“He is the most insightful and serious young conductor out there today.”
Newly appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Cristian Măcelaru has established himself as one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. With every concert he displays an exciting and highly regarded presence, thoughtful interpretations and energetic conviction on the podium. He launches his inaugural season at Cabrillo in August 2017 with premiere-filled programs of new works and fresh re-orchestrations by an esteemed group of composers. Among the 2017 season’s highlights are seven world premieres, 11 composers-in-residence, a stunning roster of international guest artists, and two special tributes – one to commemorate Lou Harrison’s centenary and another honoring John Adams’ 70th birthday.
He recently completed his tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Conductor-in-Residence, a title he held for three seasons until August 2017. Prior to that, he was their Associate Conductor for two seasons and previously Assistant Conductor for one season from September 2011. He made his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut in April 2013 and continues a close relationship with the orchestra in leading them on annual subscription programs and other special concerts.
Măcelaru regularly conducts top orchestras in North America including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony and Detroit Symphony, in addition to the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the 2016/17 season, he led the Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester in two separate programs and made debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Weimar Staatskapelle, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. In recent seasons, further international appearances have brought him to Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
The 2017/18 season sees Măcelaru opening the National Symphony Orchestra’s season in Washington D.C. and returning to the Philadelphia Orchestra on three subscription programs plus Messiah concerts. He guest-conducts the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Atlanta, Seattle, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, San Diego and Vancouver. Internationally he leads the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In Summer 2017, Măcelaru makes his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival and returns to the Grand Teton and Interlochen Festivals. Additionally he leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in two programs at the Mann Center.
Cristian Măcelaru made his Carnegie Hall debut in February 2015 on a program with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Anne-Sophie Mutter. A keen opera conductor, in June 2015 he led the Cincinnati Opera in highly acclaimed performances of Il Trovatore. In 2010, he made his operatic debut with the Houston Grand Opera in Madama Butterfly and led the U.S. premiere of Colin Matthews’s Turning Point with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as part of the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival. In 2019, he returns to the Houston Grand Opera on a Kasper Holten production of Don Giovanni.
Măcelaru came to public attention in February 2012 when he conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a replacement for Pierre Boulez in performances met with critical acclaim. Winner of the 2014 Solti Conducting Award, Măcelaru previously received the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award in 2012, a prestigious honor only awarded once before in the Foundation’s history. He has participated in the conducting programs of the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury. His main studies were with Larry Rachleff at Rice University, where he received master’s degrees in conducting and violin performance. He completed undergraduate studies in violin performance at the University of Miami. An accomplished violinist from an early age, Măcelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with that orchestra at the age of nineteen. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons.
Măcelaru formerly held the position of Resident Conductor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he was Music Director of the Campanile Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Larry Rachleff and Conductor for the Opera Department. A proponent of music education, he has served as a conductor with the Houston Youth Symphony, where he also conceptualized and created a successful chamber music program. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Crisalis Music Project, Mr. Măcelaru spearheaded a program in which young musicians perform in a variety of settings, side-by-side with established artists. Their groundbreaking inaugural season produced and presented concerts featuring chamber ensembles, a chamber orchestra, a tango operetta, and collaborations with dancer Susana Collins, which resulted in a choreographed performance of Vivaldi/Piazzolla’s Eight Seasons.
Cristian Măcelaru resides in Philadelphia with his wife Cheryl and children Beniamin and Maria.
WATCH CRISTIAN MACELARU WITH WDR COLOGNE ON DEMAND
On December 15th, Cristian Macelaru returned to Cologne to conduct the WDR Symphonie Orchester. It was his second consecutive week performing with them as he stepped in for an indisposed Alan Gilbert …
HEAR BENEDETTI AND MACELARU PERFORM THE MARSALIS CONCERTO
Today on December 17th, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series will broadcast Nicola Benedetti with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by our very own Cristian Macelaru!
