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In Berlin, [Eugene Tzigane] presented himself as a poised orchestral leader with an incisive beat and fluently elegant movements. Under his direction, even the fiercest moments of “Tod und Verklärung” by Strauss were carried through with skilful command
- Berliner Morgenpost
Hailed by the Berliner Morgenpost as “a poised orchestral leader”, the young conductor Eugene Tzigane is often praised for his elegant conducting style, natural musical authority and “almost fanatical precision” (Neue Volksblatt). His reputation as a versatile force on the podium is witnessed by the high level of return engagements throughout Europe, North America and the Far East.
He achieved early recognition winning Second Prize at the 2008 Solti Competition leading to invitations from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Nordwestdeutsche (NWD) Philharmonie. He was immediately appointed Principal Conductor of the NWD Philharmonie, a position which he held until 2014.
Tzigane enjoys many ongoing relationships with ensembles worldwide including with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Lahti Symphony, Tampere Philharmonic and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras. Other recent European engagements have taken him to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Copenhagen Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Basel Symphony Orchestra.
Since his US debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Tzigane has conducted the symphony orchestras of Oregon, New Jersey, Fort Worth, North Carolina, Columbus and the Rochester Philharmonic. At his Chicago debut conducting the Grant Park Festival Orchestra he was praised by the Chicago Tribune for “bringing freshness and energy”. He conducts regularly in Japan including with the Yomiuri Nippon and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestras and has been to Australia with the Adelaide Symphony and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
With a natural flair for working with singers, Tzigane made his Bayerische Staatsoper debut conducting a new production of Così fan tutte and more recently took the helm of Die Zauberflöte for the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Die Fledermaus at Frankfurt Oper. Last season he conducted Carmen at Royal Swedish Opera as well as the Verdi Requiem at Norwegian Opera and a concert performance with Finnish National Opera.
Orchestral highlights of the 16/17 season include a return visit to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra for the Norwegian premiere of Jukka Tiensuu’s Sheng Concerto and performances with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Göttingen Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Norrköping Symphony, Umea Symphony and Toledo Symphony Orchestras.
Eugene Tzigane began his conducting studies at Julliard with James DePriest where he earned the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He completed his studies under Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he was awarded the Franz Berwald Memorial Scholarship and attended masterclasses with Daniel Harding, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. His other accolades include First Prize at the 2007 Fitelberg Competition and Second Prize at the 2007 Matacic Competition.