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David Afkham


Known for his impeccable technique and compelling artistry, David Afkham has received worldwide acclaim and is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. He is the chief conductor and artistic director of the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, a position he has held since 2019 after five seasons as the orchestra’s principal conductor. Afkham’s impressive career has been marked by a series of critically acclaimed performances and collaborations with some of the world’s leading orchestras. He has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, NHK Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many other major orchestras. He debuted with the Minnesota Orchestra in October 2021 in a program featuring piano soloist Emanuel Ax. His recent successes at the opera pit include performances of Richard Strauss’ Arabella at the Semperoper Dresden and a new production of the work at the Teatro Real, Madrid. Highlights of his 2023-24 season include debuts with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Detroit Symphony. Born in Germany, Afkham began piano and violin lessons at an early age. He studied at the Freiburg Music University and Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt.