Kirill Karabits

Chief Conductor: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Credit: Konrad Ćwik


Kirill Karabits has been Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for 12 years and their relationship has been celebrated worldwide. Together they have made many critically acclaimed recordings, performed regularly at the BBC Proms and last season appeared together at London’s Barbican Centre as part of the Beethoven celebrations.

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, Wiener Symphoniker, 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 extensive European and North American tours with Mikhail Pletnev which included his New York debut at the Lincoln Center. The 19-20 season saw Kirill debut with the Dallas Symphony as well as return visits to the Minnesota Orchestra and Bamberger Symphoniker.

Highlights of the 2020-21 include his debut with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in London and on tour in Asia and return visits to the Orchestre National Capitole de Toulouse, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra at the Bozar in Brussels.

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


From The Green Room


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    Concertos for Orchestra

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 27 Apr 16

    Concerto for Orchestra, No. 2
    Concerto for Orchestra, No.3 “Holossinya” (Lamentations)
    Concerto for Orchestra, No. 1 “Musikalnoe prinosheniye Kievu” (Musical Gift to Kiev)



    Other performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Prokofiev: Symphonies No's. 4, 6 & Movement from Symphony in G

    Label: Onyx

    Release Date: 31 Oct 15

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
    Symphony No.4 in C major, op.112 (revised version)
    Symphony No.6 in E flat minor, op.111
    Movement from Symphony in G

    Other performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Prokofiev: Symphonies Vol. III

    Label: Onyx

    Release Date: 01 Oct 15

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
    Symphony No.5 in B flat, op.100
    Symphony No.4 in C, op.47 (1930)
    Dreams, op.6

    Other performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Prokofiev Symphonies 1 & 2

    Label: Onyx

    Release Date: 01 Oct 14

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891- 1953)
    Symphony No.2 in D minor, op.40
    Sinfonietta in A, op.5/48
    Symphony No.1 in D, op.25 ‘Classical’

    Other performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Prokofiev Symphonies 3 & 7

    Label: Onyx

    Release Date: 01 Feb 14

    SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
    Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op. 44
    Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, op. 131

    Other performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Britten & Shostakovich

    Label: Onyx

    Release Date: 01 Oct 12

    BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976)
    Violin Concerto, op.15

    Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, op.77

    Other performers: James Ehnes (violin), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky

    Label: Onyx

    Release Date: 01 Aug 11

    Symphony No.2 in C minor op.17 ‘Little Russian’

    MODEST MUSSORGSKY(1839-1881)
    Night on the Bare Mountain
    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Other performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Label: Onyx

    Release Date: 01 Oct 10

    ARAM KHACHATURIAN (1903-1978)
    Spartacus (1956) Excerpts
    Gayaneh (1942) Excerpts

    Other performers: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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    Poole Lighthouse

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    “Under Karabits’s crisp direction, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s sound was warm and lean … Beethoven conjures with orchestral colour — and Karabits gave his players room to enjoy that, from Eluned Pierce’s gleaming harp and Jesper Svedberg’s elegant cello solo to Barry Deacon’s mellifluous basset horn.”

    **** Rebecca Franks, The Times, 12 November 2020

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    20 Sep 20 BORIS GODUNOV
    Opernhaus Zurich

    “A la tete du Philharmonia Zurich, Kirill Karabits propose une lecture ample et vibrante du chef-d’oeuvre de Moussorgski, une lecture qui fait la part belle aux nuances et a la transparence instrumentale sans pour autant negliger la continuite dramatique.”

    Claudio Poloni,, 29 September 2020


    “Il faut dire que l’engagement des musiciens est total et force le respect. Le Philharmonia Zurich et le Choer de l’Opernhaus, majestueusement donduit par Kirill Karabits, son admirables. Le chef ukrainien adopte un geste large, magnifiant l’orchestration originale de Moussorgski, instillant des silences intenses et un climat mysterieux qui captent indeniablement l’oreille.”

    Pierre-Emmanuel Lephay,, 6 October 2020


    “Kirill Karabits dirigiert die Partitur in der Originalorchestrierung Mussorgkis im maßvollem Tempo, bringt sie durch dynamische Formung und die herbe Klangfarbigkeit jedoch plastisch zum sprechen. Das Publikum jubelt.”

