German conductor Christian Reif has just been appointed Resident Conductor with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of its internationally acclaimed Youth Orchestra, after making a “powerful symphony debut” with the Symphony in the fall. He is currently in his second season as the Conducting Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami, serving also as cover conductor for music director Michael Tilson Thomas.
This past season, he conducted the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in several world premieres as part of Tanglewood’s 75th anniversary summer, and worked as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In 2014, he served as assistant conductor for Alan Gilbert at the New York Phil Biennial. Christian Reif is currently a member of Germany's prestigious Conductor's Forum (Dirigentenforum). He won the German Operetta Prize 2015, awarded by the German Music Council.
This season, Christian has lead the Munich Chamber Opera in performances of Mozart’s La Finta Semplice in Munich’s famous Cuvilliés Theater and will continue holding his position as the Conducting Fellow at the New World Symphony.
In the summer, he is leading the US Premiere of Kaija Saariaho's "Only the Sound Remains" at the Ojai Music Festival, with Peter Sellars directing. Christian is also conducting the closing concert of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Minnesota.
Christian leads several orchestras and ensembles both in the US and abroad. Among those are The Juilliard Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Georgian Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
His enthusiasm in performing contemporary music has led to many world premieres; among those are Michael Gordon’s El Sol Caliente, a city symphony in honor of Miami Beach’s centennial, and also concertos for DJ and orchestra, performed at the PULSE events of the New World Symphony, when the concert hall is transformed into a nightclub.
A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, he has taught piano, coaches instrumentalists and works with singers as a répétiteur. Mr. Reif also worked as a Teaching Fellow in The Juilliard School’s Ear Training Department and served additionally as its Department Assistant. The Education Concerts 2014 at the New World Symphony, which he hosted and conducted, were also broadcasted globally online.
In 2014, Mr. Reif completed his Master of Music in Conducting at The Juilliard School under Alan Gilbert, after studying with Dennis Russell Davies at the Mozarteum Salzburg.
For his outstanding achievements at The Juilliard School, Christian Reif is the recipient of the Charles Schiff Conducting Award. He also holds a scholarship from the German study promotion program of the Cusanuswerk and two Kulturförderpreise, awards given to promising artists of the region who promote cultural advancement in their communities.