Frédéric Chaslin is one of the most respected conductors of our time. His wide-ranging work as a composer, pianist, author, symphonic and opera conductor has brought him to many of the world's leading concert halls and opera houses.
Conductor, composer, pianist and author Frédéric Chaslin became successively Music Director of the Opéra de Rouen (1991-94), the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (1998-2001), the Mannheim Nationaltheater (2004-2007), Santa Fé Opera (2009-2013) and for his second tenure, the Jerusalem Symphony (2011-2019).
Frédéric Chaslin is one of the most respected conductors of our time. His wide-ranging work as a composer, pianist, author, symphonic and opera conductor has brought him to many of the world's leading concert halls and opera houses.Frédéric Chaslin became successively Music Director of the Opéra de Rouen (1991-94), the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (1998-2001), the Mannheim Nationaltheater (2004-2007), Santa Fé Opera (2009-2013) and for his second tenure, the Jerusalem Symphony (2011-2019).
In 2022 Frédéric Chaslin made his debuts at Milano's Teatro alla Scala conducting La Gioconda and Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
Frédéric Chaslin divides his conducting activities equally between operatic and symphonic performances. He regularly conducted productions at New York's Metropolitan Opera since 2002, Los Angeles Opera, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as the opera houses of Leipzig, Dresden, Madrid, Bologna, Roma, Venice, Torino, Tokyo, Oslo, and Copenhagen. Frédéric Chaslin made his Austrian debuts in 1993 at the Bregenzer Festspiele for Nabucco, followed by Fidelio.
Since 1997, he is a regular guest conductor at the Vienna State Opera where he conducted nearly 250 performances of 34 different titles, as well as concert with the Vienna Philharmonic as a conductor and as a pianist. Major recent appearences included two new productions of Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Dresden Semperoper and the Royal Opera Copenhagen.
In the symphonic repertoire, he has conducted all major French orchestras, including Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra National de France, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France, the Paris Opera Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI di Torino, Manchester's Hallé Orchestra, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Orquesta Nacional de España, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in Lisbon, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Nagoya Philharmonic. He regularly performs piano concertos as a conductor & pianist in play-conduct mode.
As a composer, Frédéric Chaslin is published by Universal Edition, Vienna, with over 250 works including five operas, over 72 melodies in several cycles for voices, chamber music, symphonic music, piano music. As an author, Frédéric Chaslin wrote an essay, Music in Every Sense, published in Paris (France-Empire) and Germany (Böhlau) and available in English on Kindle. In October 2017 he released a novel based on the life of Gustav Mahler, Being Gustav Mahler (Fayard, Paris) together with his own orchestration of Mahler’s 10th Symphony that has been premiered in November 2018, with the Zagreb Philharmonic.
The discography of Frédéric Chaslin includes recordings with Sonya Yoncheva and Ludovic Tézier (on SONY Classical), Vesselina Kasarova (RCA) and Benjamin Bernheim (Deutsche Grammophon), among others.
Frédéric Chaslin was born in Paris and educated at the Paris Conservatoire and the Salzburg Mozarteum. He became assistant of Daniel Barenboim from 1987 to 1989 at the Orchestre de Paris and Bayreuth Festival, in 1989 he became Pierre Boulez’s assistant at the Ensemble Intercontemporain until 1991.