    Kerstin Holme, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21 September 2020


    “Applaus für die Sänger, für die Regie – und vor allem für das Orchester und den Chor, die live aus dem Probelokal zugeschaltet wurden: Der neue Boris Godunow ist ein voller Erfolg. Noch besser tönt die vom ukrainiaschen Dirigent Kirill Karabits geleitete Philharmonia Zurich. warm, präsent und plastisch strömt der Orchesterklang aus dem Graben.”

    Susanne Kuebler, TAGESANZEIGER, BZ Kultur, 21 September 2020


    “Kirill Karabits leuchtet Mussorgskis gemiale Partitur bis in die letzten Winkel aus.”

    SWR2 Kultur aktuell, 21 September 2020


    “Dirigent Kirill Karabits sorgte für einen facettenreichen immer durchsichtigen Klang…“

    Elisabeth Richter, DEUTSCHLANDFUNK, 21 September 2020


    „Und Dirigent Kirill Karabits lenkt die (virtuellen) Massen souverän durch die Partitur“

    BADISCHE ZEITUNG, September 21, 2020

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    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, US

    with Cameron Carpenter and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

    Karabits’ interpretation of the score yielded an exemplary musical storytelling and showed the Dallas Symphony musicians at their finest. The conductor’s use of layering through the first movement established a clear and compelling narrative with moments of tension that explode into brief climaxes…
    Karabits moves the ensemble through [Tchaikovksy’s Manfred Symphony’s (fourth movement)] frenetic dance-like passages to moments of eerie stillness with grace. His use of pauses, gravid with anticipation, is effective. Sustained triple fortes in the strings drive the narrative forward until glistening phrases from the harps bloom through the texture to present the image of Astarte’s descent from Heaven.”

    Richard Sylvester Oliver, Texas Classical Review, 29 February 2020


    “Tchaikovsky’s second movement depicts a waterfall in sonic burbles and cascades worthy of Berlioz. In general, though, sounds here are laid on with a much heavier hand, working up massive climaxes in each movement.
    Holding all this together is no simple matter, but Karabits did so, brilliantly. This was the musical equivalent of feng shui… Timing and shaping the music most expressively, Karabits sustained tension as powerfully through romantic hushes as through great explosions of sound.”

    Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 28 February 2020


    “Karabits commanded the fine points of tempo and timing throughout the hefty length of the score [Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony]; every section of the orchestra was in top form, with the string section in particular producing a fine synthesis of precision and lucid timbre. The opening movement, with its pessimistic, down-drifting tunes (opposite the sunny cheerfulness of the preceding Jongen work) gave way to the delicacies of the second movement; here, Karabits saved the light second theme of the movement from syrupiness with an intense energy.”

    Wayne Lee Gay, Theater Jones, 28 February 2020

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    01 Feb 20 BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES No.1 & No.3
    Barbican Centre, London

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as part of the Barbican’s Beethoven Weekender.


    “After the long, drawn chords serving as a series of question marks, I adored Karabits and the BSO in the First. The Allegro con brio of the opening movement had real zing – clean, lean and urgent – and the Haydnesque wit of the finale was a joy, Karabits, conducting without a baton but with a huge smile. Their Third Symphony was extremely satisfying, with a very moving Marcia funebre. After the thrills and spills of the bloodsport which is natural horn playing in the OAE’s Eroica, it was sobering to realise that even with the safety net of valved horns (and a bumper), there were still spillages in the Scherzo’s Trio section.”

    Mark Pullinger,, 02 February 2020

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    28 Dec 19 TCHAIKOVSKY & RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian National Orchestra tour (Italy & Germany)

    with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev.

    “Am Pult in der Tonhalle: Kirill Karabits, der – dynamisch, gleichzeitig mit einem Höchstmaß an Geschmeidigkeit ausgestattet – ein rein russisches Wunschkonzert-Programm im Köcher hatte. Damit versetzte er das Publikum zunächst ins Schwelgen, danach entfachte er Jubel.”

