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.
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