The international press ranks Christoph-Mathias Mueller „without a doubt" among „the most gifted and most interesting conductors of his generation" (Gazeta Kultura, Moscow) and attests to his „passion" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), which, in combination with a compelling precision, enables him to convey works in and off the mainstream to both musicians and the public. Captivating energy, artistic authenticity, and high intellectual standards characterize the style of the Swiss conductor.
Mueller has been the General Music Director of the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra since 2005. Under his leadership the orchestra has become one of the most inspiring ensembles in German- speaking countries. He has worked intensively and frequently with numerous world-class artists such as Frank Peter Zimmermann, Simone Kermes, and Reinhold Friedrich. Mueller regularly guest- conducts on the world's great stages, his most recent performances including appearances with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra Oslo, the Royal Liverpool and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010 he conducted Die Fledermaus and during the 2012/13 season Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi Theater. Five world premieres in the hands of Mueller are among the many highlights in the current season: In Göttingen he conducted „Opera!" for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra by Uljas Pulkkis (Finland), the Oboeconcerto, composed by Ursula Mamlok (D/USA), and „Tahawool" for Orchestra by Mahmoud Turkmani – a commissioned piece for the International Händel-Festival Göttingen and the Göttinger Symphonie Orchestra. In Buffalo he conducted the Concerto for Flute an Orchestra by Geoffrey Gordon (USA) and in Basel the Symphonie no. 5 by Rudolf Kelterborn.
Mueller, a Swiss national born in Peru in 1967, made his international breakthrough in 2000, winning the International Conducting Competition in Cadaqués, Spain. He received his Master's de-gree in violin performance at the Basel College of Music, and his Master of Music in conducting at the University of Cincinnati. In 1995 he perfected his skills as a Conducting Fellow in Tanglewood, Massachusetts, working with Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, and Leon Fleisher.
During 2001-05 Claudio Abbado appointed Mueller as the assistant conductor for the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he also conducted at the Lucerne Easter Festival and before the O- lympic Committee in Lausanne, and during 2003-05 as his assistant conductor with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. During the 2004/05 season Mueller served as the Music Director of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra, and further guest performances have taken him to the stages of the Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Na-tional de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Staatskapelle Weimar, Bremer Philharmoniker, Orchestra of the Hessian Radio of Frankfurt, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic and the En- semble Modern. In addition, he has conducted at the Musikverein in Vienna, Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, as well as in Stavanger, Tokyo, and Seoul.