    Michael-Georg Müller, Westdeutsche Zeitung, 29 November 2019


    “Diese Transparenz und Leichtigkeit, vor allem in den lyrischen Parts, war auch ein Merkmal von Karabits Lesart der sinfonischen Dichtung „Scheherazade“ von Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow. Karabits Liebe zur Feinzeichnung und zu einer großen Ruhe ließen die ganzen Qualitäten dieses Orchesters hervortreten…”

    Helmut Peters, Welt, 28 November 2019

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    Symphony Center, Chicago

    with Sunwook Kim & Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


    “It’s not often that one encounters two artist debuts in a single Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscription concert. Nearly as rare are premieres of works by composers as frequently programmed as Mendelssohn and Prokofiev.
    Yet such was the case Thursday night at Symphony Center where conductor Kirill Karabits made an impressive podium debut leading the CSO in a nicely varied program that avoided the usual repertorial suspects…
    … Lutoslawski’s work is surely crafted, substantial and compelling, a tough, spiky piece that can make strong impact with the right musicians. Such was the case Thursday night with the outstanding performance delivered by the CSO under Karabits’ baton … Karabits’ firmly focused direction kept a strong sense of momentum. The various episodes were charted skillfully … and the Ukrainian conductor put across the score’s punchy, mercurial brilliance with notably uninhibited climaxes.
    The conductor underlined the folk-influence [in Lutoslawski’sConcerto for Orchestra] throughout, as with the woodwinds’ chorale theme. There was fine airy delicacy in the high string writing and contrasting pages, Karabits ratcheting up the score’s angular brilliance in a thrilling dash to the coda.”

    Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, 11 October 2019


    “Not only was the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at its rip-roaring best as the dynamic conductor Kirill Karabits led a concert featuring an intriguing mix of works by Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Witold Lutoslawski, but pianist Sunwook Kim also made a simply smashing CSO debut…
    Throughout, the orchestra (which clearly displayed a genuine affection for both Kim and Karabits, the Ukrainian-born conductor who has led England’s acclaimed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the past 11 seasons), played beautifully. Karabits and the musicians established a pristine synchrony with the pianist as the low strings sang Mendelssohn’s sweet melodies, and the brass confidently pronounced a more excited state of being. And together they generated the kind of joy, excitement and originality that infuses all the composer’s work, and prompted composer William Schuman to describe Mendelssohn as “the Mozart of the 19th century.”…
    [Lutoslawski’s “Concerto for Orchestra”] is a thrilling, inventive, color-streaked work that should be performed far more often. And it was played to perfection under the meticulous, precisely shaped direction of Karabits, who should be invited back to lead the CSO more often, too.”

    Hedy Weiss, WTTW Chiacgo, 11 October 2019

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    21 Jul 19 BBC PROMS: John Adams, Barber & Holst
    Royal Albert Hall, London

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Nemanja Radulović.

    “The concert had opened with the exhilarating rollercoaster of John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The rhythmic tautness of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits was notable both here and in Holst’s Planets, especially the war-heralding Mars.”

    ★★★★ Barry Millington, The Evening Standard, 22 July 2019


    “…careful listening reveals an intelligent conductor at work, Adams’s layers beautifully revealed in a performance of razor-sharp precision, sharp chords slashing against the prevailing repeated, Minimalist fragments… The angry and military sounds of ‘Mars’ were shown through a stunningly coordinated display by the orchestra, with the threatening rhythm never letting up.”

    Colin Clarke, Seen & Heard International, 22 July 2019


    “Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits is a whirlwind of energy as he leads the skilful Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who begin the Prom with a sharp and dynamic version of [John Adams’ ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’]… The angry and military sounds of ‘Mars’ were shown through a stunningly coordinated display by the orchestra, with the threatening rhythm never letting up.”

    ★★★★Aliya Al-Hassan, Broadway World UK, 22 July 2019


    “Some conductors could learn a lot from Kirill Karabits […] particularly on dynamic subtlety, of which he is a master.
    As could be expected, ‘Mr Dynamics’ Karabits demanded – and received – from the orchestra a full range: the loudest section of ‘Mars’ was apocalyptically loud, and the final bars of ‘Neptune’ disappeared into the same ether from which the first notes of the Barber had condensed”

    ★★★★1/2 Barry Creasy, Music OMH, 23 July 2019


    “The BSO were on top of the complexities, the woodwind fizzing and the brass soaring over the increasingly busy string textures beneath.”

     Nick Boston, Bachtrack, 23 July 2019


    “Karabits found bright new things to say about the familiar score”

    Paul Driver, The Times, 28 July 2019

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    Barbican, London

    with the National Youth Orchestra Great Britain.

    “Teeming with talent and working for the first time with one of this country’s finest music directors, Kirill Karabits of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the 164 musicians of the NYO displayed their full potential.
    Through the ebb and flow, Karabits sculpted everything carefully and built tension across what proved a very mature interpretation [of Sibelius’ Second Symphony].”

