Frédéric Chaslin, conductor
Conductor, composer, pianist and author Frédéric Chaslin was born in Paris and studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He was Daniel Barenboim's assistant at the Orchestre de Paris and at the Bayreuth Festival (1987-89) and Pierre Boulez's assistant at the Ensemble Intercontemporain (1989-91). He served as Music Director of the Rouen Opera (1991-94), the Jerusalem Symphony (1998-2002 and again in 2011-19), Mannheim's National Theatre (2004-07) and the Santa Fe Opera (2009-13). Frédéric Chaslin divides his conducting activities equally between opera and symphonic performances. He has conducted at the major opera houses, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the operas of Leipzig, Dresden, Madrid, Bologna, Rome, Venice, Turin, Tokyo, Oslo and Copenhagen and the Bregenz Festival. In the concert hall he has led all the major Paris orchestras, La Scala Philharmonic, RAI Orchestra of Turin, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Spanish National Orchestra, Gukbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (in 2002 and 2006). He has performed several piano concertos as a conductor/pianist with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. His compositions include 5 operas, over 50 vocal pieces and several symphonic works. His essay Music in Every Sense was published in France and Germany. In 2017 his novel Being Gustav Mahler, based on the life of Gustav Mahler, was published together with his own orchestration of Mahler’s Tenth Symphony, that was premiered in 2018, with the Zagreb Philharmonic. His latest opera/musical Monte Cristo, commissioned by Placido Domingo for the Los Angeles Opera, will be performed at the Los Angeles Opera and in Valencia, Paris, Monte Carlo, Bologna, Lisbon and Vienna.