Christian Jost

Composer and conductor,Germany

Composer and conductor Christian Jost and awarded 2003 with the prestigious Siemens young Composer Prize has done much to shape the contemporary music of the past 15 years. His 8 full-length operas to date and a wealth of major symphonic works have been premiered by such leading opera houses and orchestras as the Komische OperBerlin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich Opera, Grafenegg Festival, Lucerne Festival, Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra, Theater an der Wien, Grand Opera de Geneva, Vlaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent and are now established in the European operatic and orchestral repertoire and played worldwide.

Always in search of exciting modern narrative forms, he has created innovative new works of music drama and set them on a plane that magically dissolves space and time and has women at its centre.

One of those works was the magic-realist opera RUMOR, which Jost developed together with the Mexican screenplay writer and director Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros and Burning Plain), another was his totally new conception of Shakespeare’s HAMLET in which Jost for the first time in the history of opera has Hamlet sung by a woman, then there was the nightmarishly surreal opera ROTE LATERNE, which Jost planned as a time-and-space-annihilating adaption of Chinese cult filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s Raise the Red Lantern.

For the Radio Choir of Berlin, Christian Jost evolved the completely new genre of choral opera, which emulates Greek tragedy by casting the choir as a leading actor and determining force. The two works he has written to date are ANGST, based on the real-life experience of two mountaineers in the Andes and set as a polyphonic journey into the heart of fear, and LOVER, a large-scale Zen-inspired meditation composed of chant, percussion and martial arts chartinga path into the heart of love.

The symphonic genre is another field in which Jost explores the “condition humaine”. This is well illustrated by the CocoonSymphony, composed in 2003 as a sonic odyssey into one’s own personality, HEART OF DARKNESS for Clarinet and orchestra, commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2007 where the Soloist dives into the surrounding sounds and the BerlinSymphony of 2015 as a pulsing loneliness in an urban soundscape.

His „ShanghaiOdyssey – the Bund“ written and commissioned by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra in 2017 is a 5 movement 70 minutes epic Symphony Work reflecting urban images of the Chinese Mega City composed for a traditional Chinese orchestra and performed at the countries most important venues, like the NCPA, Guangzhou and Shanghai’s Grand Theatre’s.

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