- musicAeterna orchestra of Perm Opera
- Teodor Currentzis Conductor
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Teodor Currentzis is the founder and 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). The ensemble is currently resident at Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre in the Urals region of Russia. Teodor is also Chief Conductor of the SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra.
With musicAeterna, Teodor tours in Europe with regular performances at the main concert halls. Together with musicAeterna he is a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival (the full cycle of Beethoven symphonies in 2018), the Ruhrtriennale and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In 2018 musicAeterna gave its first concert at the BBC Proms; and in February 2019 embarked on its first tour of Japan, with concerts in Tokyo and Osaka.
As Artistic Director of Perm Opera since 2011, Teodor has commissioned several important new works, including Phillipe Hersants ‘Tristia’ (2016), Dmitri 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’, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 along with Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 which is soon to be released. 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.
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. He has also been awarded seven Golden Masks – Russia’s prestigious theatre award.
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.