Victoria, BC – CEO Kathryn Laurin took to the stage at the Royal Theatre last night ahead of the opening night concert to announce that Maestro Kluxen had signed a contract extension securing him as the VS Music Director through the 2022/23 season.
Maestro Christian Kluxen made his debut with the VS in April 2016 and was announced as the Symphony’s 10th Music Director in October, 2016. The Danish-born Kluxen began his tenure in September 2017. Now in his third season, Kluxen’s extension will see him returning to Victoria for three more seasons.
“We’re thrilled to have Maestro Kluxen remain with the Victoria Symphony until at least 2023,” said Board President Alan Hollingworth. “He’s built a wonderful rapport with the orchestra and brought new ideas to the concert stage. He’s grown deep roots in our community and really connected with our audience.”
Kluxen’s resume includes being the Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway and work with many significant orchestras across Europe including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestra. He’s recently made debuts with the Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. A Dudamel Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he acted as assistant conductor to Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Highlights of the Victoria Symphony 19/20 season include Beethoven 250 festival with the VS performing all nine Beethoven Symphonies during a three week period and the return of animateur Paul Rissman in Naked Classics: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique).