Russian National Orchestra

Kirill Karabits

Kirill Karabits

Short Form Biography


The 2018-19 season will mark Kirill Karabits' 10th anniversary as Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. His relationship with the BSO has been celebrated worldwide and together they have made many critically acclaimed recordings and appeared regularly at the BBC Proms. In September 2016, Karabits assumed the position of General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar and has led many acclaimed productions and recently led the Staatskapelle Weimar on their first tour of the USA. In August 2018, they presented the world premiere of Sardanapalo, a rediscovered Italian opera by Franz Liszt. 

Karabits has worked with many of the leading ensembles of Europe, Asia and North America, including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony orchestras, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice and the BBC Symphony Orchestra – including a concertante version of Bluebeard’s Castle at the Barbican Centre. Kirill enjoys a special relationship with the Russian National Orchestra with whom he recently returned to the Edinburgh Festival and during the 2018-19 season he will embark on a North American tour with Mikhail Pletnev and George Li. Other highlights of the current season include debuts with the Toronto, Cincinnati and Seattle Symphony orchestras as well as the Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein, and a return to the Deutsche Oper and a UK tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. 

A prolific opera conductor, Karabits has worked with the Deutsche Oper (Boris Godunov) and Oper Stuttgart (Death in Venice). He has also conducted at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (La bohème and Eugene Onegin), Staatsoper Hamburg (Madama Butterfly), English National Opera (Don Giovanni), Bolshoi Theatre and he conducted a performance of Der fliegende Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival in celebration of the composer’s anniversary. 

Working with the next generation of bright musicians is of great importance to Karabits and as Artistic Director of I, CULTURE Orchestra he conducted them on their European tour in August 2015 with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist and a summer festivals tour in 2018, including concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Montpellier Festival. In 2012 and 2014 he conducted the televised finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award (working with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra). 

He was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.