Christian Kluxen
KluxenChristian Kluxen is Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a position he was awarded in May 2010. Over the following three seasons he will conduct the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a variety of concerts and will also play an active role in engaging audiences and communities throughout Scotland.

In his native country of Denmark, Christian Kluxen has worked with all the regional orchestras. In season 2012-13 he will appear in the subscription series of Odense Symhony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Germany, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He will also appear with the Kristiansand Symphony and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Norway, the Helsingborg Symphony, Sweden and several times with the Philharmonia Orchestra, UK

Kluxen has performed with acclaimed soloists such as violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Andreas Brantelid, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Michala Petri, recorder. In season 2012-13 he will among others work with pianists John Lill and Olga Kern and violinist Benjamin Schmid. Christian Kluxen has served as assistant for his mentor Giordano Bellincampi on major opera productions in Denmark and abroad. In March 2012 he had his debut at the Danish National Opera, leading a new production of Mozart’s ”Don Giovanni”.

From 2003 to 2010 Christian Kluxen held the position as Music Director of the City of Copenhagen Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure he led the orchestra in numerous tours throughout Europe and performed at international festivals such as the ”Neubrandenburger Jugendorchestertreffen” in Germany and twice at the International Festival of European Youth Orchestras, held in Tuscany and Provence.

Born in 1981 in Copenhagen, Christian Kluxen began his musical training at 7 and started conducting at the age of 15. He was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and later studied conducting at the Zürich University of the Arts with Professor Johannes Schlaefli. He has also participated in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Bernard Haitink. In 2010 he was selected to become a member of the “Dirigentenforum” of the German Music Council.

Christian Kluxen has twice been the recipient of the ”Arne Hammelboe Education Scholarship”, given by the Danish Conductors Association, and in 2007 he was awarded the prestigious ”Jacob Gade Grand Prize” to fund one years studies of conducting in New York City. In 2011 the Danish Richard Wagner Society awarded Christian Kluxen the Bayreuth Bursary to visit the legendary festival in the summer.