Christoph Altstaedt

Conductor

Biography

Christoph Altstaedt debuts at Vienna Staatsoper this 2022/23 season, conducting a staged production of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, featuring ballet choreograph by Martin Schläpfer with whom Christoph has developed a strong partnership since they first worked together during his tenure as Kapellmeister at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Christoph also marks his debut at Cologne Opera by conducting a couple performances of their new production of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, directed by Benjamin Lazar.

A popular guest of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Christoph returned in June 2022 to conduct a Beethoven programme in London, having previously conducted their subscription concerts and annual Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall. 2022/23 symphonic highlights include UK tours with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra of Opera North, and several special projects with the Gürzenich Orchester at the Cologne Philharmonie.

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Reviews

“German conductor Christoph Altstaedt made Webern’s analysis [arr. Bach’s Fuge from Ricercata] of the motif sound like a glowing march of colours, with the players breathing to the same pulse… Altstaedt, conducting without a baton, with his supple and expressive hand, was able to get close to the orchestra, which captured the symphony’s singing and dancing images with delicate nuance [in Honneger’s Symphony No. 4]… The fast-paced and responsive Altstaedt alertly prepared the orchestra for the symphony’s changes of direction.”

Hannu-Ilari Lampila

Helsingin Sanomat

“Christoph Altstaedt conducts with fleet elegance, orchestral playing is a tour de force of clarity and style…” (Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Savonlinna Opera Festival 2017)

Shirley Apthorp

The Financial Times

The whole is given flamboyant conducting from Christoph Altstaedt whose shaping of the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra brings alive Verdi’s rich instrumental palette and dramatic pacing, illuminating accompaniments with telling colour and fashioning burnished Preludes, top notch and wonderfully characterised.

David Truslove

Classical Source

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“From the first note of Suppé’s overture to Light Cavalry, Altstaedt crafted the sound, trumpet fanfares were brash without being harsh, expressive without being clichéd and articulate without being fussy. (….)Throughout the concert the orchestral sound was impeccably balanced, phrasing had a finesse and there was a refinement in the playing, testament to Altstaedt’s conducting.”

Bachtrack 

“The whole is given flamboyant conducting from Christoph Altstaedt whose shaping of the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra brings alive Verdi’s rich instrumental palette and dramatic pacing, illuminating accompaniments with telling colour and fashioning burnished Preludes, top notch and wonderfully characterised.”

Classical Source

It was the job of German guest conductor Christoph Altstaedt — in his Toronto debut — to make sense of it all. By the end, he had accomplished far more than that, giving each piece on the program its own due, with the eager co-operation of the symphony musicians.

Toronto Star

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