Christian Vásquez is a protégé of the internationally renowned Venezuelan “Sistema” and has already established himself as one of the most promising developing talents from the Americas.
Born in Caracas, Christian joined the San Sebastian de los Reyes es Symphony Orchestra as a violinist at the age of nine. He has appeared regularly with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States, as well as Latin America.
In 2006, he began conducting studies under the tutelage of Maestro José Antonio Abreu, who has been a great proponent of his career. Soon thereafter, he was appointed Music Director of the Aragua Juvenile Symphony Orchestra Jose Felix Ribas. His debut as a conductor with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela took place in April 2008 in Caracas conducting Mahler Symphony no.2. He is currently Music Director of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
Christian’s debut with the Gävle Symfoniorkester in October 2009 led to an immediate re-invitation and appointment as Principal Guest Conductor from 2010 to 2014. He also enjoys a close relationship with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and becomes Chief Conductor from the 2012/13 season. Other notable recent debuts include projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Singapore Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic. He has also collaborated with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Israel Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the last during his participation in their Young Artist Fellowship programme.
Highlights in Christian’s 2012/13 season includes first appearances with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Helsinki Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Arnhem Philharmonic and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. He will also make return visits to Ottawa, Toulouse, Turku and The Hague (for the Residentie Orkest) in addition to his regular commitments in Stavanger and Gävle.