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Christian Kluxen is an artist who brings joyful, expressive music-making and a charismatic energy to both the concert and operatic stage. His success is built not only on his fine conducting talent but also on a mature, intelligent approach and artistic integrity.

Since completing his three-year Assistant Conductorship at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2013, Kluxen has conducted many significant orchestras including the Gothenburg Symphony, Trondheim Symphony and RTÉ National Symphony Dublin, as well as Kremerata Baltica at the prestigious Kronberg Academy Festival 2013.

During the 14/15 season, Kluxen held the post of Dudamel Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same season he made his Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic and returned to the Philharmonia Orchestra for engagements in two of the orchestra’s regional series. The following season, Kluxen made successful debuts with the London Philharmonic and Royal Northern Sinfonia, returned to the Strasbourg Philharmonic and conducted an extensive and critically acclaimed tour of Madama Butterfly with Danish National Opera.

The current season sees further important debuts, including the Royal Philharmonic and Turku Philharmonic orchestras, and a Berlin performance debut with The Magic Flute at Komische Oper. Kluxen also makes a Norwegian debut, conducting Ariadne auf Naxos with the Arctic Opera and Philharmonic. Return engagements include the Victoria Symphony in Canada, the Helsingborg Symphony, two visits to the Norrköping Symphony and seven performances of Die Fledermaus with the Aarhus Symphony in Denmark.

Kluxen’s connections with his home country maintain a meaningful place in his career; he has worked extensively throughout Denmark, making his Danish National Symphony debut in 2013, and maintains regular relationships with the Copenhagen Philharmonic, South Denmark Philharmonic and Odense Symphony.

Born in 1981 in Copenhagen to Danish-German parents, Christian Kluxen has three times been presented with the Arne Hammelboe Scholarship by the Danish Conductors Association. In 2007 he was awarded the Jacob Gade Grand Prize to fund one year’s conducting studies in New York City, and in 2011 the Danish Richard Wagner Society awarded him the Bayreuth Bursary to visit the legendary summer festival. From 2010-2013 Kluxen was a member of the "Dirigentenforum" of the German Music Council, and in 2013 he was awarded the Gladsaxe Music Prize.

Sunday 14 May 2017, 7.30pm, Royal & Derngate

Bursting brass at a galloping pace proclaims the opening of Rossini’s William Tell Overture and the beginning of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s spring concert, led by conductor Christian Kluxen.

Joining the Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No.1 is ‘a refined pianist with the wisdom of experience’ (Gramophone Magazine), Martin Roscoe. Opening with breathless urgency, Mendelssohn’s light and joyous Piano Concerto is almost improvisatory in its speed and excitement.

Closing the programme is Tchaikovsky’s towering masterpiece, his Symphony No.6, ‘Pathétique’. Perhaps one of the most personal scores that the composer ever wrote, the piece is etched with heart-breaking intensity and was intended to be his own requiem.


Christian Kluxen is an artist who brings joyful, expressive music-making and a charismatic energy to both the concert and operatic stage.


Sunday 14 May 2017, 7.30pm
Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road
Northampton, NN1 1DP

ROSSINI William Tell Overture
MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No.1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6, ‘Pathétique’

Christian Kluxen Conductor
Martin Roscoe Piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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