TUNE IN: CRISTIAN MACELARU WITH WDR SINFONIE ORCHESTER
Tune in on Friday, December 15th at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific / 8pm Berlin time as Cristian Macelaru returns to Cologne to conduct the WDR Symphonie Orchester. After his stellar performance with them last week …
TUNE IN: HEAR CRISTIAN MACELARU LEAD THE DSO BERLIN LIVE
Tune in to hear conductor Cristian Macelaru on-air today for his performance with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin today on November 30, 2017 at 8pm Berlin time / 2pm NY time! The concert will feature …
MACELARU IS LAUDED FOR MILWAUKEE SEASON-OPENING CONCERTS
Cristian Macelaru made an impressive mark in leading the Milwaukee Symphony in their season-opening concerts on September 15th. He conducted a program of Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” …
MACELARU MAKES “MOMENTOUS” CLEVELAND ORCH DEBUT
Saturday night at Blossom Music Center, conductor Cristian Macelaru made his Cleveland Orchestra debut with a momentous account of Holst’s “The Planets” …
MACELARU GETS TOP REVIEWS FOR CABRILLO FESTIVAL SEASON
Cristian Macelaru closed a magnificent inaugural season at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Festival with much fanfare and glowing reviews …
CRISTIAN MACELARU IS LAUDED FOR INAUGURAL CONCERTS AT CABRILLO
Cristian Macelaru made a magnificent debut in his inaugural concerts as new Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Festival …
MACELARU FEATURED IN SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
Of all the reprisals taken in Europe during World War II, none was more emblematic of the Nazi German appetite for carnage and horror than Lidice.
MACELARU STEPS IN TO LEAD THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW
Cristian Macelaru steps in this week on four days’ notice to lead the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam! He makes his debut …
MACELARU LEADS PHILLY ORCHESTRA WITH “FITFUL BRILLIANCE”
Macelaru stepped in for the canceled Tugan Sokhiev, gamely conducting Liadov’s witty, sonorous but rarely heard tone poem Kikimora and leading Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with fitful brilliance.
MACELARU STEPS IN FOR PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that conductor Cristian Macelaru will replace an ailing Tugan Sokhiev for the subscription program this week.
VIDEO: WATCH MACELARU CONDUCT THE BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK
Watch a video broadcast of Cristian Macelaru’s April 6th performance with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Emanuel Ax …
CABRILLO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MACELARU’S INAUGURAL SEASON
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival of new orchestral music, celebrates the arrival of its brilliant new Music Director …
LISTEN: BROADCAST OF MACELARU’S DEBUT WITH BAYERISCHER RUNDFUNK
On March 9-11, 2017, Cristian Macelaru made an important debut conducting the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks …
MACELARU’S GLOWING REVIEW FROM PHILADELPHIA CONCERTS
For those hearing the lusty, extroverted Carmina Burana live after years of experiencing it only on commercials and movie soundtracks, the Philadelphia Orchestra …
CRISTIAN MACELARU FEATURED IN SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Cristian Macelaru sees music as something that can change us. “Art speaks of who we are, what we have achieved,” said Macelaru …
MACELARU LEADS MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY IN ‘VIVID PERFORMANCE’
Romance and tragedy took center stage in Friday evening’s Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert as the orchestra, led by guest conductor Cristian Macelaru …
CRISTIAN MACELARU’S CABRILLO FEATURE IN SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL
When Marin Alsop assumed artistic control of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music back in 1992, she commonly had to endure people mispronouncing her first name …
MACELARU LEADS SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY IN “A ROUSING PERFORMANCE”
When you’ve got the right performers, just about anything goes well with the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. This weekend at Powell Symphony Hall …
REVIEW FROM HERALD SCOTLAND: “MACELARU IS THE REAL MCCOY”
Could we have asked for more? The RSNO produced the goods on Saturday with a conductor new to its books. His name is Cristian Macelaru …
MACELARU APPOINTED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF CABRILLO FESTIVAL
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, is pleased to appoint Cristian Macelaru as its new Music Director and Conductor. Macelaru takes on the position with immediate effect …
HEAR MARSALIS VIOLIN CONCERTO BROADCAST FROM HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Conductor Cristian Macelaru and violinist Nicola Benedetti’s July 28th Westcoast premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the …
L.A. TIMES LAUDS “BENEDETTI’S SOULFUL, GORGEOUS SOUND”
The sound track Thursday night at the Bowl was the latest merger of jazz and classical traditions with the West Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ new Concerto in D, along with Aaron Copland’s all-American Symphony No. 3.
MACELARU LEADS U.S. PREMIERE OF “FIREBIRD: REIMAGINED”
Cristian Macelaru, in his role as Conductor-in-Residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra, led the Philadelphians in the North American premiere of Stravinsky’s orchestral …
MACELARU RETURNS TO MANN CENTER WITH PHILADELPHIA ORCH.
The first concert takes place on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Mann with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
VIDEO: MACELARU CONDUCTS CHICAGO IN HOLST’S “PLANETS”
Watch this video clip of Cristian Macelaru leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in his May 26-31, 2016 concerts on “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jolly” from Holst’s “The Planets”, full of brass fanfares and fireworks!
