Christian Vásquez became Chief Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of the 2013/14 season, inaugurating the start of an initial four-year term with Mahler Symphony no.2 in the orchestra’s new hall in August 2013. He is also Music Director of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, most recently leading them on tour to the 2013 Salzburg Festival as part of El Sistema’ residency.
Following his debut with the Gävle Symfoniorkester in October 2009, one of his first appearances in Europe, Christian was appointed Principal Guest Conductor (2010-2013). Other notable first appearances in recent years include projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Singapore Symphony. He has also collaborated with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Residentie Orkest, Israel Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the last during his participation in their Young Artist Fellowship programme.
In the 2012/13 season, Christian made debuts with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Camerata Salzburg (on a tour which included concerts in the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Philharmonie Berlin), Helsinki Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic. In addition to his regular commitments in Stavanger, 2013/14 includes projects with the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Prague Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia and Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal). Christian will also tour Europe with the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
Born in Caracas, Christian joined the San Sebastian de los Reyes Symphony Orchestra as a violinist at the age of nine. He began conducting studies under the tutelage of José Antonio Abreu in 2006 and was appointed Music Director of the Aragua Juvenile Symphony Orchestra Jose Felix Ribas soon after.