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Meet Our Conductor… Kristiina Poska

Posted 22 May 2014 at 14:49

"No one evokes such a rich sound spectrum", "a fine grasp of the genre and its unique character and quality", "a remarkably subtle and exciting performance" – wherever young Kristiina Poska appears on the podium, she thrills and convinces with her exceptional musicality and her impressive, highly distinguished conducting.

Born in the Estonian town of Türi, Kristiina Poska began by studying choral conducting at the Music Academy in Tallinn in 1998 and then continued with orchestral conducting at the Music Academy Hanns
Eisler in Berlin with Christian Ehwald in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 Kristiina Poska was principal conductor of the Cappella academica, the symphony orchestra of the Humboldt University Berlin which gave her the opportunity of regular performances at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

The 2008/09 season saw her at the Neuköllner Oper Berlin with the highly acclaimed production Ihre Bohème which soon led to engagements at Koblenz Theatre, Brandenburg Theatre and in 2010/11 to the Komische Oper Berlin for La Traviata. There Kristiina Poska was enthusiastically received by both
orchestra and audience and immediately re-invited for a series of performances of Jacques Offenbach’s La Périchole. Incoming intendant Barrie Kosky also appointed her into his musical team as First Kapellmeister from 2012/13. A new production of Bertolt Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins which she conducted in February 2012 was hailed as a "revelation" by the nationwide press.

Apart from her remarkable career at Komische Oper Berlin the young Estonian is internationally much in demand as a conductor and has recently debuted with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonie, Robert-Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Volksoper Vienna, Symphonieorchester Bern, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, at Vienna Konzerthaus with Camerata Salzburg and with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. In the near future engagements will take her to the Belgrade Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Göteborgs Symfoniker and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Kristiina Poska was supported by the Conductor’s Forum of the Deutscher Musikrat and won the prestigious German Conductor’s Prize in April 2013. Before that she already received numerous
international prizes, e.g. from the Dimitris Mitropoulos-Conducting Competition Athens 2006, from Donatella-Flick-Competition conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in 2010 as well as at the renowned at the renowned Malko-Competition in May 2012, where she also received the audience prize following the final concert with Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

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