CHRISTIAN THOMPSON

Arts Administrator

Former Director of the Verbier Festival Academy Christian Thompson is today Head of Artistic Planning for Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir and Baltic Sea Festival

Biography

English by birth, Christian Thompson worked in London as an agent representing prominent musicians for three companies in London. He left London in 2005 to become Director of the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, where he played an important role in nurturing and developing many extraordinary young artists who now have international careers.

In 2014, he was appointed Délégué Artistique at the Auditorium de Lyon, a 2000 seat concert hall with its own resident orchestra, the Orchestre national de Lyon with Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

Four years later, Christian moved to Stockholm to become Head of Artistic Planning for Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Music Director Daniel Harding), Swedish Radio Choir and Baltic Sea Festival, all under the umbrella of Swedish Radio’s concert hall, Berwaldhallen.

He has remained committed to helping and advising the next generation of musicians and, in 2019,  was Director of the Tsinandali Festival Academy in its inaugural year.

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