    **** Ivan Hewitt & John Allison, The Telegraph, 6 January 2019


    “Sibelius’s Symphony No 2 found Kirill Karabits pushing his 164 players as hard as any of his professional orchestras, drawing out string playing of depth and warmth and some beautiful woodwind work. The third movement … hurtled into a finale whose closing moments positively glowed.”

    **** Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 6 January 2019


    “The biggest success of the evening came in the one standard piece from the repertoire, Sibelius’s Symphony No.2. Energised by conductor Kirill Karabits, the symphony hurtled along at speeds that might have made a professional orchestra hang on to their music stands. Nothing daunted, the NYO responded with tremendous verve and an all-for-one unanimity that made for a gripping performance. This was a concert that put the young musicians through their paces, and probably its listeners, too.”

    **** Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 7 January 2019


    “You can’t beat Karabits’s band for excitement, passion or rude force — they are, after all, the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers …
    If you want to start with some slap, bang, wallop, you can’t do better than Rick Dior’s Science Fiction: 12 minutes of pastiche horror and sci-fi movie cues squished into a crazy collage, decorated with the theremin’s disembodied electronic wail and a video mash-up of movie clips, mostly lifted from trailers. Originally written for percussion ensemble, Dior added winds, brass and harps for this performance, tossed off with exhilarating precision by Kirill Karabits’s forces.”

    **** Geoff Brown, The Times, 7 January 2019


    “Trust the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to throw down a musical gauntlet to its professional peers like a New Year Resolution writ large. In this intriguingly programmed and invigoratingly performed concert, with Kirill Karabits, the 164 players gave the best possible musical start to 2019: a blast of orchestral excellence…
    [In John Adam’s Doctor Atomic Symphony] ‘The Laboratory’: a mechanistic soundscape that quickly settles into surging string figures of ‘Panic’, notable for its stand-out (in that principal Lawrence Schofield stood up for it) trombone solo – replicating the vocal part for General Leslie Groves – before finally quietening for trumpeter Holly Clark’s adoption of Oppenheimer’s aria, from John Donne’s ‘Batter my heart, three-person’d God’. It was good to hear this music again – especially as convincingly masterminded by Karabits – after better acquaintance with the opera itself.
    Following the interval, Sibelius’s Second Symphony sounded noble and organic. Karabits kept things moving, particularly in the slow movement. The Scherzo was notably fleet-of-foot and the Trio – with its aching oboe opening – never cloying. The transition to the Finale was effortlessly natural and the repeated scalic surges, for once, didn’t outstay their welcome. As a foil to the industrial rackets of the first half, this worked a treat.”

    Nick Breckenfield, Classical Source, 5 January 2019


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    Cincinnati Music Hall

    with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & Alexander Gavrylyuk.


    “On the podium, Kirill Karabits, 41, a native of Ukraine, made an impressive debut in the all-Russian program …

    For the evening’s opener, Karabits chose Glière’s symphonic poem, “Les Syrènes” (The Sirens), last played here by the CSO 100 years ago. The piece evokes the sirens of Greek mythology and their power to lure sailors to their death.

    It was a wonderful find, with lush orchestration and moods evoking the sea that were almost Impressionistic in style. High points included rhapsodic episodes for two harps and distant horn calls. The conductor led a nuanced reading.

    Karabits has a clear technique and his leadership is musical and charismatic without any showiness. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth was a rewarding conclusion to the evening. The brass section was superb in the “Fate” motif that opens the work and in the brilliant conclusion that never fails to inspire cheers. Karabits built with momentum through impassioned climaxes, and Tchaikovsky’s lyrical themes unfolded with natural expressiveness.”

    Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Business Courier, 25 November 2018

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    03 Oct 18 LIGETI & MAHLER
    Poole Lighthouse

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Nadine Weissmann and Lise Lindstrom.

    “Served up in the Lighthouse acoustic, renowned for calling a spade a spade, the symphony’s effect was overwhelming. Yet if this were only a triumph of brute force, it wouldn’t be worth five stars. The real glory came from the BSO’s lustrous tone, apparent across all sections, but particularly on show from the brass — Mahler’s heavy artillery in this drama of struggles transcended. Karabits spent equal care polishing the lighter textures or nostalgic byways; the folksy second movement went with an irresistible lilt.
    He also proved to be a genius at tension control. Never before have I felt such relief when the resurrection chorus finally arrived, bringing stability at last.”

