NEWS Christopher Dragon appointed Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Local conductor Christopher Dragon has been appointed Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He will begin his initial 12 month contract by conducting a concert from the CSO’s Pink Martini concert series on 12 August 2015.

Dragon has been the Assistant Conductor at WASO since 2013 and will conclude this position in December 2015. After graduating from WAAPA with a degree in Classical Performance (Clarinet) Dragon began studied conducting in 2011 and has since conducted many of Perth’s local orchestras, including the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Fremantle Symphony, the South Side Symphony Orchestra, the West Australia Youth Orchestra, and Swan Philharmonic (which he co-founded in 2011). He is also a staff conductor at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and musical director of OperaBox.

Official Media Release by WASO
WASO Assistant Conductor Christopher Dragon appointed to Colorado Symphony Following a comprehensive international search and audition process with over 200 candidates, the Colorado Symphony has appointed WASO Assistant Conductor, Christopher Dragon, as its Associate Conductor, on an initial 12 month contract. Christopher was appointed Assistant Conductor of WASO in January 2013, and has spent the last two and a half years working with WASO and the last eighteen months being mentored by Principal Conductor Asher Fisch. His appointment to the Colorado Symphony is another significant step in the career of this rising young Western Australian conductor. During his time with the Orchestra, Christopher conducted WASO’s ANZAC Commemorative Concert in April in Perth as well as at Symphony in the City in 2014 and 2013. He has also conducted family series concerts and recorded new music by Western Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth. Most recently Christopher conducted WASO with Australian singer songwriter Josh Pyke, after conducting his Sydney Symphony concert earlier in the year. As well as working with WASO, Christopher has served as the music director or conductor of several music organisations in Western Australia, including the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Operabox, the
South Side Symphony Orchestra and staff conductor for the West Australia Youth Orchestra and West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Christopher will make his official debut with the Colorado Symphony on August 7 when he will conduct a Boston Pops Tribute as part of their Summer Stage Concert Series. The following week Chris will conduct the opening Pink Martini portion of the Symphony’s concert with Diana Krall at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 12. “I’m very excited to be joining the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as the Associate Conductor,” Christopher said. “This would not have been possible without the support of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Services International and the Simon Lee Foundation.” “Working with and learning from Western Australia’s only professional orchestra and enjoying the close mentorship of Chief Conductor Asher Fisch has been a dream come true for me. I feel so fortunate to have been given this opportunity and know I would not be where I am today without it.” After starting his new position with Colorado, Christopher will continue in the role of Assistant Conductor
with WASO until the end of December 2015
Official media release by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
The Colorado Symphony Announces Appointment of Two New Conductors

Aug. 4, 2015 – Following a comprehensive international search and audition process with more than 200 candidates, the Colorado Symphony is proud to announce that Christopher Dragon will join the Colorado Symphony as Associate Conductor and Andres Lopera will join as Assistant Conductor.

Mr. Dragon will make his official debut conducting the opening Pink Martini portion of the Colorado Symphony with Diana Krall concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. 12.

Christopher Dragon – Associate Conductor

Christopher Dragon comes to the Colorado Symphony following nearly three years as the assistant conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).

Christopher has been an important figure in expanding orchestral music in Australia in recent years, serving as the conductor or director of various organizations, such as the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the South Side Symphony Orchestra, the Western Australia Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic Orchestra, and others.
“It’s a huge privilege to be joining the Colorado Symphony as associate conductor,” Christopher said. “I had such a fantastic time with the orchestra during the auditions and instantly felt a connection with the musicians. I’m so happy to be joining the orchestra so soon for concerts in August, and look forward to exploring more of Colorado and immersing myself into American music and culture.”

Christopher’s experience includes:

· conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Australian singer/songwriter Josh Pyke; a recorded album of the live concert is scheduled to be released in 2015;

· being selected in 2014 to conduct the Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra in Thailand;

· participating in the Jarvi Winter Academy in Estonia, where he was awarded the Orchestra’s Favorite Conductor Prize in 2014; and

· studying under numerous notable conductors, including Paavo and Neeme Jarvi at the Jarvi Summer Festival, Fabio Luisi, Jorma Panula, and Asher Fisch

 

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