Christian Baldini

Christian Baldini – conductor 

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  • Music Director, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra
  • Music Director, Camellia Symphony, Sacramento

Currently Music Director of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and the Camellia Symphony Orchestra in Sacramento, Christian Baldini was cover conductor from 2014-16 at the San Francisco Symphony, where he made his debut in December 2014. A native of Argentina, he is a regular guest conductor at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Teatro Argentino de la Plata and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina.

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A finalist in the 2012 Nestlé/Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Baldini has been an assistant conductor with the Britten-Pears Orchestra and a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington. Guest conducting engagements have included the Munich Radio Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto, Orquesta de Cámara de Chile and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He has also conducted operas for the Aldeburgh Festival (The Rape of Lucretia) as well as the Teatro Colón. The 2017-18 season saw his debuts with English National Opera and the Noord Nederlands Orkest.

At home in the most imaginative and daring corners of contemporary music, he has presented world premières of over 80 works; he has assisted Martyn Brabbyns with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Brian Ferneyhough’s La terre est un homme and Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain, and has conducted and recorded contemporary Italian music for the RAI Trade and Tactus labels. In 2014 he conducted the world première of Victor Strasnoy’s Requiem at the Teatro Colón, which was voted Best Production of the 2014 opera season by the Argentine Music Critics Association (ACMA); following this success, Baldini was re-invited to Teatro Colón for a Dallapicciola double-bill.

Baldini is equally comfortable in the core symphonic and operatic repertoire. His debut CD, of Mozart Arias and Overtures with Elizabeth Watts and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra was released in 2015 on Linn Records to great critical acclaim, and was named Recording of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, as well as Album of the Week on Classic FM. A fully versatile musician, Baldini also enjoys pushing boundaries in his programming. He conducted a noteworthy sold out production of 2001: A Space Odyssey at Teatro Colón and has collaborated with composer DJ Mason Bates.

Baldini is also active as a composer. His compositions are published by Babel Scores in Paris, and his works have been performed by ensembles and orchestras including Ensemble Modern, Munich Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine and the New York New Music Ensemble, while he has been featured composer at the Acanthes Festival in France and the Ginastera Festival in London. Baldini’s music has been recorded on the Pretal label, and has been broadcast on the Southwest German, Bavarian and Austrian Radios, as well as on the National Classical Music Radio of Argentina.

Christian Baldini holds degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo (Ph.D. in Composition), the Pennsylvania State University (Master’s in Conducting), and the Catholic University of Argentina (Bachelor’s Degree in Conducting and Composition). Teachers and mentors include Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Eötvös and Martyn Brabbins.

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Videos

Ginastera, Panambi Suite
Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Argentina

Varèse, Amériques
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven, Symphony no.9 (excerpt)
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel (excerpts)
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Ligeti, Mysteries of the Macabre
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Berio Sinfonia
UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Repertoire

Works with Orchestra
  • Adams
  • Short Ride on a Fast Machine
    Tromba Lontana

  • Adams (John Luther)
  • The Light That Fills the World

  • Ades
  • In Seven Days

  • Alfvén
  • Midsommarvaka (Swedish Rhapsody no.1)

  • Bach
  • Suite No. 3 in D Major
    Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
    Cantata “Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen”
    Cantata “Actus Tragicus” (Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit)

  • Barber, Knoxville
  • Summer of 1915
    Adagio for Strings
    Piano Concerto

  • Barraque
  • Concerto

  • Bartok
  • Miraculous Mandarin Suite
    Romanian Folk Dances
    Concerto for Orchestra
    Piano Concerto no.3
    Violin Concerto no.2

  • Bates, Mason
  • The Rise of Exotic Computing for Sinfionetta and Electronica

  • Beethoven
  • Egmont (Complete Incidental Music)
    Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 7
    Symphony No. 8
    Symphony No. 9
    Leonore No. 3 Overture
    The Creatures of Prometheus Overture
    Fidelio Overture
    Coriolan Overture
    Egmont Overture
    Ah Perfido
    Elegischer Gesang
    Violin Concerto

  • Berio
  • Folksongs
    Rendering (Recreation of Schubert’s 10th Symphony)
    Sinfonia

  • Bernstein
  • Overture ‘Candide’
    Symphony no.2 ‘The Age of Anxiety.’
    On the Town: Three Dance Episodes

  • Binelli
  • Alma Iluminada
    Contrabando

  • Berlioz
  • Les nuits d’été
    Romeo and Juliet (Part I)
    Roman Carnival Overture
    Le Corsaire Overture
    Symphonie Fantastique

  • Bizet
  • Carmen Suite No. 1
    Carmen Suite No. 2
    Carmen (selections)

  • Boulez
  • Improvisations sur Mallarme I
    Improvisations sur Mallarme II
    Derive I

  • Brahms
  • Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No.3
    Symphony No. 4
    Ein deutsches Requiem
    Academic Festival Overture
    Tragic Overture
    Violin Concerto in D major
    Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor

  • Britten
  • Four Sea Interludes

  • Bruckner
  • Te Deum
    Symphony No. 4

  • Buxtehude
  • Cantata “Befehl dem Engel, dass er komm”

