In demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world ( Vienna, Berlin , Paris, London, New York, Boston , Chicago , Los Angeles, Milan, Roma, Munich, Dresden , Leipzig, Madrid,Tokyo, Shanghai…) Christoph Eschenbach began his tenure in September 2010 as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He was formerly Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris (2000-2010), the Philadelphia Orchestra (2003-2008), the NDR Symphony Orchestra (1998-2004) and the Houston Symphony (1988-1999).
He is regularly invited to perform at prestigious music festivals including Salzburg, Prag,Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schleswig Holstein, Rheingau, Saint Petersburg and Granada
As a pianist, he continues his fruitful collaboration with baritone Matthias Goerne performing worldwide and recording duo recitals of the romantic “Lieder” repertoire of Schubert, Brahms and Schumann.
A prolific recording artist over five decades, Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist on a number of prominent labels. His recordings include works ranging from Bach to music of our time and reflect his commitment to not just canonical works but the music of the late-20th and early-21st-century as well. In 2014 he received a Grammy Awards for his Hindemith CD with violinist Midori and the NDR Symphony Orchestra.
Christoph Eschenbach was mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, and it is very important to him to pass on musical knowledge and experience, dedicating time each season to run master classes and orchestra academies for young performers such as Schleswig-Holstein Academy Orchestra, Kronberg Academy, Manhattan School of Music.
His many honors include the French distinctions of Légion d’Honneur, Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He also carries the Commander’s Cross of German Order of Merit, the Leonards Bernstein Award from the Pacific Music Festival.
In 2015 he received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens music Award in honour of his life’s dedication to music.