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. 

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 2023-24 season include Kirill’s return to the Dallas Symphony, to the Weimar Staatskapelle conducting the Hungarian premiere of Liszt’s Sardanapalo Opera, and to the Theater an der Wien for a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette Opera. Alongside his own Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill will open the season at the newly refurbished Bristol Beacon with a brand new work Beacons, written by Mark Anthony Turnage and dedicated to the venue. On an invitation from the Ludwig van Beethoven Association in Poland, Kirill conducts Krzysztof Penderecki’s momentous Polish Requiem at the opening of the Polish History Museum in Warsaw as part of a series of television recordings for TVP Kultura

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).