About

Christian Blex is a German conductor who will be the conducting scholar of the Karajan-Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker from September 2022 and assisting Kirill Petrenko from 2022/23 after having won the “Siemens Conductors Scholarship” in an audition in the Philharmonie Berlin (together with Oscar Jockel). Next to assisting the chief conductor in concerts and operas the two-year scholarship includes leading own concert projects with the scholars of the Karajan-Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Recently he stepped in at short notice for Daniel Harding for a concert with the Karajan-Academy in Schloss Esterhazy with soloist Stefan Dohr and works by Haydn, Mozart, and Strauss.

Currently Christian Blex studies in the class of Ole Kristian Ruud and Sigmund Thorp at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 2021/22 he will be studying as an exchange student in the renowned classes of Prof Johannes Schlaefli at the Zürich Academy of Arts and Prof Nicolàs Pasquet at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. He is a fellow of both the German Dirigentenforum as well as the Norwegian Dirigentforum.

In 2020 he was selected as the assistant conductor of British Youth Opera for that season and has been working at the Norwegian Opera Academy as a conductor as well as an assistant to Gregor Bühl. Before taking up his studies, he has worked as an assistant for orchestras, opera companies, and ensembles such as Nevill Holt Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Instruments of Time and Truth, the BBC Singers, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Cambridge Philharmonic, Orion Orchestra, or the Kantanti Ensemble. In masterclasses he conducted the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, musicians from the Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian National Opera, and Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Minsk Chamber Orchestra. Previously, he was taught in the UK by Toby Purser, Tim Redmond, and Paul McGrath.