Teodor Currentzis and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra share a passion for risk taking and diversity in their approach to music and life. Teodor and the MCO started working together in 2010, and have since explored a vast repertoire, experimented with different concert formats, recorded a CD and a DVD, and traveled across Europe and South America.
Composers whose works have been performed by Teodor Currentzis and the MCO so far include Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Debussy, Saint-Saens, de Falla, Britten, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Claude Vivier. Teodor Currentzis also conducted the MCO’s very first Radial Night – a long night of music and other art forms at Berlin’s innovative venue Radialsystem V.
In 2010, Teodor Currentzis and the MCO recorded Shostakovich’s piano concertos with soloist Alexander Melnikov for the harmonia mundi label. In their 5-star review of the recording, BBC Music deemed it “unhesitatingly recommended as one of the best versions of all three [recorded] works currently available.”
Although born in Greece, Russia has been Teodor’s home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. He studied under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.
Teodor Currentzis is Artistic Director of Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Founder and Music Director of MusicAeterna Ensemble and Choir, and Artistic Director of the International Diaghilev Festival.
MusicAeterna – formed in Novosibirsk in 2004 and now resident in Perm – has been granted the status of the first orchestra of Perm State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 2015/16, MusicAeterna’s European touring include a new staging of Rheingold at the Ruhrtriennale Festival, the Da Ponte Operas in concert version in Dortmund and a tour with Patricia Kopatchsinkaja to include Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Rotterdam. At home, they will stage Traviata with Bob Wilson and give concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In recent seasons, MusicAeterna have made their debuts at the Festival International d’Art Lyrique in Aix, Lucerne Easter Festival, Helsinki Festival, Klara Festival, Brussels, Radialsystem Berlin, Berlin Phiharmonie, Cité de la musique, the International Festival Baden-Baden, the Bregenz Festival, Vienna Musikverein and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Teodor’s current projects also include a new production of Macbeth with the Zürich Opera, and a return to the SWR Baden-Baden for a tour with Patricia Kopatchinskaja.
Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna are exclusive Sony artists and will finish recording all the Mozart Da Ponte operas this year. The first recording (Figaro) was released in January 2014 and won the ECHO prize for Opera Recording of the Year (17th/18th century opera). Così fan tutte in early 2015 and Don Giovanni will be released in 2016. Also this year, he released The Sound of Light, a compilation of pieces by Rameau and in October will release The Rite of Spring.
In 2006, combining his knowledge and passion for early music with contemporary composers and new music, Teodor started the Territoria Modern Art Festival, which in a short space of time has become the most prestigious and progressive annual music festival in Moscow.
Since 2005, Teodor has received Russia’s prestigious Golden Mask theatrical award many times, most recently in 2015 together with the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre he received five awards for Indian Queen including Best Opera Conductor. In 2013 the Theatre received four Awards, two of which for Best Opera Conductor and Best Ballet Conductor. Previous awards include the Best Opera Conductor award (Wozzeck, Bolshoi 2009), for a “brilliant performance of Prokofiev’s score” (Cinderella, 2007) and for “outstanding results in the area of authentic performance” (The Marriage of Figaro, 2008).