On 5 March Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre shall be welcoming one of the world's most prestigious ensembles, the ""Filarmonica della Scala"" orchestra. Due to unforeseen health problems, the previously announced conductor of the concert Myung-Whun Chung was replaced by Christopf Eschenbach, one of today's leading conductors.
Christoph Eschenbach, Music Director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is in great demand by the finest orchestras and opera houses all over the world. Now in his fifth season with the NSO and Kennedy Center, he has, during his first four seasons, taken the NSO on two international tours, the Americas Tour 2012 and the Europe / Oman Tour 2013, earning great acclaim in the nine countries visited. He and the NSO have also performed together at Carnegie Hall. Washington highlights of the current season include the programming focuses of Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks and Mahler Explored, as well as participation in Iberian Suite: Global Arts Remix, a major festival highlighting the cultures of Portugal and Spain and the impact they have had around the world, as well as the vast influence this region has embraced from other cultures. Maestro Eschenbach continues to appear as pianist on the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts and on other Kennedy Center series, often with NSO members. Additionally, he continues his focus on featuring NSO members in solo roles with the Orchestra, with eight members featured in the current season.
Highlights of other engagements include Mozart's Idomeneo at the Wiener Staatsoper, and his long-standing collaboration with German baritone Matthias Goerne continues with recitals of Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben and Dichterliebe in Paris, Köln, and Salzburg, and Shostakovich's Suite on Verses by Michelangelo Buonarotti in Milan's La Scala. Additionally he conducts the Orchestre National de France, Czech Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic (in Vienna and on tour in Europe and Asia), DSO Berlin, NDR Hamburg, and other distinguished ensembles.
Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Maestro Eschenbach has enjoyed a career which has included music directorships of the Orchestre de Paris (2000-2010), Philadelphia Orchestra (2003-08), Ravinia Festival (1994-2003), NDR Sinfonieorchester (1998-2004), and Houston Symphony (1988-1999). He has also served as artistic director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (1999-2002) and as chief conductor and artistic director of the Tonhalle Orchestra (1982-1986). His many honors include the Légion d'Honneur; Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; Officer's Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit; and the Commander's Cross of the German Order of Merit for outstanding achievements. He also received the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Pacific Music Festival, where he was co-artistic director (1992-1998).
Maestro Eschenbach frequently mentors gifted young performers, and works regularly with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. In Washington, he also offers rehearsal opportunities to the students of the NSO's Youth Fellowship Program, side-by-side with the Orchestra.