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BIOGRAPHY

About me

Though I was born in Japan, I was actually raised on an eclectic musical diet of Eastern European folk music and dance, jazz, classical, and even film scores. I loved going folk dancing weekly with my father who was himself a professional dancer of Hungarian as well as of Romanian, Balkan, Greek, and Russian traditions in his 20’s. He also regularly took me to many performances of classical music as well as of the jazz legends. When it came time to choose and instrument, I went for the saxophone and it soon became apparent that jazz was my first musical love.

Remarkably in such a culturally diverse house, I was the first to become a musician. Though I played many instruments from a young age, I became fascinated by the figure on the podium when I went to my first symphony concert at age 8. It was from then on that the idea of becoming a conductor grew. By 13, I had conducted my first wind ensemble and by 19, I was the apprentice conductor for the New York Youth Symphony. As wild as it might seem, the first thing I ever conducted before an orchestra was one of famous excerpts from Stravinsky “Le Sacre du Printemps”. From there, I went on to attend at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and later had the privilege to learn under the wise musical guidance of James DePreist at the Juilliard School. I finished my studies with the Finnish conducting legend, Jorma Panula. Despite my list of “teachers”, I still consider myself an autodidact as technique was almost never discussed with any of them and I shunned any sense of dogma and balked at the idea of following the rules of others.

It was during my studies with Jorma that I won a number of awards and competitions including the Grand Prize at the 8th Fitelberg in Katowice, 2nd Prize at the 4th Lovro von Matacic in Zagreb, and 2nd Prize at the 4th Georg Solti in Frankfurt. By 26, I was appointed the Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the youngest in Germany at the time.

Since then, I have had the honor and pleasure to work with orchestras and opera houses worldwide including the Bruckner Orchester Linz, MDR Leipzig, DSO Berlin, Hessische Rundfunk, Oper Frankfurt, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Orchestre National d’ile de France, Royal Swedish Opera, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony, Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lahti, Tampere Philharmonic, Sinfonia Finlandia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra among many others.

I’ve also enjoyed artistic collaboration with many wonderful soloists including Mischa Maisky, Alban Gerhardt, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alessio Bax, Lise de la Salle, Inon Barnatan, Kevin Kenner, Vilde Frang, Baiba Skrida, Stefan Jackiw, Chloe Hanslip, Hye-Yoon Park, and Arabella Steinbacher, to name a few.


DEUTSCHE BIOGRAPHIE

Von der Berliner Morgenpost als souveräner Orchesterleiter bezeichnet, erlangt der junge Dirigent Eugene Tzigane ein enormes Ansehen für seine elegante Ausstrahlung, Ausdrucksstärke, sehr gute Dirigiertechnik und seine beinahe fanatische Präzision (Neues Volksblatt). Sein Kalender ist mit zahlreichen Wiedereinladungen und weltweiten Debüts gefüllt – Eugene Tzigane entwickelt eine energetische und vielseitige Kraft im sinfonischen Bereich wie auch in der Oper.

Seine Dirigierkarriere entwickelt sich rasant, seitdem er 2009 den zweiten Preis des Solti Wettbewerbs gewann. Es folgten Einladungen zum Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, dem hr-Sinfonieorchester, den Duisburger Philharmonikern und der Nordwestdeutschen Philharmonie, dessen Chefdirigent er von 2010 bis 2014 war.

Eugene Tzigane unterhält weltweit fortwährende Beziehungen zu Ensembles und Orchestern. In Europa zählen hierzu auch das Norwegische Radio Symphony Orchester, Aarhus Symphony, Tampere Philharmonia und die Sinonia Lathi. Weitere europäische Engagements brachten ihn zum Netherlands Philharmonie Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland und dem Sinfonieorchester Basel. Highlights der Saison 2015/2016 sind Wiedereinladungen nach Lahti, Aarhus, dem Norwegischen Radio, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony und dem Kyoto Symphony in Japan, ebenso wie Debüts bei den Copenhagen Philharmonics, dem Helsingborg Symphony Orchester, dem Göttinger Symphonie Orchester und Oulu Sinfonia.

In den USA wurde Eugene Tzigane für sein Debüt beim Grant Park Festival 2013 gefeiert. Die Chicago Tribune schrieb, er bringe eine Frische und eine besondere Energie zu einer attraktiv-abwechslungsreichen Programmgestaltung; er zeige eine enge Verbundenheit mit den Musikern. Zudem dirigierte Tzigane die amerikanischen Symphony-Orchester aus Oregon, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Fort Worth, North Carolina, Columbus und Rochester.

Mit einem besonderen Gefühl für die Zusammenarbeit mit Sängern, debütierte Eugene Tzigane 2009 an der Bayerischen Staatsoper mit einer Neuproduktion von Mozarts Così fan tutte. An der Oper Frankfurt dirigierte er Christof Loys Produktion von Strauss’ Fledermaus. In der letzten Saison war er eingeladen, drei Vorstellungen von Mozarts Zauberflöte an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper zu dirigieren, darüber hinaus debütierte er an der Royal Swedish Opera mit einer Produktion von Bizets Carmen.


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"A POISED ORCHESTRAL LEADER WITH AN INCISIVE BEAT AND FLUENTLY ELEGANT MOVEMENTS. UNDER HIS DIRECTION, EVEN THE FIERCEST MOMENTS OF "TOD UND VERKLÄRUNG" [...] WERE CARRIED THROUGH WITH SKILLFUL COMMAND."

BERLINER MORGENPOST

CONCERTS

 

09/01/2019 - 19:00
Universitetets aula, Oslo, Norway
Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra (KORK)
Ingrid Andsnes, piano
Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening
works by Ravel & Debussy
DETAILS AND TICKETS

 16/01/2019 - 19:00
Jyväskylä City Theatre, Jyväskylä, Finland
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Eivind Ringstad, viola

works by Bartok, Hummel, Weber, & Schubert
DETAILS AND TICKETS

28/02/2019 - 19:30
Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
World Premiere of Marc Blitzstein’s 1930 Ballet, Cain

MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig
Adrian Eröd, Bariton
works by Richard Strauss, Prokofiew, Blitzstein
DETAILS AND TICKETS

14/03/2019 - 19:00
Musiikikeskus, Kuopio, Finland
Kuopio Symfony Orchestra
Lucian Dancescu, Bassoon
works by Ravel, Jolivet, Debussy, & Gipps
DETAILS AND TICKETS

09/05/2019 - 19:00
Konserthuset Stora Salen, Helsingborg, Sweden
Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester
Istan Vardai, cello
works by Emmy Lindström, Honegger & Dvořák
DETAILS AND TICKETS

 

22/05/2019 - 13:00
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra
works by Stuart MacRae & Beethoven
DETAILS AND TICKETS

 

25/05/2019 - 17:00
Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique, Paris, France
Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
DETAILS AND TICKETS

06/06/2019 - 15:00
Swedish National Day Concert with the Orchestra, Soloists, Chorus, and Ballet of the Royal Swedish Opera
Royal Swedish Opera

 

 

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“TZIGANE [conducted] MOST IMPRESSIVELY, BRINGING FRESHNESS AND ENERGY TO AN ATTRACTIVELY VARIED PROGRAM THAT FOUND HIM FULLY ENGAGED WITH THE MUSICIANS, AND THEY WITH HIM.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

MEDIA

 
 

Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2 - Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark

 
 
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CONTACT

 

GENERAL MANAGEMENT

Sulivan Sweetland Artist Management

Emma Sweetland
es@sulivansweetland.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 8772 3475

 

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