Christchurch – New Zealand
British born conductor, Paul Christ, was a graduate of the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC London in 1991, studied opera conducting with Jacques Delacôte in Vienna and was a finalist in the LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING COMPETITION in 1992.
It is in the world of professional music theatre that he has established an international reputation that has seen him work alongside the most established names of the West End and Broadway including Elaine Page, Nathan Lane, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Christ was the music director for the original West End productions of LES MISÉRABLES, MISS SAIGON, THE PRODUCERS, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and MARY POPPINS as well as for Elaine Paige in the KING & I at the London Palladium and Disney’s worldwide music supervisor for the Broadway production of BEAUTY & THE BEAST.
Christ assisted conductor Michael Tilson Thomson on his Mahler series with the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and made his Barbican Hall debut in 1992. He has conducted extensively in the United Kingdom, South Africa, China, Austria, Spain, Korea, Brazil, Germany and Argentina and worked with many European orchestras including the BOURNMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA the BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET, the LONDON ARTS ORCHESTRA and the DANISH NATIONAL RADIO ORCHESTRA. He has also worked with various world-class artists including José Carreras, John Lill, Ruggero Raimondi, Katia Ricciarelli, Raphael Wallfisch and Agnes Baltsa.
In 1989 he was the founding conductor of the LONDON ARTS ORCHESTRA and from 2011 to 2016 he was principal conductor of Vienna’s ORCHESTER DER VEREINIGTEN BÜHNEN WIEN.
He is now a permanent resident of New Zealand.
During 2021 he was engaged to conduct the NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET.
In 2022 Christ conducts the NEW ZEALAND OPERA‘s season of CAROUSEL.
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