Karel Mark Chichon has extended his contract as Principal Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie until 2017
Saarländischer Rundfunk and Südwestrundfunk have extended the contract with Karel Mark Chichon, who has been Principal Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern since September 2011, until 2017, ahead of schedule. SR Director Professor Thomas Kleist and Karel Mark Chichon signed the contract on Wednesday 13 March at Castle Halberg, the headquarters of the Saarländischer Rundfunk.
“The orchestra has gained international renown under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon,” declared SR Intendant Professor Thomas Kleist appreciatively. “I’m particularly thinking about the South Korea tour in autumn 2012, which received much attention, and guest performances in great musical venues such as the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, the Baden-Baden Festival Hall or the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. All this is also reflected in the Saarländischer Rundfunk (Saarland Broadcasting) radio programmes, especially on SR 2 KulturRadio, but also in the Südwestrundfunk (Southwest Broadcasting) radio programmes and SR/SWR television programmes. The television broadcast of the hitherto 4-part series ‘Music for young ears’, a concert format for a younger audience, recently met with good response. Very quickly, Karel Mark Chichon has managed to set a new artistic course and to give the orchestra inspirational musical impetus. I am very pleased that this successful partnership can be continued until 2017.”
Karel Mark Chichon enters the coming seasons as Principal Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie with ambitious goals and plenty of challenging projects: “I am truly delighted to continue my work with the DRP which has become my most important musical family. I am very excited at the steps we are making together in the development of this orchestra and I believe more than ever that we are on the way to our goal of becoming one of the leading German radio orchestras. This is not only due to the fact that the DRP is permanently improving its already high level of performance, but also due to the many projects that are planned through our concerts and repeated invitations throughout Germany and important cultural centres in Europe and Asia. A further sign that the DRP’s reputation is increasing to heights never experienced before can be seen by the fact that we will be recording CDs and DVDs for Deutsche Grammophon and will be embarking on a new Dvorak Cycle to be recorded over the next few years. There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than being the head of a musical organization where there are no limits as to what we can achieve together. I can only thank the musicians of the DRP for their confidence in me and Professor Kleist for making the musicians’ wishes possible, and I hope to repay them with my undivided commitment to our common goals.”
Karel Mark Chichon studied at the Royal Academy of Music and before becoming assistant to Giuseppe Sinopoli and Valery Gergiev. In September 2011, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, thus following in the footsteps of Christoph Poppen who was responsible for the creative side of the merger between the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra and the SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslauten in 2007. Chichon works with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra or the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and regularly makes guest appearances at opera houses such as the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 2015, he will be making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with ‘Madame Butterfly’ and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with ‘La Bohème’. In recognition for his services to music, he has been made Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.