    ***** Geoff Brown, The Times, 5 October 2018

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    Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, US

    with the Weimar Staatskapelle & Vadym Kholodenko.


    “The concert by Staatskapelle Weimar, the Weimar State Orchestra, presented Monday night by the Sarasota Concert Association at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall was one of the most challenging and thrilling experiences of my career … Beginning with a heroic rendition of Richard Wagner’s overture to “The Flying Dutchman” with massive sound and notable energy, beautifully balanced by the conductor, Kirill Karabits.”

    Richard Storm, Herald Tribune, 27 February 2018

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    01 Nov 17 CHANDOS Karayev Recording Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    ” … Kirill Karabits leads vital and symphathetic Bournemouth performances, vivdly recorded.”

    **** Colin Anderson, Classical Source, November 2017

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    07 Aug 17 BBC PROM 30 Beethoven, Strauss, Prokofiev & Walton
    Royal Albert Hall, London

    with the National Youth Choir & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.


    “In a brisk, rhythmically emphatic performance, Karabits highlighted the dynamic contrasts, and the piquant wind with period timpani and valveless trumpets gave astringency to the orchestral textures … Karabits’ command of dramatic pacing, transitions and the multi-layered textures makes one eager to hear him conduct the complete staged work [of Die Frau ohne Schatten].”
    **** John Johnston, Bachtrack, 9 August 2017


    “A fine, eclectic Prom included a vital account of Walton’s tumultuous Belshazzar’s Feast, as well as Prokofiev and Strauss … delights in Kirill Karabits’s vital account with his Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain were rhythmic precision and the voices’ fresh bloom.”
    **** Geoff Brown, The Times, 9 August 2017


    “Kirill Karabits coaxed a deal of sparkle and excitement from the Bournemouth Symphony orchestra, such that the slow movement [of Beethoven’s First Symphony] was nicely mannered and there was plenty of energy and blustery brass in the other three.”
    **** Barry Creasy, musicOMH, 9 August 2017


    “Beethoven rubbed shoulders with Richard Strauss in the first half of this Prom. The former’s First Symphony found Kirill Karabits stressing the lyrical nature of the slow introduction and the crisp elegance of the Allegro, keenly articulated by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This was unforced music-making, the double basses pared down to four (left-positioned), but it filled the Royal Albert Hall, and was enlivened by exuberant horns and (long-bore) trumpets and hard-stick smaller timpani.”
    Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 7 August 2017



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    18 Jun 17 MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov
    Deutsche Oper Berlin

    “Die beste Figur macht wohl Kirill Karabits, sonst am Nationaltheater Weimar. Er dirigiert einen erstaunlich elastischen, klangschönen, flexiblen Mussorgsky. Mit dem Orchester der Deutschen Oper scheint er sich gut verstanden zu haben, auch wenn ich nicht verhehle, dass wegen der leichten Gangart die sieben Bilder vorbei tändeln, ohne mich irgendwie reinzuziehen.”
    Kai Luehrs-Kaiser, kulturradio, 19 June 2017


    “Davon konnte bei der Premiere am Samstag keine Rede mehr sein, der Chor klang flexibel, ausdrucksstark und differenziert, er setzte genaue Höhepunkte und agierte überaus präzise. Zu diesem beglückenden Gesamteindruck trägt auch der Dirigent Kirill Karabits bei, der das Orchester der Deutschen Oper zu einer klanglich klar definierten und intensiven Spielweise veranlasst, in die der Chor souverän integriert ist.”
    Peter Uehling, Berliner Zeitung, 18 June 2017


    “Mit dem sauber intonierenden Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin stellt Kirill Karabits die orchestrale Kraft und bewusst herbe Farbigkeit der Urfassung unter Beweis, – jenseits jener Vorlieben anderer Dirigenten für die später wiederholt, orchestral besonders raffiniert von Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakov, bearbeitete Partitur.”
    Peter P. Pachl, Neue Musikzeitung (, 18 June 2017 


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    07 May 17 BRITTEN Death in Venice
    Stuttgart Staatsoper

    „Der Dirigent Kirill Karabits und das Staatsorchester Stuttgart sorgen im Orchestergraben mit ihrer präzisen Interpretation von Brittens häufig kühler, aber auch gleißender Musik für die gleiche Energie und Klarheit.“
    „In Aschenbachs Kopf“ von Mirko Weber
    Badische Zeitung, 11 May 2017


