American conductor Christopher Ocasek is recognized for his rising international career, having collaborated with orchestras and in opera houses throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. Acclaimed as a young conductor with immense talent, Mr. Ocasek has gained a reputation for his innate sense of musical nuance and stunning interpretations of both new music and standard repertoire.
Including the Miami Music Festival, Mr. Ocasek’s 2017/18 have seen several debuts in his growing career. Performances have included a triple-bill conducting debut of Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, Holst’s Savitri, and Walton’s The Bear with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, a conducting debut as preparatory and associate conductor with China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts with Thaïs starring Placido Domingo, a conducting debut with the UCLA Opera department with Cendrillon, and La Bohème and Manon with San Francisco Opera as well as Don Carlo with Washington National Opera as cover conductor. This year Ocasek will also make debuts in Spain at the Teatro Real Madrid as preparatory and associate conductor with Placido Domingo and Ermonela Jaho, and in Armenia at the Yerevan Opera as principal conductor, among other engagements.
Mr. Ocasek has served on conducting staff of the San Francisco Opera as well as the Washington National Opera, where in 2015 he made his principal conducting debut with Carmen as part of the company’s “Look In” program with performances at the Kennedy Center. He stays actively involved in working with emerging singers and has worked at some of the country’s most prominent programs for young artists including the Merola Opera Program, Music Academy of the West, the Juilliard School, and UCLA.
Mr. Ocasek was music director of the American Repertory Chamber Orchestra (ARCO) from 2010 to 2016. He began his opera conducting career at the age of 21 leading the Mozart and More Orchestra. The same year, he assumed the position of music director of Chamber Ensemble Wisconsin. Additional music director positions have included the Florida Chamber Ensemble, the Ritornelli Orchestra and his most recent position with the American Repertory Chamber Orchestra. Christopher Ocasek currently resides in Vienna, Austria.