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Alpesh Chauhan OBE

Music Director: Birmingham Opera Company
Associate Conductor: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

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British conductor Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Guest Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of Birmingham Opera Company. His most recent collaboration with the latter, Wagner’s RhineGold, was received to critical acclaim: “…The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s sound [was] controlled with an absolutely sure hand by the company’s Music Director Alpesh Chauhan – who was superb throughout.” The Telegraph *****

Forthcoming highlights this season include debuts with the Seattle Symphony with Hilary Hahn, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hallé, the Melbourne, Adelaide and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras, Poznan Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Symphony Orchestra of India, as well as returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Filarmonica Toscanini, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Antwerp Symphony. Further to this, he conducts several recording and symphonic projects with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and community projects with Birmingham Opera Company.

Alpesh frequently appears as guest conductor with acclaimed international orchestras including the London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre National d’Île de France, Orchestre National de Lille, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He enjoys collaborations with distinguished soloists such as Nicola Benedetti, Colin Currie, Pablo Ferrández, Veronika Eberle, Ilya Gringolts, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, Leila Josefowicz, Pavel Kolesnikov, Johannes Moser, Arcadi Volodos, and singers Karen Cargill, Markus Werba and Christianne Stotijn among others.

Following his outstanding debut in 2015, he was appointed Principal Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma and performed and recorded much of the great symphonic repertoire, including a complete cycle of Brahms’ symphonies.  Alongside the recently critically acclaimed RhineGold, other notable opera titles include Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, West Side Story and a production of Turandot in Valencia at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.

A keen advocate of music education for young people, Alpesh is a patron of Awards for Young Musicians, a UK charity supporting talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds on their musical journeys. He has also worked with ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the symphony orchestras of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Royal Northern College of Music. He was the conductor of the 2015 BBC Ten Pieces film which brought the world of classical music into secondary schools across the UK and received a distinguished BAFTA award.

Born in Birmingham, Alpesh studied ‘cello under Eduardo Vassallo at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester before continuing at the RNCM to pursue the prestigious Master’s Conducting Course. Alpesh has studied with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and was mentored by Andris Nelsons and Edward Gardner in his post as Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2014 to 2016.

Birmingham Opera Company’s 2019 production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk directed by the late Sir Graham Vick was a triumph and led to Chauhan being named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in the 2021 International Opera Awards. In 2022 he was delighted to receive the Conductor Award from the Italian National Association of Music Critics for ‘Miglior Direttore’ for concerts across Italy in 2021.

Alpesh was honoured to receive an OBE in HRH The Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2022 for Services to the Arts.


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Out now: Alpesh Chauhan’s debut recording

June 2nd, 2023

Today sees the release of Alpesh Chauhan’s debut album, Tchaikovsky: Orchestral works for Chandos Records, which was recorded at Glasgow City Halls with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra of which Alpesh is Associate Conductor. The recording features a collection of the composer’s symphonic fantasias: La Tempête, Francesca da Rimini, and The Voyevoda, alongside the OvertureRead more ›

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Alpesh Chauhan at the Hallé

January 25th, 2023

This week sees Alpesh Chauhan’s debut performances with the Hallé at Manchester’s iconic Bridgewater Hall (25, 26 and 29 January) and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall (27 January). The programme features the deeply personal Tenth Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer for whom Alpesh feels a particular affinity. In the first half, conductor and orchestra areRead more ›

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Alpesh Chauhan OBE

November 17th, 2022

Yesterday at Windsor Castle, conductor Alpesh Chauhan was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for Services to the Arts by His Majesty King Charles III. Alpesh was awarded the honour in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2022 when he commented: ‘It is a very happyRead more ›

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Alpesh Chauhan debuts with Seattle Symphony

October 20th, 2022

Alpesh Chauhan makes his highly anticipated debut with the Seattle Symphony this week, performing two concerts at Benaroya Hall, the orchestra’s home. The all-Brahms first half of the programme is opened with the composer’s Tragic Overture before celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn takes the stage for his epic Violin Concerto. Witold Lutosławski’s orchestral showpiece, the ConcertoRead more ›

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Alpesh Chauhan at the Commonwealth Games and BBC Proms

August 1st, 2022

Congratulations to Alpesh Chauhan who last week conducted both the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games with the CBSO and made his BBC Proms main evening debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony on consecutive evenings. Watched by over a billion people worldwide, Birmingham-born Chauhan and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performed throughout the dramaticRead more ›

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‘Rhinegold’ with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Opera Company

“…The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s sound [was] controlled with an absolutely sure hand by the company’s music director Alpesh Chauhan (who was superb throughout).”

Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph (*****) – July 2021

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