Alpesh Chauhan

Assistant Conductor 2014-16

Alpesh Chauhan is Principal Conductor Designate of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, a position he will take up in the 2017/18 season. Quickly rising to international prominence, the insight which Alpesh brings to the music is relished by orchestras and audiences alike, and his natural rapport with the players has resulted in him already establishing relationships with some of the major orchestras in the UK and Europe. Alpesh Chauhan held the position of Assistant Conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2014 to 2016 having previously been the orchestra’s first Conducting Fellow.

In summer 2016 Alpesh made his first appearance at the BBC Proms conducting two Ten Pieces concerts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra following on from the Ten Pieces Secondary film which he recorded with the orchestra in summer 2015. In November 2016 he gave his US début with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and he made his first appearance with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in January 2017, performing Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with Benjamin Grosvenor. 

Alpesh’s career to date includes engagements with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Scottish, and Philharmonic Orchestras, Ulster Orchestra, Kymi Sinfonietta and with the orchestras of Opéra National Lorraine, Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and Teatro Petruzzelli Bari. This season sees Alpesh return to conduct many of these orchestras as well as make his début with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Philharmonia among others. 

By way of background, Alpesh was principal cellist at the CBSO Youth Orchestra which gave him the opportunity, as part of the Youth Orchestra Academy in 2007, to take conducting masterclasses. He joined the Royal Northern College of Music in 2008 to study the cello with Eduardo Vassallo before deciding to pursue the prestigious Master’s Conducting Course, taught by Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. Alpesh has studied with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, participated in masterclasses with Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko and Jac van Steen and has been mentored by Andris Nelsons and Edward Gardner. Regularly appearing in the media, Alpesh has been featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine, been interviewed on BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service as well as appearing on BBC Breakfast. He has guest blogged for Gramophone Magazine and was on the judging panel for the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016. 

Alpesh's Official Website: alpeshchauhan.com

"[Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration] was something else — a carefully graded, magnificent journey through turbulence, sweet reminiscences, death and the beyond, with the full [London Symphony Orchestra] roaring or sighing, completely at Chauhan’s command. Genuinely exciting stuff."
The Times