Kirill Karabits


Kirill Karabits

In his 11th year as Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Karabits’ relationship with the BSO has been celebrated worldwide and together they have made many critically acclaimed recordings and appeared regularly at the BBC Proms.

Karabits has worked with many of the leading ensembles of Europe, Asia and North America, including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony orchestras, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – including a concertante version of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Barbican Centre. Kirill enjoys a special relationship with the Russian National Orchestra with whom he returned to the Edinburgh Festival in the 2018-19 season, and more recently embarked on an extensive North American tour with Mikhail Pletnev to include his New York debut at the Lincoln Center. Recent highlights also include debuts with the Toronto, Cincinnati, Seattle and Melbourne Symphony orchestras as well as the Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein, and a return to the Deutsche Oper.

Highlights of the 2019-20 season will include a number of North American visits, including Karabits’ debut with the Dallas Symphony, subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony, as well as a return to the Minnesota Orchestra. Other returns this season include performances with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Sydney Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic. The 2019-20 season will also see Karabits embark on a European and South American tour with the Russian National Orchestra, including performances at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. Karabits returns to the Barbican this season with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to conduct Beethoven Symphonies No.1 and 3 as part of their Beethoven celebrations.

He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.