Christoph Koenig is a conductor of deep intelligence and musicality. His conducting is marked by an energetic and serious approach to musical collaboration and a commitment to thoughtful and stimulating programming. He currently holds positions as Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto at the Casa da Musica, and Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Solistes Europeens in Luxembourg. In Porto, he is currently conducting a Mahler cycle, which included a performance of Symphony No. 1 at the Vienna Konzerthaus last season, followed by tours in Brazil (July 2011) and northern Europe (October 2011).
Mr. Koenig's U.S. debut with the New Jersey Symphony in May 2010 resulted in an immediate re-engagement. During the current season, he will appear with the symphonies of Colorado, Houston, Indianapolis, Pacific/Costa Mesa, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver. Worldwide, he has appeared with the Barcelona Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony (including a highly successful tour of China in 2008), Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Oslo, Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, RTVE/Madrid and the Tonkuenstler Orchestra/Vienna, as well as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He recently made a highly acclaimed debut with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Christoph Koenig has also been Principal Conductor of the Malmoe Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria. With both orchestras he conducted a wide range of repertoire from Haydn and Mozart to Ligeti, Henze and Turnage. With the Malmoe Symphony, he conducted concert performances of Madama Butterfly and Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg. His reputation as an opera conductor rose swiftly after stepping in at short notice to successfully direct the Zuerich Opera's 2003 production of Jonathan Miller's Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail. He has also led the Zurich Opera in productions of Die Zauberfloete and Il Turco in Italia with Cecilia Bartoli and Ruggero Raimondi. Other operatic productions include Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail at the Teatro Real/Madrid, Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper/Stuttgart and Die Zauberfloete and Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
For the Ao Vivo label, Christoph Koenig has recorded works by Schoenberg, Prokofiev, Saariaho and Sibelius with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto. For Hyperion, he has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of music by Henryk Melcer, with pianist Jonathan Plowright and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His recording of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the same orchestra was featured on the front cover of BBC Music Magazine in September 2009. Other noteworthy recordings include Beethoven symphonies with the Malmoe Symphony (DB Productions), and Prokofiev and Mozart with the Solistes Europeens, Luxembourg (SEL Classics).
Christoph Koenig was born in Dresden, where he sang as a boy soprano in the famous Dresdner Kreuzchor. He later studied conducting, as well as piano and voice, at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Dresden. Mr. Koenig also participated in masterclasses given by such renowned conductors as Sergiu Celibidache and Sir Colin Davis, who subsequently invited him to be his assistant for both concerts and opera productions with the Saechsische Staatskapelle in Dresden.