Charles Olivieri-Munroe


Charles Olivieri-Munroe is from the 2015/16 season the newly appointed Artistic Director &
Principal Conductor of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra. He is concurrently Chief
Conductor with Philharmonie Sudwestfalen since 2011. He holds the position of
Honourary Chief Conductor with the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with whom
he has had a long and successful relationship since 1997. Since 2005 he has been
Resident Conductor with the Texas Round Top Festival Institute.
Previously Olivieri-Munroe has held the position of Principal Conductor of the Colorado
‘Crested Butte’ Festival (2008), Artistic Director of the Inter-Regionales Symfonie
Orchester in Germany (2008), Chief Conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in
Bratislava (2001-2004), and Associate Conductor with the Brno Philharmonic (1995-97)
and Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra (1993-95).
Charles Olivieri-Munroe's hold on public imagination stems from a combination of talent
and charisma. He is increasingly recognized in the international press for his innovative
programming, interpretation of Slavic repertoire and his passion for purity of orchestral
sound. From his home in Prague his career takes him across five continents, appearing
with many of the world’s finest orchestras which has included the Israel Philharmonic,
Czech Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Berlin
Deutches Symphonie-Orchester, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Munich Symphony
Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal
Brussels Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto
Symphony Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and others. He has also appeared in
New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Athens, Istanbul, Lisbon, Tokyo, Seoul and Santiago.
In the opera house, Charles Olivieri-Munroe made his debut conducting Verdi’s Falstaff at
the Berlin Komische Oper in 2001. He led Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Milan, Aida at the Lago
di Como Festival and also conducted at Il Teatro Fenice in Venice. He has a worked with
the Netherlands National Ballet, at the Prague National Opera and the Prague State
Opera,. He as music director at the Warsaw Chamber Opera in their 50th anniversary in
2012 conducting Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress. In February 2014 he led the Dvorak
National Theater in a critically acclaimed new production of Schumann’s Genoveva.
Born in Malta, Charles Olivieri-Munroe grew up in Canada where he studied the piano with
the eminent pedagogue, Boris Berlin, at the Royal Conservatory of Music and at the
University of Toronto. Following his graduation in 1992 he won three Ontario scholarships
to study with Otakar Trhlik at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno, Czechoslovakia. He
was also a student of Jiri Belohlavek and spent two summers (1995/96) at L’Accademia
Musicale Chigiana in Siena studying with Ilja Musin and Yuri Temirkanov and Myung Whun
Chung. In 1997 Charles Olivieri-Munroe was a recipient of the $20,000 career grant from
the Canada Council for the Arts. His international career was launched by a series of
triumphs in international competitions culminating with him winning First Prize in the 2000
‘Prague Spring International Music Festival’ Conducting Competition in which he also won
the prizes offered by Supraphon Records, City of Prague and by Czech Radio. Charles
Olivieri-Munroe is the winner of the 2013 Brand Personality Award by the Asia Pacific
Brand Foundation for his achievements in conducting and music. Previous laureates have
included Hillary Clinton, Steve Jobs, Michael Schumacher and Nelson Mandela and Mark
Charles Olivieri-Munroe’s recordings for SONY, RCA Red Seal, NAXOS, SMS Classical, and
Naïve Records can be heard on many of the major international classical radio stations.
Updated June 2015


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