Artistic Director of Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre
Founder and Music Director of Musica Aeterna Ensemble and Musica Aeterna Choir
Artistic Director of the International Diaghilev Festival
Teodor Currentzis is the Artistic Director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of the ensemble MusicAeterna and of the MusicAeterna Chamber Choir, both formed in 2004, during his tenure as Music Director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Orchestra (2004-2010).
MusicAeterna, now resident in Perm, has been granted the status of the first orchestra of Perm State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 2015/16, MusicAeterna’s European touring include a new staging ofRheingold at the Ruhrtriennale Festival, the Da Ponte Operas in concert version in Dortmund and a tour with Patricia Kopatchsinkaja to include Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Rotterdam. At home, they will stageTraviata with Bob Wilson and give concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In recent seasons, MusicAeterna have made their debuts at the Festival International d’Art Lyrique in Aix, Lucerne Easter Festival, Helsinki Festival, Klara Festival, Brussels, Radialsystem Berlin, Berlin Phiharmonie, Cité de la musique, the International Festival Baden-Baden, the Bregenz Festival, Vienna Musikverein and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Outside of Perm, Teodor will conduct a new production of Macbeth with Zürich Opera and will return to SWR Baden-Baden for a tour with Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Read more
Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna are exclusive Sony artists and this year will finish recording all the Mozart Da Ponte operas; the first recording (Figaro) was released in January 2014 and won the ECHO prize for Opera Recording of the Year (17th/18th century opera). Così fan tutte in 2015 and Don Giovanniwill be released in 2016. Also this year he released The Sound of Light; a compilation pieces by Rameau. In October 2015, he will release The Rite of Spring. Previous recordings include Shostakovich’sSymphony No. 14, Mozart’s Requiem and Percell’s Dido and Aeneas all on the Alpha label and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.
In 2006, combining his knowledge and passion for early music with contemporary composers and new music, Teodor started the Territoria Modern Art Festival, which in a short space of time has become the most prestigious and progressive annual music festival in Moscow.
Since 2005, Teodor has received Russia’s prestigious Golden Mask theatrical award many times, most recently in 2015 together with the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre he received five awards for Indian Queen including Best Opera Conductor. In 2013 the Theatre received four Awards, two of which for Best Opera Conductor and Best Ballet Conductor. Previous awards include the Best Opera Conductor award (Wozzeck, Bolshoi 2009), for a “brilliant performance of Prokofiev’s score” (Cinderella, 2007) and for “outstanding results in the area of authentic performance” (The Marriage of Figaro, 2008).
Born in Greece, Russia has become Teodor’s home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the state conservatory of St. Petersburg, under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.
“Currentzis is an exceptional perfectionist. Every phrase, every pause, every rubato is balanced, grounded and yet spontaneous”
“The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, under the dedicated baton of Teodor Currentzis, offers an amazingly colourful representation.”
“Currentzis just infects everyone who goes into his orbit. He has his leader qualities and notorious charisma perfectly displayed. ”
Gulyara Sadikh-Zade, Muzokno
“Teodor was conducting the orchestra with his whole body, with bits of theatricality, for sure, but producing the biggest effect possible”
“Currentzis built this programme on contrasts, he wiped up the audience’s attention, he was flirting with them, did not let them get bored, and all of it – in order to ‘feed’ the audience not only with show, but also with real, serious art”