john axelrod


JOHN AXELROD conductor

Artistic Director and Musical Director, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS)

Principal Guest Conductor, ORCHESTRA SINFONICA DI MILANO "G. VERDI" (LaVerdi)

With an extraordinarily diverse repertoire, innovative programming and charismatic performance style, John Axelrod continues to increase his profile as one of today's leading conductors.

After successful tenures as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Theater, and as Music Director of the l'Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod in 2011 was appointed Principal Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano "Giuseppe" Verdi and in November 2014 he became the new Artistic and Musical Director of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla (ROSS).

Since 2001, Mr. Axelrod has conducted over 160 orchestras around the world, 30 operas and 50 world premieres.  Some of his relationships with European orchestras include Berlin's Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, NDR Symphony Hamburg, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Teatro La Fenice Orchestra in Venice, Teatro San Carlo Orchestra in Naples, RTSI Orchestra in Lugano, Camerata Salzburg, ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Grazer Philharmoniker.  

The 2015/16 season includes not only his diverse programs of core and contemporary repertoire with the ROSS in Sevilla and La Verdi in Milano, but Mr. Axelrod also conducts the NHKSO of Tokyo on a long tour in Japan, the Hamburger Symphoniker, the Camerata Salzburg at the Musikverein, Sinfonia Varsovia at the Beethoven Festival, the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI of Turin, the Moscow National Philharmonic...among many others. 

John Axelrod's opera activity includes the new production of Bernstein's Candide at Théâtre du Châtelet and Teatro alla Scala, Jonathan Dove's opera Flight for Leipzig Oper, Olvier Py's Tristan and Isolde for Angers/Nantes Opera and a unique concert performance of Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Museum of Topographie des Terrors in Berlin. For the Lucerne Festival, he has conducted: Rigoletto, The Rake's Progress, Don Giovanni, the Three Penny Opera, Falstaff and Idomeneo. In 2014, he conducted Eugene Onegin at Teatro San Carlo in Naples and he opened the 2014 Spoleto Festival with Erwartung, La Dame de Monte Carlo and La Mort de Cléopâtre.  In 2015 he conducted a new production of Candide for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

Upcoming opera engagements include the Graham Vick production of Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at the Rome Opera and at La Fenice in Venice, and the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi's Lo Specchio Magico at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2016.

Mr. Axelrod is actively committed to working with young professional musicians, having toured with the Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra to the Salzburg Festival, with the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Italy, the Accademia della Scala to Muscat, the NordDeutsche Junge Philharmonie in Germany, Sinfonia Iuventus in Poland and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchester in Austria.

Mr. Axelrod has recorded core and contemporary repertoire for such labels as Sony Classical, Warner Classics, Ondine, Universal, Naïve and Nimbus. Mr. Axelrod's most recent release is a cycle of Brahms Symphonies with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and accompanying Clara Schumann lieder, entitled Brahms Beloved, on Telarc, with such vocalists as Dame Felicity Lott, Wolfgang Holzmair, Indra Thomas and Nicole Cabell.

Mr. Axelrod graduated in 1988 from Harvard University. Trained by and in the tradition of Leonard Bernstein, he also studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Ilya Musin.

2015-16 short version for program booklet (July 2015) - Not to be altered without permission.

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