Isaac Karabtchevsky

Isaac Karabtchevsky



  1. Schubert, Symphony no. 8 “Unfinished”
  2. Stravinsky, “L’oiseau de feu” (1919 version)
  3. van Beethoven, piano concerto no. 4

Audition: The first 20 bars of “L’oiseau de feu” (1919 version)

COURSE DURATION: 19.07 – 26.07.2020
AUDITION: 19.07.2020 at 11.00 a.m.

Born in Brazil to Russian parents, Karabtchevsky studied conducting and composition in Germany, completing his training with Wolfgang Fortner, Pierre Boulez and Carl Ueter. For many years, he enlivened the Brazilian musical scene as director of Brazil Symphony Orchestra, in Rio de Janeiro. With this orchestra he recorded the celebrated full version CD of Bachianas Brasileiras, by Villa-Lobos, a landmark work to this day. He was also Artistic Director of São Paulo Municipal Theatre, from 1981 to 2000, where he conducted productions such as The Flying Dutchman and Wozzeck. Together with his CD recordings, radio and TV programs, Karabtchevsky idealized and conducts, since 1980, the Aquarius Project, huge open air concerts that are still attracting millions of young people, in Brazil’s largest classical movement since Villa-Lobos. From 1988 to 1994 he was Artistic Director of Tonkünstler Orchestra, in Vienna, one of the most important orchestras in the Austrian musical scene. With this orchestra he played regularly at Musikverein, toured Europe and Asia and was awarded with the Austrian Cultural Merit Award. From 1995 to 2001, Karabtchevsky was Artistic Director of Teatro La Fenice, in Venice, where he conducted productions such as Erwartung, Bluebeard’s Castle, The Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Carmen, Fidelio, Billy Budd, Sadko, Love of Three Oranges, Capriccio, Tristan and Isolde, Simon Boccanegra as well as countless symphonic concerts. Numerous recordings testify to the high quality of La Fenice’s productions throughout this period. From 2004 to 2009 he was Artistic Director of one of French national orchestras: Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (ONPL), based in Angers and Nantes, where he was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, by the Ministry of Culture, for his “Significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance”. His career led him to conduct concerts and opera productions with important orchestras in world-renowned theatres such as Vienna’s Staatsoperand Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall,Salle Pleyel in Paris, KennedCenter in Washington, Carnegie Hall in New York,Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro di Palermo, Teatro Real in Madrid, RAI in Turin, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires,Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf. Tim Page, critic of The Washington Post, considered his Boris Godunov, with Samuel Ramey, at Washington Opera House as one of the “season’s best” and Sergio Segalini, director of Opera International magazine, considered his version of Fidelio, at La Fenice, to be one of the “most remarkable productions of this work ever performed”. Since 2000 he has been giving masterclasses for young conductors at Musica Riva Festival, Riva del Garda, Italy and at Mimo Festival, in Olinda, Brazil. For his career and popularity, Isaac Karabtchevsky was considered by British newspaper The Guardian as one of Brazil’s “living national icons”. Currently in Brazil he is Artistic Director of Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, in Rio, and Heliopolis Symphony Orchestra, a youth orchestra project organizedin São Paulo’s largest shanty town. In 2013 Karabtchevsky has become Artistic Director of the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro.


Soloist: Francesco Maria Moncher
Resident orchestra: Orchestra Filarmonica dei Conservatori di Bolzano e Trento