Christian Reif makes his OSJ debut on the conductor’s podium for Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Mr. Reif recently joined the San Francisco Symphony as their Resident Conductor and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO) in the 2016-17 season. He came to San Francisco from Miami, where he was the Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony for the previous two seasons. He is currently a member of Germany’s prestigious Conductor’s Forum (Dirigentenforum) and was accepted to their list of “Maestros of Tomorrow”.
Upcoming performances will feature Mr. Reif with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony in another subscription concerts week, while recent engagements included debuts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Brucknerorchester Linz, and with ICE at the Mostly Mozart Festival in NYC.
Highlights of Mr. Reif’s 2016-17 season included leading the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in the opening concert of the International Festival Heidelberger Frühling, performing Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with Michelle DeYoung and Toby Spence. He also lead the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Berkeley Symphony in several critically acclaimed concerts.
In 2014, Mr. Reif completed his Master of Music in Conducting at The Juilliard School under Alan Gilbert, after studying with Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg. For his outstanding achievements at The Juilliard School, he was the recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Award, and also won the German Operetta Prize 2015, awarded by the German Music Council, and two Kulturförderpreise, awards given to promising artists of the region who promote cultural advancement in their communities.
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