Wolfram Christ

Wolfram Christ

CONDUCTOR
“Simply wonderful”

Classics Today


Representation: General Management

Overview

Coming from the heart of the great German orchestral tradition, conductor Wolfram Christ epitomises sincerity and musical integrity, and is praised for his exhilarating and sensitive interpretations. Former Principal Conductor of Kurpfalz Orchestra Mannheim and First Guest Conductor of Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra he is also one of the most distinguished exponents of his instrument and current Principal Viola of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. His release of C.P.E. Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra on the hänssler CLASSIC label is widely regarded as the finest performance of these works.

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Full Biography

Wolfram Christ, long-time first Principal Viola with the Berlin Philharmonic, Principal Viola of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Professor at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, has become highly regarded as a conductor epitomising sincerity and musical integrity.

Praised for his exhilarating and sensitive interpretations, Wolfram Christ has already worked with orchestras on five continents, including the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Royal Danish Orchestra Copenhagen, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart of Bologna, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Basque National Orchestra San Sebastián, Simón Bolívar Orchestra Caracas, Auckland Philharmonia, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Durban, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken, Camerata Madrid and the South West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim.

Between 2004 and 2008 Wolfram Christ was Principal Conductor of the Kurpfalz Chamber Orchestra Mannheim. Throughout this time he led the ensemble to a period of increased concert activity at home and abroad, and collaborated with internationally established soloists such as Sabine Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, and Renaud Capuçon.

Wolfram Christ enjoys a long-term relationship with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and held the post of First Guest conductor of the ensemble from 2009 to 2013. Highlights from his tenure include appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein and Lucerne Festivals in 2011, an extended tour of South America in 2012 as well as a project with pianist Hélène Grimaud in 2013.

Released in early 2014 on the hänssler CLASSIC label, Wolfram Christ’s recording of C.P.E. Bach’s Hamburg Symphonies with Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has received international critical acclaim and is widely regarded as the finest performance of these works. The disc has been described by Classics Today as “gripping… hands down, the best version of these remarkable pieces yet recorded” and as “interpreted with great sensitivity and bite, when necessary” by Presto Classical.

Artist Website: www.wolframchrist.de

Haenssler Classic
www.haenssler-classic.de/en/detail-view/titel/hamburger-sinfonien-wq-182/165564/165564/165564.html

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News

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July 12th, 2016

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Wolfram Christ in Japan

February 2nd, 2016

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February 2nd, 2015

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Reviews

Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra

[Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 arr. for string orchestra] was an excellent choice in this programme, and I was impressed with Christ’s profound interpretation… The string players were in perfect harmony and unison. I deeply felt their empathy and devotion towards the conductor… He opened up new horizons for the Kansai Philharmonic. His interpretation of Brahms’ Second Symphony was a culmination of the Maestro’s naturally sensitive skills. The climaxes were never forced and he created graceful moments by relaxing and letting the breeze through. The shaping of the last part was perfect. Christ here shared the secret to bringing delight.
Kazuo Fujino, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun Newspaper (February 2016)

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Bangkok Symphony Orchestra

With great support from the conductor, the orchestra achieved a rare and special contrast in its dynamics. Dvorak Symphony No. 7: Maestro Christ showed that he had a mature structural understanding of the piece in which his reading was coherent and expressive. Each signal that he gave was full of musical purpose. The overall performance was filled with freshness and directness of expression. Christ has brought such powerful leadership along with charisma to the orchestra. In this expansive work, the music was driven and full of vitality. At the end, maestro Christ and the players received a tremendous ovation from the audience.
Jetta Naraya, Bangkok Post (June 2015)

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KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic

The big choir produced a splendid volume of sound and Christ conducted with much animation and vigour…. Christ drew many grand sounds from the orchestra, with the horns in particularly fine form.
Michael Green, Independent Online (March 2015)

KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic

Wolfram Christ took the orchestra at a brisk tempo throughout this long work and drew from the players an impressive, full-blooded performance. This was the authentic big sound that can only be produced by an orchestra in a concert hall, and the audience greatly appreciated it
Michael Green, Artsmart.co.za (March 2015)

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Göttinger Symphonieorchester

The orchestra is navigated securely through rapid changes in tempo and dynamics by guest conductor Wolfram Christ, who guides each individual section with energy, conviction and precision, and incorporates all orchestral movement in his direction. He encourages, restrains and conducts with sometimes with minimal and at other times the grandest of gestures. His ability to lead the orchestra with intense glances is particularly noteworthy.
Jasmin Büttner, Kulturbuero Goettingen (February 2015)

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The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

Amongst all new releases on the occasion of CPE Bach’s anniversary this recording of the six “Hamburg Sinfonies” sets an Exclamation Mark!
Marcus Stäbler, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (June 2014)

The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra are obviously in good Hands with Wolfram Christ providing such lithe and exhilarating Performances that bring many rewards. These new Performances in modern instruments will appeal to many.
theclassicalreview.blogspot.co.uk (February 2014)

The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

This is, hands down, the best version of these remarkable pieces yet recorded. Wolfram Christ, famous as a solo violist and principal in the Berlin Philharmonic, whips the strings of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra into a frenzy in the quick movements, and wrings every drop of expressive angst from the more brooding slow movements. Consider, for example, the adagio of Symphony No. 3, ostensibly in C Major, with its tritonal shrieks and desolate, almost expressionist harmonies. It’s an amazing work, and this recording does it full justice. The opening of the B minor Symphony No. 5 offers an excellent example of how attractive, how modern, the music sounds when performed in this fashion. The result is simply wonderful, and surely closer to Bach’s intentions than more avowedly “authentic” versions if only because it’s so much more musical. Surely you will want to own this gripping, even thrilling disc. Artistic Quality: 10 Sound Quality: 10
David Hurwitz, Classicstoday (January 2014)

The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

“Exalted and joyous playing”
Stuttgarter Zeitung, January 2012

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Artist Manager

James Brown (Cambridge)
james.brown@hazardchase.co.uk

Sophie Tiezel (Cambridge)
sophie.tiezel@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706025

Associate Artist Manager

Kathryn Jennings (Cambridge)
kathryn.jennings@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706030