    „Unter der Leitung von Kirill Karabits ist die Musik auf diesem Weg unbedingt dabei, farbenreiche Abgründe tun sich auf und lassen in Innenwelten blicken und hören, in denen von Untätigkeit keine Rede sein kann.“
    Frankfurter Rundschau, 9 May 2017


    „Musikalisch ist die Stuttgarter Aufführung, dirigiert von Kirill Karabits, zumindest ebenso ein Leckerbissen wie inszenatorisch.“
    „Spiel mir die Oper vom Tod“ von Jürgen Kanold
    Faust Kultur, 9 May 2017


    „Wie Kirill Karabits mit dem Staatsorchester Brittens filigrane, an entscheidenden Stellen sich zu großem Pathos steigernde Partitur realisiert, und wie Matthias Klink das ungeheure Drama der Leidenschaften in der Figur Aschenbachs spiegelt, ergibt einen höchst beeindruckenden Opernabend.“
    „Ironischer Schlenker in Venedig“ von Nikolaus Schmidt
    Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung, 9 May 2017


    „Beide Sänger sind Idealbesetzungen […]. Und sie dürfen sich getragen fühlen von einem kammermusikalisch besetzten Orchester, das unter der Leitung von Kirill Karabits und mit einem klangfarblich extrem differenziert agierenden Rezitativ-Klavier (Stefan Schreiber) in höchster Konzentration und immer mit Blick auf die Bühne agiert.“
    „Schonungsloses Kopftheater“ von Vesna Mlakar
    Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 8 May 2017


    „Oft wird ihm in dem kammerspielartigen Künstlerdrama nur das Klavier zur Seite gestellt, das im blendend aufgelegten Staatsorchester Stuttgart unter der schönheitstrunkenen Leitung von Kirill Karabits neben den markanten Bläsern, dem üppigen Schlagwerk, den Glocken und der Harfe eine Art Leitinstrument ist.“
    „Apollon ist tot – es lebe Dionysos!“ von Susanne Benda
    BR-KLASSIK “Leporello”, 8 May 2017


    „Es gibt keinen Stillstand, keinen unmotivierten Gang und erst recht keine Pose. Sehr flexibel im Zeitmaß, dabei ungeheuer präzise, offeriert der Dirigent Kirill Karabits Ensemble, Staatsopernchor und dem höchst transparenten Staatsorchester dabei unentwegt alle Möglichkeiten.“
    „Es geht um den Eros im Wort“ von Lotte Thaler
    Stuttgarter Zeitung, 8 May 2017

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    13 Mar 17 SAINT-SAËNS & RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Concert: 13 March 2017
    Congress Centrum Neue Weimarhalle

    with the Weimar Staatskapelle.

    “… der Chef des harmonischen Ganzen, Dirigent Kirill Karabits, bewies für dieses rhapsodisch anmutende Terrain sowie für die Zierlichkeit der orientalischen Klänge ein überaus glückliches Händchen. Die reizende Prinzessin aus dem Morgenland beflügelte den en détail präzise Dirigierenden, der das Werk am Schluss aber doch werkgetreu und im Forte “an einer Klippe unter einem bronzenen Reiter” zerschellen lassen musste.”
    Ursula Mielke, Thüringer Allgemeine, 14 March 2017

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    15 Feb 17 BARTOK, BARBER & LUTOSLAWSKI Concert: 15 February 2017
    Lighthouse Poole

    “Conductor Kirill Karabits once again proved what an adept accompanist he is of concerto soloists, discreetly urging the tempo on whenever the violinist’s flights of fancy threatened to rob the music of momentum.”
    **** Ivan Hewett, John Allison & Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 23 February 2017

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    25 Jan 17 PROKOFIEV & SHOSTAKOVICH Concert: 25 January 2017
    Lighthouse Poole

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Valeriy Sokolov.

