One of the most promising conducting talents of his generation, German-born Christian Reif is Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. He started in San Francisco in the 2016/17 season following two years in Miami as Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony, working closely with Michael Tilson Thomas.

In the 2017/18 season, Reif made a highly praised subscription debut with the San Francisco Symphony and led concerts with the Orchestre National de Lyon, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Brucknerorchester Linz and Berkeley Symphony. His April 2018 San Francisco Symphony subscription concerts prompted Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle to write: “He’s a conductor of considerable stature, and everything felt like the work of a significant musical artist.” In Summer 2018, in addition to leading concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony and at the Lakes Area Music Festival, he makes his Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival debut on a program with the International Contemporary Ensemble featuring John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music.

In the 2018/19 season, Reif will conduct Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and the world premiere of Andrew Norman’s Cello Concerto with Johannes Moser as soloist on subscription with the San Francisco Symphony and a program that includes works by Britten, Shostakovich and Haydn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Additionally he will make debuts with the Omaha Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and return to work with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Berkeley Symphony and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He will also conduct a production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at Opera San Jose and a new chamber version of John Adams’s El Niño with the American Modern Opera Company as part the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MetLiveArts series in New York.

As part of his duties as Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, Reif regularly conducts the orchestra in many different concert formats, including performances of Hansel and Gretel, an Oktoberfest concert, and two successful Soundbox shows — the orchestra’s cutting-edge late-night series. Previous performance highlights include the Juilliard Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Meininger Hofkapelle, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists and the Munich Chamber Opera in performances of Mozart’s La finta semplice.

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Reif was a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in the summers of 2015 and 2016. During his time there, 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. He has worked as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

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.

A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Reif has taught piano, and he coaches instrumentalists and works with singers as a répétiteur. He has worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Juilliard School’s Ear Training Department and a Music Master Teacher in Miami’s National YoungArts Foundation. In his work at the New World Symphony from 2014 to 2016, he regularly hosted and conducted the orchestra’s education concerts which were viewed by a global online audience.

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. Reif is a member of Germany’s Conductor’s Forum (Dirigentenforum) and is one of the forum’s 2017/18 and 2018/19 featured “Maestros of Tomorrow”.

 

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CHRISTIAN REIF SIGNS WITH PRIMO ARTISTS FOR GENERAL MANAGEMENT

NEW YORK (June 7, 2018) — Primo Artists announces the signing of 29-year-old conductor Christian Reif to its roster for General Management effective immediately. One of the most promising conducting talents of his generation …

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CHRISTIAN REIF STEPS IN TO LEAD SF SYMPHONY WITH DAZZLING RESULTS

Christian Reif stepped in on Thursday, April 26, to conduct a glorious program of music by Wagner, Liszt and Holst … He’s a conductor of considerable stature, and everything felt like the work of a significant musical artist.

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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.”
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“Conductor Christian Reif brought out the rich sonorities of Shostakovich’s orchestration.”

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