Christian Vasquez became Chief Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2013/14 season, inaugurating the start of an initial four-year term with Mahler Symphony no.2 in the orchestra’s new hall in August 2013. His contract was renewed for another two years.
He is also Music Director of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
Following his debut with the Gävle Symfoniorkester in October 2009, one of his first appearances in Europe, Christian was appointed Principal Guest Conductor (2010-2013).
Other notable first appearances in recent years include projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Singapore Symphony.
He has also collaborated with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Israel Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the last during his participation in their Young Artist Fellowship programme.
In the 2012/13 season, Christian made debuts with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Camerata Salzburg (on a tour which included concerts in the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Philharmonie Berlin), Helsinki Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic.
He also made return visits to Ottawa, Toulouse, Turku and The Hague (for the Residentie Orkest) in addition to his regular commitments in Stavanger and Gävle.
2013/14 saw debuts with the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Northern Sinfonia, Prague Radio Symphony and Luxembourg Philharmonic.
Born in Caracas, Christian joined the San Sebastian de los Reyes Symphony Orchestra as a violinist at the age of nine. He began conducting studies under the tutelage of José Antonio Abreu in 2006 and was appointed Music Director of the Aragua Juvenile Symphony Orchestra Jose Felix Ribas soon after.
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