Credit: Marthe Mølstre, Arctic Philharmonic

Christian Kluxen

CONDUCTOR
Music Director: Victoria Symphony
Principal Guest Conductor: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Representation: General Management

Now in his seventh season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada, Christian Kluxen is also in his first season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland, following a five-year tenure as Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway.

Kluxen has been described in the press as “a dynamic, charismatic figure” who “forms the music with an impressive vertical power of emotion and a focus on the grand form”, conducting “with exemplary clarity and a heavenly warmth”. He is recognized for his sincere and transparent leadership, innovative programming and his bold, imaginative and energetic interpretations, showcased both in his MD and guest work.

Alongside his many and varied commitments with the Victoria Symphony and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, recent and forthcoming guest engagements include Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Pacific Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, and Norrköping Symphony. A fruitful and inspiring relationship with the Arctic Philharmonic, whom Kluxen led for five years as Chief Conductor, resulted in numerous exhilarating performances of a wide variety of repertoire, as well as several acclaimed recordings.

Born in Copenhagen in 1981 to Danish-German parents, Kluxen feels a natural affinity towards the Germanic and Scandinavian repertoire, particularly the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Nielsen and Sibelius. In 2020, he released a recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on the Simax label, featuring violinist Henning Kraggerud and the Arctic Philharmonic. The disc was praised for its “surprisingly beautiful orchestra sound”, “kept in a slim, sober expression with a punch to it” and labeled as “almost too perfect” by the biggest Danish newspaper Politiken.

During the 2014/15 season, Kluxen held the Dudamel Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, acting as assistant conductor to Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Prior to this appointment, between 2010 and 2013, he was Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as well as a member of the “Dirigentenforum” of the German Music Council.

Kluxen has worked with major orchestras throughout the world, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Malmö Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, L’Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona, in Australasia with the Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and in the US with the Oregon Symphony.

In his home country, Kluxen enjoys close relationships with several orchestras, including the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Odense Symphony, and in May 2019 he stepped in at short notice for concerts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, replacing Yuri Temirkanov in concerts broadcast live on Danish National Radio.

On the operatic stage, Kluxen has conducted extensive tours of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly with the Danish National Opera, followed by his Berlin conducting debut with Die Zauberflöte at Komische Oper. In 2017, he led highly successful performances of Die Fledermaus with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and Ariadne auf Naxos (with soprano Lise Davidsen in the title role) with Arctic Opera and Philharmonic. In 2019, his focus was on Bizet’s Carmen, which he led in two full productions; in Denmark at Opera Hedeland and in Norway with Arctic Opera and Philharmonic.

Kluxen’s concerts have been broadcast live in Denmark, the UK, Sweden, Norway and Canada. His most recent albums with the Arctic Philharmonic are Lasse Thoresen’s The Sound of the Arctic, which has garnered outstanding praise, including five stars from Politiken, and Eldbjørg Hemsing’s concept album Arctic, recipient of Germany’s Opus Klassik. He has received several prestigious awards and prizes, and in 2016 he was nominated by the International Opera Awards as “Young Conductor of the Year”.

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Christian Kluxen conducts the Pacific Symphony

October 18th, 2023

Following a triumphant return to the Victoria Symphony, of which he is Music Director, to open their 2023/24 season, Christian Kluxen has travelled down the Pacific coast to Costa Mesa for his debut concerts with the Pacific Symphony. Taking place at the famed Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, part of one of California’s premiereRead more ›

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Christian Kluxen appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

April 13th, 2023

Christian Kluxen has been announced as Turku Philharmonic’s new Principal Guest Conductor, starting from the 2023/24 season. As part of his new position, Christian will lead three subscription weeks per season with the orchestra, which is one of the oldest in the world and has seen a number of illustrious conductors including Jean Sibelius. SinceRead more ›

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Christian Kluxen conducts Grieg’s Peer Gynt

January 26th, 2023

North of the Arctic Circle, Christian Kluxen conducts a newly staged production of Grieg’s Peer Gynt with the Arctic Philharmonic this week. Directed by Antony Ernst and in cooperation with Hålogaland Teater, the production features the Arctic Philharmonic, of whom Christian is Chief Conductor, and three actors, and provides a rare opportunity to experience theRead more ›

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Out now: Christian Kluxen conducts The Sound of the Arctic

October 28th, 2022

Christian Kluxen’s latest album, The Sound of the Arctic (Lyden av Arktis): La Terra Meravigliosa, released today on the 2L label, is a musical expedition into Norway’s Arctic regions. The new work by composer Lasse Thoresen was commissioned and is performed here by the Arctic Philharmonic, the world’s northernmost professional orchestra, and it is scoredRead more ›

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Christian Kluxen conducts in Copenhagen

June 8th, 2021

This week, Christian Kluxen returns to his home-town orchestra, the Copenhagen Phil, and Tivoli Concert Hall for a performance of Danish, Russian and British masterpieces, all composed within 30 years between 1878 and 1908. Opening the concert with Nielsen’s tone poem Saga Dream, orchestra and conductor are joined by Canadian violinist James Ehnes for Tchaikovsky’sRead more ›

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Reviews

“No matter what you do, how old you are, who your mom is or what your dad believes in – if you have just the slightest interest in music, you simply have to experience Christian Kluxen conducting. […] Christian Kluxen is an absolutely magnetic figure”

Nordlys (Greenwood, Haydn, Mozart with pianist Vikingur Olafsson)

“Kluxen indicated to Monday Magazine in a previous interview that he wanted audiences to experience how the Victoria Symphony interprets these great works of musical art. Indeed, from the urgent opening, the full orchestra tackled each movement in the Fifth with enthusiasm and reverence, creating a triumphant and majestic performance that prompted many in the crowd to stand with appreciative applause following the final note. … The Victoria Symphony’s flawless performances of the Fifth and Third symphonies gave this audience member a wonderful taste of what is to come.“

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Discography

The Sound of the Arctic
(Lyden av Arktis): La Terra Meravigliosa (Arctic Philharmonic): An acoustic atlas and a musical expedition into Norway’s Arctic regions, the Sound of the Arctic is a new work by composer Lasse Thoresen, commissioned by the Arctic Philharmonic and scores for symphony orchestra, string orchestra, and sinfonietta in six movements plus a coda.

2L (2022)

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (Arctic Philharmonic, Henning Kraggerud, violin)
Henning Kraggerud joins chief conductor Christian Kluxen and plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 as well as Kraggerud’s own compositions “Ragnarok/The Sun’s Daughter”

SIMAX Classics (2021)

Metamorphoses – Beethoven, Kraggerud
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto juxtaposed with Henning Kraggerud’s work, Mantra-Metamophosen and his arrangement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 op. 95. Recorded with the Arctic Philharmonic and violinist Henning Kraggerud.

SIMAX Classics (2020)

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