Kirill Karabits

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Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra since 2008, Kirill Karabits has made many critically acclaimed recordings and regularly performs at the BBC Proms with the orchestra which he also conducted at London’s Barbican Centre as part of the Beethoven celebrations in the 19-20 season. 

Recent highlights include Kirill’s debuts with the Dallas Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the Prague Radio Symphony, as well as return visits to the Minnesota Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier for a production of Pélléas. Kirill has also recently taken part in the Edinburgh Festival and joined Mikhail Pletnev on extensive European and North American tours which included his New York debut at the Lincoln Center. 

Highlights of the 2022-23 season include Kirill’s return to the English National Opera for a production of Die tote Stadt, to Opernhaus Zürich for La Bohème, and to The Grange Festival for Così fan tutte. The season has seen Kirill perform concerts with Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and embark on an extensive Korean Tour conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 

A prolific opera conductor, Karabits has worked with the Deutsche Oper, Opernhaus Zürich (Boris Godunov) and Oper Stuttgart (Death in Venice), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (La Bohème and Eugene Onegin), Staatsoper Hamburg (Madama Butterfly), English National Opera (Don Giovanni), Bolshoi Theatre and he conducted a performance of Der fliegende Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival in celebration of the composer’s anniversary. Music Director of the Weimar Deutsche Nationaltheater from 2016-19, Karabits conducted acclaimed productions of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tannhäuser as well as Mozart’s DaPonte Cycle (Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte).