Kirill Karabits

Kirill Karabits

Short Form Biography

Conductor

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. 

Performances with the RNO

June 2020

On Tour

26 Fri

Centro de las Artes

Santiago

Chile

Location

Program

Rimsky-Korsakov
May Night, overture
Prokofiev
Piano concerto no.2 in G minor, op.16
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op.36
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Alexandra Conunova, Violin

2020 Latin America Tour

On Tour

24 Wed

Sala São Paulo

Sao Paolo

Brazil

Program

Rimsky-Korsakov
May Night, overture
Rachmaninov
Piano concerto No.2 in C minor, op. 18
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major op.70
 
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

2020 Latin America Tour

On Tour

23 Tue

Sala São Paulo

Sao Paolo

Brazil

Program

Glazunov
Overture Solennelle, op.73
Prokofiev
Piano concerto no.2 in G minor, op.16
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op.36
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

2020 Latin America Tour

November 2019

On Tour

28 Thu

Tonhalle

Düsseldorf

Germany

Location

Program

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23
Rimsky-Korsakov
Sheherazade, op. 35
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2019 Europe Tour

On Tour

26 Tue

Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg

Germany

Program

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23
Rimsky-Korsakov
Sheherazade, op. 35
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2019 Europe Tour

On Tour

24 Sun

Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli

Torino

Italy

Program

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23
Rimsky-Korsakov
Sheherazade, op. 35
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

On Tour

22 Fri

Teatro Nuovo Giovanni

Udine

Italy

Program

Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23
Rimsky-Korsakov
Sheherazade, op. 35
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2019 Europe Tour

February 2019

On Tour

20 Wed

Lincoln Center - David Geffen Hall

New York

NY

Program

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2019 US Tour

On Tour

18 Mon

Peace Center

Greenville

SC

Program

Glazunov
Chopiniana, Op. 46
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

16 Sat

Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College

St. Augustine

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59
Glazunov
Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major, Op. 83
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Alexey Bruni, Violin

2019 US Tour

On Tour

15 Fri

University of Florida

Gainesville

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

14 Thu

Indian River Symphonic Association

Vero Beach

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

12 Tue

Barbara B. Mann Hall

Fort Myers

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

10 Sun

Kravis Center

West Palm Beach

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

November 2018

In Russia

01 Thu

Great Hall of the Regional Philharmonic

Krasnoyarsk

Russia

Program

Bizet
Suite from The Girl from Arles ("L'Arlesienne"), arr. M. Pletnev
Ravel
Concerto no.1 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra (for two hands)
Rachmaninov
Symphonic Dances, op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2018-2019 Season

November 2017

In Russia

06 Mon

Great Hall, Moscow Conservatory

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Mozart
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A major, K 488
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 13 in B-flat minor, op. 113 (subtitled "Babi Yar")
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artists:

Dmitry Shishkin, Piano

Nikolai Didenko, Bass

Popov Academy of Choral Arts Choir, Alexei Petrov, artistic director

2017-2018 Season

In Russia

04 Sat

Great Hall, Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic

Krasnoyarsk

Russia

Location

  • Great Hall, Krasnoyarsk Regional Philharmonic
  • Mira ave, 2b
  • Time: 7 PM

Program

Mozart
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A major, K 488
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 13 in B-flat minor, op. 113 (subtitled "Babi Yar")
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artists:

Dmitry Shishkin, Piano

Nikolai Didenko, Bass

Popov Academy of Choral Arts Choir, Alexei Petrov, artistic director

2017-2018 Season

September 2017

In Russia

23 Sat

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Prokofiev
"Dreams"
Saint-Saëns
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 2 in G minor, op.22
Lyatoshinsky
Symphony No. 3 in B minor, op. 50
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2017 RNO Grand Festival

August 2016

On Tour

21 Sun

Usher Hall

Edinburgh

Location

Program

Silvestrov
Elegy
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23
Scriabin
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, op. 29
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Denis Matsuev, Piano

Edinburgh International Festival

On Tour

20 Sat

Usher Hall

Edinburgh

Location

Program

Mussorgsky
Introduction and Gopak from "The Fair at Sorochinsk"
Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C minor (KV503)
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, op. 17 ("Little Russian")
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Paul Lewis, Piano

Edinburgh International Festival

March 2016

On Tour

09 Wed

Phillips Center, Univ. of Florida

Gainesville

FL

Program

Borodin
"In the Steppes of Central Asia"
Prokofiev
Violin Concerto no.2 in G Minor
Stravinsky
"The Firebird" (1945)
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

25th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

08 Tue

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Sarasota

FL

Program

Borodin
"In the Steppes of Central Asia"
Prokofiev
Violin Concerto no.2 in G Minor
Stravinsky
"The Firebird" (1945)
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

25th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

07 Mon

Kravis Center, Dreyfoos Hall

West Palm Beach

FL

Program

Borodin
"In the Steppes of Central Asia"
Prokofiev
Violin Concerto no.2 in G Minor
Stravinsky
"The Firebird" (1945)
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

25th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

06 Sun

Community Church

Vero Beach

FL

Program

Borodin
In the Steppes of Central Asia
Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto, op.64, in E minor
Prokofiev
Suite from "Romeo and Juliet" (Mikhail Pletnev, arr.)
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

25th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

04 Fri

Copeland Hall

Wilmington

DE

Program

Glazunov
Suite "From the Middle Ages"
Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto, op.64 in E minor
Prokofiev
Suite from "Romeo and Juliet" (arr. Pletnev)
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

25th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

03 Thu

Center for the Performing Arts

University Park

PA

Program

Glazunov
Suite "From the Middle Ages"
Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto, op.64 in E minor
Prokofiev
Suite from "Romeo and Juliet" (arr. Pletnev)
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

25th Anniversary US Tour

September 2014

In Russia

18 Thu

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Moscow

Russia

Location

Program

Prokofiev
Sinfonietta for Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 3

Concert Sponsor

Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Simon Trpceski, Piano

2014 RNO Grand Festival

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace