Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Paseo Príncipe de Asturias, s/n
35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Telephone: (+34) 928 472 570
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director: Karel Mark Chichon
Principal Guest Conductor: Günther Herbig
Fundación OFGC (Cabildo de Gran Canaria)
After a long period of uninterrupted symphonic activity which goes back to 1845, the current Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (OFGC) emerges as such, under the public foundation of the same name created by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria in 1980. Since then, it has been developing a continued and established activity, with a clear increase of its symphonic and operatic offer and a significant increase of its level of artistic prestige in the Spanish musical scenario.
The programme includes 19 subscription concerts. The OFGC and Karel Mark Chichon will perform for the first time the complete series of the nine symphonies of Beethoven, coinciding with the 250th anniversary of the brilliant composer.
Legendary maestros of orchestral conducting like Charles Dutoit, Trevor Pinnock and Jean-Claude Casadesus will provide spectacular brilliance to the season, which will also include the presentation of relevant batons like Maxim Emelyanychev and the return of Gérard Korsten, Carlos Kalmar, Josep Pons and Michael Sanderling.
Günther Herbig will feature two programmes in his new post of honorary conductor of orchestra of Gran Canaria.
The list of great international soloists include celebrities like Steven Isserlis, Sergej Krylov, Maxim Rysanov, Ksenija Sidorova, Gabriela Montero, Philip Scriven, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Celia Costea, Ho-Yoon Chung and the soloists of the OFGC Salvador Mir and Catrin Mair Williams.
Worthy of mention is the participation of Canary Island performers like Rafael Sánchez-Araña, Iván Martín, Estefanía Perdomo and Elisandra Melián.
The programme include the Lyrical Gala ‘Una noche española’, that the OFGC and maestro Chichon will perform together with the soprano Ana María Martínez and the tenor Joel Prieto closing at the end of the year the Baden-Baden Festival (Germany).
The OFGC includes in its subscription programme the closing concert of the 1st International Orchestral Conducting Competition Martín Chirino-Gran Canaria promoted by the Fundación OFGC and the Foundation of the artist from Canary Islands.
Maestro Chichon represents the ‘New horizons’ of the season, programming for the first time a joint concert with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and the Joven Orquesta de Gran Canaria, for which for the first time is being conducted by the principal conductor of the OFGC. To this commitment for the promotion of new talents, the call of auditions exclusively for Canary Island artists is added to participate in the subscriptions season and the Christmas Concert of the OFGC.
Karel Mark Chichon, Conductor
The British maestro Karel Mark Chichon continues thrilling audiences everywhere with his mood, passion and musicality. In recognition for his services to music, Queen Elizabeth II of England appointed him Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2012. In 2016 he was appointed member of the Royal Academy of Music recognising his work in the profession.
Born in London in 1971, Chichon comes from Gibraltar. He studied in the Royal Academy of Music of the British capital and was assistant conductor of Giuseppe Sinopoli and Valeri Guérguiev.
In May 2017 he was appointed artistic director and principal conductor of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, a post which has been renewed until 2023.
From 2011 to 2017 he was the principal conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, where he was acclaimed for his deep performances of an extensive repertoire and his innovating work with the orchestra.
Past posts include those of principal conductor and artistic director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (2009-2012) and principal conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra in Austria (2006-2009). From 2006 to 2010 he was the musical director of the concerts ‘Christmas in Vienna’ annually celebrated in the Viennese Konzerthaus and broadcast by television to millions of people.