Die Neue Züricher Zeitung calls him “a shining star of the new German conductor generation.” A truly modern and multi-faceted conductor, Christian Schumann is rapidly establishing a reputation not only as an opera and symphonic conductor but as a leading international force in the contemporary and film conducting world.
Schumann came to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Conducting Competition in Budapest. He then went on to secure the International Allianz Academy for Conductors Scholarship which led to a number of important debuts including London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Since then he has worked with a number of important orchestras including the Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Münchner Symphoniker. Last season he debuted with the Brussels Philharmonic, Trondheim Symfoniorkester and returned to the Staatskapelle Weimar. This season he returns to the National Radio Orchestra Budapest to conduct a Bruckner/Goldenthal programme and further ahead he will make his debut with the Orchestre National de Lille and Essen Philharmonic.
Schumann’s special affinity to film music has led him to conduct major projects often to arena audiences, such as at the Krakow Film Music Festival where he returns in summer 2017. In spring 2017, he will conduct two major film-in-concert productions of Disney’s Jungle Book and Eon’s James Bond-007 on tour across Germany’s major cities including Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart. Last season he conducted the SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart and IRCAM at Festival musica, Strasbourg for J’accuse by Philippe Schoeller; a project which he conducts at the MANCA Festival in autumn 2016 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. This season also sees his debut at the 10th edition of the FIMUCITE with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Tenerife. Other recent productions have included Chaplin’s Gold Rush at Auditorio della Parco Rome with the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema.
Christian Schumann has conducted a number of recordings for film and video gaming including the original score by Pascal Schumacher for L’enigme with WDR Rundfunkorchester and Michael Obst’s score of Nosferatu (1921). Autumn 2016 sees the launch of Battlefield 1 the latest in the Battlefield video game series developed by EA Dice, for which Schumann conducted the original score by Johan Soderqvist and Bence Pajor (Audio Director) with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In opera, Christian Schumann has in recent seasons appeared at the Bayerische Staatsoper to conduct performances of Peter Eötvös’ Die Tragödie des Teufels, as well as Lady Sarashina at Teatr Wielki Warsaw, led performances of Eötvös’ Senza Sangue at the Grand Theatre Avignon, as well as Bela Bartók’s Bluebeard´s Castle. Schumann has also enjoyed a long relationship with the Theater St Gallen where he was Kapellmeister from 2006-2009, during his tenure he conducted performances of Bizet’s Carmen and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, he most recently returned to conduct Jakob von Gunten.
Schumann received a Master of Arts Degree at the Franz Liszt University Weimar majoring conducting and composition (2007) His professors were Nicolás Pasquet and Michael Obst.