Kirill Karabits is now in the sixth year of his highly successful tenure with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Having joined the orchestra as Principal Conductor, he was subsequently appointed as their Chief Conductor in 2015. He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards – the highest recognition for live classical music in the United Kingdom.
Recent and upcoming guest conducting highlights include concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Belgique, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest and BBC Symphony Orchestra.
“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
In the operatic world, Karabits has previously worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera (La bohème and Eugene Onegin) English National Opera (Don Giovanni), and the Bolshoi Theatre, where last season he conducted La bohème. To celebrate the Wagner anniversary, he conducted Der fliegende Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival and this season he returns to Staatsoper Hamburg, where he conducts a new production of Madama Butterfly. Forthcoming opera highlights include performances with Theater Basel in 2015/16. In 2016/17, he makes his debuts with Deutsche Oper and Oper Stuttgart.
Working with young musicians is of great importance to Karabits. He recently conducted at the Aspen Music Festival and at the opening concert of the 2013 Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. In 2013 and 2014 he worked with the I,CULTURE Orchestra (an orchestra of young musicians from Poland and other East European countries), leading them on tours around Europe; the summer 2014 tour included the Baltic Sea Festival, Festival de la Roque d’Anthéron, and the Edinburgh International Festival with pianists Alice Sara Ott and Simon Trpčeski. Following this highly successful collaboration he was appointed Artistic Director of the orchestra after the 2014 tour. Continuing his work with young musicians, in 2012 and 2014 he conducted the televised finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award.