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Christian Karlsen

Having begun his career as assistant to Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Karlsen has rapidly established himself as one of the most gifted and innovative conductors of his generation. He has worked with orchestras including the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, as well as conducting at opera companies such as Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Dutch National Opera. A strong advocate for the music of our time, Karlsen has led numerous world premières and collaborated with leading composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steve Reich, Sir George Benjamin and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He is regularly invited to leading new music ensembles including the Ensemble Modern, ASKO|Schönberg and ICE International Contemporary Ensemble (New York). Christian Karlsen was artistic director of the New European Ensemble (2008–14) and the Festival Dag in de Branding (NL) (2015–17), and since 2017 he has been artistic director of the critically acclaimed Gränslandet – symfonisk fest in Stockholm, a festival with classical music for young adults. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and with John Carewe in London.

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