Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma since autumn 2017, Alpesh Chauhan is praised for his musical insights and natural rapport with the players. He is a regular guest with major orchestras including the BBC orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Orchestre National d’Île de France, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, and the orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Born in Birmingham, Alpesh frequently appears with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where until 2016 he held the position of Assistant Conductor.
Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Parma. Highlights of his career to date include a subscription concert with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre and his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic, a production of Turandot in Valencia at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía as well as regular appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where until 2016 he was Assistant Conductor. Alpesh’s recent collaboration with the Birmingham Opera Company, the CBSO and Graham Vick for Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, was praised by The Times as “a magnificently taut and sometimes terrifying account of the score directed by the superb Alpesh Chauhan”.
Following his first seasons as Principal Conductor in Parma, during which his programmes included Bruckner’s 7th symphony, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” and a complete cycle of the Brahms symphonies, recorded for broadcast on Classic FM, Alpesh focusses on the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven in 2019-20, continuing the cycle started at the beginning of 2019. Other highlights of the season include engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and in Europe with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the orchestras of Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, as well as a joint tour with Het Gelders Orkest and Orkest van het Oosten with whom he performs Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. Making his debut in Australia and New Zealand, Alpesh works with the Adelaide Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestras in June 2020.
Frequently appearing as a guest with acclaimed international orchestras including the Orchestre National d’Île de France, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, BBC Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Alpesh enjoys collaborations with distinguished soloists such as Nicola Benedetti, Pablo Ferrández, Boris Giltburg, Ilya Gringolts, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Leila Josefowicz, Pavel Kolesnikov, Johannes Moser, Kian Soltani, Arcadi Volodos, and singers Markus Werba, Christianne Stotijn and Jennifer Wilson, to name but a few.
Alpesh’s concerts have been broadcast on radio and television in the UK, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others his performance of Shostakovich’s 5th symphony with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, which was televised on RAI 5. He has been featured in extensive articles in The Times, BBC Music and Classical Music magazines as well as Italy’s La Repubblica, Amadeus and Musica, and guest blogged for Gramophone magazine. Alpesh has been interviewed on Italian national TV, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4, and Radio Klara Belgium, and also presented an edition of BBC Radio 3’s Inside Music. He was appointed to the judging panels for the 2016 and 2018 editions of BBC Young Musician of the Year, and was nominated for The Times Breakthrough Award at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards in 2019.
A keen advocate of music education for young people, Alpesh has worked with ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the symphony orchestras of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Northern College of Music. He was the conductor of the second BBC Ten Pieces film which brought the world of classical music into secondary schools across the country and received a prestigious BAFTA award. Alpesh is a patron of Awards for Young Musicians, a UK charity supporting talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds on their musical journeys, and he has also written on the vital importance and necessity of exposing young children to music in Music Teacher magazine.
Born in Birmingham, Alpesh was Principal Cellist with the CBSO Youth Orchestra which gave him the opportunity, as part of the Youth Orchestra Academy in 2007, to take conducting masterclasses. He entered the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008 to study the cello with Eduardo Vassallo before deciding to pursue the prestigious Master’s Conducting Course, taught by Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. Alpesh has studied with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, participated in masterclasses with Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko and Jac van Steen, and has been mentored by Andris Nelsons and Edward Gardner.
“… musical glories that streamed from Chauhan and this beautiful orchestra which provided, with some mind-blowing playing, one of the most glorious Daybreak openings to Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe that I have heard, though the final Bacchanale was dangerously fast and, at the other end of the night, a performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet whose mix of battering physicality and heart-wrenching tenderness generated a sense of wonder.” Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland (April 2016)