Chris Houlding – Conductor Chris Houlding – Dirigent

Since graduating from London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Chris has played the trombone with most of the UK’s leading ensembles and under many or the world’s greatest conductors first appearing with the LSO under Maestro Celibidache at the age of 21. Having coached and directed ensembles throughout his career he now conducts in a wide range of styles including Opera, Symphonic, Contemporary and Chamber and was awarded an MMus in Conducting from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he studied with Sir Mark Elder, Mark Shanahan, Gianandrea Noseda, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Bronnimann and Clark Rundell.

Conducting engagements have included projects with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Duisburg Philharmoniker, Orchestra of Opera North, HH University Symphony Orchester Düsseldorf, Folkwang Symphony Essen, Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra, Helix Ensemble and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra where he has become regular Pops Conductor in recent years. As former Music Director of the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, he has conducted a full range of symphonic repertoire and has also directed world premieres by Gary Carpenter, Eric Crees, Gavin Higgins and Alec Roth together with compositions of his own.

Other conducting projects have taken him to the Norwegian Music Academy Oslo, the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music London. Chris has also directed Brass Ensembles in throughout Germany and brass bands including, Black Dyke Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band with whom he recorded for Radio and CD and won the First Section National Brass Band Championship.

Professor of Trombone and Brass Ensemble at the Folkwang University of Arts, Essen, Germany and Visiting Tutor at London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he has also served as Head of Brass at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Senior Tutor in Brass and International Visiting Tutor at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music. He has worked as Low Brass Professor with the Gustav Mahler Jungendorchester, European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and continues to give recitals and masterclasses throughout the world, including the Joseph Alessi Summer Seminar, Juilliard, Eastman and conservatoires in Boston, Texas, St Petersburg, Moscow, Porto, Oslo, Aarhus, Riga, Cordoba, Bern, Lausanne and Budapest. He has also acted as outside assessor at many UK and European Conservatoires and Universities and can be heard two recorded albums entitled Houlding his own and Houlding it together.

Still active as a professional trombonist, he has appeared as Guest Principal with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Musikfabrik, Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber and is a regular member of Superbrass and the Symphonic Brass of London. In 2003 he represented the UK in the World Orchestra for Peace under Valery Gergiev in Russia and has also appeared as soloist with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Durham Sinfonia and the Orchestra of Opera North in Elgar Howarth’s Trombone Concerto under the composer on the occasion of his 70th birthday. As Chairman of the International Trombone Association Executive and former President of the British Trombone Society, Chris is a regular contributor to International Brass Journals.
Nach seinem Abschluss an der der Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London hat Chris als professioneller Posaunist bei den meisten wichtigen Ensembles Großbritannien und unter vielen der weltbesten Dirigenten gespielt. Nachdem er während seiner Karriere Ensembles betreut und geleitet hat, dirigiert er nun eine große stilistische Bandbreite an Musik u. a. Opern- und Symphonische Musik sowie zeitgenössische und Kammermusik. Der Master of Music im Dirigieren wurde ihm vom Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, verliehen, wo er bei Sir Mark Elder, Gianandrea Noseda, Mark Shanahan, Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Bronnimann und Clark Rundell studierte.

Engagements als Dirigent hatte er u. a. bei den Bochumer Symphonikern, beim Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal, den Duisburger Philharmonikern, Orchestra of Opera North, beim Symphonieorchester des Düsseldorf Universität, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Lancashire Youth Symphony Orchestra, Helix Ensemble, Huddersfield Philharmonic und der Sinfonia of Leeds. Er hat außerdem Aufführungen von Stravinskis Geschichte vom Soldaten (Bühnenproduktion) in der Bridgewater Hall in Manchester geleitet sowie Monteverdis Il Combattimento di Tancredi (RNCM) und Puccinis Turandot and Verdis Aida (Huddersfield Town Hall). Als ehemaliger Musikdirektor des Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra hat er ein weitgefächertes symphonisches Repertoire dirigiert und Premieren/Uraufführungen von Mark Anthony Turnage (London), Debbie Wiseman (London), Gary Carpenter (New York), Eric Crees (Las Vegas), Gavin Higgins (Huddersfield), Ilja Reijngoud (Birmingham), Alec Roth (Manchester) und Alan Taylor (London) geleitet.

Weitere Projekte als Dirigent haben ihn zur Norwegian Music Academy, Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, Denmark und Trinity College of Music, London geführt, außerdem war er als Coach tätig beim Jugendorchester der Europäischen Union, beim Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester und beim National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, wo er ständiger Professor für Posaune ist. Chris ist gegenwärtig Leiter der Brass Band der Guildhall School of Music & Drama und hat außerdem geleitet das Brass Ensemble des Duisburger Philharominker, Sinfonieorchesters Wuppertal, Hammerblech, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Brighouse & Rastrick Band, die Brass Band des RNCM (2007-09 Festival of Brass) und DUT Yorkshire Imperial Band, mit der er Radio- und CD-Aufnahmen gemacht hat und den British First Section National Brass Band Championship gewann.

Als Professor für Posaune und Blechbläserensemble an der der Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, der Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London und Blechbläser Leiter Birmingham Conservatoire und früher als Internationale Gasttutor Royal /northern College of Music Manchester, leitet er regelmäßig Hochschulensembles überall in Großbritannien und Europa. Als erfahrener Lehrer hat er Recitals und Meisterkurse an Juilliard, Eastman, Boston und Konservatorien in St. Petersburg, Moskau, Oslo, Porto, Riga, Budapest und London gegeben. Zudem hat er als internationaler Richter am Internationalen Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen, First International Wind Competition Moscow, Turkish Young Musician of the Year und the Royal Overseas League Music Competition teilgenommen.
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