Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Christian Zacharias

“One must ‘speak’ music…” Christian Zacharias is a narrator among the conductors and pianists of his generation. In each of his elaborate, detailed and clearly articulated interpretations, Zacharias is interested in what lies behind the notes.

With his distinctive combination of integrity, unique style, surpassing linguistic expressiveness, deep musical insight and assured artistic instinct paired with his charismatic and captivating personality, Christian Zacharias has made a name for himself not only as one of the world’s leading pianists and conductors, but also as a musical thinker. Beginning as a pianist and later moving on to work as a conductor as well, his international career burgeoned through numerous widely acclaimed concerts with the world’s leading orchestras, renowned conductors not to mention several awards and recordings.

In the 2017/18 season, Christian Zacharias takes over as first guest conducor of the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid for the next three seasons and presents among other projects its Schumann Festival, which includes all four symphonies and the great Solokonzerte. Poetry without Words – Schumann’s music is a central point in Zacharias’ musical work and is thus also on offer at his concerts at the Zermatt Festival, in Gävle, Göteborg, Bucharest and Gdansk. Together with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, he builds on their successful musical collaboration and presents another Mozart/Bruckner program on tour in Germany. Internationally he appears in Montreal, Porto, Bilbao and Bergen, among others.

His selected piano recitals in Paris, Essen, Zurich and Lyon, among others, are dedicated to Haydn and Bach this season and in his piano lecture, he talks about Haydn “creation out of nothing?”.

Zacharias was a long-term Artistic Partner at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and is still deeply connected to the orchestra. He also maintains close ties with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Bamberger Symphoniker. Zacharias also performs recitals in the major musical centres worldwide and collaborates with like-minded musicians such as Frank Peter Zimmermann, the Leipziger Streichquartett and Baiba Skride.

He regularly turns his attention to opera, leading productions of Mozart’s opera seria “La Clemenza di Tito”, “Le nozze di Figaro” and Offenbach’s “La Belle Hélène”. In early 2015, he conducted Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège. This production was awarded the “Prix de l´Europe Francophone” 2014/2015 by the Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse.

Since 1990 he has appeared in several films: “Domenico Scarlatti in Sevilla”, “Robert Schumann – der Dichter spricht” (INA, Paris), “Zwischen Bühne und Künstlerzimmer” (WDR-Arte), “De B comme Beethoven à Z comme Zacharias” (RTS, Switzerland) and released a recording of all Beethoven piano concertos (SSR-arte).

Zacharias’ work in the world of music has earned him numerous awards and prizes, including the 2007 Midem Classical Award “Artist of the Year”. The French government also honoured him as an “Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” and he was awarded for his contributions to culture in Romania in 2009. In 2016 he was named member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. 

During his time as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, his recordings with the orchestra garnered widespread critical acclaim among the international press. Of note is his complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos, which won the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique and ECHO Klassik awards. His most recent recordings feature the four Schumann symphonies and C.P.E. Bach’s Berlin symphonies.

In 2015 and 2017, Christian Zacharias chaired the Jury of the Clara Haskil Competition  and as president of the jury of the 2018 Geza Anda Competition he will conduct the final concert.


2017/2018 season | Photo Klaus Rudolph
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Christian Zacharias on the podium in Hamburg, Moscow, Lyon and London

14 September 2018

In the coming weeks, Christian Zacharias is traveling internationally. On September 16th and 17th in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and again in the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle on September 18th, he conducts […] more ...

Christian Zacharias visiting the USA and Spain

2 August 2018

On August 3rd and 4th Christian Zacharias is travelling to New York. Together with the festival orchestra of the Mostly Mozart Festival he will present a Mozart program […] more ...

Christian Zacharias’ musical expertise requested

1 June 2018

From June 3-12th, Christian Zacharias will take over the honorary role of president of the jury at the renowned Géza Anda Piano Competition in Winterthur and Zurich. The […] more ...

Christian Zacharias: Recital tour through Europe

2 March 2018

This Spring, Christian Zacharias is on a recital tour with stops in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Spain. In his luggage, he has a program of Haydn sonatas […] more ...

Christian Zacharias receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gothenburg

19 February 2018

We congratulate Christian Zacharias on receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg! As part of a concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Gothenburg, […] more ...

Christian Zacharias in Bergen and Montréal

13 February 2018

On February 15th and 16th, Christian Zacharias conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in a classical program with Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 “La Poule” and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. […] more ...

Christian Zacharias touring internationally as a conductor

3 November 2017

In the coming weeks Christian Zacharias will be presenting exciting projects throughout Europe as a conductor and soloist. On November 9th and 10th in Bilbao, he presents masterpieces […] more ...

