David Afkham

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Zelt-Musik-Festival 2016 in Freiburg, Germany

David Afkham (born 1983)[1][2] is a German conductor.

Biography[edit]

Afkham was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany,[3] and started his music education at age 15 at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, where he studied piano with James Avery.[4] In 2002 he won the Jugend Musiziert competition. In 2007 he finished his conducting studies with Nicolás Pasquet at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar.[5]

Afkham and the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra

In 2008 Afkham won the first prize of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition[6] and became the assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra,[7][8] assisting Valery Gergiev. Since 2010 he is also the assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.[2]

He has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar, Bamberg Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Staatskapelle Weimar,[1][5] as well as assistant to Bernard Haitink with the Royal Concertgebouw and Chicago Symphony orchestras,[2][7] assistant guest conductor of the Baden-Wurttemberg Youth Orchestra, and principal conductor of the KHG-Symphony-Orchestra Freiburg.[9]

He is a conducting fellow of the Richard Wagner Association in Bayreuth, Germany.[4]

Since 2014 he is the main conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España (ONE).[10]

One of his siblings is Micha Afkham, violist with the Berlin Philharmonic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Askonas Holt. "David Afkham". Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "David Afkham appointed as new assistant conductor of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester". Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Archived from the original on February 4, 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  3. ^ Music and vision. "Afkham, David". Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. "David Afkham, Gulbenkian". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  5. ^ a b Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler". "David Afkham". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  6. ^ "David Afkham wins Donatella Flick competition". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  7. ^ a b Karen Wada (April 30, 2009). "Dudamels in the making? L.A. Phil names conducting fellows". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  8. ^ "David Afkham gewinnt den Donatella-Flick-Dirigierwettbewerb in London". Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  9. ^ Studenten-Sinfonie-Orchester der KHG Freiburg im Breisgau. "David Afkham". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  10. ^ Rubén Amón: "David Afkham: 'La cultura es nuestra identidad'", El Mundo, 16 February 2015

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