The international press ranks Christoph-Mathias Mueller “without a doubt” among “the most gifted and most interesting conductors of his generation” (Gazeta Kultura, Moscow) and attests to his “passion” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), which, in combination with a compelling precision, enables him to convey works in and off the mainstream to both musicians and the public. Captivating energy, artistic authenticity, and high intellectual standards characterize the style of the Swiss conductor.
Mueller has been the General Music Director of the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester since 2005. Under his leadership the orchestra has become one of the most inspiring ensembles in German-speaking countries. He has worked intensively and frequently with numerous world-class artists such as Frank Peter Zimmermann, Simone Kermes, Reinhold Friedrich, and Rachel Barton Pine. Mueller regularly guest-conducts on the world’s great stages, his most recent performances including appearances with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Bolshoi Theater.
A Swiss national born in Peru, Mueller (b.1967) made his international break-through in 2000, winning the International Conducting Competition in Cadaqués, Spain. He received his Master’s degree in violin performance at the Basel College of Music, and his Master of Music in conducting at the University of Cincinnati. In 1995 he perfected his skills as a Conducting Fellow in Tanglewood, Massachusetts, working with Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, and Leon Fleisher.
From 2001 – 2005 Mueller was assistant conductor for the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. During the 2004/05 season Mueller served as the Music Director of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut in Moscow with the Russian National Orchestra, and further guest performances have taken him to the stages of the Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, Staatskapelle Weimar, Bremer Philharmoniker, Orchestra of the Hessian Radio of Frankfurt, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Ensemble Modern. In addition, he has conducted at the Musikverein in Vienna, Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, and in Stavanger, Tokyo, and Seoul.