Pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach has joined the Artistic Council of Kronberg Academy. He accepted the appointment at the end of the Masters in Performance concert series on 2 July 2017.
The Artistic Council comprises leading artistic personae. It provides advice and support for Kronberg Academy in its efforts to exert an influence on the world of music, its endeavours to convey music appropriately to audiences and the training that it provides for exceptionally gifted young musicians. Marta Casals Istomin, Gidon Kremer, Sir András Schiff and Yuri Bashmet are the other members of the Artistic Council, which was founded by Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007).
Christoph Eschenbach is highly esteemed as a guest conductor with the world’s leading orchestras and opera houses. Since September 2010 he has been the director of both the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. He has worked as a guest conductor and on major international tours with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France and the London Philharmonic Orchestra – to name just a few. In the field of opera, he recently worked on a production for the opening of the current season at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Christoph Eschenbach is particularly concerned to ensure that the younger generation benefits from his extensive artistic experience.
He gives regular masterclasses at Kronberg Academy and heads orchestral academies such as those of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Manhattan School of Music. Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Christoph Eschenbach (*1940) can look back on an impressively varied career as a pianist and conductor. He has been, for example, the chief conductor and artistic director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra (1982–1986), the artistic director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (1999–2002) and, concurrently, the musical director of the Orchestre de Paris (2000– 2010) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (2003–2008). His numerous recordings – both as a conductor and as a pianist – have been highly acclaimed. Christoph Eschenbach is a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, Officer of the French National Order of Merit, holder of the Cross of the German Order of Merit and winner of the Leonard Bernstein Prize. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.