Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini maintains an active international schedule encompassing a wide spectrum of symphonic and operatic repertoire. In 2016 Campestrini was appointed Kapellmeister at Vienna’s historic Hofmusikkapelle, tasked with leading the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Boys’ Choir and Male Choir of the Vienna State Opera in several programs, annually, of sacred music. He is Music Director of the International Late Summer Music Festival Dubrovnik, conducting a variety of symphonic programs annually. In addition, he is also Music Director of the Oper Klosterneuburg Festival Vienna.
2021/22 season highlights include performances with Carnegie Mellon University and as part of the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert. Recent seasons have included performances with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Viennese New Year’s Concerts in Ottawa, Quebec, Montreal, and Vancouver, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Symphony Nova Scotia, L’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege, and the Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra.
He has additionally appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Vienna Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, Real Orquesta Sinfónica De Sevilla, Prague Radio Symphony, Budapest Radio Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and many more. He is also a frequent guest conductor in the United States and Canada, where he has worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, and Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, among others. International soloists he has collaborated with include Lang Lang, Gidon Kremer, Julian Rachlin, Alisa Weilerstein and Julia Fischer.
Equally in demand as an accomplished opera conductor, Maestro Campestrini served as 1.Kapellmeister (Principal Conductor) at the prestigious Essen Aalto Musiktheater, leading over 100 performances of various repertoire. He has also conducted at the Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Lirico Cagliari, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Minnesota Opera, Opera de Montreal, Edmonton Opera and the Sakai City Opera Osaka in Japan.
His career has been defined by the rich musical tradition of his home country, as well as by the education that he received studying conducting, composition, philosophy, and languages at The Juilliard School and Yale University. When not conducting, Christoph enjoys composing Lieder cycles, chamber, and symphonic music, and is a fervent admirer of literature and languages. In addition to German he speaks English, Italian, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Christoph is deeply committed to the spiritual aspect of music, believing that “experiencing music together is one of the strongest possible forms of interchange; it is linked directly to our subconscious. In an inspired performance, the energies present of both, performers and audience add up to something greater than anybody could experience individually.”