Cristian Măcelaru

Cristian Măcelaru

At the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, Cristian Măcelaru took over the position of chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading radio orchestras in Europe. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the contemporary orchestral music-focused Cabrillo Festival, where he directed its third season in August.

The conductor first attracted international attention in 2012 when he stood in for Pierre Boulez with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the same year he received the Solti Emerging Conductor Award for young conductors, followed in 2014 by the Solti Conducting Award.

Since then he has worked regularly with the best American orchestras; including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra.

He has a particularly close collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra: since his debut in April 2013, he has appeared on the podium of this orchestra more than 150 times and has been Conductor in Residence there for three seasons.

In Europe, Cristian Măcelaru is in demand as a guest conductor with many well-known orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Orchester National de France.

Cristian Măcelaru was born in Timișoara, Romania, and comes from a family of musicians.
As the youngest of ten children, he - like all his siblings - received instrumental lessons from an early age and learned to play the violin. His studies took him from Romania to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, the University of Miami in Florida and the Rice University in Houston, where he studied conducting with Larry Rachleff. He then deepened his knowledge at Tanglewood Music Center and at the Aspen Music Festival in master classes with David Zinman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Oliver Knussen and Stefan Asbury.

Măcelaru was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Miami Symphony Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra at the age of 19. He also played the first violins of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. Cristian Măcelaru lives in Bonn.