American conductor Christopher McMullen-Laird started the 2019-2020 season in his new position as Music Director of the Jæren Symfoniorkester in Norway. This appointment led to further appearances in Norway, including his debut as part of the 125th anniversary season of the Sandnes Symfoniorkester, the oldest Norwegian symphony orchestra. In the UK, Christopher assists Barry Wordsworth at the Royal Ballet, and conducts the Kings College London Symphony Orchestra, the Surrey Mozart Players, and numerous projects at the Royal College of Music, including a fully-memorized program at the RCM’s Chamber Fest 2020. He returns to the Yorke Trust in Norfolk for Mozart’s Requiem and the 2020 summer opera.
Christopher started his career at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where he prompted over 50 opera productions, working alongside Music Directors Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko and numerous guest conductors. He has also worked as musical assistant at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Welsh National Opera, Theater Erfurt, and Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, and with Rambert Dance Company.
Christopher has extensive experience working with young musicians as a regular workshop assistant for BBC Learning and the RCM Sparks programs. He previously was Music Director of the Munich International Orchestra (Germany) and Bjergsted Symfoniorkester (Norway) and appeared as guest conductor with Filharmonia Zielenogorska, Abaco Orchester, Oikomusica, and Jæren Symfoniorkester. He has conducted opera productions for Cape Cod Opera, Opera Providence, Opera Rogaland, Schlosstheater Rheinsberg, Tokyo Opera Association, the Yorke Trust, and the education department at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Christopher is was a Conducting Fellow at the Dartington International Festival and a Leverhulme Arts Scholar at the Royal College of Music London. At the RCM he has developed a particular interest in memorization and performing music with movement. Christopher’s work in these fields won him the 2018 – 2019 Mercers’ Arts Award for combining theoretical knowledge with public performance. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA and has held fellowships at the Hochschule für Musik Weimar, Germany, and the University of Stavanger, Norway.
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