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Christopher Seaman

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British conductor Christopher Seaman is noted for his inspiring and authoritative music making.

Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York) until 2011, he was subsequently named Conductor Laureate. Previous positions include Music Director to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (Florida) for ten years, Conductor-in-Residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Adviser of the San Antonio Symphony, and Principal Conductor of both the BBC Scottish Symphony and the Northern Sinfonia.

 

He is recognised for his wealth of repertoire, which ranges from baroque to contemporary, and in particular for his performances of Bruckner, Brahms, Sibelius and British works. Christopher is also highly regarded for his work with younger musicians: he held the post of Course Director to the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Programme (Australia) for many years. In 2013 the University of Rochester published his first book, Inside Conducting, illustrating Christopher's wealth of experience as a conductor and a teacher. In the words of Stephen Johns, Artistic Director of the Royal College of Music: "Christopher’s book is so helpful and practical and required reading for conducting students"

Christopher has recently performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Detroit, Houston, St Louis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Seattle symphony orchestras, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. He frequently visits Australia and Asia, where he has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and West Australian symphony orchestras, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic and National Taiwan and Singapore symphony orchestras. 

 

As a recording artist he has worked with the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia, and his recordings with the Rochester Philharmonic have received great critical acclaim. In 2019 he conducted the Britten Sinfonia and Guy Johnston in a recording of Howells’ Cello Concerto in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge for Hyperion Records. He also recorded Malcolm Arnold’s Bridge on the River Kwai suite with the BBC Concert Orchestra for a television broadcast on the BBC’s ​Our Classical Century documentary in April 2019.

“Throughout this symphony, bolstered by sweeping precision in the violins and juicy tremolos in the cellos, the orchestra gave Seaman precisely what he asked of them — big, lush playing that created music that satisfies.”

 

Jann Nyffeler, October 2016

 
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Discography

Recordings include: 

Howells Cello Concerto

HERBERT HOWELLS

Cello Concerto

Guy Johnston, Britten Sinfonia

Kings College Cambridge, 2019

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The Wasps RPO

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

The Wasps; The Lark Ascending, Tallis Fantasia; Greensleeves; Folk Song Suite

Jonathan Carney, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

RPO Records, 1994

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London Symphony with Rochester

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

A London Symphony; Serenade to Music

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Harmonia Mundi, 2012

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Rach PC 3 Costa

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

Piano Concerto no.3; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Sequeira Costa, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Carlton Classics, 1991

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Elgar NYO

EDWARD ELGAR

Falstaff; Introduction & Allegro; Fantasy & Fugue

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

IMP Classics, 1998

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Stravinsky NYO

IGOR STRAVINSKY; PAUL DUKAS

The Firebird; The Sorcerer's Apprentice

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

MCA Classics, 1989

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Delius RPO

FREDERICK DELIUS

Brigg Fair and other orchestral works

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

RPO Records, 1995

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Barber Bruch Meyers

SAMUEL BARBER; MAX BRUCH

Violin concertos

Anne Akiko Meyers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

RPO Records, 1988

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