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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, it’s clear what he means: Zacharias is interested in what lies behind the notes.

With a unique combination of integrity and individuality, brilliant linguistic expressiveness, deep musical understanding and a sure artistic instinct, paired with his charismatic and engaging artistic personality, Christian Zacharias has established himself not only as a world-class pianist and conductor, but also as a musical thinker. Numerous acclaimed concerts with the world’s best orchestras and outstanding conductors as well as multiple honors and recordings characterize his international career.

Since the 2017/18 season, Christian Zacharias holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor with the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, presenting among other things a focus on the music of Robert Schumann. Schumann’s music forms a central point in Zacharias musical work, appearing in further programs in Toulouse, Madrid, Gävle and Barcelona. In addition, in the 2018/19 season he continues his cooperation with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others as well as concerts in international music centers in Paris, Lyon, Moscow and the much-acclaimed Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. This season he presents classical works by Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn et al. as well as works from Schoenberg and Bruckner.

Christian Zacharias started his season at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York with an all-Mozart program, and will continue to dedicate himself to the composer’s work further in Bremen and Gothenburg. In addition to a few selected piano recitals, he will continue to present his piano lectures in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London.

Zacharias’ longtime musical partners include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester and the Bamberger Symphoniker. He’s also developed a special love of opera and has directed productions of Mozart’s La Clemenza the Tito and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène. The production of Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, which he conducted at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, was awarded the “Prix de l’Europe Francophone” 2014 by the Association Professionnelle de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse in Paris.

Since 1990, various films have also been produced featuring Christian Zacharias: “Domenico Scarlatti in Seville”, “Robert Schumann – the Poet Speaks” (both for INA, Paris), “Zwischen Bühne and Künstlerzimmer” (for WDR-arte), “De B comme Beethoven à Z comme Zacharias “(for RTS, Switzerland) as well as the complete Beethoven piano concertos (for SSR-arte).

The musical work of Christian Zacharias has been honored many times, for example with the Midem Classical Award “Artist of the Year” 2007, the honorable award “Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” of the French state and a tribute from Romania for his services to culture. In addition, Christian Zacharias was appointed a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2016, and in 2017 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg.

Numerous internationally acclaimed recordings were made during his time as Principal Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Particularly noteworthy are the recordings of the complete Mozart piano concertos – awarded the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique and ECHO Klassik – as well as the complete Schumann symphonies.

In 2015 and 2017, Zacharias was chairman of the jury of the Clara Haskil Competition, and in 2018 president of the jury of the Geza Anda Competition where he also conducted the final concert.

2018/2019 season | Photo: Constanze Zacharias
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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 Summer – Autumn 2019

5 July 2018

      Haydn        Sonata G Minor Hob. XVI:44 Bach           French Suite No. 5 G Major BWV 816 Haydn        Sonata A flat Major Hob. XVI:46 ** Pause ** […] 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 ...

27.11.2018
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Tel Aviv – Opera House
18.01.2019
07:30 pm
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London – Wigmore Hall
20.01.2019
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Lutry – Temple de Lutry
22.01.2019
08:15 pm
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Padua – Auditorium C. Pollini
24.01.2019
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Edinburgh – The Queen’s Hall

Christian Zacharias – Chopin Piano concerto no. 2

 

Christian Zacharias – Orchestre de Paris

Chopin piano concerto No. 2 by Christian Zacharias

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