The Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini was born in Linz and subsequently received his musical education in the United States . He studied in New York at The Juilliard School and simultaneously also majored in philosophy and languages at Columbia University . In addition to German and English he speaks Italian, French, Russian and Spanish.
Following his studies at The Juilliard School he was the only European representative admitted to the first year of the prestigious Yale University/Affiliate Artists Conducting Program, where he had the possibility to work with prominent conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Kurt Sanderling.
After his return to Europe he started an active international career, conducting more than 70 Symphony Orchestras on all 5 continents. Among these orchestras are the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Cologne Radio Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Moscow Radio Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Vienna Radio Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Orchestre Lamoureux Paris, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Israel Sinfonietta, Philharmonica Hungarica, The Philharmonic Orchestras of Cracow, Ljubjana and Brno and many others.
Christoph Campestrini has worked together with soloists such as Gidon Kremer, Rudolf Buchbinder, Julian Rachlin, Sharon Kam, Robert Holl, Julia Fischer and Emmanuel Pahud.
Between 1999 and 2001 he worked as 1.Kapellmeister (Principal Conductor) at the prestigious Essen Aalto Musiktheater and the Essen Philharmonic . During this period he conducted more than 100 performances of 15 different operas.
Recent engagements include his Australian debut with the Queensland Philharmonic , a tour of China , Thailand and Vietnam with The Hongkong Academy , the UNESCO Gala in Paris with the Orchestre de Colonnes , his Mexican debut with the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra , a tour with the Israel Sinfonietta and performances with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
Future activities will lead him frequently to North America where he will appear with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), Calgary Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony among others.