“He is the most insightful and serious young conductor out there today.”
Newly appointed Chief Conductor Designate of the WDR Sinfonieorchester, Cristian Măcelaru is one of the fast-rising stars of the conducting world. He takes on this new position at WDR, one of Europe’s leading orchestras, effective with the 2019/20 season.
Măcelaru is Music Director and Conductor of the internationally renowned Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In August 2018, he leads his second season in premiere-filled programs of new works by an esteemed group of composers. Among the 2018 season’s highlights are 3 world premieres, a record-breaking 16 composers-in-residence, a stunning roster of international guest artists, and two special tributes to commemorate William Bolcom’s and John Corigliano’s respective 80th birthdays.
Cristian Măcelaru attracted international attention for the first time in 2012, when he stepped into the breach with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, deputizing for Pierre Boulez. In the same year, he received the “Solti Emerging Conductor Award” for young conductors, followed in 2014 by the “Solti Conducting Award”. Since then, he has performed regularly at the podium of the best American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra. A particularly close collaboration connects him with the Philadelphia Orchestra: Since his subscription debut in 2013, he has been on the podium of this orchestra over 100 times and served there for three seasons as Conductor-in-Residence. Prior to that, he was their Associate Conductor for two seasons and previously Assistant Conductor for one season from September 2011. He continues a close relationship with the orchestra in leading them on annual subscription programs and other special concerts.
In Europe, Măcelaru has been in great demand as a guest conductor with many well-known orchestras and festivals, among others the Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
The 2018/19 season sees Măcelaru make debuts with the Orchestre National de France, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). He returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bayerischen Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonie, Hallé Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Detroit Symphony. In January 2019, he brings the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania on their first-ever tour to the States in commemoration of Romania’s centennial, culminating a 7-city tour at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center in performances with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. On the opera front, he leads a Kasper Holten production of Don Giovanniat the Houston Grand Opera.
Cristian Măcelaru was born in Timișoara, Romania and comes from a musical family. As the youngest of tenchildren, he received instrumental lessons at an early age — like all his siblings — in his case on the violin. His studies took him from Romania to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, University of Miami in Florida and Rice University in Houston, where he studied conducting with Larry Rachleff. He then deepened his knowledge in Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival in masterclasses with David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury.
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 19. He also played in the first violin section of the Houston Symphony for two seasons.
He resides in Philadelphia with his wife Cheryl and children Beniamin and Maria.
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TOP PRAISE FOR CRISTIAN MACELARU’S END OF 2018 CABRILLO SEASON
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CD RELEASE: MACELARU AND THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
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MACELARU STEPS IN AT LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUS ORCHESTRA
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MACELARU GETS TOP PRAISE FOR SEATTLE SYMPHONY CONCERTS
Măcelaru drew from his strings the smoothest, warmest, and lushest soundscape I have ever heard Seattle’s musicians produce.
WATCH: CRISTIAN MACELARU WITH DSO AND LISIECKI ON GERMAN TV
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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
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RELEASE: PROKOFIEV VIOLIN CONCERTOS WITH PIETSCH, DSO BERLIN AND MACELARU
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MACELARU MAKES “MOMENTOUS” CLEVELAND ORCH DEBUT
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MACELARU GETS TOP REVIEWS FOR CABRILLO FESTIVAL SEASON
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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
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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”
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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
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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.