About this Artist
British conductor Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Guest Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Music Director of Birmingham Opera Company. His debut album, released with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Chandos Records in June 2023, features orchestral works by Tchaikovsky including Francesca da Rimini, The Voyevoda, and The Tempest.
Recent and forthcoming highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Houston and Seattle symphonies, Atlanta and National symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Hallé, BBC, and Melbourne symphony orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Chauhan enjoys collaborations with distinguished soloists including Hilary Hahn, Nicola Benedetti, Colin Currie, Pablo Ferrández, Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough, and Karen Cargill.
Following his outstanding debut in 2015, he was appointed Principal Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, Italy, and performed and recorded much of the great symphonic repertoire, including a complete cycle of Brahms symphonies. Chauhan also enjoys a close relationship with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, of which he was Associate Conductor and with which he has appeared in numerous concerts, including at the BBC Proms. Birmingham Opera Company’s 2019 production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, directed by the late Graham Vick, was a triumph and led to Chauhan being named Newcomer of the Year in the 2021 International Opera Awards.
A keen advocate of music education for young people, Chauhan is a patron of Awards for Young Musicians, a U.K. charity supporting talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds on their musical journeys. He has also worked with ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the symphony orchestra of the Royal Northern College of Music and was the conductor of the 2015 BBC film Ten Pieces, which brought the world of classical music into secondary schools across the U.K. and received a distinguished BAFTA award.
Chauhan was honored to receive an OBE in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2022 for Services to the Arts.