A conductor of deep intelligence and musicality, Christoph Koenig’s conducting is marked by an energetic and serious approach to musical collaboration and a commitment to thoughtful and stimulating programming. He is currently Principal Conductor & Music Director of the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg (from September 2010) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Real Filharmonía de Galicia. Whilst Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (2009-2014) he toured with them to Brazil and in Europe including performances in Vienna, Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Madrid. With the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg he has performed at the Cologne Philharmonie and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
As a guest conductor he has performed with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre de Paris, Danish National Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Dresden Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic, Real Filharmonía de Galícia, RTVE Orchestra Madrid, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta de Euskadi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra whom he led on a highly successful tour of China. Further afield he has conducted the New Zealand Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra.
Increasingly in demand in the USA since his impressive debut in 2010, he is now a regular guest conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and has also recently conducted the Cincinnati Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestras
Highlights of current season include returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, RTVE Madrid, Bournemouth Symphony, Real Filharmonía de Galícia and Orquesta de Euskadi and first invitations to the Melbourne Symphony and Orquesta de Valencia.
Christoph König’s reputation as an opera conductor rose swiftly after stepping in at short notice to successfully direct Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Zurich Opera since when he has also led Zurich Opera in productions of Die Zauberflöte and Il Turco in Italia with Cecilia Bartoli and Ruggero Raimondi. Other operatic productions include Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart and Die Zauberflöte and Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
CD recordings include Schoenberg and Prokofiev (Romeo & Juliet), Saariaho and Sibelius (Symphony No 7) with the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música (Ao Vivo), Melcer with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Hyperion) and Beethoven Symphonies with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra (DB Productions). With the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg he has recorded for Chandos and SEL Classics (Prokofiev and Mozart, Wagner, Beethoven and Pütz).
König was born in Dresden, where he sang in the celebrated Dresdner Kreuzchor. He studied conducting, piano and singing at the Dresdner Musikhochschule. His early work as a conductor took him to masterclasses given by, amongst others, Sergiu Celibidache, and Sir Colin Davis, with whom he worked as assistant conductor/ Korrepetiteur at the Dresden Opera/Sächsische Staatskapelle. He began his professional career as Erster Kapellmeister in Wuppertal/Gelsenkirchen.