Born in Toronto, Charles Olivieri-Munroe studied piano with the Canadian 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 conducting with Otakar Trhlík at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, Czechoslovakia. He was also a student of Jiří Bělohlávek and spent two summers (1995 & 1996) at Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena studying with Ilja Musin and Yuri Temirkanov. In 1997 he was a recipient of the career grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. His international career was launched by a series of triumphs in several European conducting competitions including: Denmark (‘Malko’), Italy (‘Pedrotti’), Poland (‘Fitelberg’), Rumania (‘Niculescu’), and Croatia (‘Matacic’). These culminated with the First Prize in the 2000 Prague Spring International Music Festival Conducting Competition in which he also won the Supraphon Records, City of Prague and Czech Radio prizes.
His career takes him across five continents, appearing with many of the world’s orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Royal Brussels Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and others.
In September 2006 CharlesOlivieri-Munroe inaugurates his 10th concert season as Chief Conductor with the North Czech Philharmonic in Teplice. Since 2001 he has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor with the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava. From 2001-04 he served as Chief Conductor of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava a relationship notible for many recordings including a complete Mendelssohn Symphony cycle. Olivieri-Munroe frequently conducts on the opera podium. He has appeared in recent years in Berlin leading a revival production of Verdi’s Falstaff at the Komische Oper Berlin, presented the Dutch National Ballet in 2004 for the first time in the Amsterdam Holland Festival in a crossover production entitled Body and Voice.
Update: January 2008
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