CRISTIAN MACELARU RETURNS TO CONDUCT CHICAGO SYMPHONY
A regular guest on the CSO podium, this week Cristian Macelaru returns to Chicago to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts May 26-31. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins him for the World Premiere of …
MACELARU LAUDED FOR POWERFUL PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS
Cristian Macelaru led the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and other works by Prokofiev and Ginastera …
MACELARU RETURNS TO NATIONAL SYMPHONY AT KENNEDY CENTER
This week conductor Cristian Macelaru returns to the National Symphony Orchestra for concerts at the Kennedy Center. His debut with the NSO came in February 2014 with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. This is his second …
MACELARU IMPRESSED IN ENIGMA VARIATIONS IN CINCINNATI DEBUT
The conductor, who impressed last summer when he conducted Cincinnati Opera’s “Il Trovatore,” impressed once again in Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations. This work was given as fresh and inspired a performance as one could want.
MACELARU GARNERS UNANIMOUS PRAISE AT SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY
Măcelaru seemed to expand the orchestra’s dynamic range, enabling them to play more softly than usual, while their loud tuttis had a clarity not often heard in Copley Symphony Hall. This was especially true in Shostakovich Symphony 1.
MACELARU & SUSSMANN “PROVE ELITE STATUS IN KRAVIS CENTER SHOW”
A South Florida treasure performed a program of masterworks on Monday: the New World Symphony under conductor Cristian Macelaru with Arnaud Sussmann …
“IMPRESSIVE”: LA TIMES ON MACELARU CONDUCTING LA PHIL
Friday, it was Cristian Macelaru’s turn. The impressive Romanian conductor in residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra is a year Dudamel’s senior. Last month he made his New York Philharmonic debut …
NY TIMES LAUDS MACELARU’S NY PHIL DEBUT AS “IMPRESSIVE”
For three weeks, on behalf of Rachmaninoff, the New York Philharmonic is putting itself at the disposal of the dazzling 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov. On Wednesday night at David Geffen Hall …
MACELARU TO MAKE NY PHILHARMONIC DEBUT THIS WEEK
Cristian Macelaru makes his New York Philharmonic debut this week in five concerts with the 24-year-old piano dynamo Daniil Trifonov. In performances at Lincoln Center’s newly named David Geffen Hall, Macelaru conducts …
MACELARU’S CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYM. DEBUT: “IRRESISTABLE”
‘Irresistable’ is how The Telegraph described Cristian Macelaru’s debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on September 23, 2015. Garnering 4 stars in The Telegraph, The Times and The Arts Desk , Macelaru …
CRISTIAN MACELARU MAKES BIRMINGHAM U.K. DEBUT
Conductor Cristian Macelaru makes his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra debut on September 23 and 24, 2015 with pianist Simon Trpčeski. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Carl Nielsen’s birth, the program features …
CRISTIAN MACELARU FEATURED IN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ARTICLE
The Philadelphia Inquirer has published a glowing feature article on Cristian Macelaru in its August 18th newspaper issue, on the heels of his successful Lincoln Center debut.
MACELARU TO MAKE LINCOLN CENTER MOSTLY MOZART DEBUT
Cristian Macelaru will make his Lincoln Center debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival next month. Scheduled August 14-15, 2015, Macelaru’s program features Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with Lars Vogt.
CRISTIAN MAKES CINCINNATI OPERA DEBUT THIS WEEK
Conductor Cristian Macelaru makes his Cincinnati Opera debut this week in a production of Il Trovatore. The production stars an outstanding cast, and performances take place on June 18 and 20, 2015.
Macelaru’s Philadelphia Concerts a Rousing Success
Cristian Macelaru led his 5th subscription program with the Philadelphia Orchestra over the weekend to great success. The Conductor-in-Residence inspired performances that led to standing ovations and rave reviews.
Tune in Sunday to see Cristian’s Detroit concert
This weekend Cristian Macelaru makes his debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts March 27-29, 2015. Tune in on Sunday, March 29th to see Macelaru lead the DSO!
Cristian returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra for subscription programs
Cristian returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra for two subscription programs this Spring: March 12-14, 2015 and May 7-9, 2015. He leads the orchestra in Beethoven …
MACELARU GETS RAVE NY TIMES REVIEW FOR CARNEGIE DEBUT
The New York Times published a rave review today of Cristian Macelaru’s recent Carnegie Hall debut. Of the February 11, 2015 performance, critic James Oestreich wrote:
“… He injected passion and drive …”
Cristian makes his Carnegie Hall debut on February 11, 2015
Just off the heels of highly successful concerts in Denmark and Germany, Cristian continues to lead the Danish National Symphony on tour in America including in his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra on February 11, 2015.