Christian Vásquez comes to Oviedo to replace maestro Alondra de la Parra, who has had to cancel for health reasons, at the head of the Oviedo Filarmonía, for a program that includes songs by Haydn, Mozart and Verdi, with Rolando Villazón as soloist, Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez and Symphony No. 8 in G major, op.88, by Dvořák. The concert will take place next Thursday, May 9 at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo. This unforeseen substitution precedes his visit to the Tenerife Symphony the following week, with which he will conduct the Concerto el Mar, for Venezuelan Cuatro and orchestra, along with works by Gabriela Ortiz, Evencio Castellanos and Alberto Ginastera.

Christian Vásquez is one of the most prolific Venezuelan musical talents of recent years. Recognized for his charismatic stage presence, powerful performances, and musical integrity, Vásquez continues to attract international attention as one of today’s leading conductors. Christian was born in Caracas in 1984. He began his music studies as a violinist and member of the renowned musical education program ‘El Sistema’. In 2006 he began his studies in orchestral conducting under the tutelage of maestro José Antonio Abreu, and that same year he was named Music Director of the José Félix Ribas Youth Symphony, in the state of Aragua. He was a Dudamel scholarship recipient during the 2009/10 season.

Christian Vásquez conducts Rolando Villazón with the Oviedo Filarmonía

Following his debut with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra in October 2009, one of his first appearances in Europe, Christian Vásquez was appointed its Principal Guest Conductor, a position he held between 2010 and 2013. In 2010 he was also named Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra Teresa Carreño from Venezuela, and has continued to lead it since 2017, when it changed its name to Orquesta Juan Jose Landaeta. With this formation, which continues to be the most important youth orchestra in Venezuela, they have made many interesting international tours that have taken them to stages in London, Berlin, Lisbon, Hamburg, Milan, Toulouse, Vienna, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Munich, Stockholm, Istanbul, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai.

Christian Vásquez became Chief Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2013/14 season, inaugurating an initial four-year mandate that would be extended for a further two years until 2019, following a successful relationship with the orchestra. He began his tenure with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in the orchestra’s new hall in August 2013. He led the orchestra on several tours through Scandinavia, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands, presenting ambitious programs and receiving critical acclaim. favorable. In the 2015/16 season he became Principal Guest Conductor of the Het Gelders Orkest (Arnhem Symphony Orchestra), beginning his tenure with a tour of the Netherlands with an exclusively Latin program. In the spring of 2015, Christian achieved further success by directing four performances of Bizet’s Carmen at the Norwegian Opera.

In addition to his many responsibilities with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and his regular engagements in Stavanger and Arnhem, Christian Vásquez has worked with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchester de la Suisse Romande, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Rotterdam, Salzburg Camerata, Russian State Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, Vásquez made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic at the invitation of music director Zubin Mehta. During the 2010/2011 season he also conducted the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France and the National Orchestra of Belgium. In North America, Vásquez has conducted the National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), the New Jersey Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Vásquez has since again conducted the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Camerata Salzburg on international tours with performances at the Grosses Festspielhaus, Wiener Konzerthaus, Alte Oper Frankfurt and the Berliner Philharmonie, as well as the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchester National du Capitole de Toulouse , Galician Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Beethoven Festival Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mexican National Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic in Poland, Royal Danish Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, RTE National Orchestra of Ireland, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra for Beethoven’s Ninth as part of the orchestra’s long December tradition, or the two editions of the Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea to which he has been invited. From 2021 to 2023 Vásquez also assisted Gustavo Dudamel in the new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Paris Opera, and made his debut with the Paris Opera Orchestra and the Ballet School of the Opera conducting four performances at the Opera Garnier.

In his commitment to education and youth, he frequently conducts youth orchestras such as the InterHarmony International Festival Youth Orchestra, the Barcelona Youth Orchestra (Spain) or the Geneva Conservatory Orchestra (Switzerland), in addition to his frequent concerts with the Juan José Landaeta and other orchestras of ‘El Sistema’. Vásquez has worked with world-class musicians such as Simon Rattle, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Pacho Flores, Truls Mork, Sol Gabetta, Sergio Tiempo, Ray Chen, Kolja Blacher, Veronika Eberle, James Ehnes, Elina Vähälä, Sergey Khachatryan, Liza Ferschtman, Arabella Steinbacher, Benjamin Schmid, Alexandra Soumm, Antoine Tamestit, Natalie Clein, Julian Steckel, Claudio Bohorquez, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Amanda Forsyth, Jamie Walton, Pei-Jee Ng, Jian Wang, Edicson Ruiz, Martin Grubinger, Kari Kriikku, Hakan Hardenberger, Tine Thing Helseth, Juan Ferrer, Reinhold Friedrich, Colin Currie, Simon Trpceski, Jonathan Biss, Kyrill Gerstein, Makoto Ozone, Håvard Gimse, Ingolf Wunder, Nicholas Hodges, Joseph Moog, Kristhyan Benitez, Kristiina Rokashevich, Bertrand Chamayou, Marianna Shirinyan, Lucas Jussen, Ole Kristian Dahl, Roland Pontinen, Igor Levit or Stefan Schulz.