Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Christian Kluxen is an artist of intelligence and great musical integrity. Born in Denmark, he has conducted orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Strasbourg Philharmonic, and in the operatic field has worked with Danish National Opera, Komische Oper Berlin and Arctic Opera. The current season sees return visits to the Norrköping Symphony, Trondheim Symphony and Turku Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Manchester Camerata, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia.
Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada from September 2017, Christian KIuxen is an artist who brings joyful, charismatic energy to both the concert and operatic stage. His success is built upon the natural ease of his conducting, his profound musicianship and artistic integrity.
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, Philharmonia, Netherlands Philharmonic 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. The following season, he 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.
Further important debuts followed, including the Royal Philharmonic and Turku Philharmonic orchestras, the Fondazione Arena di Verona Orchestra in Italy, and the Ulster Orchestra in a live BBC broadcast. Kluxen’s work in the operatic field continued to flourish, with a Berlin debut conducting Die Zauberflöte at Komische Oper, and highly acclaimed performances of Ariadne auf Naxos with the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic in Norway.
In 17/18, Kluxen conducts the season opening concert at the Norrköping Symphony, and follows with return visits to the Trondheim Symphony and Turku Philharmonic. The season also sees Kluxen’s debuts with the Manchester Camerata, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia.
Born in 1981 in Copenhagen to Danish-German parents, Christian 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. In early 2017, he returned to the Aarhus Symphony to conduct performances of Die Fledermaus.
“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.