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February 24, 2016

Conducting Fellow Named Resident Conductor at San Francisco

Christian Reif


Yesterday, February 23, 2016, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announced the appointment of New World Symphony Conducting Fellow Christian Reif as Resident Conductor and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the SFS Youth Orchestra, beginning in September, 2016.

In his new position, Reif will lead the internationally acclaimed SFS Youth Orchestra and serve as Resident Conductor of the SFS, assisting Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and several guest conductors with subscription concerts, touring, semi-staged productions, recordings and other special projects. In addition he will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in selected Concerts for Kids, Adventures in Music, and Music for Families concerts, which annually draw more than 26,000 young people and their families from throughout the Bay Area to Davies Symphony Hall.

Reif made his San Francisco Symphony debut in September, conducting the West Coast premiere of Ted Hearne’s Dispatches. This summer he is slated to lead the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s “Only the Sound Remains” at the Ojai Music Festival.

Reif will succeed Donato Cabrera, who is stepping down at the end of this season after seven years on the job.

German conductor Christian Reif is a second-year Conducting Fellow at the New World Symphony, serving both as resident conductor and as cover conductor for music director Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2014 he completed his master of music degree in conducting at The Juilliard School under Alan Gilbert, after studying with Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg. Last season he conducted the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in several world premieres as part of Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary summer, and worked as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Christian is currently a member of Germany's prestigious Conductor's Forum (Dirigentenforum). He won the 2015 German Operetta Prize, awarded by the German Music Council

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