Christopher Seaman

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Christopher Seaman
Born (1942-03-07) 7 March 1942 (age 77)
OccupationBritish conductor

Christopher Seaman (born 7 March 1942, Faversham) is a British conductor

Early life[edit]

Seaman was born to Albert Edward Seaman and Ethel Margery Seaman.

He was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School and The King's School, Canterbury, and later studied at King's College, Cambridge.[1]


From 1964 to 1968, he was principal timpanist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, before his appointment from 1968 to 1970 as assistant conductor with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO).[2] He later served as the BBC SSO's principal conductor, from 1971 to 1977. Seaman has also held the post of Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the conducting course at the Guildhall School of Music.[3] He also had a long association with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.[4]

In the US, Seaman was resident conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 1998. From 1993 to 2004, he was music director of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, in Naples, Florida. In 1998, he became music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, continuing through 2011[5] and becoming that orchestra's longest-tenured conductor. In October 2009, the orchestra announced the conclusion of Seaman's tenure as director with the 2010-2011 season, and his lifetime appointment as the RPO's Conductor Laureate.[6]

Seaman has conducted recordings with the Rochester Philharmonic for the harmonia mundi label.[7] He is also currently the Artistic Advisor to the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, through the 2009-2010 season.

His book Inside Conducting was published in 2013.[8]


  1. ^ International Who's Who in Classical Music 2009. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (2009), p. 742 (ISBN 978-1-85743-513-9)
  2. ^ "Appointments, Awards" (October 1968). The Musical Times, 109 (1508): p. 906.
  3. ^ "Appointments, Awards, Conferences and Courses" (1989). The Musical Times, 130 (1759): p. 539.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-12-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "RPO Conductors Seaman and Tyzik Renew Contracts" (Press release). Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 8 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  6. ^ "Christopher Seaman Announces 2010-2011 Season Will Conclude His Tenure as Music Director" (Press release). Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 24 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  7. ^ Jed Distler (October 2003). "A Tale of Two Tchaikovsky Concertos". (overall site now defunct). Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  8. ^ Seaman, Christopher ; illustrations by Michael Richards (2013). Inside Conducting (1. publ. ed.). Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press. ISBN 9781580464116.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
James Loughran
Chief Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Preceded by
Rudolf Schwarz
Principal Conductor, Northern Sinfonia
Succeeded by
Tamás Vásáry and Iván Fischer