Christian Zacharias: Acclaim from Spain and Sweden

23 June 2017

Christian Zacharias has been awarded the honour of serving as Principal Guest Conductor of Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid for the season 2017/18. In the […] more ...

Christian Zacharias on tour with a captivating recital programme

4 May 2017

When it comes to music, Christian Zacharias is a chameleon. Whether performing as a conductor, soloist or chamber musician, he goes above and beyond his role. At the […] more ...

Christian Zacharias returns to Paris

3 March 2017

In October, Christian Zacharias joined the Orchestre de Paris to perform a celebrated Beethoven programme in Paris’ Philharmonie. In the coming days, he will once again be taking […] more ...

Christian Zacharias returns to Lausanne

10 February 2017

For more than a decade, Christian Zacharias helped develop a leading sound as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. On numerous tours, the Lausanne […] more ...

Christian Zacharias performs recitals in November

30 October 2016

In November, Christian Zacharias’ tour will take him from Aix-en-Provence to Paris, Zurich and then on to London. He’ll be joined by the great masters Schumann, Schubert and […] more ...

Christian Zacharias – Beethoven – Orchestre de Paris

12 October 2016

This weekend, the Paris Philharmonie will revolve around Beethoven. Christian Zacharias, who will conduct the Orchestre de Paris and also perform as a soloist, is dedicating three concerts […] more ...

Christian Zacharias to perform the Schumann Cycle

30 September 2016

German composers of the Romantic era are one of Christian Zacharias’ specialties. His year-long preoccupation with Schumann’s oeuvre is also apparent in the recordings of his symphonies and […] more ...

Christian Zacharias to perform a variety of concerts in Toulouse

31 August 2016

This season, Toulouse will welcome Christian Zacharias as artist in residence. To begin his term, he will delight listeners once again with an evening of piano at the […] more ...

Christian Zacharias has exciting concerts in store

2 March 2016

In March, audiences can look forward to exciting concerts with Christian Zacharias both at the conductor’s stand and on the piano in Frankfurt, Lugano and Winterthur. The programme […] more ...

East Neuk Fesitval – Christian Zacharias – Julian Steckel

11 February 2016

The programme for the East Neuk Festival is now online! The festival held in the Scottish Highlands amidst picturesque lakes and historical castles originated in 2004. The widely […] more ...

Christian Zacharias on tour in Europe performing an evening of piano

27 October 2015

In only a few days, Christian Zacharias will embark on a month-long tour that will take him all across Europe. In selected cities, he will deliver virtuosic performances […] more ...

Christian Zacharias convenes with the Orchestre National de France

22 September 2015

This Thursday, 24th September, and Sunday, 27th September, Christian Zacharias will take the conductor’s stand to lead the Orchestre National de France in Paris in its performance of […] more ...

Christian Zacharias distinguished with award for his opera production

20 June 2015

The “Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse” in Paris has awarded the production of the opera “The Merry Wives of Windsor” under the musical direction […] more ...

Christian Zacharias once again tours with the Kammerorchester Basel!

7 May 2015

After the outstanding success of last summer’s tour, Christian Zacharias will again be performing with the Basler Kammerorchester this year. The tour consisting of six concerts will take […] more ...

Recital Program Autumn 2019

5 July 2018

      Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 18                    Allegro                    Scherzo. Allegretto vivace                    Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso                    Presto con fuoco Schumann Fantasy pieces op. 12 […] more ...

Christian Zacharias – Recital Programs Examples

27 March 2018

Early October 2019 or after agreement     Program 1 Haydn        Sonata G Minor Hob. XVI:44 Bach          French Suite No. 5 G Major BWV 816 Haydn       Sonata […] more ...

Christian Zacharias Beethoven-Cycle

19 October 2017

      Programme 1 Symphony no.1 op. 21 in C Major Symphony no.2 op. 36 in D Major ** Intermission ** Piano Concerto no. 3 op. 37 […] more ...

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Bukarest – Ateneul Roman
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Moscow – International Performing Arts Centre (Svetlanov Hall)
03:00 pm
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Lyon – Auditorium de Lyon
07:00 pm
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Lyon – Auditorium de Lyon
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Lyon – Auditorium de Lyon
07:30 pm
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London – Queen Elizabeth Hall
08:30 pm
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Paris – Auditorium de La Seine Musicale
08:30 pm
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Paris – Auditorium de La Seine Musicale
07:30 pm
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Gothenburg – Konserthus
03:00 pm
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Gothenburg – Konserthus
08:00 pm
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Tel Aviv – Opera House

Christian Zacharias – Chopin Piano concerto no. 2


Christian Zacharias – Orchestre de Paris

Chopin piano concerto No. 2 by Christian Zacharias

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