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Biography:

Hailed by the Berliner Morgenpost as “a poised orchestral leader,” the young conductor Eugene Tzigane is gaining a reputation for his “elegant aura, gesture-rich, enhanced conducting technique, and his almost fanatical precision,” (Neue Volksblatt). With a schedule full of return engagements and debuts around the world, Mr. Tzigane is quickly proving himself to be an energetic and versatile force in the orchestral and operatic scene.

His conducting career ascended rapidly after taking Second Prize at the 2008 Solti Competition, leading to conducting invitations from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Duisburger Philharmoniker, and Nordwestdeutsche (NWD) Philharmonie. This eventually led to his appointment as Principal Conductor of the NWD Philharmonie, a position he held from 2010 to 2014.

Making his Chicago debut at the Grant Park Festival in 2013, Mr. Tzigane was praised by the Chicago Tribune for “bringing freshness and energy to an attractively varied program that found him fully engaged with the musicians, and they with him.” Highlights of the 2014–15 season include return visits to the Tampere Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and debuts with the North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, West Australian Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras.

In the US, Tzigane has performed with the Indianapolis and Oregon Symphonies. He made his Japanese debut in 2012 with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, and has also conducted the Kyoto and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras. His numerous European engagements have taken him to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Norwegian Radio Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and Sinfonieorchester Basel.

With a natural flair for working with singers, Mr. Tzigane made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut in 2009, conducting a new production of Così fan tutte. He recently made his Oper Frankfurt debut, conducting Christof Loy’s acclaimed production of Die Fledermaus. This season, he conducts Die Zauberflöte at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Carmen with the Royal Swedish Opera.

Born to Japanese and American parents, Eugene Tzigane began his conducting studies at Juilliard under James DePreist, where he earned the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He completed his studies under Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, where he won the Franz Berwald Memorial Scholarship. His other accolades include First Prize at the 2007 Fitelberg Competition and Second Prize at the 2007 Matacic Competition. He has also participated in master classes with Daniel Harding, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.