Biography

Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Spanish National Orchestra and Chorus.

David Afkham has just been announced as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquestra y Coro Nacional de España from September 2019. This position will build on the success of his tenure as Principal Conductor of the orchestra since 2014, which has featured critically acclaimed performances of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, Bruckner Symphony No. 9, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, as well as several world premieres and semi-staged projects with Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Strauss’ Elektra, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1983, David Afkham is in high demand as a guest conductor with some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera houses, and has established a reputation as one of the most sought-after conductors to emerge from Germany in recent years.

Future highlights as a guest conductor include returns with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Swedish Radio Symphony, Orchestra of Accademia Santa Cecilia and NHK Symphony Orchestra, as well as debuts with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic.

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Ligeti Atmosphères; Shostakovich, Symphony No.10

Among the new generation of young conductors who have proved an international sensation, Berlin-born David Afkham stands out. This live recording with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra demonstrates David Afkham´s ability to handle a wide range of sonorities. Ligeti´s Atmosphères divides up the orchestral voices in extremely varied ways, achieving a multi-dimensionality that finds perfect expression in Afkham´s performance.

Release Date: September 5, 2011
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Orfeo
ASIN: B0173V4GWQ

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