    “In the eight years that Kirill Karabits has been the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor he has shown an ever-widening range of musical sympathies, from the baroque to the present day. But Russian music has always brought the best out of the Ukrainian-born Karabits, and his latest programme was an all-Soviet affair, pairing Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
    Shostakovich’s hour-long Eighth symphony – the massive centrepiece of his wartime symphonic trilogy – loomed over the programme, and Karabits and his orchestra spared none of its unblinking, tragic power.”
    **** Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 26 January 2017

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    27 Apr 16 Dutilleux/Tchaikovsky Concert: 20 January 2016
    Lighthouse Poole

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    “The bold colours of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony seemed the broadest of brush strokes. The score is no pushover for any orchestra, and it’s a measure of what Karabits has achieved in Bournemouth that he should have programmed it, and then carried it off so convincingly. The fine detail and the depth of tone were consistently impressive – a glassiness in some of the string sonorities was down to the harshness of the Lighthouse acoustic more than anything else – while after a deceptively languid start Karabits’ performance gained steadily in power and presence.”
    **** Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 21 January 2016

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    07 Mar 16 Prokofiev Concert: 07 March 2016
    Kravis Center West Palm Beach.

    with the Russian National Orchestra & Stefan Jackiw.

    “[Karabits] commanded whipcrack, turn on a dime response from the ensemble with seamless changes of meter. There was balletic lightness in the Firebird’s Dance and the pantomime was full of Russian languor. Karabits sharply pointed up the percussion effects in the Infernal Dance and gave the final processional clarion impact. The terrific performance brought the usually sedate Kravis audience to its feet with cheers and bravos.”
    Lawrence Budman, South Florida Classical Review, March 2016

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    26 Jul 15 Prokofiev Symphonies Nos 4 & 5

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    “This first-rate recording of Prokofiev’s most famous and least performed symphonies is a testament to Kirill Karabit’s understanding of the composer.”
    ***** Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph, 26 July 2015

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    04 May 16 Brahms/Mahler Concert: 04 May 2016
    The Lighthouse, Poole

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Guy Braunstein.

    “[Karabits] has acquired a taste for English symphonic music, and has led the orchestra in some remarkable projects, such as the revival of a long-lost passion by C.P.E Bach. And the audience have taken him to their hearts, turning out in droves even for Karabits’s most daring ideas.
    At this concert, the last of the season, he rewarded them for their loyalty by returning to the dead centre of classical music, with two giant 19th-century masterworks. In the first of them, Brahms’s Violin Concerto, he showed that blend of urgency and yielding tenderness that makes his performances of romantic repertoire so winning.”
    **** Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 05 May 2016

    “The test in this symphony … is how the conductor paces those outer movements, which continually simmer and subside and simmer again before erupting. This was where Karabits particularly impressed.”
    Richard Morrison, The Times, 06 May 2016

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    20 Aug 16 MUSSORGSKY, MOZART & TCHAIKOVSKY Edinburgh International Festival; 20 August 2016
    Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    with the Russian National Orchestra & Paul Lewis.

    “Chances to hear a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony, the so-called “Little Russian”, are relatively rare at all, so the opportunity to hear it played by the Russian National Orchestra under the baton of rising Ukrainian star conductor Kirill Karabits, chief conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and one of Nicola Benedetti’s favourite collaborators, was one to savour… All of the players in the large version of the orchestra had a great deal to do, but all that gainful employment was under the very firm control of Karabits, particularly in the rousing finale, which seems to do climactic finale-type things for its entire duration.”
    Keith Bruce, Herald Scotland, 21 August 2016

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    28 Aug 16 GRIEG & BEETHOVEN CONCERT: 28 August 2016
    Kurhaus Wiesbaden

    with the Staatskapelle Weimar & Yulianna Avdeeva.

    “Karabits leitete nun ein burghofspieltypisches, klassisch-romantisches Standardprogramm, in dem er Edvard Griegs zweite „Peer-Gynt“-Suite und dessen einziges Klavierkonzert Ludwig van Beethovens dritter Sinfonie, der „Eroica“, gegenüberstellte. Unbedingt spannend zu erleben war, wie er das tat: Griegs zweite Suite aus der Schauspielmusik zu Henrik Ibsens Drama stand hier über aller Tendenz zur anschmiegsamen Häppchenklassik, war vielmehr als Seelenmusik des Anti-Helden plastisch bis drastisch durchgestaltet. Der „Arabische Tanz“ ein perkussiv irrlichterndes Szenario, „Solvejgs Lied“ eine innig-sehnige Klage von tiefer Einsamkeit.”
    Axel Zibulski, Wiesbadener Kurier, 30 August 2016

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    05 Nov 16 WAGNER Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg: 05 November 2016
    Grosses Haus Weimar

    with the DNT Weimar.

