A Total Devotion to Art
Currentzis objects to what he sees as the lifeless perfectionism of a lot of classical music. "Academic music," he says, "is like making love with a condom." So when he talks of "saving classical music", what does he mean? "Music should be spiritual - it has become part of the supermarket, like everything else."
Teodor Currentzis is the Artistic Director of the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Artistic Director of the ensemble musicAeterna and of the musicAeterna Chamber Choir, both formed in 2004, during his tenure as Music Director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Orchestra (2004-2010). In 17/18 Teodor will be the Chief Conductor Designate of the SWR Symphony Orchestra and from 18/19, will be the Chief Conductor.
Born in Greece, Russia has become Teodor’s home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the state conservatory of St. Petersburg, under the tutelage of Professor Ilya
Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov. Teodor Currentzis was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in 2008, and was the recipient of the Toepfer Foundation’s prestigious Kairos Award in 2016. The same year, Opernwelt named Teodor Currentzis Best Conductor of the Year for his Macbeth at Zurich Opera.