Christian Kluxen, new Chief Conductor Arctic Philharmonic

New Chief Conductor: Christian Kluxen

Christian Kluxen is new Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic.

Nordic harmony

When the world’s northernmost orchestra, Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic, enters its 10th anniversary in 2019 with a new chief conductor – Christian Kluxen (36) from Denmark – it can reflect on significant growth in terms of quality, reputation and experience that is quite impressive considering its young age.

«We are so much looking forward to starting our collaboration with conductor Christian Kluxen, who will take over the baton from Christian Lindberg, says the Arctic Philharmonic’s Programme Director», Catharina Bilsbak. 

New era

«As we enter a new era with Christian Kluxen, a solid foundation has been laid in the orchestra and we have high expectations of continuing and developing further along with him. As far as the artistic profile of the orchestra is concerned, the audience can in the future expect to hear the Arctic Philharmonic with new and interesting repertoire and we are excited to see new collaborations with high level soloists.»

The new chief conductor is also looking forward to his new role:

«Above all, I think we chose each other. I think that this organisation is at a stage in its development where maybe I will fit in right now»,  says Kluxen, who is very impressed by the level of the musicians:

 «These musicians play at an incredibly high level, which for many is inconceivable to find in a region like Northern Norway,» he says, adding:

 «I look forward not only to contributing to the Arctic Philharmonic, but also to learning a huge amount from the musicians. I will learn a lot artistically from them. The musicians in this orchestra are top musicians and some of them guest the major orchestras around the world when they are not here.»

Christian Kluxen har vært på flere turer til Bodø, og trives godt i Nord-Norge.

Musical integrity

Christian Kluxen is referred to as an artist of intelligence and great musical integrity. Born in Denmark, he has conducted orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Strasbourg Philharmonic, and in the operatic field, he has worked with Danish National Opera and Komische Oper Berlin. In 2017, he conducted Ariadne auf Naxos with the Arctic Opera, presenting Norwegian star soprano Lise Davidsen in her debut as Ariadne.

The Arctic Philharmonic has achieved a lot during its short history, including numerous critically acclaimed CDs released on labels like Simax Classics, Naxos and BIS Records, and tours to Japan, Austria, Sweden, Finland and Austria. In November, the orchestra will play at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

 «Together with Lindberg, the Arctic Philharmonic has had an amazing and instructive journey. Lindberg contributed to the Arctic Philharmonic as a newly established orchestra in 2009 being thrust into the international limelight where the ambitions and expectations were both high. I think that has made an impression on the entire Arctic Philharmonic organisation as it is today», says the Programme Director.

Bilsbak is now looking forward to continuing the work and the high ambitions for the orchestra, from January 2019 with the new Chief Conductor Christian Kluxen.

Christian Kluxen

Christian Kluxen is Music Director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada and, in January 2019, takes the post of Chief Conductor of the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway. An artist who brings joyful, charismatic energy to both the concert and operatic stage, Kluxen’s success is built upon the natural ease of his conducting, his profound musicianship and artistic integrity.

Former Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra until 2013, Kluxen went on to become Dudamel Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the 14/15 season, acting as assistant conductor to Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Kluxen has worked with many significant orchestras across Europe, including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic orchestras, as well as Kremerata Baltica at the prestigious Kronberg Academy Festival and the Ulster Orchestra in a live BBC broadcast. Last season, Kluxen made a successful return visit to the Trondheim Symphony, as well as debuts with the Manchester Camerata and in Australasia with the Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The current season sees debuts with the Kymi Sinfonietta in Finland and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and return engagements with the Turku Philharmonic and Norrköping Symphony orchestras.

On the opera stage, Kluxen conducted an extensive and critically acclaimed tour of Madame Butterfly with Danish National Opera in 2016, followed by his Berlin debut conducting Die Zauberflöte at Komische Oper. In 2017, Kluxen led highly successful performances of Die Fledermaus with the Aarhus Symphony and Ariadne auf Naxos with Arctic Opera and Philharmonic.

Born in 1981 in Copenhagen to Danish-German parents, Christian Kluxen’s connections with his home country maintain a meaningful place in his career; he has worked extensively throughout Denmark, including with the Danish National Symphony and Copenhagen Philharmonic.


“Christian Kluxen conducts with exemplary clarity and an almost celestial warmth”
Berlingske Tidende, March 2016