Christian Schumann is rapidly establishing a reputation as a major opera, contemporary and film music conductor of international standing. He is also a talented composer and has worked alongside Peter Eötvös for many years.
He conducted Eötvös’ Die Tragödie des Teufels at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, as well as Lady Sarashina at Teatr Wielki Warsaw. This season Schumann is working at Grand Theatre Avignon conducting Senza Sangue and Bluebeard´s Castle. In the 2016/17 season he will conduct Eötvös’ Angels in America at Wroclaw Opera.
Schumann won First Prize at the International Conducting Competition Budapest as well as the International Allianz Academy Conductors Scholarship which led him to work with the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
He has worked with orchestras including Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wiener Symphoniker, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras, Staatsorchester Saarbrücken, Trondheim Symfoniorkester, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Upcoming performance highlights include: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, National Radio Orchestra Budapest (Bruckner/Goldenthal), Beethoven Academy Orchestra Krakow and Orchestra della Toscana.
Film and special projects:
Schumann has a special affinity to film music which has led him to conduct major projects with Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR and IRCAM at Festival musica, Strasbourg, (J’accuse by Philippe Schoeller), as well as recordings of the original score by Pascal Schumacher for L’enigme with WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln and Michael Obst’s score of Nosferatu (1921). He has also been involved in some major video game score projects.
Schumann received a Master of Arts Degree at the Franz Liszt University Weimar majoring in conducting and composition (2007). His professors were Nicolás Pasquet and Michael Obst.
Conductor at the Tenerife Symphonic Band of the Conservatory
He studies Organ, Trumpet, Piano and Composition, as well as Conducting. He was a member of ‘S. Miguel’s Band' at S/C de La Palma, and the 'Group of Brasses of the Canary Islands Council’ along with the ‘Young Group of Wind and Percussion Instruments’ at the Musical Conservatory for Technical Education of S/C de Tenerife; he belonged to the OCLL (Classical Orchestra of La Laguna) and he was also an apprentice of the OST (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra).
Senior Trumpet teacher (1996), and teacher of Solfeggio, Music theory, Transposition, Musical Accompaniment and Extempore (Conservatory of Tenerife, 1999) also teacher of Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue, Musical Composition, Orchestration and Instrumentation (Conservatory of Gran Canaria, 2000). He has taught in several Island Academies as well as the 'Elementary Conservatory of Music of Villa de Arafo' and the 'Municipal School of Music and Dance of Valle de Gran Rey’. He has been a teacher in both Conservatories of Tenerife: 'Professional Conservatory of Music of S/C de Tenerife’ and the ‘Superior Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands' (headquarters of Tenerife).
Since 1995 he teaches Orchestral Conducting with Juan José Olives, Michelle Carulli, Josep Pons, Arturo Tamayo, Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Karl Heinze-Bloemeke, Rafael Sanz-Espert and Manuel Hernández Silva. In the year 2000, he was in charge of the artistic and musical conducting of the ceremony LA LIBREA as well as the ‘Music Band of Ntra. Sra de Lourdes’ (Valle de Guerra). In 2002, he was the conductor of the Chamber Orchestra "Teobaldo Power" and in 2004, the conductor of the String Orchestra at the Faculty of Geography and History of the University of La Laguna. From 2006 to 2012, he served as a public servant conductor by public examination for the ‘Municipal Music Band of Telde’, Gran Canaria. In 2015 he takes a new position as the musical conductor of the ‘Insular Music Band of the Tenerife Federation’, as well as the Symphonic Band of the Professional Music Conservatory of S/C de Tenerife.
Member of the COSIMTE (Association of Symphonic Composers and Musicologists of Tenerife), Army Award in 1983 and 1984, Third Prize at the V Edition Contest of Musical Interpretation by MUSICANARIAS (1993) "Outstanding Musicianship Award" from the Berklee School of Music of Massachusetts, Boston (1996) and a Finalist First International Music Prize "Ciudad de El Paso 2002" in the Conducting of Band & Orchestra.
Teacher of the CPM and CSM of Tenerife, in the disciplines of Trumpet and Auditory Education since the years 1995 and 2003 respectively. He is linked actively to Musical Conducting. This year he faces the conducting of the Symphonic Band FIMUCITÉ X.