Conductor Teodor Currentzis Launches New “Utopia” Orchestra

(Photograph credit score: Anton Zavjyalov)


Teodor Currentzis is a Greek conductor, musician, and actor, who at the moment serves as chief conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and inventive director of the musicAeterna ensemble and chamber choir. 

Utopia is a brand new worldwide orchestra that goals to carry collectively soloists and concertmasters from varied orchestras into one collective and supply a possibility to delve deeper into the music — an thought Currentzis, the ensemble’s inventive director, had a number of years in the past.

“This dream isn’t just mine,” Currentzis stated within the press launch. “It is a long-nurtured thought of numerous musicians from all corners of the world: to unite individuals with a shared musical ideology as a way to create with out compromise what our musical creativeness comes up with.

“That is an try to go away behind the framework of respectable establishments which, whereas being blessed, will also be doomed to create what could possibly be described as a sure standardized worldwide sound.”

A free orchestra, Utopia’s members will range relying on the devices required from the rating. Their first live performance will comprise 112 musicians from 28 nations. With no everlasting residence, Utopia is funded via live shows and is supported by a non-public basis and European patrons. 

Forward of two extra excursions scheduled for the 2022/23 season, Utopia will carry out its first live performance tour from October 4–11, 2022, in venues together with the Philharmonie Luxembourg, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Wiener Konzerthaus, and Berliner Philharmonie. 

The primary live performance program includes Twentieth-century works, together with Igor Stravinsky’s third and barely carried out 1945 model of The Firebird, plus Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé suite No. 2 and La Valse — items chosen for his or her complexity, aptitude, and talent to showcase Utopia’s musical capabilities.

“We’re stepping right into a extra experimental area of trying to find the right sound with masterful musicians who all crave it,” Currentzis added. “The very first thing that suffers via globalization is intimacy. This thrill, unity and dedication I’m speaking about can probably be discovered within the work of a person musician or a small collective…we’ll surrender what we used to know and we’ll take a leap. 

“After all, it is a utopian thought. Utopia is one thing that’s inconceivable, and that is what attracts us — making the inconceivable. Desires come true solely after we raise the ban on the inconceivable.”