Hailed as one of today’s most exciting conductors, Karel Mark Chichon thrills international audiences with his temperament, passion and musicianship. Born in 1971 in London to Gibraltarian parents, Chichon studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was then the assistant to Giuseppe Sinopoli and Valery Gergiev. In recognition for his services to music, Chichon has been made Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Since September 2011, Karel Mark Chichon has been Principal Conductor of the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has renewed his contract until 2017. His previous positions include Principal Conductor and Creative Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (2009-2012) and Principal Conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra (2006-2009).
In addition to his present post, Chichon regularly makes guest appearances at opera houses such as: the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Teatro Communale di Bologna, the Teatro Real Madrid and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He also works with orchestras such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra.
He is currently working with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra on a recording of the complete orchestral works of Antonín Dvořák for the record label Hänssler Classic. He made his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon conducting the RAI National Symphony Orchestra, which was released in 2010. A further production with Elina Garanca and the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra entitled “Geistliche Arien” (Sacred Arias) will be released by the same label in autumn 2014.
He will be embarking on a second concert tour of Korea in September 2014 with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, he will be making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with ‘Madame Butterfly’ and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with ‘La Bohème’.
Since his debut in 2003, Karel Mark Chichon has been a regular guest conductor with the English Chamber Orchestra. Since 2004, he has been invited by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct concerts at their International Orchestra Institute in Salzburg several times.
He is a frequent guest conductor with leading orchestras throughout the world at venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Philharmonic Hall of the Gasteig in Munich, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Old Opera House in Frankfurt, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea.