Teodor Currentzis

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Teodor Currentzis
Teodor Currentzis. The conductor in PermOpera. 2016.jpg
Teodor Currentzis at Perm Opera. 2016.
Born (1972-02-24) 24 February 1972 (age 50)
Athens, Greece
  • Conductor
  • composer
  • actor
  • recording artist
StyleClassical music

Teodor Currentzis (Greek: Θεόδωρος Κουρεντζής; born 24 February 1972) is a Greek-Russian conductor, musician and actor.


Currentzis was born in Athens, and at age 4 began to take piano lessons. At age 7, he began violin lessons. He entered the National Conservatory, Athens at the age of 12, in the violin department. In 1987, aged 15, he began composition studies under Professor George Hadjinikos, and then in 1989 under Professor B. Shreck. From 1994 to 1999, Currentzis studied conducting supported by a scholarship from the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation in the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Ilya Musin.

From 2004 to 2010, Currentzis served as principal conductor of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, where in 2004 he founded the Orchestra MusicAeterna and later the Chorus MusicAeterna. Since February 2011, Currentzis has been music director of the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, to which he brought both of his MusicAeterna groups.[1]

Currentzis became principal guest conductor of the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2011. In April 2017, the SWR announced the appointment of Currentzis as the first chief conductor of the SWR Symphonieorchester (created by the merger of the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra) effective with the 2018–2019 season.[2] In September 2021, the SWR announced a 3-year extension to Currentzis' contract as chief conductor of the orchestra.[3]

Outside of music, in 2009, Currentzis acted in Ilya Khrzhanovsky's film Dau (Russian: Дау) based on the biography of the physicist Lev Landau.


Currentzis has won the National Theatre Award Golden Mask nine times:



Recordings are with Sony Classical unless otherwise noted:



  1. ^ "Teodor Currentzis to Head Perm Opera and Ballet Theater". russkiymir.ru. 27 December 2010. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Teodor Currentzis wird Chefdirigent des SWR Symphonieorchesters". SWR Classic. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Teodor Currentzis bleibt weitere drei Jahre Chefdirigent des SWR Symphonieorchesters". SWR2. 15 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Foreigners Scoop Awards at Golden Mask Awards" The Moscow Times, 18 April 2011
  5. ^ Susan Moore (20 June 2014). "Nosferatu, Perm Opera Ballet Theatre, Russia – review". Financial Times. Retrieved 6 April 2017.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Alexey Liudmilin
Principal Conductor, Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre
Succeeded by
Ainars Rubikis
Preceded by
Georgy Isaakyan
Music Director, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre
Succeeded by
Artyom Abashev
Preceded by
(no predecessor)
Chief Conductor, SWR Symphonieorchester
Succeeded by