German conductor Christian Reif has quickly established a name for himself as a fast-rising talent. In July 2019, Reif completed a three-year post as Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. His tenure culminated in a six-city European tour with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra including performances at Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Following the Berlin performance, the Merkur wrote of Reif that a “bright future and a great career must lie ahead”.

Reif makes debuts on subscription in the 2019/20 season with Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gävle Symphony, Stavanger Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Romanian Radio Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and Fundación Excelentia of Madrid. He returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon in a two-programme Beethoven project and to the San Francisco Symphony in a Soundbox program with soprano Julia Bullock. He will conduct the Dallas Symphony in an opening gala concert, make debuts with North Carolina Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguese in Lisbon.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season included appearances in New York at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival with the International Contemporary Ensemble and as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts series on a new chamber version of John Adams’s El Niño with the American Modern Opera Company. Other recent debuts included the Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Brucknerorchester Linz and at Opera San Jose on a production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.

Reif was a Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony from 2014 to 2016, and a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summers of 2015 and 2016. During his time at Tanglewood, he stepped in for Seiji Ozawa to conduct the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland, and he led the TMC Orchestra in Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with soprano Dawn Upshaw, baritone Sanford Sylvan and TMC vocalists.

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Reif’s enthusiasm in performing contemporary music has led to several world premieres. Among those are Michael Gordon’s El Sol Caliente – a city symphony in honor of Miami Beach’s centennial – and concertos for DJ and orchestra performed at New World Symphony PULSE events where the concert hall is transformed into a nightclub.

Christian Reif studied with Alan Gilbert at the Juilliard School, where he completed his Master of Music in Conducting in 2014 and received the Charles Schiff Conducting Award. Prior to that, he studied with Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where he received a diploma in 2012. He is winner of the 2015 German Operetta Prize, awarded by the German Music Council, and two Kulturförderpreise awards given to promising artists of the region who promote cultural advancement in their communities.

 

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CHRISTIAN’S POSTS

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Friends in SF: the incredible talents of the @sfsymphony Youth Orchestra are performing today at Davies at 2pm with their wonderful new Music Director @danielpatrickstewart
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Show them some love and a packed house!! I’m sure it’s going to be a fabulous concert!! I miss them and wish them toi toi toi!
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Swipe ⬅️ #throwback to our European tour this past summer, here in the sold out @elbphilharmonie Hamburg
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With Itzhak Perlman, living legend and wonderful human being, after our concert with the @toledosymphony last night. He grilled me (on stage) about trivia and which actors/actresses were in the movies we played music from, and I failed miserably 🤦🏻‍♂️😂 #farandaway #cinemaparadiso #outofafrica #casablanca #scentofawoman #TheAdventuresofRobinHood #whichone?
Luckily, the audience was on point!👌
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Afterwards, having pizza, the bartenders at The Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar were awesome to change the music to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and we ended the night singing #shout by The Isley Brothers 😂
Fun night!
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Looking forward to tonight!
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TONIGHT: Our conductor @ChristianReifConductor and @ItzhakPerlmanOfficial will collaborate together for the first time in a performance with the @ToledoSymphony!

The special program will open with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy and will feature Perlman playing cinema favorites by film composer @JohnWilliams.Music 🎥 🎶
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#tbt to last Thursday in Madrid. With the wonderful Santa Cecilia Orchestra of the @fundacionexcelentia and extraordinary pianist @yoav_levanon performing Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto and 4th Symphony for a packed house!!
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Looking forward to tonight!
#madrid #Mendelssohn #TchaikovskyOur conductor Christian Reif makes his Spain debut tonight! He leads Fundación Excelentia’s Santa Cecilia Classical Orchestra on a program of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 and Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture plus Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Yoav Levanon. Toi toi toi! 🎶

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“No doubt about it, Reif is a remarkable talent.”
“He’s a conductor of considerable stature, and everything about Thursday’s concert in Davies Symphony Hall felt like the work of a significant musical artist.”
“Christian Reif, who stepped in on Thursday, April 26, to conduct a glorious program of music by Wagner, Liszt and Holst, has been the orchestra’s resident conductor since 2016. There was a vague temptation, when Reif was announced as the substitute for this week’s programs, to regard it as merely a case of tapping the understudy to go on. But to think that would be to reckon without the technical assurance and forceful interpretive prowess that this young German has repeatedly displayed over the past two years. Reif’s mastery extended to matters both large and small. He showed no diffidence about managing weighty blocks of orchestral sound, and he fine-tuned passages of detailed instrumental filigree with the deftness of an artisanal craftsman. There is a balletic quality to Reif’s physical presence — at once fluid and well-defined — that corresponds well with the qualities he elicits from an orchestral score. The magic began immediately, as Reif began the program with an imposing but graceful account of “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung.” From the mysterious shimmer and growing brass presence of the opening moments, through the hero’s tumultuous progress down the river and his final triumphant arrival, Reif and the orchestra collaborated to bring to life all the composer’s considerable ingenuity.”
“In an exciting season-opening concert in Davies Symphony Hall under its new music director, the dynamic young German conductor Christian Reif, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra demonstrated both a wonderful degree of artistic ambition and the level of execution required to fulfill those goals. What was most striking, perhaps, was the clarity and ease with which Reif shepherded the orchestra’s musicians through Henze’s The “Maenad’s Dance”. He provided enough guidance to keep things working efficiently, but also gave individual musicians – particularly in the prominent horn and cello solos – enough leeway to make their own voices heard. The same virtues were apparent on a larger scale in Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony. The broad expanse of the symphony’s slow first movement sounded as weighty and tragic as one could wish, and the brisk finale – a puckish jest on themes by Mozart and Rossini – came off with undimmed high spirits.”
“Reif led his charges through a swift and muscular account of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, one that showed clearly just how much this ensemble is capable of. The opening movement shone with bright-hued energy, and Reif took the finale at a breathlessly rapid clip that gave evidence of his faith in the technical prowess of these gifted young musicians – faith they repaid admirably.”
“Christian Reif has made a big impression in the Bay Area since becoming the San Francisco Symphony’s resident conductor two seasons ago. In addition to his work in Davies Hall and at the Symphony’s SoundBox series, he’s made appearances across the Bay as guest conductor with the Berkeley Symphony. Yet, his greatest contributions may be as leader of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.”
“The complete package.”
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“Christian Reif and orchestra played with power and elegance.”
“There is only one word to define Opera San José’s production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci: FORMIDABLE. The performance was masterful. The Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor Christian Reif, interpreted the contrasting festive and sorrowful moods of Leoncavallo’s melodies with feeling. It also managed to control its volume, allowing the audience to listen clearly, even the pianissimos tones in the voices of the singers.”
“In the pit, conductor Christian Reif worked the tempi favorably and allowed the music to breathe with the singers. The OSJ Orchestra played soundly, the strings particularly striking with their gossamer clarity and smooth crescendos. The orchestra’s expertise was cemented in the oft-performed Intermezzo, driving it with depth and feeling.”
“Conductor Christian Reif brought out the rich sonorities of Shostakovich’s orchestration.”