Guest Artists 2020

Alpesh Chauhan


Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, a post he took up in autumn 2017. Quickly rising to international prominence, highlights of his career to date include conducting at the BBC Proms and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, a production of Turandot at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Birmingham Opera Company, as well as frequent appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where until 2016 he was Assistant Conductor.

Having programmed core orchestral repertoire such as a complete cycle of Brahms symphonies, Bruckner’s 7th and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” symphonies in Parma in previous seasons, Alpesh turns his attention to Beethoven’s symphonies with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in 2019-20, continuing the cycle started at the beginning of 2019. Other highlights of the season include engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony and Symphony Orchestras and with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and in Europe with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, as well as a joint tour with Het Gelders Orkest and Orkest van het Oosten.

A regular guest with major orchestras including the Orchestre National d’Île de France, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Alpesh enjoys collaborations with distinguished soloists such as Nicola Benedetti, Pablo Ferrandez, Boris Giltburg, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Leila Josefowicz, Pavel Kolesnikov, Johannes Moser, Alice Sara Ott, Kian Soltani, Arcadi Volodos, and singers Marco Berti, Christianne Stotijn and Jennifer Wilson, to name a few.

Regularly appearing in the media, Alpesh has been featured in extensive articles in The Times, BBC and Classical Music Magazines as well as Italy’s La Repubblica, Amadeus and Musica, guest blogged for Gramophone, and written about the significance of music education in Music Teacher magazine. He has presented an edition of BBC Radio 3’s Inside Music and has been interviewed on Italian national TV, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4, and Radio Klara Belgium. He was appointed to the judging panels for the 2016 and 2018 editions of BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Born in Birmingham, Alpesh was Principal Cellist with the CBSO Youth Orchestra which gave him the opportunity, as part of the Youth Orchestra Academy in 2007, to take conducting masterclasses. He joined the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008 to study the cello with Eduardo Vassallo before deciding to pursue the prestigious Master’s Conducting Course, taught by Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. Alpesh has studied with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, participated in masterclasses with Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko and Jac van Steen, and has been mentored by Andris Nelsons and Edward Gardner.  

You can see Alpesh Chauhan in action at The New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Perspectives on Thursday 18 June.




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