British conductor Karel Mark Chichon continues to thrill international audiences with his temperament, passion and musicianship. In recognition to his services to music, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England made Chichon an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2012. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his achievements within the profession.
From 2011 to 2017 he was Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern with whom he recently renewed his contract until 2017. His previous positions include Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (2009-2012) and Chief Conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra (2006-2009).
In May 2017 he was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.
Karel Mark Chichon renews his contract as Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
Chichon’s contract has been renewed for a period of three and a half years, until 2023.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 25th May, 2018.- The Minister of Culture of the Government of Gran Canaria and President of the Foundation OFGC, Carlos Ruiz, has announced that British Conductor Karel Mark Chichon will continue to guide the artistic destiny of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria as its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director until the year 2023.
Carlos Ruiz has stated that this decision, which was always envisaged to be taken a year after the signing of the initial contract of Maestro Chichon, has been taken in response to the great artistic success of Chichon’s first season with the orchestra and in particular the chemistry between the orchestra and the British Maestro. Another underlying factor has been the importance of planning more in advance the programming of future concert seasons.
With this contract renewal, stated Ruiz, the stability of the OFGC is guaranteed. The constant presence of Maestro Chichon, which is characterised by his great musical capacity as well as his management skills, will guarantee a singular artistic line for the orchestra and in so doing fulfils one of the Government’s priorities for this ensemble.
Karel Mark Chichon announces a stellar and ambitious 2018-19 season for the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria
On Thursday 23rd May saw the presentation of the 2018-19 season of subscription concerts of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. In the presence of the Minister for Culture, Carlos Ruiz, the Chief conductor & Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Karel Mark Chichon, announced a total of 19 subscription concerts which will be presented during next season, with a focus on renowned conductors and soloists and in renewing the orchestra’s repertoire with the programming of 24 new works which have never been performed by the orchestra. Details here
Karel Mark Chichon is appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
On 22nd May 2017, the president of Gran Canaria’s government Antonio Morales announced Karel Mark Chichon as the new Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (OFGC). Karel will take over this position at the start of the 2017/18 season, and the initial contract spans three and a half years. His previous Chief Conductor positions have been at the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Graz Symphony Orchestra Austria.
Karel Mark Chichon is elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music
The Governing Body of the Royal Academy of Music in London, one of the elite music conservatoires in the world, has elected conductor Karel Mark Chichon (OBE) a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (FRAM).
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Karel Mark Chichon makes acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York
Karel Mark Chichon made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, one of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, on Friday 19th February where he conducted Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
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21-25 January 2019
Sala Gabriel Rodo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
25 February 2019
Erkel Theatre, Budapest
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
22 March 2018
Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
Martin y Soler, Rodrigo, R Strauss
5, 7,10 April 2019
Bayerisches Staatsoper, Munich
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
28, 30 April 2019
Seoul Arts Centre, South Korea
Bizet: Carmen (in concert)
17 May 2019
Die Glocke, Bremen
19 May 2019