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.”
In 2016, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra joined forces with Teodor Currentzis’ MusicAeterna Choir to perform concerts programmed around Luciano Berio’s seldom-heard piece for choir and orchestra, Coro. This project – split between two tours that took the musicians to Ferrara, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg and St-Denis – was met with resounding success, and the MCO looks forward to performing Brahms’ Requiem with the MusicAeterna Choir under the direction of Teodor Currentzis in May 2019.
Teodor Currentzis is the Artistic Director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of the ensemble musicAeterna and of the musicAeterna Chamber Choir, both formed in 2004, during his tenure as Music Director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Orchestra (2004-2010). In 17/18 Teodor will be the Chief Conductor Designate of the SWR Symphony Orchestra and from 18/19, will be the Chief Conductor.
MusicAeterna, now resident in Perm, has been granted the status of the first orchestra of Perm State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 2017/18, Teodor will travel across Europe with musicAeterna performing in the most prestigious venues, including Vienna Konzerthaus and the Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and La Scala in Milan. Programmes include semi-staged performances of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and Puccini’s La bohème as well as programmes of Schostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mozart’s Piano concert in G with Alexander Melnikov. Teodor will also make his debut at Dutch National Opera with musicAeterna and Peter Seller’s production of La clemenza di Tito. Further engagements include Tonhalle Orchestra with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Salzburg, SWR Symphony and Philharmonia Zurich with Hélène Grimaud.
Past highlights of Teodor’s career include: Resident Artist at the Vienna Konzerthaus beginning 2016/17 including concerts with Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg and musicAeterna: a tour with Mahler Chamber Orchestra of Berio’s Coro; Clemenza di tito and Mozart’s Requiem at Salzburg Festival; Verdi’s Macbeth at Zurich Opera with Barrie Kosky (2016); Wagner’s Das Rheingold with musicAeterna orchestra (2015, RUHRtriennale in Bochum); Tchaikovsky’s Iolanthe and Stravinsky’s Persephone at Aix Festival (2015) which premiered in Madrid in 2012; Purcell’s The Indian Queen in Madrid (2012); Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Zurich (2012) and Weinberg’s The Passenger with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Bregenz (2010).
As Artistic Director of Perm Opera, Teodor has commissioned several important new works, including Phillipe Hersants “Tristia” (2016), Dmitrii Kourliandski’s opera Nosferatu (2014), Alexei Syumak’s opera Cantos (2016), and a violin concerto by Sergey Nevsky (2015).
Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna are exclusive Sony artists and have released the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Previous recordings include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, Mozart’s Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas all on the Alpha label and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label. In 2017, they will release Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, and thereafter Mahler’s Symphony No 6. MusicAeterna plans to record and release all nine Beethoven Symphonies ahead of the 2020 Beethoven anniversary.
In 2017, ECHO Klassik awarded the DVD/Blu-ray production of Purcell’s Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellers, with Teodor and musicAeterna, following on from a previous ECHO Klassik award in 2016 for ‘Symphonic Recording (20th/21st century music)’ for their recording of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, both released on Sony Classical. In 2012, Teodor and his brother Vangelino Currentzis, recorded and composed the soundtrack of the European Games opening ceremony in Baku and were nominated for an Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Music Direction and Composition. Teodor Currentzis was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in 2008, and was the recipient of the Toepfer Foundation’s prestigious Kairos Award in 2016. The same year, Opernwelt named Teodor Currentzis Best Conductor of the Year for his Macbeth at Zurich Opera.
Teodor has so far been awarded seven Golden Masks – Russia’s prestigious theatre award – most recently in 2017 as Best Opera Conductor for La Traviata, a Perm Opera production directed by Robert Wilson. 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).
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 2012, Teodor has also curated the Diaghilev Festival, held in the home of the composer’s birth town in Russia.
Born in Greece, Russia has become Teodor’s home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the state conservatory of St. Petersburg, under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.
Teodor Currentzis was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in 2008, and was the recipient of the Toepfer Foundation’s prestigious Kairos Award in 2016. The same year, Opernwelt named Teodor Currentzis Best Conductor of the Year for his Macbeth at Zurich Opera.