Maestro Chaslin to conduct Sofia Philharmonic

Frederic Chaslin

On 7 March, one of the most beloved and popular conductors and composers, Frederic Chaslin, will be the guest star at Bulgaria Hall in Sofia. Under his baton, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra will present his Theme and Variations for Trombone and Orchestra on Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler, Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss and Symphony No. 38 in D major (Prague) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Concert soloists will be the principal trombone of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jorgen van Rijen, and Maria Radoeva - a student of Raina Kabaivanska.

Frederic Chaslin is a conductor, composer, pianist and writer who was born in Paris and educated at the Paris Conservatoire and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He became an assistant to Daniel Barenboim from 1987 to 1989 at the Orchestre de Paris and the Bayreuth Festival, and the following two years he was an assistant to Pierre Boulez at the Ensemble Intercontemporain. After that he became Music Director of the Opera in Rouen, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Mannheim National Theatre, the Santa Fe Opera, and then again - for a second tenure - the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

He has conducted numerous opera performances - at New York Metropolitan, Los Angeles Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Munich Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as operas in Leipzig, Dresden, Madrid, Bologna, Roma, Venice, Torino, Tokyo, Oslo and Copenhagen. Since 1997, he has been a regular guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera, where he conducted 250 performances of 34 different titles. His major recent appearances include new productions of Tales of Hoffman, in Dresden and Copenhagen.

Frederic Chaslin has also proved himself as a composer as well as a writer - with his literary work. He has authored the essay Music in Every Sense and the novel Being Gustav Mahler.

As a composer, he wrote five operas, among which Wuthering Heights is especially famous; also over 50 vocal parts for soprano, mezzo-soprano and baritone based on verses by Robert Frost, Jean Cocteau and others. Excerpts of his operas have been performed and recorded by the most famous singers, such as Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Olga Peretyatko and Diana Damrau, who recorded Chaslin's arias in her CD Damrau Forever. His symphonic compositions include the Chagall suite, Gipsy Dance for violin and orchestra, a cello concerto and other orchestral opuses. His own orchestration of Mahler's 10th symphony was performed on 30 November 2018 with the Zagreb Philharmonic under his baton. From May 2019, his latest opera-musical Monte Cristo, commissioned by Placido Domingo for the Los Angeles opera, is in the process of preparation. Performances are also planned in Valencia, Paris, Monte Carlo, Bologna, Lisbon and Vienna.

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