  • Carter
  • Elegy for Strings
    Triple Duo

  • Copland
  • El Salon Mexico
    Appalachian Spring
    A Lincoln Portrait
    Inscape (1967)
    Orchestral Variations (1957)
    Piano Concerto (1926)

  • Dallapiccola
  • Piccola musica notturna

  • Debussy
  • Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
    La Mer
    Premiere Rhapsodie (for Clarinet and Orchestra)
    Syrinx

  • De Falla
  • La vida breve (selections)

  • Del Tredici
  • Final Alice

  • Donatoni
  • Arpege

  • Donizetti
  • Don Pasquale (selections)

  • Doppler
  • Rigoletto Fantasie for two flutes and orchestra

  • Dutilleux
  • Tout un monde lointain

  • Dvorak
  • Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 7
    Symphony No. 8
    Symphony No. 9
    Requiem
    Carnival Overture
    Serenade for Strings
    Serenade for Wind Instruments
    Slavonic Dance in G minor

  • Elgar
  • Sospiri
    Enigma Variations
    The Dream of Gerontius
    Serenade for Strings

  • Fauré
  • Requiem
    Pelléas and Mélisande
    Pavane
    Prelude from Pénélope

  • Feldman
  • Coptic Light

  • Ferneyhough
  • La terre est un homme

  • Foss
  • For Toru
    “… then the rocks on the mountain began to shout” – Charles Ives

  • Gershwin
  • Suite from Porgy and Bess (Catfish Row)
    Rhapsody in Blue
    Piano Concerto in F

  • Ginastera
  • Dances from Estancia
    Ollantay
    ‘Panambi’ Suite for Orchestra
    Psalm 150
    Variaciones concertantes

  • Golijov
  • Night of the Flying Horses

  • Gorecki
  • Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings

  • Gounod
  • Petite Symphonie

  • Handel
  • Messiah

  • Haydn
  • Symphony No. 85
    Symphony No. 99
    Symphony No. 100
    Symphony No. 101
    Symphony No. 102
    Symphony No. 103
    Symphony No. 104
    Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat Major

  • Holst
  • The Planets
    St. Paul’s Suite

  • Hurel
  • Figures libres

  • Ives
  • Symphony No. 2
    The Unanswered Question
    Three Places in New England

  • Khachaturian
  • Suite from Gayane

  • Koussevitzky
  • Double Bass concerto op.3

  • Kurtag
  • Stele

  • Leoncavallo
  • Pagliacci (selections)

  • Liadov
  • Kikimora
    Baba Yaga
    The Enchanted Lake

  • Lieberson
  • Neruda Songs

  • Ligeti
  • Atmospheres
    Lontano
    Lux aetema
    Mysteries of the Macabre
    Requiem

  • Liszt
  • Prometheus

  • Lutoslawski
  • Concerto for Orchestra

  • MacMillan
  • The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

  • Mahler
  • Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
    Rückert Lieder

  • Mascagni
  • Cavalleria Rusticana (selections)

  • Mendelssohn
  • Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

  • Messiaen
  • Couleurs de la Cité céleste
    Les offrandes oubliées

  • Milhaud
  • La Création du monde
    Scaramouche
    Concerto for percussion and small orchestra

  • Mozart
  • Symphony No. 29
    Symphony No. 36
    Symphony No. 38
    Symphony No. 39
    Symphony No. 40
    Requiem
    Great Mass in C minor
    Coronation Mass in C major
    Exsultate, Jubilate
    La clemenza di Tito (overture and selected arias)
    Cosi fan tutte (overture and selected arias)
    Le nozze di Figaro (overture and selected arias)
    La finta giardiniera (overture and selected arias)
    Idomeneo (overture and selected arias)
    Gran Partita
    Bella mia fiamma
    Kyrie in D Minor
    Masonic Funeral Music in C Minor
    Sinfonia Concertante
    Clarinet Concerto
    Allegro aperto from the Violin Concerto No. 5, ‘Turkish’

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel
  • Pictures at an Exhibition

  • Nicolai
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture

  • Nichols, Sam
  • Cello Concerto

  • Nielsen
  • Symphony No. 4 (The Inextinguishable)
    Clarinet Concerto

  • Offenbach
  • Can-Can from ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’

  • Ortiz, Pablo
  • Four Hardy Songs, for soprano and orchestra

  • Parry
  • Blest Pair of Sirens

  • Perotin
  • Sederunt Principes

  • Piazzolla
  • The Four Seasons (Violin Concerto)
    Tangazo
    Oblivion
    Suite Punta del Este

  • Prokofiev
  • Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1
    Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2
    Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major
    Lieutenant Kijé Suite
    Peter and the Wolf
    Symphony No. 1 (Classical Symphony)
    Symphony No. 5
    Violin Concerto No. 2

  • Puccini
  • Crisantemi

  • Rachmaninov
  • Piano Concerto, No.2
    Piano Concerto, No.3

  • Ravel
  • Alborada del gracioso
    Bolero
    Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2
    Les Elémens
    Pavane pour une infante défunte
    Pièce en forme de Habanera
    Rapsodie espagnole
    Piano Concerto in G Major

