Bio: Karel Mark Chichon O.B.E is the Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, starting from the 2017/18 season.
In 2016, Karel was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (London) in recognition of his achievements within the profession.
Karel’s previous positions include Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken (2011-2017), Chief Conductor & Artistic Director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (2009-2012) and Chief Conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra (2006-2009).
Karel conducts at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre National de Belgique, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Russian National Orchestra.
In early 2016, Karel made a highly acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York with Madama Butterfly, which included a broadcast live on HD in 2,000 cinemas in 66 countries throughout the world.
Karel is also a regular Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, having recently recorded two CDs for the renowned record label.