly so… The finale opened with a feline grace and built to a bold and dramatic climax, before finally subsiding into its serene and exquisitely beautiful close. In a word: exceptional.”