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Alpesh Chauhan OBE

Music Director: Birmingham Opera Company
Principal Guest Conductor: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker

Representation: General Management

British conductor Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Guest Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Music Director of Birmingham Opera Company. His debut album features orchestral works by Tchaikovsky including Francesca da Rimini, The Voyevoda and The Tempest, and was released with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Chandos Records in June 2023.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle and Houston Symphonies, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Oslo Philharmonic, the Hallé, the Atlanta, National, Melbourne and Antwerp Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Orchestra of India, the London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the BBC Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre National de Lille, and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, alongside many symphonic projects with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

Alpesh enjoys collaborations with distinguished soloists such as Nicola Benedetti, Karen Cargill, Colin Currie, Veronika Eberle, James Ehnes, Pablo Ferrández, Alban Gerhardt, Ilya Gringolts, Benjamin Grosvenor, Hilary Hahn, Sir Stephen Hough, Leila Josefowicz, Pavel Kolesnikov, Johannes Moser, Beatrice Rana, and Arcadi Volodos.

Following his outstanding debut in 2015, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the 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 at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia.

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 with 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 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. Alpesh was named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in the 2021 International Opera Awards and 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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Alpesh Chauhan on UK tour with the Symphony Orchestra of India

December 1st, 2023

Following his return to Mumbai earlier this autumn, Alpesh Chauhan tours London’s Cadogan Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall with the Symphony Orchestra of India this week. The programme features a new Triple Concerto by composer and tabla player Zakir Hussain, who performs the solo part together with Niladri Kumar, sitar, and RakeshRead more ›

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Alpesh Chauhan’s debut with the LA Phil

October 20th, 2023

Returning to the US after recent successes with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and the Houston Symphony, Alpesh Chauhan makes his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall this week. He reunites with violinist Hilary Hahn, with whom he recently performed Brahms at Wolf Trap and in Seattle, this time forRead more ›

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Alpesh Chauhan debuts with NSO at Wolf Trap

August 3rd, 2023

Alpesh Chauhan returns to the US this week, making his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington at Wolf Trap. Reuniting with celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn for Brahms’ Violin Concerto, he also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at the iconic venue. For further details, click here. Following his return to Europe, Alpesh’s next engagements takeRead more ›

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Debuts in Houston

June 29th, 2023

Vinay Parameswaran and Alpesh Chauhan make their debuts with the Houston Symphony this weekend; both appear in the orchestra’s annual summer concerts at the Miller Outdoor Theatre; Vinay conducts Beethoven’s 7th Symphony on June 30th, whereas Alpesh Prokofiev Symphony No. 7 on July 1st. Alpesh returns to the US in August where he conducts theRead more ›

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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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‘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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