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Charles Olivieri-Munroe (Cond.)
CHARLES OLIVIERI-MUNROE's hold on public imagination stems from a 'combination of talent and charisma' (New York Times) and his 'passion for purity of orchestral sound' (Toronto Star) with a proven ability of connecting with a strikingly broad audience. He is artistic director & principal conductor of the Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2015) and concurrently chief conductor with Philharmonie Südwestfalen in Germany (since 2011). He also holds the position of honorary chief conductor with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has been associated since 1997.
Since 2005 Olivieri-Munroe has been Resident Conductor with the Texas Round Top Festival Institute. Previously, he held the position of Principal Conductor of the Colorado 'Crested Butte' Festival (2008), Artistic Director of the Inter-Regionales Symfonie Orchester in Germany (2008), Chief Conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava (2001-2004), and Associate Conductor with the Brno Philharmonic (1995-97) and Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra (1993-95).
Charles Olivieri-Munroe's regularly appears with major orchestras throughout the world including the Israel Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal Brussels Philharmonic, and many others.
In the opera house, Charles Olivieri-Munroe made his Berlin conducting debut in 2001 leading Verdi's Falstaff at the Berlin Komische Oper. He has conducted Mozart's Don Giovanni in Milan; Verdi's Aida at the Lago di Como Festival and has also conducted at Il Teatro Fenice in Venice. In Amsterdam he presented an operatic cross-over production with the Netherlands National Ballet entitled Body & Voice. He has appeared at the Prague National Theatre (2008 Dvorak's Stabat Mater) and the Prague State Opera (2009 Martinu Gala). He was named music director for 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Chamber Opera conducting Stravinsky's Rake's Progress. In February 2014 he led a critically acclaimed production of Schumann's Genoveva with the Narodni Divadlo in Ostrava. Previously he has also conducted Ilja Hurnik's Diogenes and Händel's Acis und Galatea in Brno. His Australian conducting debut took place at the Sydney Opera House in 2013. Upcoming productions include Rossini's Barbiere di Seviglia and Tchaikovsky's Evgeny Onegin in Cracow.
Born in Malta, Charles Olivieri-Munroe grew up in Canada where he studied the piano with the eminent pedagogue, Boris Berlin, at the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Toronto. Following his graduation in 1992 he won three Ontario scholarships to study with Otakar Trhlik at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czechoslovakia. He was also a student of Jiri Belohlavek and spent two summers (1995/96) at L'Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena studying with Ilja Musin and Yuri Temirkanov and Myung Whun Chung. In 1997 Charles Olivieri-Munroe was a recipient of the $20,000 career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
His international career was launched by a series of triumphs in international competitions culminating with him winning First Prize in the 2000 Prague Spring International Music Festival Conducting Competition in which he also won the prizes offered by Supraphon Records, City of Prague and by Czech Radio. In 2013 Charles Olivieri-Munroe was the winner of the Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific Brand Foundation for his achievements in conducting and music. Previous laureates include Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela and Mark Zuckerberg.
Charles Olivieri-Munroe is often praised for being a supportive accompanist and has shared the stage with many of today's top soloists such as Krystian Zimerman, Maxim Vengerov, Mischa Maisky, Schlomo Mintz, Sol Gabetta, Ivan Moravec, Joseph Suk, Gabriela Benackova, Joseph Calleja and many others. Moreover, he is an informed interpreter who understands how to train, develop and lead an orchestra.
He is increasingly recognized in for his innovative programming. In addition to the standard repertoire he has a proven affinity with all the Czech masters including Dvorak, Smetana, Janacek and Martinu and the wider Slavic repertoire. His recordings for SONY, RCA Red Seal, NAXOS, SMS Classical, and Na夫e Records can be heard on many of the major international classical radio stations.
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Charles Olivieri-Munroe Short Clips
Charles Olivieri-Munroe with Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra
･ Roussel : Symphony No.3
･ Smetana : The Secret
Charles Olivieri-Munroe with Severoceska filharmonie Teplice
･ Beethoven : The Emperor
Charles Olivieri-Munroe with Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra Ljubljana
･ Tchaikovsky Orch Suite No3
Part1 / Part2 / Part3 / Part4 / Part5
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel / Charles Olivieri-Munroe ~ Philharmonie SWF
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