Kirill Karabits

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Kirill Karabits
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Born (1976-12-26)December 26, 1976
Kiev, Ukraine
Occupation Conductor
Years active 1995–
Relatives Ivan Karabyts (father)

Kirill Karabits (Russian: Кирилл Карабиц, Ukrainian: Кирило Карабиць, Kyrylo Karabyts) (born 26 December 1976, in Kiev [then in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union]) is a Ukrainian conductor. His father was the conductor and composer Ivan Karabyts.

In his youth, Karabits studied piano, musicology and composition developing an interest in conducting at age 13.[1] His early teachers included Tatiana Kozlova. In Kiev, he studied at the Lysenko Music School, and later at the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy. In 1995, he began studies at the Vienna Musikhochschule and earned a diploma in orchestral conducting after five years of study. He also attended the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, where he was a pupil of Helmuth Rilling and Peter Gulke. He has done scholarly work on the musical archive of the Berliner Singakademie, such as transcribing the 1784 Johannes Passion of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, which was thought to be lost.

Karabits made his first public conducting appearance at age 19.[1] He was assistant conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra from 1998 to 2000. He also served as associate conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 2002 to 2005.

From 2005 to 2007 Karabits held a position of a principal guest conductor of Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

In October 2006, Karabits made his first conducting appearance with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and returned in October 2007,[2] where both concerts received acclaim.[3] In November 2007, the BSO announced the appointment of Karabits as their 13th Principal Conductor, after a unanimous vote from the orchestra musicians, effective with the 2009–2010 season.[4][5] Karabits held the title of Principal Conductor-Designate for the 2008–2009 season, with three concert appearances.[6] He made his first conducting appearance at The Proms with the BSO in August 2009,[7] and formally took up the BSO principal conductorship in October 2009.[8] He is the first Ukrainian conductor to be named principal conductor of a UK orchestra.[9] His initial contract was for 4 years. With the BSO, Karabits has recorded music of Rodion Shchedrin for the Naxos label, and music of Aram Khachaturian for the Onyx Classics label.[10] [11] In August 2011, Karabits and the BSO agreed on a three-year extension of his contract as principal conductor through the 2015–2016 season.[12] [13] In April 2015, the BSO announced that Karabits had signed a rolling contract as principal conductor, to extend his tenure to a minimum date of 2018.[14][15]

Karabits first conducted the I,CULTURE Orchestra of Poland in 2013. In September 2014, the orchestra announced the appointment of Karabits as its new artistic director.[16] In November 2014, he made his first guest-conducting appearances with the Staatskapelle Weimar. He first conducted a production at the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar in March 2015. Based on these appearances, in July 2015, the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar named Karabits their next Generalmusikdirector (GMD) and chief conductor, effective with the 2016-2017 season, with an initial contract of 3 years.[17]


  1. ^ a b Suzy Klein (2010-11-04). "Kirill Karabits: pushing the limits". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  2. ^ Geoffrey Norris (2007-10-19). "Kirill Karabits: Triumphant blend of virile verve and fine focus". Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  3. ^ Geoffrey Norris (26 November 2007). "The young ones seize the baton". Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  4. ^ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, "Karabits appointed new Principal Conductor". 29 November 2007.
  5. ^ James Inverne, "Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra names new chief conductor". Gramophone, 23 November 2007.
  6. ^ Geoffrey Norris (2008-11-28). "Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits at the Lighthouse, Poole". Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  7. ^ Tim Ashley (2009-08-12). "Prom 34 – BSO/Karabits (Royal Albert Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  8. ^ Ben Hoyle (7 October 2009). "Orchestras pass the baton to new band of Eastern Europeans". The Times. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  9. ^ Kevin Shihoten (2007-11-27). "Karabits to Succeed Alsop as Bournemouth Symphony Principal Conductor". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  10. ^ "A new partnership between Onyx Classics, Kirill Karabits and the BSO launches with the music of Khachaturian" (Press release). Albion Media. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  11. ^ Tim Ashley (2010-11-11). "Khachaturian: Spartacus; Gayaneh (excerpts) – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  12. ^ "Kirill Karabits signs three season contract extension as Principal Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra" (Press release). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  13. ^ "Bournemouth Symphony extends principal conductor's contract". Gramophone. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra extends partnership with Kirill Karabits" (Press release). Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  15. ^ Andy Martin (2015-04-29). ""I want to help take the BSO to the next level" - Conductor Karabits to extend stay to 2018 and beyond". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  16. ^ "Kirill Karabits Appointed Artistic Director of I,CULTURE Orchestra" (Press release). HarrisonParrott. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  17. ^ "Kirill Karabits neuer Generalmusikdirektor und Chefdirigent in Weimar". Thüringer Allegmeine. 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 

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Preceded by
Marin Alsop
Principal Conductor, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Stefan Solyom
Generalmusikdirektor and Principal Conductor, Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar
Succeeded by