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conductor , musician , music director

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, musician, music director. Decorated Comdrs. Cross, Federal Republic Germany, 1993, Officers Cross, 2002, Légion d'honneur, France, 2002, Chevalier Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France, 2006; recipient Leonard Bernstein award, Pacific Music Festival, 1993.


Eschenbach, Christoph was born on February 20, 1940 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany.


Attended, Hamburg (Federal Republic Germany) Conservatory attended, State Conservatory Music, Cologne, Federal Republic Germany Doctorate, U. Houston.


Music director German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate, Ludwigshafen, Germany, 1978. Principal guest conductor London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1981, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, 1981—1982, chief conductor, 1982—1986. Music. director Houston Symphony Orchestra, 1988—1999, conductor laureate, since 1999.

Chief conductor North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg, 1998—2004. Music director Orchestre de Paris, 2000—2009, Philadelphia Orchestra, 2003—2008. Music director designate National Symphony Orchestra & John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, since 2010.

Co-artistic director Pacific Music Festival, 1992—1998. Music director Ravinia Festival, Chicago, 1994—2005.


  • Other Work

    • Performed with leading orchestras including Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Paris Orchestra, London Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall debut with Cleveland Orchestra, 1969, toured Europe, North America, South America, Israel, Japan, appeared at festivals including, Salzburg, Austria, Lucerne, Switzerland, Bonn, Germany, Aix-en-Provence, France, recording artist Deutsche Gammophon, Polydor, Electric and Music Industries, Virgin Classics, London, 1989, artistic director Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Germany.


Participant Pacific Music Festival, 1990, 91, 92, 93, 94.