  • Rebel
  • Les Élémens

  • Respighi
  • Pines of Rome
    The Birds

  • Revueltas
  • Sensemayá

  • Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Symphony No. 1 in E minor
    Scheherazade
    Russian Easter Overture

  • Rossini
  • Stabat Mater
    Overture the Barber of Seville
    Overture L’italiana in Algeri
    Overture La gazza ladra

  • Saint-Saëns
  • The Carnival of the Animals
    2nd Movement from Symphony No.3
    Oboe Sonata in D major

  • Salieri
  • Overture to Les Danaïdes

  • Schubert
  • Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
    Symphony No. 9 (The Great)
    Rosamunde (Entr’actes and Ballet music)
    Die Zauberharfe (Overture)
    Overture in the Italian Style (C major)

  • Schumann, Symphony No. 1
  • Symphony No. 1, ‘Spring’
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3, ‘Rhenish’
    Symphony No. 4
    Manfred Overture
    Genoveva Overture

  • Sciarrino
  • Introduzione all’oscuro

  • Scriabin
  • Rêverie
    The Poem of Ecstasy

  • Shostakovich
  • Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 10
    Festive Overture
    Piano Concerto No.2

  • Sibelius
  • Symphony No. 1
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3
    Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 7
    Finlandia
    Luonnotar
    Pelléas and Mélisande
    The Swan of Tuonela
    Violin Concerto

  • Strauss, Johann I
  • Radetzky March

  • Strauss, Johann II
  • Die Fledermaus Overture (The Bat)
    Der Zigeunerbaron
    Overture (The Gipsy Baron)
    Vienna Blood Waltz
    Voices of Spring Waltz
    Emperor Waltzes
    Pizzicato Polka
    Artist’s Life Waltz
    An der schönen blauen Donau (The Blue Danube)

  • Strauss, Richard
  • Don Juan
    Der Rosenkavalier Suite
    Till Eulenspiegel
    Also sprach Zarathustra

  • Stravinsky
  • Firebird Suite (1919)
    Petrushka (1947)
    Rite of Spring (1947)
    Concertino for 12 Instruments
    Dumbarton Oaks
    Fanfare for a New Theatre
    Scherzo à la russe
    Symphonies of Wind Instruments
    Symphony in C

  • Takemitsu
  • Requiem for Strings
    A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden

  • Tchaikovsky
  • Symphony No. 4
    Symphony No. 5
    Symphony No. 6
    Francesca da Rimini
    Romeo and Juliet
    Variations on a Rococo Theme
    Serenade for Strings
    The Nutcracker (selections)

  • Tolosa
  • Dimmi Chi Fosti

  • Uono, Ken
  • On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis

  • Vaughan Williams
  • Dona nobis pacem
    A Sea Symphony

  • Varèse
  • Amériques
    Octandre

  • Verdi
  • Overture to I vespri siciliani
    Overture to La forza del destino
    Overture to Nabucco

  • Villa-Lobos
  • Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

  • Vivaldi
  • The Four Seasons

  • Von Suppe
  • Light Cavalry Overture

  • Wagner
  • Prelude to Parsifal
    Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
    Overture to Tannhäuser
    Overture to Rienzi
    Tannhäuser (selections)

  • Weber
  • Oberon Overture
    Der Freischütz Overture

  • Zivian
  • Harpsichord Concerto

Opera
  • Bartok
  • Bluebeard’s Castle

  • Birtwistle
  • Gawain

  • Britten
  • The Rape of Lucretia
    Turn of the Screw

  • Dallapiccola
  • Il Prigioniero
    Volo di Notte

  • Donizetti
  • L’elisir d’amore

  • Gounod
  • Faust

  • Ligeti
  • Le Grand Macabre

  • Mozart
  • Così fan tutte
    Die Zauberflöte
    Don Giovanni
    Marriage of Figaro

  • Puccini
  • La Bohème

  • Strasnoy
  • Requiem

  • Verdi
  • Un Ballo in Maschera
    La Traviata
    Rigoletto

Concert Dates

September - December 2018
Date & Time Venue Details
Saturday, 29 September
19:30
McClatchy Auditorium
Sacramento, CA, USA

TOWER, Joan : Sequoia
BEETHOVEN : Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 ‘Emperor’
BEETHOVEN : Symphony no.8 in F major, op. 93

Camellia Symphony Orchestra

piano: Natsuki Fukasawa

Thursday, 4 October
20:00
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Davis, CA, USA

Rising Stars concert with San Francisco Opera

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 3 November
19:30
McClatchy Auditorium
Sacramento, CA, USA

LAMBERTINI : Angel Apasionado II
GINASTERA : Piano Concerto No. 1
DIEMECKE : Chacona a Chavez
CHÁVEZ : Symphony no.2, ‘Sinfonía india’

Camellia Symphony Orchestra

piano: Eric Zivian

Sunday, 18 November Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Davis, CA, USA

BERNSTEIN : Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
COPLAND : Piano Concerto (1926)
MAHLER : Symphony no. 5 in C Sharp minor

UC Davis Symphony Orchestra

piano: Andrei Baumann

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