Charles Olivieri-Munroe *
Maestro Charles Olivieri-Munroe is since 2011 the Principal Conductor of Philharmonie Südwestfalen in Germany. Concurrently (since 1997) he holds the same position with the North Czech Philharmonic. Under his artistic leadership the NCP has seen a dramatic increase in its size, budget and international reputation with highly praised recording projects, commissions of new music, world premieres and live broadcasts. And since 2005 he is a Resident Conductor with the Texas Round Top Festival Institute.
In the recent past Olivieri-Munroe has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Colorado ‘Crested Butte’ Festival (2008), Artistic Director of the Inter-Regionales Symfonie Orchester in Germany (2008), Chief Conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava (2001-2004), and Associate Conductor with the Brno Philharmonic (1995-97) and Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra (1993-95).
Charles Olivieri-Munroe's hold on public imagination stems from a combination of talent and charisma. He is increasingly recognized in the international press for his innovative programming, interpretation of Slavic repertoire and his passion for purity of orchestral sound. His career takes him across five continents, appearing with many of the world’s finest orchestras which has included the Israel Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Deutches Symphonie-Orchester, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal Brussels Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and those of New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Athens, Istanbul, Lisbon, Tokyo, Seoul and Santiago.
In the opera house, Charles Olivieri-Munroe has appeared at the Berlin Komische Oper conducting Verdi’s Falstaff, in Milan conducting Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Lago di Como Festival conducting Aida and at Il Teatro Fenice in Venice. In Amsterdam he presented the Netherlands National Ballet in a crossover production entitled Body and Voice. He has also appeared at the Prague National Opera and the Prague State Opera. In 2010 he was named Music Director at the Warsaw Chamber Opera conducting a new production of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress and next year will appear at the Warsaw National Theater conducting Stravinsky’s opera Le Rossignol. With the Brno National Opera he will conduct a new production of Korngold’s Violanta in 2013.
Charles Olivieri-Munroe grew up in Toronto where he studied the piano with the eminent pedagogue, Boris Berlin, at the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the University of Toronto. Following his graduation in 1992 he won three Ontario scholarships to study conducting with Otakar Trhlik at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czechoslovakia. He was also a student of Jiri Belohlavek and spent two summers (1995/96) at L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena studying with Ilja Musin and Yuri Temirkanov. In 1997 Charles Olivieri-Munroe was a recipient of the $20,000 career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. His international career was launched by a series of triumphs in international competitions culminating with him winning First Prize in the 2000 ‘Prague Spring International Music Festival’ Conducting Competition in which he also won the prizes offered by Supraphon Records, City of Prague and by Czech Radio.
Today, Charles Olivieri-Munroe is a key personality with the major musical institutions in Prague including the Prague Academy of Music where from 2011 he is member of the conducting faculty. His recordings for SONY, RCA Red Seal, NAXOS, SMS Classical, and Naïve Records can be heard on many of the major international classical radio stations.
This season sees him return to the Moscow Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony, Bremen Philharmonic, and Odense Symphony Orchestra. He will also conduct for the first time the Mexico City Symphony, Krakow Philharmonic and Lithiuanian Symphony Orchestras. He makes his Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House in March 2013 conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and his debut at the Arena di Verona Opera house in November 2012.