2012/13 marks the fourth season of Kirill Karabits’ tenure as Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which has now been extended to the end of the 2015/16 season. In August 2011, Karabits took the orchestra to the BBC Proms for the second time under his direction, and this season they tour together to Germany with the percussionist Martin Grubinger as soloist. Other soloists he has brought to Bournemouth include Renaud Capuçon, Mark Padmore, Vivian Hagner, Truls Mørk, Stephen Hough, James Ehnes and Steven Isserlis. Karabits has made a number of recordings with the orchestra including an all-Schchedrin disc and a Khachaturian album, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
“The award goes to a musician whose charisma, imagination, scholarly intelligence and vivid communication have touched audiences wherever he performs – whether with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, touring extensively throughout the South-West of England, or with other orchestras in London or at Glyndebourne. Kirill Karabits’s determination to explore and to excel enriches the British music world.” – Royal Philharmonic Society, 14.05.2013
Highlights of last season included returns to the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg (including a concert at the Lucerne Piano Festival with Alexei Volodin) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, as well as debuts with Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Danish National Symphony orchestras. In May 2012, Karabits conducted the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award at The Sage, Gateshead, broadcast nationwide on BBC Television. This season he performs with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the opening concert of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.
Karabits made his North American debut in the 2009/10 season with the Houston Symphony, which was immediately followed by appearances that summer with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and at Chicago’s Grant Park and Aspen Festivals. He has also worked with the Minnesota and San Francisco Symphony orchestras as well as the National Symphony Orchestra Washington. This season he conducts the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival, returns to the San Francisco Symphony and makes his Canadian debut with Ottawa’s NAC Orchestra.
2011/12 culminated with Karabits returning to Glyndebourne to conduct a revival of David McVicar’s production of La bohème alongside Ekaterina Scherbachenko and David Lomeli. He first made his debut with the house in 2008 with Eugene Onegin. This season Karabits debuts at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and, following his debut last season conducting Eugene Onegin, he returns to the Bolshoi Theatre for La bohème. In 2013/14, Karabits will conduct Der fliegende Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival and returns to Den Norske Opera.
Kirill Karabits studied conducting and composition at the Lysenko Music School in Kiev before continuing his studies at the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy in Kiev with Roman Kofman, and at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik under Uroš Lajovic. He has also held the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Associate Conductor of both Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
As part of his ongoing doctoral studies in Vienna, Kirill Karabits has done a considerable amount of research into hitherto unperformed or forgotten works that make up part of the recently rediscovered archive of Berliner Singakademie. This included his transcription of C.P.E. Bach’s Johannes Passion, written in Hamburg in 1784 and previously considered lost. His research has also led to the discovery, modern premiere and live recording of Telemann’s unknown (and probably earliest existing) opera Pastorelle en Musique with the Austrian Baroque ensemble Capella Leopoldina.