    “Einem Dirigenten verlangt gerade dieses Finale äußerste Umsicht ab, da Bühne, Graben und Saal samt Fernorchester punktgenau koordiniert werden müssen. Für einen Karabits, der an diesem Abend das erste Mal im Weimarer Theater arbeitete, war das überhaupt kein Problem.
    Dieser junge Ukrainer könnte sich – man vermeide vorschnellen Überschwang! – als wahrhafter Glücksgriff erweisen. Dank tiefen Musikverstands, schlagtechnischer Präzision und einer durchaus sympathisch-charismatischen Führungskraft besitzt er das Zeug dazu, weit über hiesige Provinzen hinaus Ruhm zu erwerben. Wie stringent sinfonisch seine Wagner-Interpretation konzipiert ist! Wie sinnlich er gleich im ersten Vorspiel satte Mischklänge anbietet und dann mit der vorzüglich aufgelegten Staatskapelle im Graben das solide musikalische Fundament fürs Bühnengeschehen bereitet! Wie farbmächtig, motivreich, durchhörbar er das Wagnersche Klanggespinst präsentiert!
    Hörbar hat dieser Kerl Spaß an der eisern durchgehaltenen Prügelfuge, und das Vorspiel zum dritten Akt mit seiner tief elegischen Dünung formt er zu dem berührendsten Moment an diesem langen, an Eindrücken so reichen Abend. Aber kein Pathos, keine Sentimentalitäten oder billigen Effekte. Stets hält Karabits Kontakt zu den Chören, und selbstverständlich verlangt er den Sängersolisten in­ter­nationale Standards ab… Gut möglich, dass wir hier ei­nen Rising Star erleben.”
    Wolfgang Hirsch, Thüringer Allgemeine, 7 November 2016

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    28 Nov 16 BORODIN, STRAUSS & RACHMANINOV Concert: 28 November 2016
    Staatskapelle Weimar/Alena Baeva, Congress Centrum Neue Weimarhalle

    with the Staatskapelle Weimar & Alena Baeva.

    “Wunderbar aber ist, wenn Orchester und Dirigent strukturelle Defizite in freudvolle Wahrnehmung verwandeln. Unter ihrem neuen Chefdirigenten Kirill Karabits ging die Weimarer Staatskapelle wahrlich in die vom Komponisten geforderten Vollen. Mit dem sprichwörtlich langen Atem sowie mit sattem Streichersound und herrlichen Solostimmen wurde das Werk geadelt.”
    Ursula Mielke, Thüringer Allgemeine Weimar, 29 November 2016

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    26 Jan 17 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8: 25 January 2017
    Poole Lighthouse

    with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    “… Karabits’s sense of the first movement’s epic architecture proved faultless, and the grinding central climax, as well as the bereft cor anglais solo that follows it, were beautifully engineered. In all three of the central movements too there was the sense that something was being held back – the passacaglia, fourth in the sequence, was icily controlled – and even the hints of warmth and optimism that tinge the opening of the finale proved fleeting, and the last few pages seemed more than usually enigmatic and provisional.”
    **** Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 26 January 2017

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    05 Feb 17 Concert: 04 February 2017
    Philharmonie am Gasteig

    with the Münchner Philharmoniker & Augustin Hadelich.

    “Umso beachtlicher, wie absolut professionell der gebürtige Ukrainer es mit den Münchner Philharmonikern realisiert. Besonders in Édouard Lalos „Symphonie espagnole“ geht es darum, dem Orchester zu seinem eigenen Recht zu verhelfen, ohne den Solisten einzuschränken. Nicht, dass sich Augustin Hadelich nicht selbst behaupten könnte. Doch er agiert auch in einem solchen blendenden Virtuosenstück mit einer Diskretion und einer anmutigen Ernsthaftigkeit, die unmittelbar für ihn einnimmt, ihn aber auch etwas schutzbedürftig erscheinen lässt …
    Mit überlegen klaren Gesten spannt Karabits hingegen den Horizont der beiden Suiten aus Maurice Ravels Ballett „Daphnis & Chloé“ auf zwischen üppiger, doch differenziert vorgestellter Breitwandigkeit und rhythmischer Prägnanz in den Tanzepisoden; die drei philharmonischen Flöten treten auf wie eine einzige – Chapeau! Den französischen Zungenschlag dieses Programms hätten die Münchner Philharmoniker nicht besser treffen können als unter dem polyglotten Karabits.”
    ***** Michael Bastian Weiß, Abendzeitung Muenchen, 5 February 2017